1981, it was time for a change, and we moved to New York,
but attrition was taking its toll keyboardist John
Linnell left to start They
Might be Giants, and drummer Kevin Tooley also departed.
We continued to write new material and recorded a demo produced
by Mick Ronson, but in 1983 the Mundanes broke up.
Shortly thereafter, I was recruited
by the Egyptians, another one of the several Providence bands
that had made the NYC move at the same time. They played a
very hip funk/folk/pop style (if your "folk" happened to be
into Balkan melodies, that is) and featured the great popping
bass of Mark White, who later propelled the Spin
Doctors. The Egyptians were managed by CBGB
Kristal, and had label interest; among the highlights
of my year-long tenure were a gig with Spinal Tap at CBGB
and a recording session where Grandmaster
Flash was brought in for some turntable magic. I also
started taking lessons with jazz guitar legend Sal
Salvador, which lasted six years.