I Though I Told You to Shut Up

December 3, 2008 5:47 PM

Here's the overture from a rock opera based on David Boswell's comic Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman.

My band Milk Inc. (no, not that one) recorded this 14-song rock opera—revolving around the lives of Reid, Messieurs Cooper, O'Clock and Crabbe, and the lovely Lena—at Idful Stuidios in Chicago in the late '80s and performed it live in its entirety at various clubs in and around Chicago. Recording may not be of the highest quality, believe it is an mp3 made from a cassette of the masters.

I'll post more if there's any interest from Reid Fleming fans.

posted by stargell (5 comments total)

Oops. "Thought."
posted by stargell at 5:50 PM on December 3, 2008

Wow, this is great! I was a fan of Reid Fleming and Idful Studios, but I wasn't aware of your band. (I was fairly focused on Naked Raygun and the Didjits at the time.) Did Boswell hear this? It seems like a perfect soundtrack to the comic.
posted by assoctw at 8:18 AM on December 4, 2008

We actually tried repeatedly to get in touch with Boswell, looking for the rights to use his images for the cover of our 7-inch, but he never responded.

Milk Inc. mostly played the usual Wicker Park places—Phyllis's, whatever that Polish club was called, plus Club Stodola and whatever other little bar decided it would have music. Never quite achieved the profile of a Naked Raygun, though we did appear on a compilation with Smashing Pumpkins, Rights of the Accused and the like. (The song on that record is from our second, unfinished rock opera!) I'm told we once appeared on a bill out in the suburbs with Screaching Weasel and Green Day, though I can't remember the latter at all. Obviously it was before they got big.
posted by stargell at 1:51 PM on December 4, 2008

I, for one, suggest you post more.
posted by assoctw at 11:51 AM on December 5, 2008

More, please!
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