The brothers Hackney started making music together in 1971. Like many African-American musicians playing in Detroit in the 1970s the agenda was funk & soul a la Stax & Motown. This changed after seeing Iggy And The Stooges live.
We started listening to more rock, stuff like Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin. When the Who's Quadrophenia came out, David (Eldest Hackney and guitar player) became convinced that nothing was more important than rock and roll. In 1974, we put together a demo tape with the most rocking name we could think of: DEATH.
Someone at Columbia heard the demo and wanted to sign them right up. One condition: the name had to go. To cut a long story short, they didn't change their name or get signed.
Death became a reggae band and the demos gathered dust for 30 years.So the legend goes the demos were discovered by one of the band's kids - himself a drummer in rock band. He was pretty blown away by his reggae-playing old man's raucous band of yore. Mp3s starting multiplying.
Word of mouth picked up pace and now Drag City are releasing the 8 song album.I thought it was going to be some kind of Minger Mike situation when I was first put onto this.
But hearing is believing. And even if it is some sort of JT Leroy-style put-on, I'm fine with it because this record is MEGA.