The past is a(nother) c(o)unt(ry)
Vaganza live, summer 1998
Blurry photos of me and David Wallingford, circa 1993. It's a shame better photos of this particular period seem to be impossible to track down.
Clearer photos of me and David Wallingford, circa 1993. It appears as though we're in front of CBGB on this particular evening.
Me, our dear friend Sandy Lieb, and David, circa 1993 (possibly early '94); at the now, from what I understand, legendary Coney Island High
Assorted blurry live photos I'm currently too lazy to caption.
A personal fave, completely "out of costume" shot of David and I, circa 1998.ADDITIONALLY, HERE'S A RELATIVELY RANDOM PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR THROUGH SOME PORTION (1986- 2000) OF THE LIFE OF QUIGLEY...
As background info; before Vaganza, between the ages of 15-20, I was in a dreadful little "of our era" late-80s indie combo called Skunk
."We were just your typical greasy, longhaired kids listening to Sabbath and Stooges and pouring into a van and that whole bit--that whole thing that got really, really big just around the time that I decided to start wearing makeup!"
-Yours Truly, speaking of Skunk during a Vaganza era interview
The first Skunk "photo session". L-R: A very husky, and very young, version of me, with Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock, and Matt Sweeney (circa 1986).
Early Skunk "photo session" in my Maplewood, New Jersey bedroom (circa 1987). L-R: Matt Sweeney (later of Chavez, and Zwan, as well as a collaborator with Will Oldham, Guided By Voices, and a million, or at least a dozen, other noteworthy acts), me, Claude (who in those days went by Matt) Coleman who's best known for being Ween's drummer for a very long time, and Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock (who is now an artist, photographer, scholar, and professor, among other things of note).
You see what we have here is a classic male, teenaged, suburban dynamic. We've got the pretty boy, the wise-guy, the black dude and, well -- with no one left, or willing, to take the job, the mantle bestowed upon me -- the fat kid (the dirtiest, and most chaste, of the roles, but someone had to do it... and alas I was the one with all the Twinkies). With this fearsome foursome, this classic combo right out of central casting, there really is little excuse for our not having been a better band.
The big fat biker/Meat Loaf looking fella seated there, all 285 lbs. (no exaggeration, I was a massive, hairy child) and only 16 years of age, is me. The rest are assorted NYC rock and roll hispters of that time, and two random bikini chicks at Limelight here in NYC.
Here I am tipping the scales at easily over 100 lbs. from where I'm at as I type this, standing beside my then constant sidekick Simon (aka Semen Sperms, Free Simon, etc.). (Circa 1987)
The back cover photo from Skunk's debut Twin/Tone Records L.P. "Last American Virgin" (circa 1989, after I'd lost about 100 pounds)
Another Skunk photo
Sexually secure, teenaged male bonding. Skunk photo session (1989).
Here's 3/4 of the then Skunk line-up, with our road manager and great friend Paul Sommerstein (now a rock 'n' roll attorney, as well as humbling and impressive marathon runner), just moments before embarking upon our first national tour, in August 1989. The Boris Vallejo t-shirt shown here upon my person was being worn in the obnoxious, ironic spirit of many worthless Gen X gestures, but is also a sincere tribute to a much fatter, and a then very recently passed adolescence chock full o' role playing games, heavy metal music, and Heavy Metal magazine. It's also a nod to Skunk's hometown of Maplewood, NJ where the great Boris at that time still resided. (l-r: Me, Sweeney, Coleman, Paul).
Skunk at their finest, with Tim "Rock 'n' Roll" Aaron (second from left, looking badass as he always did... and at 24, an old man in our teenaged view) on 2nd lead guitar. This line-up never released anything, and it's a shame as we were never better. Never even close, in truth. A collection of basement demos of this line-up is to soon be released on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace records, apparently. While they're a nice relic, they don't do this line-up justice. For the one year lifespan of this configuration, we almost resembled a real band. However, we also hated each other's guts (just like a real band).
A photo of the above described line-up, with Paul, taken by my dear friend Jenn Miko (a terrific photographer) on the campus of the now recently defunct Antioch College in Ohio. (l-r: Quigley, Coleman, Paul, Tim, Sweeney).
Insert photo from Skunk's 1991 sophomore and final L.P. Laid
. Recorded immediately after kicking Tim "Rock 'n' Roll" Aaron out of the band, and released after we already, more or less, had broken up altogether. The album captures us as a pale shadow of the band we'd been only a year prior. But, we sort of hated Tim and at the time that seemed more important than not sucking.
Stills from Skunk's Beauty Crawls
and Knobb Off
videos (circa 1991: they can be viewed, in a Quicktime window approximately the size of a postage stamp, here: http://www.twintone.com/movies/skunk-knob.mov
and here: http://www.twintone.com/movies/skunk-beauty.mov
Quigley's passport, early Vaganza days (May '94)
And here I am meeting my childhood hero, Bryan Ferry in November of 1994
This is me on stage in January 2000, during a three gig stint serving as an interim bass player in Luna.