Retoff, McKenzie, Butler and Pierce
Bill Retoff and Dan McKenzie met each other in the Spring of 1987 while trying to assemble a band to play a Monkees convention that summer in Michigan. They put together a quartet tentatively called the Seen and rehearsed several Monkees songs. The convention gig ultimately fell through, but Retoff and McKenzie became instant friends. By July, the two were laying down some tracks together in the Arthur, IL, studio of Dennis Miller, who would become a consistent friend and backer through the intervening years. The situation remained, however, that Retoff lived over 100 miles away from McKenzie and Miller, making any kind of prolonged recording unit seemingly impossible to maintain.
On New Year's Eve of that year, McKenzie and bassist friend Jamie Lehman joined the full-time ranks of Champaign-Urbana band Red Pop, which was the brainchild ...
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