1995 ended and 1996 began, Terry was replaced by John Richardson
(Tommy Keene, Shoes, Badfinger). John Zdon, stepped up to replace
Steve, and was then replaced by Tommy O'Brien, who returned to the
job of lead guitar he had vacated four years earlier. As Ralph and
Pickles told him the night of his first gig back, "You sound just
like the guy on the album!" Steve Wozny, who had been Tommy's room-mate
back in the Bad Is Beautiful days joined the band on keyboards.
The band continued to play in the clubs.
50 Cents and Eat At Godot's were released in Europe, and Ralph had
a number of solo acoustic tours in Holland and England. He met up
with a Dutch band called The Moondogs who made melodic pop-rock
similar to The Bad Examples, and was hired by them to front the
band on a Dutch tour. Ralph did some co-writing with them, and recorded
some demos while he was in Holland in May of 1996.
1997 one of these songs, "Rikki Doesn't Worry," co-written with
Moondog Rik Vrijman, won De Grote Prijs De Nederlands (a Dutch music
award) for best lyrics.
July of 1996, Popscape, a best of compilation, was released in the
US. In October, the band headed over to Europe for a tour of Holland,
France, and England. It was a disaster. The Dutch promoter was a
crook and a liar, and within a week the tour had burst apart at
the seams. Most of the band returned to Chicago, but Ralph and Pickles
pushed on, salvaging what was left of the tour as an acoustic duo.
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