Friday, June 29, 2007

Karen is still recovering...

"World Cafe/Philadelphia show on 7/7 has been cancelled. Karen's voice is beginning to improve but unfortunately is not yet able to sing a whole concert. We are very sorry to cause you any inconvenience and to miss the opportunity of being with you."

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Taiwan release of We Walked In Song

I just received word today that the Taiwan release of We Walked In Song (in addition to the Japanese and LP versions) also contains a hidden 12th track: "Shooting Star (sketch)".

Monday, June 25, 2007

2003 Chameleon Club photo set #6

Once again thanks to Bob Rousseau, Here is the set 6 of 7 of the new photos from the Lancaster 2003 Chamelon Club performance. Unfortunately these last few sets didn't come out as well as the earlier sets:

Friday, June 15, 2007

Philadelphia Music Awards

In 1990, The Innocence Mission won two music awards according to The Philadelphia Inquirer (Jun 27, 1990). As to what they may have been?

The free summary includes, "The Innocence Mission, based in Lancaster and signed to A&M Records, won for most promising pop/rock artist and captured the popular vote for outstanding..."

The Philadelphia Daily News (Jun 27, 1990) further exanded in their summary, "'We're going to put ours up in our Rehearsal studio,' said Karen Peris of the Innocence Mission, the Lancaster, PA., art rock band that nabbed two awards."

Monday, June 04, 2007

Vintage articles reveal much

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for your contributions to the site: news, information, art, photos and financial donations. Those contributions help make this site all the better. For a small purchase, I discovered (via Google's new search engine for archived news) several pre-1989 articles. The two articles by the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer revealed quite a bit of information.

Here are a few bits and pieces which I've summarized:

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer / December 17, 1987
"INNOCENCE MISSION IS CATCHING ON" by Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer

The band formed in 1982 at Lancaster Catholic High (from their 1989 bio). In 1983 and 1984, the Innocence Mission was known as Masquerade. They were a Top 40 cover band and performed in school, at dance halls, lounges and Holiday Inns.

Quote from Don: "Those were days of learning, of supporting ourselves through school with odd jobs. It was serious enough that we all kept doing it, but the level of seriousness changed when we started doing our own material. And that's when things really began, and that was about two years ago. 1985, early '86."

They frequently played at Chestnut Cabaret, 23 East, Ambler and J. C. Dobbs.

Hooters bassist Andy King and WMMR's Cyndi Drue recorded pitches on the band's four-song demo tape (although, I'm not exactly sure which of the many demos were on that tape).

Karen is older than Don by a year, and Don is older than Mike by a year and Steve was the same age as Don at the time of the article.

Quote from Patrick Clifford (A&M exec): "They put a big smile on my face. I got the demo tape just as I was getting on a plane to go to Stockholm. So I flew over to Stockholm and I put this tape on, and when I got off the plane I was so crazy about what I'd heard I was thinking, 'I have to find out more about them!' I ran to a pay phone and immediately called New York to talk to their attorney. Only problem: It was still like 4 o'clock in the morning there."

Source: Philadelphia Daily News / December 8, 1987

Cabaret nightclub owner and manager of the Hooters, Steve Mountain and Concert Company boss Stephen Starr made unsuccessful bids to manage the band.

A&M signed the band for a minimum of two albums. Geffen and Capitol Records were also in the running.

Daniel Lenois listened to two sets of an IM show at 23 East and was being considered as a producer.

They opened for 10,000 Maniacs at the Chestnut Cabaret on December 16, 1987.