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Thank you everyone who entered my dumb little MTXmas contest by sharing your favorite MTX memory. I only discovered the band last year, so I “missed out” on a lot, and I must say it was an absolute delight getting to sort of “relive” some of the history through your memories. It just makes me really feel that Christmas cheer and joy. I originally said I would pick eight winners, because that’s how many cards I had left. but it looks like I have enough picks to go around, so I went out today and got some more cards… that means everyone who has entered thus far is a winner! Just PM me your address, and I’ll try to get everything out over the next week or so. Merry MTXmas and thank you once again for all the happy memories! If you haven’t already, don’t miss your chance to partake in the “MTX Forever” project by voting for your favorite MTX songs here: https://www.soundsradical.com/mtxforever.html For those interested in reading what everyone had to say, I’ve compiled a list of all the memories here, including memories/commentary from Dr. Frank, Aaron, Ted, and Jaz: --- Andy P: Nothing will ever top the first time seeing MTX at CB’s Record Canteen and looking over seeing Johnny Thunders and his pimp hanging out for most of the show. Small but dedicated audience. 1988? Dr. Frank: That's my highlight too. They hung out for the whole show. Did you see the "jam session" afterwards? (It was '89.) Andy P: Totally classic and totally NY. We hung out for a while after your set. Dr. Frank: Walter Lure was there too. Andy P: Wow, that was an amazing time for sure! Aaron: That’s not just my favorite MTX memory, that’s my favorite memory ever! Dr. Frank: yeah me too Aaron: It’s too bad nobody got a photo, but maybe for the best because no photo could live up to my recollection. Dr. Frank: Exactly right. I wonder if Jon von still has the tweed case autographed: "to jon from jon, don't loose your wires" Aaron: Yeah, I guess after years of substituting “born too loose” for “born to lose,” Johnny no longer recognized that “loose” and “lose” are two different words. Andy P: The one time you wish everyone had a damn cellphone LOL --- Beppe C: Italian Tour, Fall 1996 --- Cydne D: definitely when y’all played the moore theater in seattle in...1997 or 98? when kim from the fastbacks came by and played ‘book of revelation’ with the band...it was a pretty damn cool surprise Dr. Frank: yeah that was a great moment --- Damian W: Best MTX moment was when they visited Calgary, Canada and played in a trolley type of portable stage in the afternoon outside of the HMV promoting Love is Dead (though I had been listening for quite a few years prior - milk milk lemonade was my first album maybe?). Instantly became a favourite band due to shared love for puns (and great music which helped :) ) They asked for requests so I requested “Thank You(for not being one of them)”, chatted with Dr. Frank about my Spider-Man button covers a bit, and I think I had asked if they could play their Spider-Man cover song at their second venue (club not trolley) show that night (which I recall they did!) This was quite a lot of years ago... maybe 1998-99? My only time getting to see them live, but it was fantastic. Thank you. --- Dan M: I'm not sure if this will count but... I haven't had the chance to see MTX live because always lived in Vzla, until 3 years ago that I moved to Spain, so this is rather a memory of the day when finally got Yesterday Rules in my hands back in 2005... I have never seen most of my fav bands live (The Queers, MTX, SW, Groovie G.., etc...) but almost always had the chance to buy their records... and I remember particulary this record because it came to me in momment of musical/punk drought and it was so good back in that time as it is today, it's xtremely punx and it was a breath of fresh air after months of agony of no new music. Since then It's one of those record I listen every month, it always takes me back to that happy time when some friends even kind of fighted each other so one of them would be the next to borrow it from me for a week or so. --- Danny C: My favorite MTX memory is the first time I heard them. Summer '98, I was leafing through an old copy of Kerrang and came across a tiny one paragraph feature, about this band I'd never heard of...One of them mentioned how people always say they sound like early Green Day, but in the past it was the other way around. It finished with something like "Listen to us, then you can have an obscure favorite band that no-one else has heard of". I was pretty much sold at this point, but this was pre-music on the internet, so I drove to a now long-defunct punk record shop in Croydon called "Shake Some Action" and asked the guy if the Mr T Experience were any good and did he have any. Turns out he was a massive fan and went on to explain how awesome they were, in quite a lot of detail, for a good while. He then whipped out a copy of "And The Women Who Love Them" and proceeded to play the whole thing in the shop as we stood there at the counter awkwardly not saying a word for the next 20 minutes. I nodded along and rubbed my chin in an impressed manner. After the last song I was like "Yeah, I'll take it". Probably the best £5 I ever spent. --- David R: When I was attending college in Washinton, DC, I got to interview Dr. Frank for my zine. It was when MTX was out supporting Love Is Dead. Dr. Frank was so fun to talk with... and it was a hell of a good show! --- Dr. Frank: Gotta go with playing "blues in b flat, no bass no mids just treble and volume" with Johnny Thunders for around a minute and a half before he fell down, confused by our terrible blues playing and maybe by something else as well. This happened. Actually, I will add, outside of the Johnny Thunders episode mentioned elsewhere, the best memory is when we were in the studio playing with Jaz for the first time, going over "King Dork Approximately" before recording (which was meant to be a sort of one-off) and realizing: wow, this is a band. It was like being born again. --- Duncan P: The first MTX song I ever heard was my brother playing "Book of Revelation" for me, saying "Dude, you have to listen to this" --- Eric V: The first time I saw MTX was in '97 or '98 at the Troubadour in L.A. with The Queers. They ended their set with a cover of BBC by Austin Powers' fake bands. It was awesome. --- Gabe H: My best MTX moment was seeing them live for the first time. I was introduced to MTX around 2012 and i loved it. I never thought i'd see them live, then they announced a show at Thee Parkside with The Queers and The Bombpops in 2015. It was amazing! Also a friend and i were hanging out and i said "just the" and it sounded just like the begining of Two Minute Itch! It was not planned, we had a big laugh, then started listening to Milk Milk Lemonade --- Greg L: Dang! So many! Number one is catching Dr. Frank schlepping gear into Club Laga in Pittsburgh before a show around 1996. Frank took about half an hour and chatted with me about Love Is Dead, the lay of the land with punk rock post-Smash, and how his mom was upset over him quitting his day job to become a full-time “rock star”. It was super-cool that Frank stopped what he was doing to talk with me. Made quite an impression and solidified me as an MTX fan for life. --- Greg S: My friends and I had seen MTX in Cleveland and Columbus for a couple years straight, then found out Joel's new band the Plus Ones would be coming to play at Bernie's in Columbus (I'm thinking 1999 or 2000). We showed up and Joel greeted us with a smile, then kind of hesitated, before asking "Do you guys have, like, a house?" We had extra space, so fast forward to a punk rock sleepover complete with Danny Panic doing the worm across my attic bedroom floor. One of my roomies saw Joel's open overnight bag and swears there was a rhyming dictionary on top. Hope I haven't said too much! --- Hakker S: Dr. Frank solo acoustic show on a rooftop in NYC. Probably about 20 years ago. I think they showed a movie after or before. Anyway, it's still the best solo acoustic show I've ever seen. Dr. Frank: yes that was quite memorable, though somehow I don't remember much about it. It was under "normal" auspices, not punk rock related. Not sure how or why it happened. --- James B: Skipping school because Alcatraz had just come out, and my friend Travis got it first. We listened to MTX all day, and ate cereal. --- Jason B: I have a lot of MTX memories but unfortunately only one involves seeing them live. I've only been lucky enough to see them once. When I was in high school I didn't get to see them because whenever they played Boston or Portsmouth I had no way of getting to the show. When I lived in Albany I think Dr. Frank played a solo show in the middle of a snow storm. During that time I had a friend I played in a band with. One practice he ask me, "you like the Mr. T Experience, right? Do you want all their CDs?" "Hell yeah!" Was my response because at that point I only had cassette copies of a few of their albums. I still have all those CDs he gave me except for Alcatraz which must have gotten lost along the way. In 2007 I was talking to Erika Hynes a lot. I believe Little Type carried some Cheapskate stuff. I loved the Little Type Yeti and I pleaded with Erika to make more shirts but I don't think she ever did. She did tell me they would have buttons with the Yeti on them at Insub Fest. Perfect, I was going to be there. I got to see MTX at Insub Fest and they were really great. One highlight was when Roach and Scampi came out to play "Highwayman" with them. I can't remember if it was before or after they played but I met Dr. Frank. Our awkward interaction went as follows: Me: "Where's Erika?" Frank: "She's back home in California." Me: "Oh okay. She was going to have some Yeti buttons set aside for me." Frank: "Here they are." Me: "Thanks." And that was that. I guess that's what happens when two social awkward people meet. Well maybe I was the only one who was socially awkward. --- Jay G: My first MTX show was 1997 or 1998....Hartford CT... with Teen Idols. Still have my Revenge Is Sweet poster. They were a bucket list band for me and the destroyed. Synchronized antics and all. During the encore, they played Gilman St...and that was my most memorable moment of the show. If memory serves me, that was the only time I've seen them with Joel. Halloween of 1998, my band was billed with The Queers/MTX at the Elvis Room in NH....but MTX had dropped off the show and was replaced by JCCC. --- Jaz: first time seeing MTX live was around ‘94. It was a great show with bouncing souls and afi. I think. I played with mtx a good handful of times when I was in the Ghoulies. I have a vague recollection of a show in a big tiled room at a college somewhere. No specific memories of interaction due to social awkwardness on both sides. Well except for Joel. That dude will talk to anyone. Speaking of dudes that will talk to anyone I was super stoked when Bobby joined the band and then again when Ted followed suit. As for memories since I joined it’s definitely Bobby taking a nap on the ground next to the stage while CH3 played and then getting up and shredding like he wasn’t just napping. --- Jen R: The first time I ever saw MTX in the basement of The Nile in Tempe, Az. It was summer time and SO hot. Dr. Frank: That was a wild show. So hot. Also, there was raw sewage dripping from pipes above the stage. Maybe the most "punk" gig ever. Jen R: also my fave cuz I met my lovely friend Joel for the first time! --- J N: A boy that had a crush on me in highschool decided to buy me every single MTX album for Christmas. We're still friends 20 years later. --- John C: First saw mtx in boulder, the ghoulies opened.  --- Johnny C: I drove a 1984 Chevy stepside pick up in high school. It was a gas guzzler and the gauge was broken. I would run out of gas on occasion since I was too lazy to count mileage. I was a senior, and one day (of many) I cut school with my pal and we went to the record store. I had some cash that was supposed to be set aside for gas. I ended up using it to get the, "Love Is Dead" CD. Sure enough, on the way back, I ran out of gas. We didn't have any cell phones then, so we started walking. Luckily, someone we knew saw us and gave us a ride to fill my gas can. Later on, my Dad was taking me to get some gas for the truck and he asked me what I did with my gas money. I told him I bought the latest MTX record, and he said, "I didn't know Mr. T sang. Why did you do it?" I tried to justify it by declaring my love for music, but finally, I settled with, "I was investing in my future." And I still have the CD, along with all the other MTX releases, so I like to feel that I'm completely redeemed --- Josh V: Remember the time in Denton when all three of you came to my apartment? We did an interview for my radio show, ate pizza and watched 90210 before the show that night. Best afternoon ever. Dr. Frank: yeah that was a good time --- Ken D: I remember back in 95ish, you guys were touring with the Teen Idols. You played the student union at Ohio State University. Back then it was a small bar, wood panelling, and collegiate banners hanging around the bar. I said something along the lines of "kind of like playing at Arnold's." Dr. Frank: it was! Ken D: If I recall (it's been a long time) I also said something dumb like "I've never heard a Coronet sound that good." Dr. Frank: haha. Well it does sound good. Ken D: Yeah, it sounds amazing. Not exactly the best convo starter when you're chatting up someone whose writing you admire. It's kind of like that Chris Farley bit. "Hey, remember that song you wrote? It was AWESOME." "Why did I say that?" Oh, to be young again. --- Ken P: My memory of this is pretty vague, as I didn't know who the band was at the time. I'm pretty sure it was 1988 or 89. The show was at the UBC Ballroom at the University of British Columbia. MTX played, other bands were The Fastbacks, The Posies or Pasties (I always mixed up those two names) and a bunch of other bands I can't remember. I remember MTX all dressed in like mechanic smocks or something like that. And I remember they were the highlight of the show. Couple years later one of my bands covered "Sheep". And after that, they became my favourite band once I heard their whole catalog. Dr. Frank: I remember that show very well, but not the mechanic smocks. Ken P: so weird, I have no idea where that completely untrue detail came from. Oh well, it was a great evening regardless. Dr. Frank: oh who knows, my memory's not so good and you may well be right. We did lots of dumb stunts. --- Koko Y: First (and only) time I saw MTX was in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2001. We would have had to drive 3 hours to see them and The Queers at the Limelight. We wanted to spend the afternoon in the city (never been there before) and go to the club afterwards. Turned out to take us over 8 hours to go to Stuttgart because of some ugly traffic jam on the Autobahn PLUS an overheated motor of ours. We finally arrived like 15 minutes before the show started. Strange day, great show! --- Lauren B: One weekend, I was feeling pretty sad, so I decided to force myself to go to some shows, even though no one wanted to go with me. I saw on Facebook that Mikey Erg was playing at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ. I had heard some of my friends talk about Mikey Erg, but I’ve never seen him before. I also have heard lots about the Court Tavern, but never been there. So, I went to the show (’twas a good time!), and I found out they happened to be in need of another sound engineer, so I gladly volunteered. At the next show I went to, I wore my Punkemon shirt, and upon seeing it, one of the bookers told me Dr. Frank would actually be playing a show there in a few months with Mikey Erg and Even in Blackouts. A few weeks before the show, I found out the main sound engineer had a prior engagement, which means I would be running the show. I was nervous as heck, made a couple mistakes, and embarrassed myself quite a bit… but in the end, it seems like everyone was happy with the sound — a huge ego boost to my career as a sound engineer for sure! Moral of the story: no matter how depressed you get, force yourself to go out and socialize every once in awhile. You just might end up getting to do sound for your favorite musician of all time. --- Lights G: I go by the nickname "Mr. T" and whenever I wear my MTX t-shirt I always get asked why I have a shirt about myself on. I have lost track of the times I've had to explain about this band, who write songs, about girls...., no it's not me.... --- Marisa G: The only time my Dad took me to see MTX and embarrassed me to Dr. Frank saying “she drives me nuts listening to your music every day” --- Mark A: Around ‘98 or so, me and my girl saw MTX in Pensacola where we were going to college. Followed them to Tallahassee the following day and then Gainesville a day or two after that. The Handlebar in Gainesville only had about 20 people, but we were so happy. --- Mark R:  I don’t have a favorite MTX memory, per se, since I’ve never gotten to see them live. So I guess it would be when I got my first cd of theirs.  There used to be a punk rock radio show here in NE Ohio, called DIY Radio, and I won one of their contests. They asked which cd I’d like (out of something like 5 choices) and I chose The Mr. T Experience since I’d heard a few songs on comps and liked them well enough. I was sent “Revenge Is Sweet...” and it knocked my socks off and they’ve been one of my favorite bands since. --- Murray X: MTX at Webster Hall, back after a long absence to reclaim their punk rock champion title. --- Nate D: My first MTX show was in 95... we gave them pogs with naked ladies on them. So dumb. --- Rebecca P: I wasn't old enough to drive, so my parents dropped off friends and I. After the show, we were outside hanging out, Dr. Frank & Joel were there...they signed my Love is Dead album cover. So before I knew it, here comes my parents to retrieve us from the sketchy club. Lol. I was mortified. --- Ryan G: A show at the Fillmore San Fran with Nerf Herder in 2000 - I finally got to dispel all the rumors and ask Dr Frank in person if he truly was the brother of Morrissey. The happier more talented brother I might add. --- Scott R: Actually was a Dr Frank accoustic solo show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. I made the request for Dumb Little Band and although he hadn't played it in awhile was up for the task and aced it! What a show! Cheers for that ...... --- Sex C: MTX in concert in Cleveland, during the Alcatraz tour, I bought a short sleeve button-up work shirt with the name ART on the name patch, Mr T Experience on the other (it's long gone), and the CD, which I still have. Wrote a college 'Music Appreciation' class paper on the show too. Okay, no it was HECTOR, on the name patch, sorry. ART was on the MEDINA SOD shirt from THE BIG LEBOWSKI. My brother worked for MS & they had a signed picture of Jeff Bridges on office wall as thank you for allowing them to use a shirt found in a thrift store in Cali in the movie. --- Shane L: Seeing The Mr. T Experience at the Bottleneck in Lawrence Kansas 20+ years ago. The banter and song intros ("This is a song about a Girl") cemented their unique punk rock in my mind! --- Smo: Seeing Dr. Frank read excerpts from his book alongside Chris Gethard (and others!) and play a mini set with Mikey Erg at the housingworks book store was a great (mr t) experience that brought out a lot of rad folks mtx inspired and was a lotta fun! --- Stephen R: Here in England in the 90s i used to read about them in Maximum RnR and it felt so good to buy Revenge is Sweet when it first came out. --- Tab B: Seeing MTX in the front row in a small club in Cincy with the Teen Idols in 98 or 99 is up there. My favorite though was talking with Frank prior to the SW/Queers/MTX show in NYC in 2015. I asked if it was cool to take a picture with him and he told me, "Yeah, I like the attention." --- Ted: MTX was my favorite band at the end of high school/start of college, so getting to join is a pretty great memory. The Las Vegas shenanigans from last year is a good one (from what I can remember). I think my favorite is when Bobby, Frank and I passed around an acoustic guitar in the van, playing songs of our own for each other, while waiting for sound check before a show in Anaheim in 2005 or so. --- Tim C: My first time seeing MTX was in St. Louis at Vintage Vinyl. They set up in the back of the record store and played a free show around '96 (?). It's still one of my favorite, most memorable shows I've ever been lucky enough to attend. MTX Forever!!! --- William N: After over three decades, hard to pick just one: In 1985, I was Frank’s mailman (we also knew each other from both being DJs on KALX). One day, as part of the chit chat that happens when the letter carrier drops by, Frank told me he was starting a band called the Mr. T Experience. Later that year, Frank and Jon Von came over to my apartment before the first album was recorded to use my cassette dubbing deck for making copies of MTX demo tapes to help get gigs. My second punk rock date with my future wife was MTX at Own’s Pizza. Lisa and l fell in love to MTX over 30 years ago. I am irretrievably biased toward the old MTX songs. In 1988, I was a house DJ at Berkeley Square. One night, as MTX were introduced, without telling them ahead of time, I played “Mr. T’s Rap” as their walk on music. As they came on, Frank laid down some suitably tasty funk guitar licks underneath before seamlessly segueing into into the opening punk riff of the first song.  In 2014, Frank is playing acoustic MTX songs at my 20th wedding anniversary. My mom leans over to me, nods toward Frank and says “that man’s got style.”

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Great big huge thanks to you @FloriaMagnifico. You are a treasure. x x

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Thank you everyone who entered my dumb little MTXmas contest by sharing your favorite MTX memory. I only discovered the band last year, so I “missed out” on a lot, and I must say it was an absolute delight getting to sort of “relive” some of the history through your memories. It just makes me really feel that Christmas cheer and joy. I originally said I would pick eight winners, because that’s how many cards I had left. but it looks like I have enough picks to go around, so I went out today and got some more cards… that means everyone who has entered thus far is a winner! Just PM me your address, and I’ll try to get everything out over the next week or so. Merry MTXmas and thank you once again for all the happy memories! If you haven’t already, don’t miss your chance to partake in the “MTX Forever” project by voting for your favorite MTX songs here: https://www.soundsradical.com/mtxforever.html For those interested in reading what everyone had to say, I’ve compiled a list of all the memories here, including memories/commentary from Dr. Frank, Aaron, Ted, and Jaz: --- Andy P: Nothing will ever top the first time seeing MTX at CB’s Record Canteen and looking over seeing Johnny Thunders and his pimp hanging out for most of the show. Small but dedicated audience. 1988? Dr. Frank: That's my highlight too. They hung out for the whole show. Did you see the "jam session" afterwards? (It was '89.) Andy P: Totally classic and totally NY. We hung out for a while after your set. Dr. Frank: Walter Lure was there too. Andy P: Wow, that was an amazing time for sure! Aaron: That’s not just my favorite MTX memory, that’s my favorite memory ever! Dr. Frank: yeah me too Aaron: It’s too bad nobody got a photo, but maybe for the best because no photo could live up to my recollection. Dr. Frank: Exactly right. I wonder if Jon von still has the tweed case autographed: "to jon from jon, don't loose your wires" Aaron: Yeah, I guess after years of substituting “born too loose” for “born to lose,” Johnny no longer recognized that “loose” and “lose” are two different words. Andy P: The one time you wish everyone had a damn cellphone LOL --- Beppe C: Italian Tour, Fall 1996 --- Cydne D: definitely when y’all played the moore theater in seattle in...1997 or 98? when kim from the fastbacks came by and played ‘book of revelation’ with the band...it was a pretty damn cool surprise Dr. Frank: yeah that was a great moment --- Damian W: Best MTX moment was when they visited Calgary, Canada and played in a trolley type of portable stage in the afternoon outside of the HMV promoting Love is Dead (though I had been listening for quite a few years prior - milk milk lemonade was my first album maybe?). Instantly became a favourite band due to shared love for puns (and great music which helped :) ) They asked for requests so I requested “Thank You(for not being one of them)”, chatted with Dr. Frank about my Spider-Man button covers a bit, and I think I had asked if they could play their Spider-Man cover song at their second venue (club not trolley) show that night (which I recall they did!) This was quite a lot of years ago... maybe 1998-99? My only time getting to see them live, but it was fantastic. Thank you. --- Dan M: I'm not sure if this will count but... I haven't had the chance to see MTX live because always lived in Vzla, until 3 years ago that I moved to Spain, so this is rather a memory of the day when finally got Yesterday Rules in my hands back in 2005... I have never seen most of my fav bands live (The Queers, MTX, SW, Groovie G.., etc...) but almost always had the chance to buy their records... and I remember particulary this record because it came to me in momment of musical/punk drought and it was so good back in that time as it is today, it's xtremely punx and it was a breath of fresh air after months of agony of no new music. Since then It's one of those record I listen every month, it always takes me back to that happy time when some friends even kind of fighted each other so one of them would be the next to borrow it from me for a week or so. --- Danny C: My favorite MTX memory is the first time I heard them. Summer '98, I was leafing through an old copy of Kerrang and came across a tiny one paragraph feature, about this band I'd never heard of...One of them mentioned how people always say they sound like early Green Day, but in the past it was the other way around. It finished with something like "Listen to us, then you can have an obscure favorite band that no-one else has heard of". I was pretty much sold at this point, but this was pre-music on the internet, so I drove to a now long-defunct punk record shop in Croydon called "Shake Some Action" and asked the guy if the Mr T Experience were any good and did he have any. Turns out he was a massive fan and went on to explain how awesome they were, in quite a lot of detail, for a good while. He then whipped out a copy of "And The Women Who Love Them" and proceeded to play the whole thing in the shop as we stood there at the counter awkwardly not saying a word for the next 20 minutes. I nodded along and rubbed my chin in an impressed manner. After the last song I was like "Yeah, I'll take it". Probably the best £5 I ever spent. --- David R: When I was attending college in Washinton, DC, I got to interview Dr. Frank for my zine. It was when MTX was out supporting Love Is Dead. Dr. Frank was so fun to talk with... and it was a hell of a good show! --- Dr. Frank: Gotta go with playing "blues in b flat, no bass no mids just treble and volume" with Johnny Thunders for around a minute and a half before he fell down, confused by our terrible blues playing and maybe by something else as well. This happened. Actually, I will add, outside of the Johnny Thunders episode mentioned elsewhere, the best memory is when we were in the studio playing with Jaz for the first time, going over "King Dork Approximately" before recording (which was meant to be a sort of one-off) and realizing: wow, this is a band. It was like being born again. --- Duncan P: The first MTX song I ever heard was my brother playing "Book of Revelation" for me, saying "Dude, you have to listen to this" --- Eric V: The first time I saw MTX was in '97 or '98 at the Troubadour in L.A. with The Queers. They ended their set with a cover of BBC by Austin Powers' fake bands. It was awesome. --- Gabe H: My best MTX moment was seeing them live for the first time. I was introduced to MTX around 2012 and i loved it. I never thought i'd see them live, then they announced a show at Thee Parkside with The Queers and The Bombpops in 2015. It was amazing! Also a friend and i were hanging out and i said "just the" and it sounded just like the begining of Two Minute Itch! It was not planned, we had a big laugh, then started listening to Milk Milk Lemonade --- Greg L: Dang! So many! Number one is catching Dr. Frank schlepping gear into Club Laga in Pittsburgh before a show around 1996. Frank took about half an hour and chatted with me about Love Is Dead, the lay of the land with punk rock post-Smash, and how his mom was upset over him quitting his day job to become a full-time “rock star”. It was super-cool that Frank stopped what he was doing to talk with me. Made quite an impression and solidified me as an MTX fan for life. --- Greg S: My friends and I had seen MTX in Cleveland and Columbus for a couple years straight, then found out Joel's new band the Plus Ones would be coming to play at Bernie's in Columbus (I'm thinking 1999 or 2000). We showed up and Joel greeted us with a smile, then kind of hesitated, before asking "Do you guys have, like, a house?" We had extra space, so fast forward to a punk rock sleepover complete with Danny Panic doing the worm across my attic bedroom floor. One of my roomies saw Joel's open overnight bag and swears there was a rhyming dictionary on top. Hope I haven't said too much! --- Hakker S: Dr. Frank solo acoustic show on a rooftop in NYC. Probably about 20 years ago. I think they showed a movie after or before. Anyway, it's still the best solo acoustic show I've ever seen. Dr. Frank: yes that was quite memorable, though somehow I don't remember much about it. It was under "normal" auspices, not punk rock related. Not sure how or why it happened. --- James B: Skipping school because Alcatraz had just come out, and my friend Travis got it first. We listened to MTX all day, and ate cereal. --- Jason B: I have a lot of MTX memories but unfortunately only one involves seeing them live. I've only been lucky enough to see them once. When I was in high school I didn't get to see them because whenever they played Boston or Portsmouth I had no way of getting to the show. When I lived in Albany I think Dr. Frank played a solo show in the middle of a snow storm. During that time I had a friend I played in a band with. One practice he ask me, "you like the Mr. T Experience, right? Do you want all their CDs?" "Hell yeah!" Was my response because at that point I only had cassette copies of a few of their albums. I still have all those CDs he gave me except for Alcatraz which must have gotten lost along the way. In 2007 I was talking to Erika Hynes a lot. I believe Little Type carried some Cheapskate stuff. I loved the Little Type Yeti and I pleaded with Erika to make more shirts but I don't think she ever did. She did tell me they would have buttons with the Yeti on them at Insub Fest. Perfect, I was going to be there. I got to see MTX at Insub Fest and they were really great. One highlight was when Roach and Scampi came out to play "Highwayman" with them. I can't remember if it was before or after they played but I met Dr. Frank. Our awkward interaction went as follows: Me: "Where's Erika?" Frank: "She's back home in California." Me: "Oh okay. She was going to have some Yeti buttons set aside for me." Frank: "Here they are." Me: "Thanks." And that was that. I guess that's what happens when two social awkward people meet. Well maybe I was the only one who was socially awkward. --- Jay G: My first MTX show was 1997 or 1998....Hartford CT... with Teen Idols. Still have my Revenge Is Sweet poster. They were a bucket list band for me and the destroyed. Synchronized antics and all. During the encore, they played Gilman St...and that was my most memorable moment of the show. If memory serves me, that was the only time I've seen them with Joel. Halloween of 1998, my band was billed with The Queers/MTX at the Elvis Room in NH....but MTX had dropped off the show and was replaced by JCCC. --- Jaz: first time seeing MTX live was around ‘94. It was a great show with bouncing souls and afi. I think. I played with mtx a good handful of times when I was in the Ghoulies. I have a vague recollection of a show in a big tiled room at a college somewhere. No specific memories of interaction due to social awkwardness on both sides. Well except for Joel. That dude will talk to anyone. Speaking of dudes that will talk to anyone I was super stoked when Bobby joined the band and then again when Ted followed suit. As for memories since I joined it’s definitely Bobby taking a nap on the ground next to the stage while CH3 played and then getting up and shredding like he wasn’t just napping. --- Jen R: The first time I ever saw MTX in the basement of The Nile in Tempe, Az. It was summer time and SO hot. Dr. Frank: That was a wild show. So hot. Also, there was raw sewage dripping from pipes above the stage. Maybe the most "punk" gig ever. Jen R: also my fave cuz I met my lovely friend Joel for the first time! --- J N: A boy that had a crush on me in highschool decided to buy me every single MTX album for Christmas. We're still friends 20 years later. --- John C: First saw mtx in boulder, the ghoulies opened.  --- Johnny C: I drove a 1984 Chevy stepside pick up in high school. It was a gas guzzler and the gauge was broken. I would run out of gas on occasion since I was too lazy to count mileage. I was a senior, and one day (of many) I cut school with my pal and we went to the record store. I had some cash that was supposed to be set aside for gas. I ended up using it to get the, "Love Is Dead" CD. Sure enough, on the way back, I ran out of gas. We didn't have any cell phones then, so we started walking. Luckily, someone we knew saw us and gave us a ride to fill my gas can. Later on, my Dad was taking me to get some gas for the truck and he asked me what I did with my gas money. I told him I bought the latest MTX record, and he said, "I didn't know Mr. T sang. Why did you do it?" I tried to justify it by declaring my love for music, but finally, I settled with, "I was investing in my future." And I still have the CD, along with all the other MTX releases, so I like to feel that I'm completely redeemed --- Josh V: Remember the time in Denton when all three of you came to my apartment? We did an interview for my radio show, ate pizza and watched 90210 before the show that night. Best afternoon ever. Dr. Frank: yeah that was a good time --- Ken D: I remember back in 95ish, you guys were touring with the Teen Idols. You played the student union at Ohio State University. Back then it was a small bar, wood panelling, and collegiate banners hanging around the bar. I said something along the lines of "kind of like playing at Arnold's." Dr. Frank: it was! Ken D: If I recall (it's been a long time) I also said something dumb like "I've never heard a Coronet sound that good." Dr. Frank: haha. Well it does sound good. Ken D: Yeah, it sounds amazing. Not exactly the best convo starter when you're chatting up someone whose writing you admire. It's kind of like that Chris Farley bit. "Hey, remember that song you wrote? It was AWESOME." "Why did I say that?" Oh, to be young again. --- Ken P: My memory of this is pretty vague, as I didn't know who the band was at the time. I'm pretty sure it was 1988 or 89. The show was at the UBC Ballroom at the University of British Columbia. MTX played, other bands were The Fastbacks, The Posies or Pasties (I always mixed up those two names) and a bunch of other bands I can't remember. I remember MTX all dressed in like mechanic smocks or something like that. And I remember they were the highlight of the show. Couple years later one of my bands covered "Sheep". And after that, they became my favourite band once I heard their whole catalog. Dr. Frank: I remember that show very well, but not the mechanic smocks. Ken P: so weird, I have no idea where that completely untrue detail came from. Oh well, it was a great evening regardless. Dr. Frank: oh who knows, my memory's not so good and you may well be right. We did lots of dumb stunts. --- Koko Y: First (and only) time I saw MTX was in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2001. We would have had to drive 3 hours to see them and The Queers at the Limelight. We wanted to spend the afternoon in the city (never been there before) and go to the club afterwards. Turned out to take us over 8 hours to go to Stuttgart because of some ugly traffic jam on the Autobahn PLUS an overheated motor of ours. We finally arrived like 15 minutes before the show started. Strange day, great show! --- Lauren B: One weekend, I was feeling pretty sad, so I decided to force myself to go to some shows, even though no one wanted to go with me. I saw on Facebook that Mikey Erg was playing at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ. I had heard some of my friends talk about Mikey Erg, but I’ve never seen him before. I also have heard lots about the Court Tavern, but never been there. So, I went to the show (’twas a good time!), and I found out they happened to be in need of another sound engineer, so I gladly volunteered. At the next show I went to, I wore my Punkemon shirt, and upon seeing it, one of the bookers told me Dr. Frank would actually be playing a show there in a few months with Mikey Erg and Even in Blackouts. A few weeks before the show, I found out the main sound engineer had a prior engagement, which means I would be running the show. I was nervous as heck, made a couple mistakes, and embarrassed myself quite a bit… but in the end, it seems like everyone was happy with the sound — a huge ego boost to my career as a sound engineer for sure! Moral of the story: no matter how depressed you get, force yourself to go out and socialize every once in awhile. You just might end up getting to do sound for your favorite musician of all time. --- Lights G: I go by the nickname "Mr. T" and whenever I wear my MTX t-shirt I always get asked why I have a shirt about myself on. I have lost track of the times I've had to explain about this band, who write songs, about girls...., no it's not me.... --- Marisa G: The only time my Dad took me to see MTX and embarrassed me to Dr. Frank saying “she drives me nuts listening to your music every day” --- Mark A: Around ‘98 or so, me and my girl saw MTX in Pensacola where we were going to college. Followed them to Tallahassee the following day and then Gainesville a day or two after that. The Handlebar in Gainesville only had about 20 people, but we were so happy. --- Mark R:  I don’t have a favorite MTX memory, per se, since I’ve never gotten to see them live. So I guess it would be when I got my first cd of theirs.  There used to be a punk rock radio show here in NE Ohio, called DIY Radio, and I won one of their contests. They asked which cd I’d like (out of something like 5 choices) and I chose The Mr. T Experience since I’d heard a few songs on comps and liked them well enough. I was sent “Revenge Is Sweet...” and it knocked my socks off and they’ve been one of my favorite bands since. --- Murray X: MTX at Webster Hall, back after a long absence to reclaim their punk rock champion title. --- Nate D: My first MTX show was in 95... we gave them pogs with naked ladies on them. So dumb. --- Rebecca P: I wasn't old enough to drive, so my parents dropped off friends and I. After the show, we were outside hanging out, Dr. Frank & Joel were there...they signed my Love is Dead album cover. So before I knew it, here comes my parents to retrieve us from the sketchy club. Lol. I was mortified. --- Ryan G: A show at the Fillmore San Fran with Nerf Herder in 2000 - I finally got to dispel all the rumors and ask Dr Frank in person if he truly was the brother of Morrissey. The happier more talented brother I might add. --- Scott R: Actually was a Dr Frank accoustic solo show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. I made the request for Dumb Little Band and although he hadn't played it in awhile was up for the task and aced it! What a show! Cheers for that ...... --- Sex C: MTX in concert in Cleveland, during the Alcatraz tour, I bought a short sleeve button-up work shirt with the name ART on the name patch, Mr T Experience on the other (it's long gone), and the CD, which I still have. Wrote a college 'Music Appreciation' class paper on the show too. Okay, no it was HECTOR, on the name patch, sorry. ART was on the MEDINA SOD shirt from THE BIG LEBOWSKI. My brother worked for MS & they had a signed picture of Jeff Bridges on office wall as thank you for allowing them to use a shirt found in a thrift store in Cali in the movie. --- Shane L: Seeing The Mr. T Experience at the Bottleneck in Lawrence Kansas 20+ years ago. The banter and song intros ("This is a song about a Girl") cemented their unique punk rock in my mind! --- Smo: Seeing Dr. Frank read excerpts from his book alongside Chris Gethard (and others!) and play a mini set with Mikey Erg at the housingworks book store was a great (mr t) experience that brought out a lot of rad folks mtx inspired and was a lotta fun! --- Stephen R: Here in England in the 90s i used to read about them in Maximum RnR and it felt so good to buy Revenge is Sweet when it first came out. --- Tab B: Seeing MTX in the front row in a small club in Cincy with the Teen Idols in 98 or 99 is up there. My favorite though was talking with Frank prior to the SW/Queers/MTX show in NYC in 2015. I asked if it was cool to take a picture with him and he told me, "Yeah, I like the attention." --- Ted: MTX was my favorite band at the end of high school/start of college, so getting to join is a pretty great memory. The Las Vegas shenanigans from last year is a good one (from what I can remember). I think my favorite is when Bobby, Frank and I passed around an acoustic guitar in the van, playing songs of our own for each other, while waiting for sound check before a show in Anaheim in 2005 or so. --- Tim C: My first time seeing MTX was in St. Louis at Vintage Vinyl. They set up in the back of the record store and played a free show around '96 (?). It's still one of my favorite, most memorable shows I've ever been lucky enough to attend. MTX Forever!!! --- William N: After over three decades, hard to pick just one: In 1985, I was Frank’s mailman (we also knew each other from both being DJs on KALX). One day, as part of the chit chat that happens when the letter carrier drops by, Frank told me he was starting a band called the Mr. T Experience. Later that year, Frank and Jon Von came over to my apartment before the first album was recorded to use my cassette dubbing deck for making copies of MTX demo tapes to help get gigs. My second punk rock date with my future wife was MTX at Own’s Pizza. Lisa and l fell in love to MTX over 30 years ago. I am irretrievably biased toward the old MTX songs. In 1988, I was a house DJ at Berkeley Square. One night, as MTX were introduced, without telling them ahead of time, I played “Mr. T’s Rap” as their walk on music. As they came on, Frank laid down some suitably tasty funk guitar licks underneath before seamlessly segueing into into the opening punk riff of the first song.  In 2014, Frank is playing acoustic MTX songs at my 20th wedding anniversary. My mom leans over to me, nods toward Frank and says “that man’s got style.”

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