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George Walden,Jeff Allen,John Weatherford,Geroge Hall, Carter Regsdale
Interview with Carter Regsdale
H:Tell me about the music circuit in South Florida.
Carter: We were locked in with a local top 40 station WFUN in the beginning . So we played most of their dances as they were called. North Miami Armory on Sunday, Ft Lauderdale War Memorial Auditorium on Saturday. Hialeah Auditorium on Wednesday Night.
Later we would rent an Auditorium buy drinks, hire security and charge admission and hire another group to open for us . We finally got out from under WFUN and we would travel Fla to Gainsville and play at University of Fla, Daytona Beach at the Surf Club, where the pre Allman Bros Allman Joys would open for us.
H:Do you remember about Allman Joys ? Did they play blues ?
Carter: No I can't remember what style of music that they played, but I do remember they ad a great lead guitar player, and they were really impressed with our equipment , they used our set up to do their set with.
When we would play the dance circuit in Miami, when other groupls would play the kids would dance, when we played no dancing.!!!!! All eyes were on the stage because one never knew what we were going to do. The promoters would catch us before we went on and say ,"Guys you can't play that LSD tonight, or Don't Bring me Down, and Carter don't you dare say Fuck on stage or we will have trouble on our hands. " We would do exactly the opposite as we were told, it sold tickets at the time.
Hitomi: Please describe the fashion worn by The
Montells. Did you wear tie and jackets. Was your hair short or long?
Carter: In the beginning we had uniforms. We quickly came away from that and wore the fashion of the time, bell bottoms turtle necks, leather jackets, boots with very high heels. We did have long hair, it was hard for some of the guys to get into school with their hair because of dress codes at the time. I have a great scrapbook full of neat photos that I would like to share with you if you are interested.
Hitomi:I have your 45 "Don't Bring Me down consored/Unconsored" as "H.M.Subjects". Let me know about it. Why did you use different name?
Carter: At that time our career was in the hands of local DJ Morton (Doc) Downey Jr. He had the name changed because he thought that it sounded more British, We hated it more than Montells, and we quickly changed back..
H:Who's idea is it ,consored/Uncosored version?Doc Downey? Which version did the radio station play?
Carter : The radio played the version that was uncensored until there were so many complaints about the strong language used. That is when Downey added the beeps to the cut and called it censored. Then all they would play was the censored version. Oh sometimes he would play the side without the beeps. You see he got into a lot of hot water over this whole scene. He even had to resign from the station and leave town. Some of the locals said at the time that he would never get another job in radio after this.
Hitomi:Which band did you play with or opened?
Do you have cool episode about it?
Carter: Sorry I can't relate any cool experience that I had personally. Our Drummer Jeff Allen hung out with the Pretty Things in England, and we were entioned in the liner notes on one of their Albums.
Hitomi:Let me know your fab version of "GLORIA" , was it very popular there?
Carter: We did that song a year before it was ever heard in the states. We rearranged it to suit us and actually made it our own. We did cut a tape of our version and it has been lost. It was very popular, when the record by Them came out people were disapointed in their version compared to ours. That was before Rap and I remember that we slowed it down some, and I actually didn't sing the lyrics I almost rapped them
H:Who wrote "You Can't Make Me?".
Carter: " You Can't Make Me" was written in the studio right before we recorded it by Danny Murphy and Me. There was a friend of ours Bob Lovett there and he got credit for some of it, I really don't know why because He really didn't have anything to do with writing any of it.
H:Did you play more original stuff?
Carter:No we probably could have written more at the time of "You Can't Make Me" but it was to easy to cover other material from other British groups and some obscure Black soul stuff.
I guess we were lazy and had a bad case of tunnel vision. Something you must realize, we were not very good in the studio. We were strictly a stage act. I know with more studio experience we could have became one hell of a recording group, but we had other things to spend our money on that we thought was more important.
H:Weren't you complained to play Black Music?
Carter: As a matter of fact the people really liked the black (soul music as it was called at the time) music that we played. You must realize that this was before the Rascals and Vanilla Fudge made this music popular with the white teen croud. I was always after the guys to do some country western tunes but we could never agree on what to play so we forgot that idea. In South Fla at that time if the Montells did it then everybody did it, so we were always looking for something different and new, and most of all exciting. If you get right back to it there was nothing quite as exciting as British Blues Based Rock and Roll, and that was our mainstay.
H:I want Time Machine!
H:How do you think there are many fans of your music beyond over 30 years?
Carter: Hitomi I really don't like to brag but what I am about to say is the truth, we had a tremendous following. South Fla at that time was a very populated area and we were by far the most popular local group of our time. I can contribute this to many things but one thing in particular comes to mind we had a stage presence that was extraordinary. Just last month I was in a tack store in Kentucky, I train horses now, a lady that I know slightly came up to me a nd produced a picture that she had been carying around for 30 plus years of me singing at the North Miami Armory, she asked for my autograph. I couldn't believe it.
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