At the same time Mike was playing with The Tunes, Clay and Chris were playing with Willie McNeil in one of Topeka’s first punk bands, ‘Abuse’. They had a three song flexi-disc released in Bill Rich’s legendary fanzine Talk Talk in 1980.
Fun Fact: Abuse recorded the tracks at Mike’s home studio- he’s even singing backup on ‘In America’!
Here’s song snippets from this floppy gem…
Love is Alright
And now for the first time since 1981, the song ‘All I Wanna Do’! It was recorded for the flex-disc but not released.
Willie went on to do great things- check out his web site at williemcneilmusic.com to get a taste of what he’s been up to.
Here’s a music video for ‘In America’- it’s just like MTV, but completely different.
On the ‘Leatherwood Store’ page there’s info on how to get the remastered EP on CD.
UPDATE: Italy’s ‘Rave Up Records’ just made a deal to re-release all four songs on vinyl, and it’s out now! Contact Raveup at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your copy!