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12 February 2013

Alzheimer's & Osteoporosis & Incontinence, Oh My

Common Ailments of Maturity formed in Boston in1985 with Lawrence Dersch, Dennis Plinn, & Timothy (Ratdiet) Robert. They are most noted for their live shows which featured new member John Breglia who took over as keyboards, bass, & melody on his Chapman Stick. The Stick was popularized by Tony Levine in King Crimson.
     Imagine creating music on a stringed instrument that is simultaneously a guitar,
       a bass, a piano, & percussion. Add unlimited electronic capabilities & forward-    
       thinking playing techniques for ultimate expression. Now, design a tuning to
       make navigation of the instrument amazingly simple, streamline the look &
       feel for optimal accessibility. This instrument already exists as the
       Chapman Stick.”

CAM released three LPs & two singles in their short life-span. The band was active until about 1992 when they released their final work, the single “Machinery Turning b/w Erosion”. They were praised by the music press, played with the best of the Boston underground, but reached a relatively small audience. This could be caused by the fact that they played a noisy, difficult, uncompromising music which was hard to pigeon-holed. It’s funk-jazz fusion blended with punk, creating a highly personal disharmonic rock ‘n’ roll.

Smoldering Lunchbox released in 1987 by Common Ailments of Maturity themselves, on their label Extremely High Quality Records (EHQ 12001). On this recording, CAM was: Timothy Ratdiet – guitar & vocals; Dennis Plinn - synthesizer; & Lawrence Dersch - drums.

The following pseudo-biography is from the records insert:

“April 30 1987
Fed up with hearing "Proud Mary" and "We've Only Just Begun" every night for twelve consecutive years, Dennis Plinn abandons his lucrative position as musical director of a Caribbean cruise ship. He moves to Boston, taking a job as piano accompanist for a strip tease act at the Naked I Cabaret in the city's notorious combat zone. Although the money isn't good, Plinn finds his new occupation spiritually uplifting.

October 1 1987
Lawrence Dersch is financially ruined, alcoholic and homeless. Once a well respected radio and television technician, his skill have become obsolete with the advent of the microchip. Desperate, Dersch turns to panhandling in Boston's subway corridors. On this evening, though, his fortune takes a turn for the better...Dersch discovers he can triple his income by beating out rhythms on the foreheads of passing commuters. Dersch becomes a local celebrity overnight.

October 21, 1987 5:45 PM
Timothy Ratdiet, importer of counterfeit Fender Stratocasters, locks up his office on the tenth floor of a dingy warehouse in Boston's Chinatown section. In a dark mood after making a hush money payment to a U.S. Department of Commerce official, Ratdiet drives his '83 Porsche 911 two blocks to the Naked I for a stiff drink and a new attitude.

October 22, 1987 2:35 AM
After a massive barroom brawl at the Naked I, Ratdiet, Plinn and Dersch find themselves sharing a cell in Boston Police District Four Headquarters. Discovering a common interest, the three while away the hours waiting for a bail bondsman by singing Lithuanian folk songs of the 18th century. Common Ailments of Maturity is born.”

Extremely High Quality Records ‎– EHQ 12001, 1987. 
decryption code in comments

Side One –
Smoldering Lunchbox
Carpet Bag
Mental Block

Side Two –
Drop Dead
Restless Hunger/ Trench
Acid Mix



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  2. Chapman Sticks are really cool instruments. The bass player from Kajagoogoo, Nick Beggs, is a Chapman Stick player as was bass player, Jürgen Dehmel, who played with German band Nena.

  3. to IHT90s,
    Chapman Sticks rule !_!