Thursday, June 14, 2007

Mark Freeland, 1957 - 2007

How very odd it is that the day after I post about my old Buffalo band I should find out that Mark Freeland died this morning! (He'd been battling throat cancer for the last few years.)

But there you go.

Mark was a relentless force in the Buffalo music scene for decades! His first big band was PEGASUS and they did things like play the entire "Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" album back in, like, 1975. They wrote and performed their own rock opera, "Alienation" and played it at our Alma mater, Kenmore West Senior High School.

HERE is the only link I could find, at this moment, about Mark's passing. It looks like he visited his myspace page for the last time on May 31st.

Here are two quickie remembrances...

1. I first met Mark in 1970 during a summer art class at Kenmore Junior High School. It was Mr. Embrolio's class, if I recall correctly. Mark would do acrylic paintings with titles like "The Awakening of the Rutabaga" and was kind of a celebrity, even then. He came by my house one day after class to see my "new" electric guitar (a used $30 Silvertone model) and to pick up a garbage-picked camera I had told him about.

2. About 15 years later, Mark jumped up on stage during a MYSTIC EYES gig to announce to the crowd that he felt that our version of the Velvet Underground's There She Goes Again "kicked the living c*nt" out of 99% of everything he'd heard so far that year.

High praise, indeed.

Thanks, Mark!

EDIT:

HERE is a link to the Buffalo News obituary.

7 Comments:

Blogger furiousBall said...

That's sad, very sorry for the loss. There She Goes Again is one of the greatest songs ever. I actually went to school with Moe Tucker's son Keith at Georgia Tech. It was odd seeing the drummer from the VU carrying a load of laundry into my frat house.

June 15, 2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Another one of my Mark Freeland memories was when he accompanied NICO for a set above a local pizza parlor (Casa Di Pizza) back in the 'eighties! If there was anyone in Buffalo who could and should have done this, it was Mark. (My brother, Scott, was hanging out backstage with them. He could tell us more...)

furiousball: What happened to your blog? It seems as if your entire domain has disappeared!

June 16, 2007 6:51 AM  
Anonymous SCOTT said...

SAD SAD SAD DAY INDEED. TOO MANY PLAIN OL' FUN QUALITY TIMES ( TO BE TRUEM MEMORIES YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO REMEMBER THEM. THEY ARE MORE LIKE PAINTINGS BY NORMAN BLUMH TO ME). HANGING OUT AT STAGE ONE, WATCHING THE ROMANTICS (1980-1ST TOUR). SAID TO MARK THE SINGER LOOKS LIKE THE GUY FROM GERY AND THE PACEMAKERS-DID A SMALL DOUBLE TAKE AND SAID 'ONLY YOU COULD COME UP WITH THAT'. REALLY MORE OF A TRIBUTE TO THE EGG - GOT MY MUSICAL WHATEVER THERE, MOSTLY... OH YEAH - NICO, HIGH AS HELL, TRACKS UP/DOWN HER ARMS, SUDDENLY REMEMBERED SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO PLAY SET OR SOMETHING, LOOKED AROUND THE ROOM AND SAID 'WHAT TIME IS IT?" I REPLIED ITS TIME FOR YOU TO BUY A WATCH. THINKING ABOUT IT, THAT GOT ABOUT THE SAME RESPONSE FROM MARK AS THE ROMANTICS THING. SEEN THE GUY PLAY A MILLION TIMES. HUNG OUT WITH HIM. LOST TOUCH. I GUES HE STAYED UP AND PARTIED TILL SIX IN THE MORNING, DRANK BEER TILL HE ATE BREAKFAST AND SMOKED POT TILL HIS THROAT GOT CANCER. (LYRICS FROM 'LET;'S STAY UP AND PARTY TILL SIX IN THE MORNING, OR "JUSQU'A SIX HEURE LE MATINS"). MAN, THIS IS SAD . IF YOU GET A CHANCE, GO TO HIS SITE AND BUY SOMETHING. IT'LL BE WORTH IT

June 16, 2007 4:04 PM  
Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. He sounds like he was one original guy.

June 17, 2007 10:49 PM  
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