Roger Mexico formed in 2002. I knew Louis (the drummer and band master) thru film school (University of Iowa!!). He was a drummer in nearly every band in Iowa City. He knew Dave (the lead guitarist and back up vocalist) thru similar channels. And Peter (the bassist) from High School. And there was also Dan. I’m not sure who knew Dan (other guitarist).
We rocked the best venues of Iowa City for a year. From Gabes (battle of the bands) to the fucking empty coffee houses of Grinnell (but the meal and hotel were paid for there. What?! Remember when we ate so much food because dinner was free that we all were sick before the show…yeah, we were opening for some def jam rap group, too. Yep. Too much fun.)
Anyway- we never recorded, but we had some heart, and played some great rocknroll shows. So this is a playlist of every scrap I have of recorded material (at least just plain audio-wise. Apparently there’s some videos. Anyone out there know where?).
The 1st track was taken from a Coach Mahler session. Immediately after Roger Mexico disbanded a few of our guys went to Mahler and they played a mean Country Rock show. Anyway- they stole the lick for a Roger Mexico track (wink to Kevin Mahler) and so I stole it back and recorded over it a few years ago.
The 2nd – is from a session I did early on with Dave (the lead guitarist) — we recorded an acoustic session with 2 early tracks back when I think Dave was unsure about me as vocalist. (am I right, Dave?)
Anyway- after those sessions, Dave was just fine with me on the mic. I think part of trepidation came from the fact that I was so shy with singing that I would sing super quietly so that no one knew the lyrics until the shows. And then on show days I would drink enough and be confident. And belt it.
The 3rd – “Darling” is a solo – BGB track. That was one that was brought up to the guys to cover from my recent album (part of the reason Louis wanted me there). Originally I was on keyboards playing a thick keyboardy string section. It was quickly vetoed for obvious reasons. It’s too bad we never recorded this one as a full band – it would’ve sounded awesome.
The 4th- “Love 2 Quickly” was a Dave song. I was back up vocalist on it. Since I didn’t play an instrument–I didn’t have much to do on that one but sway a little and wish I had a tambourine. Listen to hear Dave lose it and start laughing mid-song.
And last (but not….least?) Nymphomani-yeah. Another Bubblegum Best track. This one also was more fitting with a band rather than the default keyboard backings. But you still get the jest of how good it could be. Minus that embarrassing ending (grabs forehead and sighs).
So I wrote more than most will read. And put up more songs than most will listen, but it’s been good reminiscing about the ROGER MEXICO. 2002-2003 RIP