Those of us who experienced it first-hand already know the simple
truth: The Bad Examples were one of the great American rock &
roll bands, especially in concert. To be truthful, they were more
than one great band, as the changes in the line-up through the years
brought out the strengths of the new members, and showed off new aspects
of Ralph Covert's songwriting.
This disc documents
the Examples' final night, a five-hour celebration ending their
existence as an ongoing entity. The chosen venue was FitzGerald's,
just outside of Chicago, one of America's finest clubs and a longtime
favorite of both fans and the band. They chose to chronogically
encapsulate their career onstage.
With each set, a
different line-up of the band took the stage, so that over the course
of the night we were taken on a magical history tour of 5000 days
of The Bad Examples. The songs selected here capture the spirit of
their past and that climactic night.(- Rob Gillis, from the liner
This album is dedicated
to the memory of John Duich.
Produced by Ralph Covert
Executive Producer Doug Balensiefen
Recorded at FitzGerald's
April 15, 2001 by Metromobile, Timothy Powell engineer, Mike Czaszwicz
and Dan Glomski assistant engineers, and Steve Kocour front of house
Archive recording by Mark Malboeuf. Mixed by Mark Schwarz at Uberstudio,
tape transfers by Martin Stebbing.
All songs © by Ralph
Covert, Waterdog Music (ASCAP) except "Harrogate Blues,"
Ralph Covert / Jason Feddy, Waterdog Music / Zomba Music, (ASCAP
/ BMI), "Johnsburg, Illinois" Tom Waits, Jalma Music,
administered by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP), and "Schoolboys
in Exile," Steve Gerlach / John Carpender, Phantom Music (ASCAP),
administered by Waterdog Music.
Photography: Marcelle Bright,
Christopher Cameron, Tim Davis, Harrison Jones, Ronald van der Meijden,
and Tina Spurelle.
Graphic Design: Jo Mills