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All About Joel

Joel I found this neat message on the Mint Records page. Joel sez:

Hi Kids,

When I received a phone call from one Grant Lawrence, Smugglers frontman, Mint Records honcho and all around swell guy, informing me that I was duty-bound to author an informative piece on and about my band The Mr. T Experience for the Mint home page, I was honoured to be entrusted with such a significant task. As the first band to be brought aboard Mint as part of their international alliance with Lookout! Records, we in the Mr. T Experience feel it is of the utmost importance that we properly convey just how pleased we are to be in the fold.

We love Mint and love being a part of Mint, if for no other reason than that Mint Records is so... so... well, CANADIAN! It's hard to explain why, but you Canadians have really won the collective heart of those of us in MTX. Perhaps it's because you have so many great bands, such as the Smugglers, with whom we have spent the greater part of the last year touring North America, or perhaps it is simply for your Canadian pluckiness and affability: sure you may not win any medals in this year's Olympics, and sure you may not be able to build a car (you do, however, produce a fine bicycle, and it's best to work up to these things one wheel at a time), but you know your rock and roll, and those Mounties of yours always get their man. Mostly, I'm sure, it's because you've made us feel so welcome, and that is why we are proud to be a member of the Mint Records family.

Joel againFor those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Mr. T Experience, allow me to indoctrinate you (I resisted the urge to say "let me introduce you to our dumb little band"): First and foremost there is Jym (spelled with the exciting "y" in lieu of the boring "i") anchoring the band from behind the drums. Besides being an animal on the skins, Jym is also the requisite "strong and silent type" of the group.

Next is our intrepid leader, Dr. Frank, who fulfills no less than the duties of guitarist, lead singer, and resident genius. In my humble opinion Frank is perhaps the most gifted songwriter and lyricist of our time. Of course, a more cynical reader would note that I have a vested interest in saying this, or even criticize that I have an unhealthy fixation on the members of my own band. Nonsense, I say. (By the way, did I mention that in his senior year of high school Frank held the highest SAT score of anyone in the entire country? He's so dreamy!)

As for me, my name is Joel, and besides providing the bass playing and back up vocaling, my main duty within the band is to lower the average age of the members from 30 down to 26. I recently dropped out of college and broke my poor mother's heart to devote my life to rock and roll debauchery. Together we are MTX. We all squandered what were promising futures in order to toil in the relative semi-celebrity of a punk rock band that plays two-minute songs about girls. (Our detractors would claim that all of our songs are about girls, and well... they'd be right. But, hey, if being obsessively single minded on the subject of the fair sex is wrong then I don't wanna be right.) This band has taken us to all four corners of the globe, where literally dozens of people have seen us play and sing our little hearts out every night.

Hugs and kisses,

Joel of MTX

Joel Wanna know how Joel got pulled into the forces of the Starship? Here goes (thanks to the MTX Family Circle for all this keen info!):

The story of Joel's entry into MTX is a case of the Gods of Fortune smiling on everyone. Joel's sister, Nicole, 8 years older, had already graduated from U.C. Berkeley where MTX had become her favorite band. Over the years, she had brought home all their records, and, as a result, MTX was also Joel's favorite band in the world. In the fall of 1994, his sister took him to a show at Gilman in Berkeley. Nicole recognized Dr. Frank in the audience. Joel introduced himself and learned that Aaron had just jumped to Samiam. Joel announced that he played the bass (neglecting to add he was only 17 and still in high school). Two weeks later, Joel received a phone message: come and jam with the band. At the practice studio, Dr. Frank and Jym were amazed to find that Joel knew by heart all the bass lines and lyrics, plus could contribute a new ingredient to MTX- strong harmonies. As Dr. Frank often says, Joel was born and bred to be in Mr. T. Their first performance together was Dec. 30, 1994, live on KALX radio in Berkeley, their first club gig on Jan. 6, 1995. Many more shows would follow, turning Joel's senior year on its head.

-MTX Family Circle

Here's some other cool stuff to know about Joel:
  • With a GPA of 4.17, Joel was a National Merit Scholar in high school.
  • Joel has played 3 different instruments in his life: he played the cello for 9 years, he played the trumpet for three years, and he's been playing bass for more than two years.

    Once again, thanks to Mint Records and the MTX Family Circle for all this rad information!

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