Site News & Updates In 2014

New Press Archive Items About Australian "Clinic" Controversy

October 23rd, 2014: A few new items are in the press section today.

First is a Predict era concert review from April 1988, which I'm pretty sure is the first piece of press I've seen that describes Steve as "sexy" and looking "a bit like Farah Fawcett" in a strangely sincere way.

Second and more interestingly are two Predict era items out of Australia about the backlash down under against "I Blew Up The Clinic Real Good" that has been mentioned before. The first is an article from The Sydney Sun-Herald containing the quote, "this must be the work of a sick mind"--and that's the quote from the pro-life spokesperson!

The second item is an article from Against The Grain, an Australian zine, that is in response to the article above, and notes correctly that you should not blew up abortion clinics to sell ice cream.

Any Australians who can provide more press (preferably of the shrill and reactionary variety) from those days of yore are invited to contact me immediately.

"Only A Ride" Wizardry Techniques And Source Footage

October 21st, 2014: The payoff for the "Future of the Music Industry" has been pretty well covered in social media in the past week, so we'll forgo more repetition.

Seth Worley, who directed the "Only A Ride" video, has posted some before-and-after shots of the rotoscoping used in the video. The wizard seen in the video is taken from the 1980 film "Stunt Rock", a movie that probably has a plot, but is more easily described as a movie with gratuitous stunts and rock and roll (so it's not just a clever title).

The wizard in question was a member of the band featured in the film, Sorcery. They were know for a live stage show combining rock and magic in a "good versus evil" theme billed as "The King of the Wizards against the Prince of Darkness".

The entire film is on YouTube, though probably not-quite-legally. There is also a shorter version with just the clips of the band, embedded below and starting at my personal favorite, "Sacrifice".

We Don't Know What It Means, Either

October 15th, 2014: In this "I want it done yesterday" world of short attention spans, we can only hope that we remember what we'd wished to know today when we learn what we'd wished we'd known today.

"Standing In Line" Video Released With Interview

October 10th, 2014: As promised, the video for "Standing In Line" has been released! So without further ado...

Accompanying the video is an interview with Steve in which he talks about the meaning behind the lyrics and about the movie from which the video's footage is taken:

Interviewer J. Edward Keyes: So, this song, to me, seems to be about two people whose lives started in the same place, but as time went on, they began taking different paths. What got you thinking along those lines?

Steve: I always reserve the right to mix up autobiographical and non-autobiographical stuff in the same song, and that's probably the case with this one as well. It just started going and grew -- there was that line about "inhaling under the bridge of sighs / it's not the way it was," it seems like any relationship goes through peaks and valleys and I've found that in my relationship with my wife, our commitment to stay together supersedes all of those valleys. That was the basic ideas, that sometimes when those are happening, you feel like you're in a waiting room, but you're determined not to leave.

Surprise "Standing In Line" Single Release

October 9th, 2014: The single for "Standing In Line" has been--what do they kids say, dropped? Yes, dropped, which is a hifalutin way of saying that it's out one day ahead of the video release tomorrow, and it's out for absolutely everybody, not just for Kickstarter backers.

The announcement comes via the band's official Twitter and like the last single for "Only A Ride", the new single can be heard on SoundCloud. Meanwhile, the lyrics are now up on this site, so you can begin dissecting and discussing them on the band's official Facebook.

Goliath Second Single & Video: "Standing In Line"

October 8th, 2014: The big announcement has been, uhm, announced (side note: better writers wanted, inquire within). The second single from the forthcoming album Goliath, titled "Standing In Line", will be released to the world on Friday via Wondering Sound. We are relatively certain that this is the highest altitude from which a music video has ever been announced, though Guinness has not yet officially confirmed.

The lyrics to the song will follow shortly after on this site, for your dissecting pleasure.

Word from those in the know is that a "shock and awe" campaign for the album is underway, with frequent announcements and releases to come. It certainly is a different world than it was 20 years ago when Squint came out!

Another Major Announcement Coming Wednesday

October 7th, 2014: Cast your eyes to the band's official Facebook for a tease about another major announcement to be, err, announced tomorrow at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central. Our prediction: Lifeboat II: The Revenge of Mrs. Aryan (rated R).

More Activity Than You Can Shake A Stick At

October 4th, 2014: The Perfect Foil have released their first music video off the forthcoming Goliath album for the song "Only A Ride". Go-go-gadget embedded video player!

These days the most active sources of new information are by far the band's official Facebook and official Twitter, and to a lesser degree, Steve Taylor's personal Twitter. The Splintern is working double time to make sure there's plenty of updates from tour stops, et al, on the official channels.

Speaking of tour stops, the band performed "Jim Morrison's Grave" live for the first time at the Whisky-A-Go-Go on October 1st, and YouTuber Chris Willman posted a YouTube video, embedded below. Chris also shared "In Layers" and "Single Ladies/Cash Cow".

Finally, the National Youth Workers Convention has posted a 12 minute interview with Steve to YouTube. Note: The concerts at the Youth Workers conventions that are on the schedule are for convention-goers only.

Pro-Shot Perfect Foil Concert Now In MP3 Format

September 28, 2014: Michael Tolosa's excellent professional video shoot of the complete Columbia, MD Perfect Foil show is now available in MP3 format for your listening pleasure. The conversion is courtesy of Kevin Lofgren, who mixed in audience sounds between the tracks to make it sound more natural.

Download the ZIP Archive (108MB)

If you haven't watched the concert and want to see it all, in order, from start to finish, Vimeo offers couch mode for the purpose.

New Archive Interview With Talk About Chagall Songs

An August 2005 interview with Steve is now in the press archive. Much of the interview is about the movie The Second Chance which was soon to be released at the time. However, there are some tidbits in there about a few of Chagall Guevara's songs, rare because the band never talked about the meanings of their lyrics. You can find those bits and pieces on the lyrics pages for "If It All Comes True", "I Need Somebody", and "The Rub of Love". Steve also talked about his solo songs "Drive, He Said", "Jung and the Restless", "The Lament", "Smug", and "What Is the Measure of Your Success?".

Steve Taylor Live Tweeting This Wednesday Night; New Band Social Media Outlets

September 22nd, 2014: It's not often this dinky little site gets a scoop, but I'm pretty sure this hasn't been announced elsewhere yet: Steve will be taking questions Wednesday night, 9pm EST/8pm CST, via the band's new Twitter handle @SteveTaylorTPF. On that night you can tweet your questions to Steve using the hashtag #AskMrTaylor. They even made nifty pictures to promote the event (see above), though I suspect they weren't intended for the public just yet...

(By the way, do us a favor and be sure to bug Steve incessantly about releasing the Chagall Guevara live album. But butter him up first by promising to make ten of your friends go out and buy Goliath.)

Speaking of the new Twitter, the band also has a new Facebook, YouTube channel and Instagram, and because having strong brand recognition is still crucial in the digital age, all of them are named SteveTaylorTPF, which means you don't have to remember all the band members' various handles anymore. There should be much more "official" information about the new album coming from these channels in the near future.

Goliath Track Order And Runtimes Revealed

September 17th, 2014: Information keeps trickling out about the new album, and today we can share with you the track order and runtimes:

  1. Only A Ride (2:22)
  2. Double Negative (3:37)
  3. Goliath (2:48)
  4. Moonshot (2:56)
  5. Rubberneck (2:49)
  6. The Sympathy Vote (2:53)
  7. Standing In Line (3:54)
  8. In Layers (3:50)
  9. Happy Go Lazy (3:34)
  10. A Life Preserved (4:05)
  11. Comedian (6:25)

Goliath First Single "Only A Ride" Released To Kickstarter Backers

September 16th, 2014: Steve has posted a backer-only Kickstarter update announcing the release of the first single off of the soon-to-be-released album Goliath. The song is "Only A Ride", and if you're not a backer and can't get to the album version above, then you can watch a live performance courtesy of Michael Tolosa's excellent live concert film.

In addition, updated album artwork showing a little more color and contrast was shared. The Goliath discography page is updated, and you can begin picking apart the lyrics to "Only A Ride" immediately.

Goliath Release Date Set, Singles And Videos Coming

September 2nd, 2014: Unless you are somehow even less punctual than this web site maintainer, then you already know about Steve's latest Kickstarter progress update announcing the completion of the new album Goliath, to be released on November 18th! The first single and video will be released Tuesday, September 16th, with more to come before the release date. Unfortunately the fall portion of the tour has been suspended, as the band will instead be concentrating on the album release for now, but it will be replaced a "more ambitious" tour later on.

Goliath Album Cover Art Revealed

August 8th, 2014: Steve has posted another Kickstarter progress update, in which he reveals the name of the previously unnamed song as well as the album cover art. In addition, this detail regarding its forthcoming release is also provided:

[A] date has been set for mastering within the coming weeks, and band sign-off on the final mixes is achingly close.

Few things bring this long-suffering website maintainer more excitement than updating the discography page for Goliath with every new bit of information.

West Hollywood, CA Date Added

July 19th, 2014: Peter Furler's tour page is currently the best place to watch for new dates, and another one has appeared: October 1st at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. [Schedule of upcoming tour stops moved to a newer update, see above.]

Tenacious Googling Uncovers Unannounced Tour Dates

July 2nd, 2014: A few unannounced (and therefore possibly unconfirmed, so be sure before making plans to travel!) tour dates can be found with the help of your friendly neighborhood search engine. Those dates are [moved to the next newer update, see above].

Goliath Tentative Track Listing Revealed

July 1st, 2014: Steve has posted another Kickstarter progress update, and while there's still no release date for the album yet, we do at least get a tentative track listing. The entry for Goliath in the discography has likewise been updated.

Complete Pro-Shot Concert Still Online, Still Amazing

June 30th, 2014: Since we're still waiting for the album and the second half of the Perfect Foil's tour, now seems like a great time to remind everyone about Michael Tolosa's professional shoot of the complete Columbia, MD show, which is available online.

If you want to watch the whole concert in order, Vimeo offers couch mode for the purpose.

  1. Only A Ride
  2. Rubberneck
  3. I Want To Be A Clone
  4. The Lament Of Desmond R.G. Underwood-Fredrick IV
  5. Moonshot
  6. The Moshing Floor
  7. Standing In Line
  8. Am I In Sync?
  9. Goliath
  10. Easy Listening
  11. A Life Preserved
  12. In Layers
  13. On The Fritz
  14. The Finish Line
  15. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
  16. Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)
  17. We Don't Need No Colour Code
  18. Hero

Complete San Antonio Show On YouTube

June 21st, 2014: Stephanie Edmonson, mentioned a few weeks back in the "YouTubin' San Antonio" update, has uploaded the final two parts of the San Antonio show to YouTube (1, 2), so now the complete show is online! Here's the setlist with links to each song:

  1. Only A Ride
  2. Rubberneck
  3. I Want To Be A Clone
  4. The Lament
  5. Moonshot
  6. The Moshing Floor
  7. Standing In Line
  8. Am I In Sync?
  9. Goliath
  10. Meltdown
  11. Easy Listening
  12. A Life Preserved
  13. In Layers
  14. On The Fritz
  15. The Finish Line
  16. Single Ladies
  17. Cash Cow
  18. We Don't Need No Colour Code
  19. Hero

YouTubin' The San Antonio Show

June 7th, 2014: Stephanie Edmonson has uploaded four videos to YouTube (1, 2, 3, 4) that appear to be virtually the entire May 18th San Antonio, TX show, minus the encore.

In addition, Steve gave an eight minute talk about his family's experiences with Compassion International and adopting his daughter that I'm sure he would love for you to listen to even if you didn't buy a ticket to the show.

Squinterland Resurrected From The Web Boneyard

June 2nd, 2014: Squinterland.com, the first web site for Steve's record label Squint Entertainment from May 1998, has turned up in the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, and is now archived here for all posterity. It is mostly complete, but some image rollover effects have been lost.

In a time when most people still had modems, this art-heavy page took a full three minutes to completely load. Sadly, the site did not presage a renaissance in horizontal scrolling as was hoped.

New "Most Bizarre Thing To Appear On YouTube" Award Winner

May 31st, 2014: From May 1985 comes the Steve Taylor lip-sync contest at Judson College in Elgin, IL, with finals at the Odeum in Chicago before the Sheila Walsh/Steve Taylor Transatlantic Tour concert. Congratulations to the winners Lisa and Paul, who are hopefully still getting mileage out of those VCRs.

YouTubin' The Tulsa, OK Show, And New Interview Transcripts

May 27th, 2014: A handful of videos have turned up from the Tulsa show. Ryan Creek shared The Lament, On The Fritz, and Cash Cow and Colour Code. Doc Smith shared his video of the band covering the Tulsa-born tunes MMMBop and Tulsa Time. Don Stephens also shot MMMBop and Tulsa Time, and also posted a photo gallery to his Facebook.

A few older tour updates that slipped through the cracks: An article about the Nashville secret show appeared on 33andathird.net. YouTube user mcmackme shared a short video of I Want To Be A Clone shot in Akron, OH. Bill Jacomet uploaded a Flickr photo gallery of the Dallas, TX show.

Finally, there are two new interview transcripts with audio available. The first is an interview on WJTL FM 90.3 in Lancaster, PA from April 24th, just before the start of the tour, in which Steve indicates that a music video has already been shot for a single from the forthcoming new album.

The second is a rarity: an interview solely about the Chagall Guevara years with Mike Rimmer on a radio show out of England called UCB Music Academy. In this interview Steve discusses Dave Perkins' dream that spawned the band's name, coming up in Nashville, and getting signed to MCA, among other topics.

YouTubin' The Dallas, TX Show

May 19th, 2014: Dallas must have been a happenin' stop, because plenty of videos have turned up from the night. First, Michael Edmonds uploaded Single Ladies and Cash Cow. Next, Robert Miguel uploaded Goliath, On The Fritz, and Single Ladies and Cash Cow.

YouTube user Whovianize, who wants you to know that she was tipsy from two vodka cranberries, shared Rubberneck, The Lament, Easy Listening, In Layers, On The Fritz, and Single Ladies. Rick Starr provided I Want To Be A Clone, Am I In Sync?, and Meltdown.

Finally, YouTube user Elmexix uploaded nice high-definition videos of I Want To Be A Clone and The Lament, Moonshot and The Moshing Floor, On The Fritz, The Finish Line, and Single Ladies, Cash Cow, and Colour Code.

And just for fun, here are all four of the above videos of Single Ladies synchronized and playing simultaneously.

Live Simulcast Tonight? And Steve's Triumphant Return To Australia

May 16th, 2014: Following up on the news posted here a few days ago, a tweet and Facebook post by Steve suggests that the live Internet simulcast of tonight's show in Dallas might be a go:

Tonight! Dallas @TheDoorClubs! ST&ThePerfectFoil+@PeterFurler Band. Are we doing a live recording? Maybe...

Update: Curses, foiled (pun) again. Airchecks, but no simulcast. But now we can hopefully expect a live album soon...

In the "it's never too early to commit" department, Steve has officially been confirmed for the next Easterfest in April 2015. Easterfest is held in Toowoomba QLD, Australia, so this would be, as far as we know, Steve's first trip back on official business since the I Predict 1990 tour, which saw most Australian stops canceled over controversy surrounding "I Blew Up the Clinic Real Good".

Meek Sneak Peek (Leak?) Of Studio Version Of "Only A Ride" Found In The Wild

May 14th, 2014: Is it a leak? Is it a mistake? Are these Jeff and Mike guys just good friends with Steve and the band? How else can you explain the bumper music found hiding quietly in plain sight at the 55 minute and 5 second mark of the May 4th edition of the Jeff & Mike Show podcast?

Update: We have been trolled! It was ripped from the "Dylan" Kickstarter video, which some faithful web site administrator had somehow managed not to see until, oh, about twenty minutes ago. Credit to Norvin Coblentz for the eagle-eye, err, ear. For your listening pleasure, here is that audio track (right click, save as, thank you).

Interview Tonight With Steve Taylor And Peter Furler

May 13th, 2014: Long-time Sock Heaven friend and Robert Miguel has written in to say that he will be interviewing Steve Taylor and Peter Furler tonight on his Live365 radio station Deep Ellum Radio. Listeners will also have a chance to win tickets to this Friday's Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil show in Dallas, TX. He didn't mention it in his email, but there is a note on his web site indicating that he will also be broadcasting live from the show!

Update: A transcript and MP3 of the interview with Steve Taylor are now available, with thanks again to Robert Miguel.

Also, a small site update today: Only two years after its release, "A Life Preserved" and its remix have been added to Steve Taylor's discography. Better late than never!

May 10th, 2014: A number of photo galleries and reviews have turned up from the first portion of the tour. Nashville, TN, Apr. 25th: Matt Scott and Joshua Smelser. Charlotte, NC, Apr. 27th: Danny Greene. Vienna, VA, Apr. 28th: Rob Riddle, who also provides a couple of bonus shots from Columbia, MD that are my favorites. Columbus, OH, May 1st: John McCollum. Blakely, PA, May 2nd: A. Elizabeth Baumeister.

Finally, for the Manheim, PA show, local radio station WJTL FM 90.3 provides two galleries, one from a pre-show event, and another from the show itself, and the venue The Junction Center also has a selection of photos in their May 2014 gallery. There are also two show reviews, one from Lancaster Online and another from the web site Jesus Freak Hideout, who also provide two YouTube videos, one for On The Fritz and the other for The Finish Line.

(And I can't stress how completely cool Michael Tolosa's complete show, first mentioned yesterday, really is. Go watch it if you haven't yet. And if you have watched it, go watch it again. And if you've watched it multiple times, please contact Michael and gently encourage him to release the whole thing in full 1080p HD.)

Complete, Professionally-Shot Columbia, MD Show Now Online

May 8th, 2014: A real treat has turned up courtesy of Michael Tolosa. He professionally filmed the Columbia, MD show, using multiple high-definition cameras, and is sharing the entire concert with the world! If you're in the Washington, DC area and need a great videographer, check out his web site at www.michaeltolosa.com and give him a shout.

If you want to watch the whole concert in order, Vimeo offers couch mode for the purpose.

  1. Only A Ride
  2. Rubberneck
  3. I Want To Be A Clone
  4. The Lament Of Desmond R.G. Underwood-Fredrick IV
  5. Moonshot
  6. The Moshing Floor
  7. Standing In Line
  8. Am I In Sync?
  9. Goliath
  10. Easy Listening
  11. A Life Preserved
  12. In Layers
  13. On The Fritz
  14. The Finish Line
  15. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
  16. Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)
  17. We Don't Need No Colour Code
  18. Hero

YouTubin' The Columbus, OH (Again), Columbia, MD, and Manheim, PA Shows

May 7th, 2014: YouTube user BubbaTheViking, mentioned in the last update, has uploaded the rest of his May 1st, Columbus, OH concert footage: Only A Ride, Rubberneck, I Want To Be A Clone, The Lament, Moonshot, The Moshing Floor, Standing In Line, Am I In Sync?, My City Was Gone, Goliath, Easy Listening, On The Fritz, and The Finish Line.

For the May 3rd, Columbia, MD show, YouTube user UnTiedMusicStudio has uploaded a 24-minute compilation of excerpts from both Peter Furler's and Steve Taylor's sets. Note that at 11:55 in the video you can see the show's setlist.

Finally, for the May 4th, Manheim, PA show, user batmanzfa has provided Meltdown (the first performance of this song on this tour that we've heard of), and David Dein has uploaded The Lament, The Moshing Floor, and Meltdown.

YouTubin' The Columbus, OH And Blakely, PA Shows

May 4th, 2014: A flood of videos from the Columbus, OH show have turned up. First, YouTube user BubbaTheViking provides videos of Single Ladies, Cash Cow, Colour Code, and Hero. Next, Mark Strum provides a 16-minute compilation of excerpts from both Peter Furler's and Steve Taylor's sets. Third, user RainyDayAssembly provides Only A Ride and Rubberneck, Am I In Sync?, My City Was Gone, On The Fritz and The Finish Line, and Single Ladies. Finally, Evon Zundel provides Goliath from the Blakely, PA show.

YouTubin' the Akron, OH Show

May 1st, 2014: The April 30th Akron, OH show is in the books, and along with reports that the band performed soundcheck festooned in DEVO energy domes (evidence: Steve's Twitter and Peter Furler's Instagram), a few videos have turned up. YouTube user Doug Ausbury has provided videos of their cover of The Pretenders' My City Was Gone, plus On The Fritz and Single Ladies. Also on YouTube are I Want To Be A Clone uploaded by snyderly, and The Moshing Floor uploaded by Brian Kettell.

YouTubin' The Vienna, VA Show

April 29th, 2014: A few videos of the April 28th Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil concert at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA have appeared on YouTube courtesy of the user named obxer. Click through for Rubberneck, I Want To Be A Clone, and Moonshot.

Post Secret-Show Update & More YouTubin'

April 28th, 2014: Steve Taylor has posted an update to the Kickstarter page with a rundown of the Friday night secret show and other events, and more videos have popped up on YouTube. Here's the setlist with links to all the videos that have turned up so far, including videos posted in earlier updates. Thanks to YouTube users FunMom, jamutton, Kristi Roth, and Robert Berman. Contact me if you find more videos I haven't already linked!

  1. Only A Ride
  2. Rubberneck
  3. I Want To Be A Clone
    YouTube: FunMom
  4. The Lament Of Desmond R.G. Underwood-Fredrick IV
    YouTube: Kristi Roth
  5. Moonshot
  6. The Moshing Floor
    YouTube: FunMom
  7. Standing In Line
  8. Am I In Sync?
    YouTube: Robert Berman, FunMom
  9. Goliath
    YouTube: FunMom
  10. Easy Listening
    YouTube: Robert Berman
  11. In Layers
  12. On The Fritz
    YouTube: Kristi Roth
  13. The Finish Line
    YouTube: Robert Berman
  14. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (Beyoncé cover)
    YouTube: Robert Berman, jamutton, FunMom
  15. Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)
    YouTube: FunMom
  16. We Don't Need No Colour Code
  17. Gloria (Van Morrison cover) (with Dave Perkins)
    YouTube: FunMom
  18. Hero
    YouTube: FunMom

Official ST&TPF Tour Web Site With Confirmed Dates

April 27th, 2014: There is a (small) official web site for the Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil tour up now at SteveTaylorPresents.com. Here are the updated confirmed shows:

April 27th Charlotte, NC
April 28th Vienna, VA
April 30th Akron, OH
May 1st Columbus, OH
May 2nd Blakely, PA
May 3rd Columbia, MD
May 4th Manheim, PA
May 16th Dallas, TX
May 17th Odessa, TX
May 18th San Antonio, TX
May 19th Tulsa, OK
July 5th Urbana, IL
(AudioFeed Festival)
August 9th Gilford, NH
(SoulFest)

ST&TPF Secret Show For Kickstarter Backers

April 27th, 2014: Friday night was the not-so-secret Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil Secret Show for Kickstarter backers, and a concert setlist has appeared on setlist.fm courtesy of user "andypropeller". Videos of several of the performances are available on YouTube courtesy of Robert Berman and are linked below.

  1. Only A Ride
  2. Rubberneck
  3. I Want To Be A Clone
  4. The Lament Of Desmond R.G. Underwood-Fredrick IV
  5. Moonshot
  6. The Moshing Floor
  7. Standing In Line
  8. Am I In Sync? (YouTube)
  9. Goliath
  10. Easy Listening (YouTube)
  11. In Layers
  12. On The Fritz
  13. The Finish Line (YouTube)
  14. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (Beyoncé cover) (YouTube and below)
  15. Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)
  16. We Don't Need No Colour Code
  17. Gloria (Van Morrison cover) (with Dave Perkins)
  18. Hero

Tentative List Of ST&TPF Tour Dates

Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil New Album Kickstarer Campaign

March 3rd, 2014: The Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil Kickstarter campaign has not only funded the new album, but a small tour to boot, and the first tentative schedule for that tour has been posted on Kickstarter and Facebook and Bandsintown and probably a bunch of other social media contraptions with high valuations built on questionable revenue models.