DATE BAIT I Split On Your Grave cd 1989 New Rose
I'm Outta Here* / Evolution Revolution* / Poker Chips° / Didn't Know I loved You */ Bog Baby */ Skulll Diggery* / Crawdaddy Simone° / Strange Movies* / Master Race Rock° / I Got A Right / Graveyard Stomp° / College Kids* / Snakeskin Summer° / Master Race Rock° / Do Anything You Wanna Do° / The Pagoda Mystery° / 'Till The Following Night / Animal Man.
Produced by Kane, Horrorwitz, Baiter & Zang.
Date Bait: K.Kane: rhythm & lead guitars, electric sitars, keyboards / B. Horrorwitz: drums, percussions, effects / D. G. Bader (Baiter?): lead vocals / J. Zang: bass, keyboards, mellotron / J. Stone: lead guitar° / K. Straub: lead guitar*.
Once upon a time, a dude named Kim Kane spent 15 years playing in a "popular" garage band called The Slickee Boys. In 1987 he approached Brian D. Horrorwitz with the idea of starting a new band. The 2 things they both agreed on was that the group had to 1. Be "fun", and 2. Have no socially redeeming value whatsoever. They succeeded. Thumbing through the "Psychotronic" encyclopedia of movies, they jokingly picked the name "Date Bait"(if you've ever seen ‘em you know why), saying it would help them meet more girls.When quitting The Slickee Boys, Kane told local papers about his new band Date Bait. Not having ever agreed on a name, Horrorwitz and the guys were stunned to read this announcement in The Washington Post and other local rags! Oh well, looks like they were stuck with it! ...
Early on the boys were reportedly fronted a tidy sum to record an LP (buy it here)/CD for France's New Rose label. For some reason they thought they could get away with spending only a smidgeon of it on the actual recording, and save the rest for their own use. No one really knew what the hell they were doing, least of all the studio technician! The best cuts were the ones hastily mixed whenever the studio guy would leave the mixing room to take a dump or whatever! Well, the low-budget low-fidelity recordings were shipped off post-haste, the guys assuming that the label would "bump- up" the sound in the mastering. Nope, no such luck. "I Split On Your Grave" was issued as was, with the added coffin-nails being that the CD version had 2 wanky "bonus" cuts that never shoulda' been heard by ANYBODY, and that the cheap bastards at the label screwed up Kanes' beautifully ghoulish color cover artwork, printing it instead as a sorta' 2-color urine-looking dayglo thang. Not wanting to become kings of the cut-out bins, the band has since attempted to make sure all their later records sounded raw and rockin', the way the good lord intended. In 1991 a lot of material was recorded for a follow-up LP, but the curse of the first would follow them around like a fowl-smelling body odor, making it difficult for anyone not having seen them live to believe that these losers could really rock-out! Hard to believe, the same debut slab of smegma was reissued on a Japanese label without the group even knowing about it until a Japanese fan mailed them one! (They're pretty desperate for things to reissue in Japan it seems.) Tired of shopping around demo tapes and recording at "professional" studios whose engineers were weened on Toto, Kane and company formed their own Maryland based DeCeased label. Their attitude was "Rock-N-Roll is DEAD, but WE DON'T CARE!" (Echoing the sentiments of an old Rubinoos song), and often their 45 labels proudly stated this...
... After 4 years, singer Gutterboy decided to chuck it in, so Horrorwitz was the natural replacement, what with him knowing all the lyrics. Little did he realize as he scrawled out the lyrics to "Goin' Nowhere Fast" back in 1990 that this unknowingly prophetic title would ring all-too-true. In their time Date Bait have released one lp/cd, six singles, one videotape, and been on numerous compilations. Source (If you want to learn more about Date Bait)