MIKE SCACCIA + MAX BRODY from MINISTRY (circa 2002)
I (Max Brody) can't say enough about the guitarist of this group.
Mike Scaccia, who was best known as a guitar player, was a gentleman, a scholar, a dad, and a gourmet. He was also a crazed lunatic. Nevertheless, his talent was the sort that could range across many genres and ages. He played almost constantly and loved to practice, much like myself.
Sadly, that side of his talent lay mostly NOT recorded.
R.I.P. Mikey. (2012)
On the other hand...
There is GOOBERSMOOCHERS. ...pppssssshhhhhttt...
When Mikey and I were in MINISTRY we really hit it off, jamming and composing-wise. In fact, the night we met, after a full day of regular rehearsal for the ANIMOSITISOMINA tour in 2002, we jammed for over 3 hours straight late into the night...on ONE TUNE!! From then on we knew we could work well together, and we were in the perfect position to get at it. Our sense of humor was really similar and that seemed to be key.
The majority of MINISTRY's album "Houses of the Mole'" was based off of our writing, recording and "pre-production". We handed it over to Al to write lyrics, sing and do his production magic. Meanwhile, we also spun off a zillion other ideas, and recorded a bunch of it. Whatever made us laugh, we recorded. We literally laughed our asses off recording this stuff, which may or may not be obvious from listening to it.
For a time, MINISTRY was all living at this crazy-cool studio out in the middle of the desert called SONIC RANCH near El Paso, TX. (Thanks Tony!) So, it was easy to stay focused on working on music since to get into mischief required a drive of around 50 miles!
Texas is a large state, it is.
Anyway some of the GOOBERSMOOCHERS stuff was recorded at that time, around 2002-3.
Later, neither of us were in the band anymore and Mikey had moved to a town not too far away. I met back up with him at a RIGOR MORTIS show in Austin, TX. We resolved to do more writing & we certainly achieved our goal. I had a home studio, and we set up a room at his house to record in, too. Between his other endeavors with RIGOR MORTIS or working at GIBSON GUITARS as a demo guy and over at PEAVEY, when he had some down time we got together and made the most of it. We loved making recordings, but never had much focus regarding shopping it around to get the stuff released or anything. It was mostly done for fun, but done with as much care and attention as our "professional" recording efforts had been. He did repeatedly say that I should do something, in fact ANYTHING with them, and that he would be alright with me taking charge with all that...
(Well, I'm following through with it buddy! Better late than never! )
...this was before Mikey made up with Jourgensen AGAIN for the thousandth time and rejoined MINISTRY again. Whereupon he moved away, went on tour, and we lost track of each other. But that's what happens when you go off on tour, you lose track of everybody. I understood that. I just didn't think he was about to die or anything.
It must've been around 2008 that we did our last sessions.
All in all, there were maybe 2-3 good albums and one really strange ones worth of material, so keep your eyes peeled for more installations of GOOBERSMOOCHERS!
Hopefully these recordings can at least serve as a way to show and preserve some of the lesser known sides of this greatly missed, multifaceted guitarist.
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