Joe's first musical performance in 1979 was a great success, if success is
measured by the amount of neighborhood kids that forfeited a mad dash to the
approaching ice cream truck. He played an orange plastic Bontempi guitar and
an organ while a good friend played Hills Brothers drums.
He was writing his own music even then, penning such hits as "I love Smoke" and "If we walked on our hands instead of our feet" (adapted from a "Highlights for Children" poem). Later that year he'd be belting out "I am the donkey all shaggy and brown" for a grade school christmas concert. The recording of that stunning vocal solo still exists!
Having nagged his awesome parents into buying him a self-standing organ -
the kind with ragtime and waltz percussion beats built in - he was well on
his way to not using it much a year later. As high school crept up on him,
Joe would grow further from that organ and from music.
V isual art has been the main focus of Joe's life. He has a degree in Fine Arts with emphases in graphic design and printmaking. Upon graduation he once again turned his focus to performing live music, never forgetting the satisfaction of entertaining those five kids back in '79.
In '95 He joined Milwaukee's Big Mother Gig about a month before commencement from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. From there he's been a part of several Milwaukee bands including "Free Beer", "fundshort" and now "FUZEE". In 2008 Joe joined Milwaukee Irish Rock band 'Reilly' on bass and vocals.
Joe digs any and all kinds of music from classical to rap.
What Joe Has been listening to lately:
The Life and Times - "Tragic Boogie"
CAVIAR - "Laurel Metallic"
Foo Fighters - "Wasting Light"
Public Enemy - "Fear of a Black PlaneT"
The Everyday Motive - "Seven Song EP"
Walt Mink - "Goodnight " ( Joe's photo is in insert - twice, really small... )
Tom Clark - "Jokes I Have Written and Performed"
Al Green - "The Absolute Best"
Fweep - "Now That's Modern Living!"