Here’s an email I got from a guy that came to see me 30 years ago at The Rat in Boston and got one of my home made mix tapes I was selling. He really liked the song UMCWB — Upper Middle Class White Boy.
I recorded it in November, 1988 in Astoria, Queens with Kol Marshall as part of the Java’s Jesus Jam EP project that included my stronger songs written during 85-87. It was my first studio recording ever.
The song did get played on once-hip alternative FM station WFNX-Boston at least twice from what I remember. But with no record label or publicity machine behind it, it didn’t make it into regular rotation. It’s a good song. Anyway, I’m really grateful for Tim to write below and share his Java story which now stretches into a new generation of caffeinated pop fans.
Hi Java Jel!
My 15 year old son recently found my copy of “Java’s Jesus Jam” deep in a box where I keep music.
He showed me the tape that I purchased from one night at the Rathskeller circa ’89. See pictures attached. My good friend Lorie & I used to take in your show. Had a blast…
I found your webpage and thought to drop you a note…we liked your music! The lyrics to both Upper Middle Class White Boy & Kerouac Shack came right back to me.
My 15 year old (drummer) has his (garage) band working on UMCWB.
Thanks for the music.
Java Jel Lives On!