I took this photo in the very early 1980s. This is Lari Shox performing with various performers before he put together the very Klaus Nomi-influenced Shox Lumania. The band was originally conceived by Lari Shox in the early 1980's with music written by the brilliant Man Parrish. I am trying to remember Lari and the band. I remember the concept was based on the idea that they were all from Lumania, a pre-Atlantis civilization that had mastered time travel and going in and out of dimensions. One of the singers in the band was Stephanie Kaye. She was one of the first people that I met when I moved to New York. She introduced me to Lari. Lari Shox passed away from HIV in the late 80's.
I knew Jimmy Joe from around the East Village, Club 57 and assorted clubs. I remember him playing with Kai Eric in the shape shifting Club 57 house band. It is best for Kai Eric to speak for Jimmy. The following is written by Kai Eric:
We formed a house band for the legendary Club 57 backing up Ann Magnuson and assorted club members as they performed on various theme nights. Forming bands that would last two weeks and then disband and reconfigure to fit the next theme. We did theme nights from punk to country to playboy bunny lounge. We did shows like the Velvet Underground inspired, Velvetmania and performed in pure noise experiences as the Man Rays and as the Patha-Rhythmics. Later with the help of my brother Kjeld on drums we formed a three-piece band that I called “Chiller James and the Mello-D- Aces”. It was one of those bands that had some potential but fell by the wayside as so many do.
Please read the longer version of Kai’s tribute to Jimmy Joe. It is a very moving and memorable piece of writing on his memory of Jimmy Joe. I wanted to write something, but after reading what Kai wrote, it is better this way.
Jimmy died a few years ago of complications that arose from HIV.
I was always very curious about who this woman is in the American flag box. I took this photo a long time ago at the Mudd Club and found it. I did not know who she was. It was a mystery. I finally created this website and send it out in the cyber-world. A month passed and I got an email from the mystery woman in the box introducing herself as Jan Long Collins. This is what I found out about her: Jan moved to New York in the 70’s to work as a model. She is in the Amy Arbus' book ON THE STREET. Jan was Amy's muse when she was at the Museum School in Boston. Jan is also in the documentary that John Spellos made about Amy Arbus. Jan modeled in New York throughout the 70‘s and 80‘s and continued to model for painters and photographers. You could spot Jan in a few museums and a lot of art galleries over the years. She married Peter Collins who was in the great New York band the Invaders.
They eventually moved to Boston. They had twin boys Mike and Josh. They're 27 now. She presently is doing some production design work in independent films and props for the Nora Theater. Jan recently wrote me this: “My boys are in some respects a chip off the old block and did whatever I did right along with me. Recently a french artist saw a photo of them in their cowboy and Indian costumes I made them when they were two and used the photo as the basis for a series of screen prints, that made up a show he had in Paris and Belgium....it's funny how these things work out, without ever trying! Mostly I'm Nanny Janny the rock and roll nanny, I take care of the children of local artists and musicians” Look at her myspace page for more information: www.myspace.com/janlong