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For Kenny

by Locate Your Lips

The original Locate Your Lips played as a duo led by jazz-schooled drummer Ken Baldwin, who recruited progressive rock minded bassist Andy Cavaluzzi at Baldwin’s early ‘80s punk rock club, the Starship. A trio with JIm Eannelli recorded these tracks.
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19. Take off Your Clothes
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20. Indecision
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21. It's a Beautiful Day
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22. Alive
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Locate Your Lips

“Is this a party or what?” the DJ demanded in a misguided
effort to arouse some stadium rock, flick your Bic enthusiasm.
She was on a strange mission for WQFM, a Milwaukee AOR
station largely out of touch with the new music that surfaced in
punk rock’s wake. She was far from QFM’s usual demographic,
announcing from an arty alternative club called Café Voltaire,
the unlikely site for a live broadcast of an unlikely band to be
heard on a mainstream rock station, Locate Your Lips. The trio’s
aggressive performance promptly blew dust off the speakers of
QFM listeners all over town.

The original Locate Your Lips played as a duo led by jazz-schooled
drummer Ken Baldwin, who recruited progressive-rockminded
bassist Andy Cavaluzzi at Baldwin’s early ‘80s
punk rock club, the Starship. Baldwin studied percussion at
the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and aspired to be a
fusion drummer like Tony Williams—until he encountered the
dangerously combustible bands that played his club.
Baldwin left Locate Your Lips when he received an offer
from Milwaukee techno-pop act Colour Radio whose contract
with a subsidiary of A&M Records glittered with the promise
of stardom. Originally a synth duo, Colour Radio expanded
into a more conventional band lineup, enlisting Baldwin and
another phenomenally talented Milwaukee musician, guitarist
Jim Eannelli. They pushed off to LA in 1984 to make an album.

Before Colour Radio’s bid for stardom fell to earth, Baldwin was
fired. Call it creative differences. Eannelli quit in protest and
the two musicians stormed back to Milwaukee. “We got off the
plane and went over to Andy’s house,” Eannelli recalls. “I hadn’t
even unpacked. It was: ‘Dude, we’ve got to start a band!’”
The Locate Your Lips heard on this album is the result,
born in anger at the machinations of a music industry whose
machinery increasingly crushed rather than encouraged
creativity. The live side heard here was recorded off the
WQFM broadcast by a fan and mastered from a cassette
by Gary Tanin, a veteran Milwaukee producer-musician
who had played with Baldwin in the ‘70s. Furiously aggressive
yet propelled by rhythms of subtle complexity, the set of
original songs is like a blunt-edged sword wielded by a
fencing master or a fist to the mouth thrown by a black
belt. The energy is punk in intensity but the music is more
sophisticated. LYL aspired to something genre defying and
progressive.

The drumming was key. “He played like the great English
blues-rock drummers,” Tanin says. “He played the pocket
behind the beat like John Bonham.” Eannelli sees it from
another angle. “Kenny was a jazz drummer who fell in love
with the carnival of punk.”

The more restrained environment that birthed the album’s
studio side brought LYL’s other qualities to the fore, including
strong harmonies, vocal melodies and songwriting. They
could have been hit makers—but they also found time for
edgy jazz discord. Eannelli recalls that the tracks were
recorded live with the final vocals added later. Overdubbing
was as judicious as a painter dabbing touches of color onto
an almost-finished canvas.

The band’s chemistry was “mercurial,” Eannelli says, and
the combination of songwriting and musical talent sparked
a frenzy of creativity during their less-than-eight-months
as a band. “We wrote 22 songs in two weeks,” he recalls.
“We did a ridiculous amount of work in a ridiculously
short time. Kenny and I were used to the high of being in
Hollywood and all of a sudden, we were back in Milwaukee
where the sun didn’t shine.”

As suddenly as it began, Locate Your Lips imploded, but
not before leaving behind the still-bracing, still outside-thetimes
music heard in this collection. Sadly, one of the trio’s
members isn’t able to hear it. Ken Baldwin succumbed
to cancer in 2015.

David Luhrssen
October 2018

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