The death of Def, 1993

A couple of articles in the Los Angeles Times give a little detail of the “Ciao Def” party Aug. 27, 1993, which featured The Red Devils as entertainment at the “funeral.” And with the funeral, Rubin’s Def American became American Recordings . (“King King” was issued as Def American 9 26795-2 and American 65660.) [EDIT:Continue reading “The death of Def, 1993”

13 years later: Another look at “13 featuring Lester Butler”

“When you’re talking about blues, you’re talking about storytelling. … You have to bring something to the table. You have to have a story to tell.” 13 years ago tonight, Lester Butler and his gang took the stage at the Bar Deluxe in Hollywood to celebrate the release of the album “13 featuring Lester Butler.”Continue reading “13 years later: Another look at “13 featuring Lester Butler””

Rubin bio gives hints of producer at work

Simply calling Rick Rubin a “producer” misses what has made him such an important modern musical figure: He has been a guru, shaman, caretaker, curator, therapist and friend for many artists, coaxing some to produce their greatest music ever. What he does simply cannot be reproduced. Using already-published interviews as a backbone, author Jake BrownContinue reading “Rubin bio gives hints of producer at work”

Show souvenirs

Christmas came a little early here at nofightin.com, thanks to some cool memorabilia shared by Andrew Rackauskas. Rackauskas, who tells us he ran a ’90s fanzine called Spinal Column (his 13 review can be found on Jasper Heikens’ site), sent us an e-mail, relating stories about seeing the Devils every week at Jack’s Sugar ShackContinue reading “Show souvenirs”

Found! ‘Louisiana Blues’ rare promo tape 1992

After years of myths, faded memories, lost opportunities and cold trails, the rarest of Red Devils recordings is discovered, recasting the band as a semi-acoustic traditional blues combo. Even after the package arrived in the mail, it was still hard to believe the search was over. In our hands was the much-rumored “Louisiana Blues” promoContinue reading “Found! ‘Louisiana Blues’ rare promo tape 1992”

Red Devils 1992 Def American press kit

Not knowing much about The Red Devils in 1992, the Def American press kit was pretty much the only source of info I had for the band. I got this press kit while working at the Indiana Daily Student, before the band came to play a gig at Jake’s Nightclub. I’ll write more about thatContinue reading “Red Devils 1992 Def American press kit”

“Automatic” / “Devil Woman” promo CD single

Picked up a cool little item on eBay a month or so ago: a promo-only CD single for The Red Devils’ “Automatic” and “Devil Woman.” Though it only contains two songs that you should own by now, there are still several notable things about this little single: THE TWO-SONG PAIRING. After having memorized just aboutContinue reading ““Automatic” / “Devil Woman” promo CD single”