West Coast trip was a success, and local support continued to grow.
Nationally, though, a Seattle band named Nirvana had released an
album that was inventing a new musical genre, alternative. A major
label actually called Waterdog and said they'd be interested in
signing The Bad Examples if they agreed to sing a little more out
of key and play their guitars sloppier. Jay Whitehouse politely
told them they could go f**k themselves.
In August of 1992 the band returned to Holland to play at a major
outdoor festival with Del Amitri, 247-Spys, Luka Bloom and other
acts. They sat down with CNR's Ronald van der Meijden and planned
a budget and release schedule for a new studio album. The band returned
to America and more touring.
November, a scandal erupted in Holland. CNR's President suddenly
fled the country after embezzling millions of dollars. The company
dropped its A&R staff and half its acts, then filed for bankruptcy
and was bought the next morning by another European label. There
would be no new studio album with CNR.
the band released "Cheap Beer Night" in America, and pushed on.
It had been a two and a half year long sprint for the band to get
to where it was at, and there were signs of exhaustion. In addition,
John's parents both became seriously ill, making touring away from
home even more emotionally draining for him. The band was still
making great music, but everyone was a bit rough around the edges
from all the hard work.
an outlet, Ralph began working on Eat At Godot's, a solo acoustic
album. The music expressed a more quiet and melodic side than the
high energy club rock The Bad Examples were known for. By the time
it was released, John had asked to leave the band. He was physically
and emotionally exhausted from touring and the passing of his parents,
and he wanted to return to his musical roots and play the blues.
He continued playing shows while the band looked for a replacement.
November of 1993 Eat At Godot's was released. WXRT added "Any Twisted
Thing" three weeks before the album was released, and nationally
preorders and early sales were very high. As 1994 began, it looked
like the work was all finally paying off, but another big blow was
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