File under overpriced, like all entertainment these days. And I could even contend this is art; the single of my first band, The Fix, on eBay, for a buy it now price of $4,000. At first glance, it appears to be the real thing. I can’t recall the matrix letters at all. We didn’t know about putting stupid little messages in there in 1981, when this was pressed.Thankfully, perhaps; We were in our early 20s and might have opted for something like “Manson Rules.” Remember, this is the same band that melted 15 of the 200 records pressed on the band house radiator. If you live in Lansing, the house was 823 Beulah. Someone told me the house was condemned now. Which is something; even in 1981, there were always cops at someplace in the neighborhood, which for some reason didn’t prevent break-ins. We lost some stereo gear to thieves, who made their way to the basement to cop our amps. But we were out of town playing and, well, it’s not as if we had spares sitting around. As far as the record, I like the idea that I won’t see a penny of the money. Never could get why someone would make music and get all shitty about the cash. If you’re making music that you want everyone to like, it’s not really music, it’s entertainment. For me, it was all about creating havoc and ruining the standards. That shouldn’t have a cash reward.
Steve Miller is an investigative reporter with over two decades of experience in daily newspaper, Web and magazine reporting and writing. Miller has done time as a court and cops beat reporter at the Dallas Morning News and as a national reporter for the Washington Times, and as a correspondent for national publications including People magazine, High Times, Boston Magazine, Miami New Times, Houston Press, The Daily Beast and U.S. News and World Report. In 2012, he was an Edgar award finalist for his book, Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender. He is a recipient of the digital investigative award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Miller was also the former vocalist in the Midwest punk rock outfit the Fix in 1980-81.
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