The Totally Unofficial & Unauthorized
John L's Bread Pages
Continued from Page Two
While compiling my original discography in the late 1970s (to keep track of my growing Griffin collection), I had a vague notion of possibly turning it into a comprehensive biodiscography of the group. However, the research had to be put on the far back burner which was probably a good thing as I was accumulating a lot of faulty information from the popular press. This Bread site is as far as I go with biographies, and real biographies for those interested can be done effectively by real authors. At the present time, there is some valuable information on the Rhino CD reissues whose liner notes are filled with reminiscences by the individual artists. Likewise, Tim Hallinan's Blog Cabin has some enjoyable stories about the early days of The Pleasure Fair.
Over the years, Bread has been mentioned numerous times in popular fiction. In fact, David Gates, Mike Botts and Larry Knechtel played themselves in a Hardy Boys TV episode in 1978. Maria Bamford's psycho-dramatic, on-line sitcom (in which she plays all the characters) includes her attempt to simultaneously open for Bread and confront her misunderstanding family and "friends" who dominate the audience.
Speaking of fiction: During the 1970s and '80s, I would wonder who ordered the DJs (limited to playing no more than the dozen or so chart hits) to announce the group as "David Gates and Bread" when one could plainly see that was not the name of the group printed on every one of their singles and LPs! In 1978, a David Gates solo UK tour was mistakenly promoted as such as shown here. How about that other lead singer with the most incredible voice who seemed to be laboring in obscurity on Bread's B-sides and albums? Some of that material would have been perfect for the alternative FM stations of the '70s. Bread's entire output can be sampled on the web at such sites as amazon.com. Taking into account the vast variety of expression found on their albums, why would anyone categorize their music as "soft-rock"? The concept of categories in music is (to utilize a polite phrase from "Futurama") so much pure weapons-grade balonium anyway.
Another question comes up which is best answered by the individual Bread fan: Is Bread as they are best-known really Bread at their best?
My best friend Kellie came up with an idea for a possible compilation CD whose proposed tracks are listed here in a truly inspired order. Each song sets up the next. Note that there are none of those pesky hits to get in the way and spoil the mood. [Insert winky face here.] How about "A Fresh Slice of Bread" for the title? If such a collection of rarely-heard B-sides and album tracks would appear along with additional CDs of live recordings and previously-unreleased items, any new revival of interest might be expedited. (Note the new CD of previously-unreleased Griffin songs highlighted on Page One.) If performed by the original artist(s), the appearance of a hitherto-obscure Bread-related song at an appropriate moment in a good movie or TV episode could really get the ball rolling.
Bread and its individual members still have a dedicated fan base throughout the world. What fans can do is exercise a bit of "outreach" and educate the public regarding Bread's accomplishments – group and solo. Visiting local college and alternative radio stations is a good starting point.
LINKS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
A big thank you to interested individuals around the world who helped put info onto these pages and/or communicated with me about some real substance: Akihide N., Alice L., Andrew B., Bill A., Bill S., Bob C., another Bob C., Bobby V., Brian B., Brian O., Charlie O., Dave B., David C., Dean A., Dr. Rhino, Debra I., Diana Y., Drew R., Fran H., Gary S., Gene W., Holly C., James G., Jamey G. and his incredible family, Jeff G., Jeff J., Jerry O., Jessie R., another John L., John R., Joe M., Joe S., Joe V., Judy D., Jules A., Kaoru S., Kellie G., Lisa F., Malc S., Marti G., Mike B., Mike D. at 60sgaragebands.com, Mike M., the late Neva G. and Paul B., Pete C., Richard W., Rick H., Rip L., Robb R., Rockin' John McD., Ron F., Ron L., Sonny C., Stephen C., Steve W., Terry G., Timothy H., William S., and WORT Listeners. Also the rockin' Anonymous family.
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