“I’d guard nu­clear weapons by night then party at Haight-Ash­bury in the day­time”

UNCUT - - Iron & Wine Omd Steven Wilson Kd Lang U2 Sly Stone - FJ McMahoN

move­ment. Is­sued on the tiny Ac­cent la­bel, the al­bum failed to find its au­di­ence. “They pro­moted it in the way that they would a Patti Page reis­sue, be­cause that’s all they knew,” McMahon says of the record com­pany. “It just sank like a stone.”

he con­tin­ued to gig with cov­ers bands on the West Coast bar scene, be­fore fi­nally mov­ing to hawaii. The tip­ping point came in 1974. “To make a liv­ing, you had to go down to Waikiki Boule­vard, put on the white pants and Aloha shirt and play Don ho songs for grand­moth­ers,” he re­calls. “On­stage one night, lis­ten­ing to the ice cubes clink­ing and the old women talk­ing, I had an epiphany. I fin­ished the gig, put my guitar away and got a job over­seas.” McMahon be­came a sys­tems ex­pert in the navy, then spent 25 years as a com­puter field en­gi­neer, play­ing in “rock­a­billy/psych jam bands” in his spare time.

Now, though, nearly half a cen­tury af­ter first un­load­ing Spirit

Of The Golden Juice, the 71-yearold’s time may fi­nally have come. “If you close your eyes and lis­ten to the lyrics, noth­ing’s re­ally changed,” he fig­ures, adding that he’s al­ready been con­tacted about play­ing more live shows. “Peo­ple seem to iden­tify with that record. The way this is go­ing, who the heck knows what’s go­ing to hap­pen next?” Rob HugHes Spirit Of The Golden Juice is avail­able again on Au­gust 11 via the An­thol­ogy la­bel

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.