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Where the Action Is

by Loose Ties

Innovative Boston band's 1985 EP produced by Fred Pineau of The Atlantics and featuring Loose Ties' #1 local single "Last Time" plus studio and live bonus cuts. With Terry Kitchen, Bill Kuhlman, Brice Buchanan, Chris Peeler and Barry Singer.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Where the Action Is
3:26 $0.99
2. Last Time
3:30 $0.99
3. The Crying in Her Heart
4:06 $0.99
4. Car Keys
3:31 $0.99
5. Shake
4:58 $0.99
6. High
4:22 $0.99
7. Get Out of My Novel
4:21 $0.99
8. Peeling the Orchid
6:32 $0.99
9. Betcha Never Done It
7:46 $0.99
10. Her Life Too
4:11 $0.99
11. Next Big Thing
3:21 $0.99
12. Stranded in Satin
3:51 $0.99
13. Mercy Left Over
5:11 $0.99
14. Love / Take a Ride (Live)
7:43 $0.99
15. Picnic
3:41 $0.99
16. Why Don't You Show Me
3:38 $0.99
17. Linda's Got a Lover (But He Can't Dance)
3:43 $0.99
18. Want It
7:05 $0.99
19. Hammer and Nail
5:36 $0.99
20. Stick with Deede
6:21 $0.99
21. Spring of Salvation
4:57 $0.99
22. Talkin' 'bout David
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Innovative Boston band's 1985 EP produced by Fred Pineau of The Atlantics and featuring Loose Ties' #1 local single "Last Time" plus studio and live bonus cuts. With Terry Kitchen, Bill Kuhlman, Brice Buchanan, Chris Peeler and Barry Singer.

The '80s Boston band Loose Ties' roots actually go back to 1973 in Findlay, Ohio, when Terry Kitchen (born Max Pokrivchak) and drummer Chris Peeler first met and jammed as ninth graders at Glenwood Junior High. Terry was just learning guitar but was already writing his own songs while Chris was already an accomplished drummer (his father had been guitarist in the early '60s band The Challengers, later The American Ways). The next year at Findlay High they met singer/drama clubber Bill Kuhlman, convinced him to take up bass, and officially became a band, playing the Ohio teen center/prom circuit first as Shadow, then Sovereign Quid. (Their first hundred dollar gig was the night Richard Nixon resigned; they shocked the crowd of pubescent Aerosmith & ZZ Top fans by doing an all-original set.)
Terry went off to Occidental College in Los Angeles, but they played together summers and vacations and reunited after graduation. Findlay, a small town in northwestern Ohio, was hours away from the Akron scene that produced Devo and Chrissie Hynde, so they knew they had to find a new home, and in October 1981 they moved en masse to Massachusetts.
Their first Boston gig, under their new moniker Loose Ties, was at The Rathskeller in Kenmore Square in February 1982. Also on the bill that night was a group called Sensible Shoes, led by singer Suzanne Brockmann. The two bands hit it off and continued to gig together, encoring with chestnuts like "Build Me Up Buttercup" or "Good Lovin'" with everyone crowded onstage. When the Shoes split up in 1983 after Brockmann left to get married (and eventually become a best-selling romance novelist), Loose Ties inherited their lead guitarist, Brice Buchanan, and their keyboard/sax man, Barry Singer, both originally from Weston, CT. For the next six years Loose Ties played regularly at the clubs that were the backbone of the '80s Boston scene - The Channel, The Paradise, Storyville, Jack's across the river in Cambridge - slowly inching up the ladder of success in Boston's competitive circuit. They released a number of radio tapes, garnering spins on important local stations WFNX and WBCN and college stations WERS and WMFO, before finally making a vinyl EP in 1985, produced by Fred Pineau of the Atlantics. Along with Kitchen's own compositions, the record included a ska-flavored update of the Rolling Stones tune "Last Time," which WBCN picked as the single, and the song reached #1 on their local chart in the spring of 1986.
The success of the EP (including videos for "Last Time," which was played on MTV exactly once, and "The Crying in Her Heart") earned them a spot in the 1986 Rumble, the Boston battle-of-the-bands that had launched Aimee Mann's band 'Til Tuesday a few years before. The Ties, however, were stomped by eventual winners Gang Green. Regrouping, Loose Ties added female vocalist Jeremy Chase (born Debi Chiasson) and showcased at the China Club in NYC during the 1987 New Music Seminar, revealing an r&b-influence in the new songs. When larger success still eluded them, they decided to call it quits and played their official farewell show on Halloween, 1987, at The Tam in Brookline, Mass. A live medley of "Love / Take a Ride" from that show is included here.
Many of these recordings, however, were made after that show. Their final studio session, in early 1988, yielded "High" and "Get Out of My Novel," both included here. The band retained its rehearsal space and, at Terry's urging, recorded its remaining repertoire onto a TASCAM 4-track. The recordings, without the pressure of trying to "make it big," are loose and joyful and reveal the full range of the band's talents, from Buchanan's consistently tasteful solos to Kuhlman's McCartney-esque harmonies. What other band peaks after it's broken up? More evidence that Loose Ties always were Where the Action Is.

Since the band's break-up they have reunited occasionally, most notably at a 2013 benefit concert at Johnny D's for Andrew Szava-Kovats' documentary film Let's Go to the Rat, which also features Loose Ties' music in its soundtrack. Sadly, bassist Bill Kuhlman passed away in 2018 from cancer. Terry, Chris and Bill's last gig together was, fittingly, at their 2016 high school reunion back in Findlay, Ohio.
Terry Kitchen continues to perform and record as a singer/songwriter on the contemporary folk scene. Brice Buchanan is an in-demand guitarist, performing with the r&b band Becky and the Bards and other ensembles. Barry Singer conducts and plays keyboards and woodwinds for classical and theater ensembles in the Boston area. Chris Peeler moved back to the Midwest and plays percussion for classical and show ensembles in Michigan.

Terry Kitchen guitar, vocals
Bill Kuhlman bass, vocals (lead vocal on "Take a Ride")
Chris Peeler drums
Brice Buchanan guitar (except 17), vocals
Barry Singer keyboards, sax, vocals
Jeremy Chase vocals (9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20)
Leslie Sterling back vocal (6, 7)
Carrie Wade back vocal (8)
Deede Bergeron back vocal (21)

Tracks 1-5 produced by Fred Pineau, recorded by Gene Bodio at Pyramid, Boston, 1985.
Track 6 and 7 recorded at the Somerville Media Action Project, Somerville, Mass., 1988.
Track 14 recorded live at the Tam, Brookline, Mass., 1987.
Track 17 recorded by Andy Mendelson at Baker St., Watertown, Mass., 1982.
Other tracks recorded at Loose Ties’ rehearsal space, Brighton, Mass., 1987-88.
Cover graphic by Scott Nash, based on a photo by Linda Holt.
All songs © Terry Kitchen, urban campfire music, BMI except "Last Time" by Jagger/Richards, ABKCO Music Co.



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