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The early years ...
 
 
Under the strict supervision of Tony's Aunt Fiona, the boys form their first band, Cuntry Church. The long hours of woodshedding [actual woodshed pictured above] resulted in the critically acclaimed but commercially disappointing first album, the self-titled Cuntry Church. The resulting banishment from the community was unexpected, but fleeing prosecution from obscenity charges, as it often does, opened new doors for them in the european markets without extradition treaties.

The Swedish years ...
 
 
The Swedish Years was a coming of age time for Speld Badlee. No longer living in Tony's parent's basement, they were thirty years old, and on their own for the first time. As an opening act for such esteemed Swedish Supergroups as Garvis, Musikanterna, and the legendary Gert Jonny's, Speld Badlee learned from the best. They had a new name, new passports, and a new attitude to go with it!

The Sixties ...
 
 
The Sixties came to Sweden in March 1974, and Speld Badlee was right on, turned on and tuned in to this happening scene. Now called the Speld Badlee Love Trio, the boys produced this album without actually talking to each other, or being in the same room. Although nobody in the band recalls making this record, it remains to this day their most successful effort.

The Solo Album ...
 
 
Troubled by the demands of Speld Badlee's imminent success, Gary Shapiro explored his deeper curiosities on his first solo album. Unfortunately, his smoldering good-looks weren't enough to propel the album onto the charts. The result was promising, but flaccid. He realized that he couldn't exercise his artistic muscle effectively with his own two hands. He needed Tony and Gary.

The Other Solo Album ...
 
 
Fueled by Gary Shapiro's solo endeavor, Gary Stockdale rushed to complete his own personal masterpiece. Originally titled JUST GARY, it was an introspective musical adventure of a sensitive spirit-guide into the unknown. This epic concept album featured a seventeen minute recording of wheat. Controversy again came to the front when the record company decided, at the last minute, to change the album cover and title. Stockdale was so upset that he vowed to buy every copy from the shelves. This proved relatively easy as the record company only printed one hundred copies.

Community Service...
 
 
Returning to the jurisdiction of the United States, Speld Badlee met with a much anticipated groundswell of court appearances. But prior to their apprehension, Speld Badlee brought joy to countless thousands as The Banana Splits. Later, as part of a mandated court settlement, the album was released under the name Community Service with the proceeds going to the plaintiffs fund.

Tony Speaks...
 
 
Actually pre-dating the solo albums by Gary and Gary, this solo project by Tony was deemed "too controversial" by the record company and shelved for eleven years. Recorded without Tony's knowledge or consent, it was in fact a two-hour drunken answering-machine message left for 60's television star Frank "Sergeant Carter" Sutton. It's release on July 4, 1976 was accompanied by fireworks and a national celebration unrelated to the album.

Tony Sings...
 
 
Riding the momentum of his first album, Tony widened the rift between himself and the band. Recorded entirely in his bachelor pad lair above his parent's garage, Tony also pushed the envelope of technology. He sang along with records, but just loud enough to hear his voice over the original. This technique, now known simply as "loud singing" marks another pioneering effort by Tony. Speld Badlee would not record another album for 22 years.

Thee Reunion Album ...
 
 
After more than twenty years apart, the two Garys and Tony combined forces again, and the result was unmistakably Speld Badlee. An effort of love more than a pursuit of monetary gain, Speld Badlee reached a level of honesty in their music drawn from the deepest depths of court-mandated counseling. This mystical musical tour unjudgementally feels the challenges, the adventure and the profound joy of a living love in action.

 

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