In 1970 I moved into a communal house on the fringes of Seattle’s University District. We were either trying to make it through college or were about to realize that college and the careers it was preparing us for were not what we wanted. As part of our attempts to avoid homework or for that manner any kind of work, we began playing around with tape recorders. At some point we moved out to the Snoqualmie River valley near Carnation Washington. we called our funky old former dairy farm The Loon Lagoon Home for Retired Balloonists
To see photos of life at Loon Lagoon go here…
Participants included Seattle artist Carl Smool, Conrad Uno (who started PopLlama Records and released Young Fresh Fellows and others), Mike Freeman, Mark Sargent and myself. The most legitimately musical of us were Conrad Uno and Mark Sargent. Eventually, the goofing around evolved into a rudimentary 50’s style rock band called Arc Welder and the Car Parts. Mark Sargent became the guitar player, Conrad Uno, the bassplayer, together they found out they could write real songs. I tried unsuccessfully to play guitar, but gave up moved to LaPush to work on the fish docks and then later returned to be the Uncle Cookie sound guy…
Uncle Cookie performing live at rented hall in Seattle circa 1977
members: (left to right) Conrad Uno-bass and vocals, Ernie Shapiro-guitar,
Max Campbell-drums, Mark Sargent-guitar, vocals
Art in background: Carl Smool
See Uncle Cookie Pictures Here
In the mid 70’s Arc Welder became Uncle Cookie, I gave up the guitar and became the sound man, This was the beginning of my life as a recording/live sound mixing engineer. Uncle Cookie toured the Northwest rural tavern circuit performing cover material that ran the gamut from Aerosmith and Led Zep to Roxy Music, Rocky Horror, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and much more.
When not touring, Uncle Cookie staged concerts of their original material in rented VFW halls throughout Seattle. We were very successful at filling halls, getting favorable press and even had a radio show on Seattle’s KRAB called the Original Optimist Radio Hour.
Carl Smool made incredible full color silk screen posters and T-Shirts. We formed a strange entourage with made up names and wacky costumes and make-up. Part Rocky Horror part Country Gardeners. Mike Freeman,Soa Goodstitch, Lotta Hash, Janet Fly. It was a lot of great fun. Often, the self produced concerts we put together, shared the bill with the upstart punk scene and included such bands as the Feelings, Telepaths, Meyce and others. Uncle Cookie recorded one self produced single Hamburger/Kidnapped which was released on Little Orange Babies Records.
A side project of Uncle Cookie was…
By the end of the 70’s Uncle Cookie had splintered and various members went on to other projects. I began working with another Seattle band on the fringes of Seattle’s new punk scene,