Notes on the 2000 CD re-release of Drive By:
After the breakup of ROQUE in 1992, many feared that Nerd Rock would “dinosate” and slowly decompose on an endless parade of classic rock stations and in the flaccid attempts of lesser imitators. When Cody Weathers joined “The Jeff and Hans Project,” calls to Denver-area suicide hotlines radically spiked. Meanwhile, ROQUE tribute bands such as “BOQUE,” “LOQUE,” “TOQUE,” and “NANOQUE” tried valiantly to carry the waning torch. Little did the faithful know that Cody and Speranza, fresh from a December tryst, had made secret plans for a new project.
Enter Scott Farr.
Cody was approached by Mr. Farr and former ROQUE keyboardist, Neil MacPherson about participating in an auxilliary role in their new band with Dan Langhoff, Shadows. Originally, Cody was to bring some songs to the table, but a spiteful lawsuit by the members of NANOQUE squashed that glorious opportunity, and Shadows furthermore refused to rename themselves to “The Shadows Project,” and so Cody and Speranza were forced to nerd the album up from within. Within six months, their efforts as a subversive rhythm section had insatiably whetted their appetites for more.
Enter John Fried and the estate of Dick McMunchkin, self-proclaimed “financial wizard.”
Ex-ROQUE bass player John Fried had “come into” some property --an abandoned mine shaft outside Blackhawk, CO. Coincidentally, the members of NANOQUE vanished, presumably back to their own crazy-ass home town.
SPLAT MONKEY was free to begin recording.