William S. Burroughs lived in Lawrence for over 15 years, and he died here in 1997. I don’t think about that often, and I certainly wasn’t thinking about it when I bought this tape yesterday at the Social Service League thrift store.
Tank Farm is led by James Grauerholz, who also happened to be the man who drove Burroughs to the methadone clinic in KC every week. Grauerholz and Burroughs were friends and associates for many years, Grauerholz acting as his manager during Burroughs’ Kansas years. He continues as the literary executor of Burroughs’ estate.
On my first listen to this tape, I knew it was something special. The sound is a delightful mix of warm fuzz Westerberg and Jayhawks jangle. The song writing is unpolished but the band makes up for it in musicianship. I am giving you the first three songs. If you like it I will try and rip the other three tracks. Give it a listen!
And by the way– this is the first cassette ever on The M P M and this is the only place on the entire internets where you can hear this tape!!
Tank Farm is:Tom Newman – vox, guitar James Grauerholz – vox, guitar Chubby Smith – bass Bruce Colbum – drums