Say Yes To Apes were a bit of a notorious southern rock outfit formed by Kevin Smith (guitar / vocals – well-known for his tv acting), Pat Faigan (drums – Spacedust etc) and Steve Watson (bass / violin / synth), born out of the earlier Picnic Boys. Releasing a handful of home-made lo-fi tapes on their own TV Eye label, and eventually even some vinyl the boys developed a firm following with a shambolic approach to rock; with Smiths’ vocals at times recalling Lou Reed.
Later joined by Tim McCleod, Say Yes To Apes were the last and most successful of the TV Eye collective. TV Eye released Watsons’ Legacy Of Ears, and Smiths’ Hyphen-Smythe solo material, all with distinctive hand-scribbled sleeves and home-brewed production techniques. Each of these releases are now highly rare and thoroughly collectable, especially with Kevin Smiths’ tragic death in 2003.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Who’s That [1983 TV Eye Apes001]
- The Decline And Fall Of Say Yes To Apes [1984 TV Eye Apes003]
- The Brainshake Cassette [1984 W/ The Impeccable Nasals TV Eye]
Short-lived independent tape-label primarily focused around the recordings of the late Kevin Smiths’ Say Yes To Apes (who feature on every one of their compilations), along with Smith (who played solo as Hyphen-Smythe), label head Steve Watson (Legacy Of Hearing) and their other bands comprised of members Pat Faigan (aka Duane Zarakov), Tim Mcleod, Phil Howe and others – mainly the Picnic Boys and the Smith/Watson duo Hyphen-Ears.
Picks In Bold
- Werdicats Cassette [1983 Tveye006]
- I Just Flew In From Invercargill, And Boy Are My Arms Tired! Cassette [1984 Tveye009]
kevin smith (who later went on to find fame as an actor in the likes of hercules before he died tragically in the early 2000s) released a series of tapes, often with pat faigan (aka duane zarakov – later of spacedust) and steve watson – initially as the picnic boys, but then expanding into variations different permutations on their own tv eye label.
hyphen-smythe was essentially a kevin smith solo alias – recordings by steve watson went by the name legacy of ears, hence why the combination of smith and watson used the hyphen-ears – but it was the full band line-up of say yes to apes that smith, faigan and watson are most known for.
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legacy of ears was the alias of steve watson, a member of the collective behind the picnic boys and say yes to apes, who put out some tape releases on their tv eye label in the early 1980s. legacy of ears later joined with kevin smiths’ hyphen-smythe alias to form the hyphen-ears duo.
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