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(Mike Park Superfan)   Guy runs huge record label out of parents garage. Slackers around the world given hope.   (metroactive.com ) divider line
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2002-01-19 05:46:19 PM  
I was a huge fan of that guy's old band, Skankin' Pickle... used to go see 'em all the time when ska/punk was big... ahh... the 90's....
 
2002-01-19 05:47:43 PM  
yay asian man records.

oi oi oi
 
2002-01-19 05:51:18 PM  
damn, thats actually pretty funny
 
soe
2002-01-19 05:55:42 PM  
wow, old article.. Mike Park rocks.. but dont sit next to him just because he's Asian.
 
2002-01-19 05:55:50 PM  
i was given hope?
how and when? i don't feel any different
 
2002-01-19 06:00:34 PM  
yeah Asian man records rule, but I thought Shin Park was dead?
 
2002-01-19 06:02:05 PM  
I used to live in Los Gatos, on the border of Monte Sereno.

All I can say is that a garage in Monte Sereno easily passes for a 3-bedroom house in San Jose.
 
2002-01-19 06:02:37 PM  
mail order is still fun. yeaaaaah.
 
2002-01-19 06:15:38 PM  
The entreprenurial spirit still exists. You go, guy.

Just don't gouge your customers on CDs.
 
2002-01-19 06:15:44 PM  
don't encourage us.
 
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2002-01-19 06:37:44 PM  
hey SOE i get it
 
2002-01-19 06:45:40 PM  
If you read the Nick Trania article that's linked, I'm surprised they didn't mention he is the son of Danielle Steele. She wrote a book about him, and he was one messed up kid. No one bears any responsibility for what happened to him, yet she blamed Link80, Mike Park, and anyone that had anything to do with his music career. It is everyone's fault but hers.
 
2002-01-19 07:11:17 PM  
Don't get too happy, slackers of the world, Asian Man records sucks. Their bands are total crap, more meaningless ska for meaningless rebellion of meaningless adolescents. Count me out.
 
2002-01-19 07:18:54 PM  
BobNever - Who cares what you think. This guy appears to be successful, whether you like him or not. Keep your meaningless posts to yourself.
 
2002-01-19 07:24:39 PM  
BobNever - How is ska-punk (not Jamacian ska) rebellious?
 
2002-01-19 07:34:26 PM  
LookingForward, I read an article where Shin Park passed away of cancer in Sept of '99.
 
2002-01-19 07:44:48 PM  
I dislike most ska, especially the flood of awful ska bands that were all over the place in 1996-1998. But LTJ and Skankin' Pickle were (are in LTJ's case) both rad bands. As yucky as the whole ska explosion was, it was still a million times better than today's whole "emo" thing. What happened to when "emo" meant the Smiths? Now "emo" is nothing but a combination of the cutesiness of N'Sync and the geekiness and weak music of Weezer.
 
2002-01-19 07:45:03 PM  
I've personally met up with Mike and he's a great guy. My old punk band even toured with the Bruce Lee Band for about a month. It was incredible fun and Mike always had a smile on his face. he truly knows what he;'s doing in the world of music.
 
2002-01-19 07:51:13 PM  
This Mike Park person really knows what he wants. I'm assuming, according to the article, that he will be sucecssful for quite some time. i personally dont like ska, i have yet to hear any music from Skank or Less Than tho... does anyone serve it up on good ol' morpheus?
 
2002-01-19 07:54:49 PM  
Punk rock indie label Epitaph Records started out as Bad Religion's vanity label.
 
2002-01-19 08:08:41 PM  
Excuse my ignorance, but what does "emo" mean?
 
2002-01-19 08:25:43 PM  
a few things: Mike Park is a rad guy, I just saw him play solo a few months ago at the Plea for Peace tour, which he organizes.

and HTS, as to what "emo" is, it's another sub-sub-subgenre of punk. We take punk rock to something much harder just called "hardcore." Think of bands like Agnostic Front. Then from hardcore come some bands that play a more melodic variety of it, with strange chords (diminished 7ths, things like that), and stuff that was a lot more introspective (rather than the macho posturing of most hardcore.) Bands like Fugazi and Rites of Spring were pioneers in this "emotional-hardcore" genre, which was derisively dubbed "emo" by hardcore fans but eventually taken as just the name of the style.
Since then, emo has evolved, much of it abandoning any of its hardcore roots, sticking with the melodies and mindset but with more of an indie rock sound. This is the kind of emo Mustion was yelling about. This sound has become so prevalent in fact, that hardcore-influenced emo, the original emo, has been re-dubbed "emo-core" or sometimes "screamo." Think anything from Poison the Well to From Autumn to Ashes.

I hope this has been educational.
 
2002-01-19 08:59:18 PM  
it's time for happy, happy, dance music with catchy melodies

http://artists.mp3s.com/artist_song/2089/2089899.html

http://artists.mp3s.com/artist_song/2089/2089878.html

http://artists.mp3s.com/artist_song/2089/2089824.html
 
2002-01-19 09:15:16 PM  
Serge:

The most amazing story to come out of the punk scene is that of Black Flag. Anyone who wants to know about the pioneers of the DIY ethic should research them.
 
2002-01-19 09:19:22 PM  
SST records!! Minutemen, Black Flag, Husker Du, Meat Puppets, ...
 
2002-01-19 09:21:15 PM  
oh yea,

ever happen to notice the simmilarity between Black Flag's 'Slip it In' and The Replacements 'fark School'?

hmmm, Black Flag was influenced by the Replacements...
 
2002-01-19 09:30:47 PM  
damm, I can't spell 'similarity'


phuq!
 
lbo
2002-01-19 09:35:20 PM  
too bad the music is crap.
 
2002-01-19 09:39:07 PM  
Asian Man...TANTRA MONSTERS....I LOOOOOOOOVE THE TANTRA MONSTERS.....MMMM
 
lbo
2002-01-19 09:39:57 PM  
when did punk get all watered down and trendy anyway? Ska and punk both put fashion before anything else...pretty dumb stuff, that.
 
2002-01-19 09:46:26 PM  
now alternative = pop
 
2002-01-19 09:47:08 PM  
"emo" = songs about girls (think of the Ataris) Not necessarily a bad thing, but pretty much all it turns out to be.

I like asian man's The Gone With the Wind of Punk Rock Samplers . It'll rock your freakin socks off.
 
2002-01-19 10:19:48 PM  
DIY

Do It Yourself

There are probably 20 or thirty other people out there that are doing the same thing and all have varying degrees of success, most of them are not in it for the money.

And The Replacements were the original Grunge band. Signing to a major label is what killed em.
 
2002-01-19 10:22:33 PM  
I just saw Mike Park the other day at a concert. He is like 6 feet something tall. I love asian man. I got into skapunk just as it was in it's death throes. It's still around. Here in the bay area there are still many ska concerts every weekend.

Gotta love asian man. Skankin' Pickle is really good. Slow Gherkin' is too... You guys want some good catchy ska, buy a King Apparatus CD. Only $8.
 
2002-01-19 10:23:17 PM  
My first show ever was in Berkeley CA at a place that is no longer around. Skankin' Pickle was the headlining band, Link 80 was playing as well. Mike Park being the lead singer of Skankin' among other things.

At another show I was lucky enough to meet him in person after the show and get a few things signed. Definately a good guy, and definately a great record label. I even got Margaret Cho to sign one of their CD's as Skankin' Pickle did her theme song.
 
2002-01-19 10:43:41 PM  
since when are the ataris emo..?
 
2002-01-19 11:04:04 PM  
Lemon:

No, that wasn't the theme song for her show. They wrote it and submitted it, and it wasn't chosen, but they decided it'd be cool to put it on the album.
 
Eli
2002-01-19 11:05:47 PM  
Ahhh Skankin Pickle... Brings back memories of being 16 and hitting on 15 year old punk/ska girls at all ages shows. Those guys were a lot of fun, even if their music didn't have much staying power.

Because Dog is a delicacy.
 
Eli
2002-01-19 11:07:19 PM  
Lbo You are just paying attention to the wrong bands.
 
2002-01-19 11:14:52 PM  
This article is four years old.

We need a follow up on this guy.
 
2002-01-20 12:14:57 AM  
Crazy:

They DO mention Nick Trania is the son of Danielle Steele.
 
2002-01-20 12:28:12 AM  
SST was definitely the beacon for all independent labels to look toward. Too bad it died with hardcore and became Ginn's label for all of his dozen or so different jazz/techno/noise projects... some good, some bad. However, with the SST subsidiary Cruz, some AMAZING music was released... ALL, of course... Big Drill Car, Chemical People. But yeah, SST is definitely the label of all labels.
 
2002-01-20 12:37:17 AM  
Skankin' Pickle's "The Green Album" rocks....

BTW, here is a link to a '99 story about Mike.

It does mention the death of his father.

Click Here...
 
2002-01-20 12:39:42 AM  
Some say "emo" is short for "emotionally driven punk rock" but I'm pretty sure it means "whiny power pop."


Anyways, this article is nearly FOUR YEARS OLD. What the fark is it doing here? And is Asian Man still around?

Go Link80.
 
2002-01-20 01:53:07 AM  
The Ataris are NOT emo. They took the whiny excesses of emo and applied it to pop-punk, sometimes the word "emo" has been incorrectly applied to them (so as to better market "emo" just as "punk" was applied to bands like American Hi Fi - who obviously weren't.)

Do your history instead of just relying on assumptions. And Dr Gonzo, yes, Asian Man is still around. I just got their last sampler and saw Mike Park play in September. It was rad.
 
2002-01-20 02:17:36 AM  
The Ataris have been emo since Spin and Rolling Stone and all those other "industry" mags said so. The Ataris are in the newest BYOFL and are quoted as saying how important it is to be indie. Whoops, shouldn't have said that...it's hard to be indie when you're on a major and got a huge signing bonus. You think "emo" is overused now? Just wait until the Juliana Theory is huge. Don't think they will be? Epic gave them $5.5 million. Epic will MAKE them be huge. Then "emo" will be on MTV (hell, they mentioned Thursday's "Full Collapse" and Saves the Day's "Stay What You Are" during TRL and one of the DJ's/newscasters was wearing the Icarus Line's stuff) for six months and then it will all be over and the "emo" label will be a stigma.
 
2002-01-20 02:29:51 AM  
Well, they saw how much money they can squeeze out of "punk" by telling kids that Sum 41 is underground. Now they're going even more so...... ugh.
 
2002-01-20 02:52:56 AM  
Nerdmang: I didn't say it was her TV show's theme song, I said it was hers. It is the Margaret Cho song after all and she seems to know Mike Park quite well.
 
2002-01-20 02:57:24 AM  
"Well, they saw how much money they can squeeze out of "punk" by telling kids that Sum 41 is underground. Now they're going even more so...... ugh."

To quote the Meat Puppets' only hit song, "some things never change."
 
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