Achievement "Fade To Black"
Released on March 16, 2004
Junior Achievement was formed in Phoenix
in 1981. Todd Joseph (bass) and Steve Marinick (guitar) were previously
in a short-lived band by the name of Fatal Alligiance. Upon splitting,
Todd and Steve decided to work on putting something new together and
began to look for new members. Todd & Jon Yousko (vocals) were
good friends who met skating together at High Roller, an early cement
skatepark (with 2 full pipes!). Todd asked Jon to be in the new band.
Conveniently, Jon knew of a "young, ripping" drummer (Scott
Chazan) he had met skating a local ramp a few months earlier. From
here the band started, practicing in Scott's tiny bedroom in the blistering
AZ heat. Junior Achievement played its first show in Tucson opening
for their friends JFA. The band recorded its first and only album
"Fade to Black" in the winter of 1984 (using only 2 tracks
and about 8 hours of time) and then broke up late that year. Their
last show was in Tempe opening for Social Distortion. After Todd and
Scott decided to leave the band, Scott moved to L.A. and joined (Don't
No) Steve and Jon continued with 2 new members. Danny Bland (Nova
Boys) (Catt Butt) (Dwarves) (Best Kissers) came on and played bass
and Bam Bam (JFA) came on to pound the skins. The new sound was much
heavier and the band decided that a new name was in order. The new
name, Fade To Black was short-lived due to a band with the same name
in San Francisco. The band finally settled on The Harvest and played
under that name for the next 2 years or so. The Harvest played its
first show at the infamous Valley Art theater in Tempe opening up
for The Vandals on Halloween. They recorded an 11 song tape that never
got pressed before breaking up in 1985. The Harvest played it's last
show at Tempe Diablo Stadium after winning the Best of Phoenix award
for Best Underground Band..
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and China White. Sammytown is back with a vengeance and tears every
show up on this disc with never released music. This is the second
release in a series of live recordings from Malt Soda that are cheap
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