Rock musicians and gay pioneers, Michael Ely and Spider Taylor, are making a very rare public appearance at 9:00 pm on Friday, April 24th, performing live at the Akbar club in Los Angeles.
The couple, who have been together for over 43 years (married in Arizona last November), founded the underground Los Angeles music scene bands Hey Taxi!, Red Wedding, and Glass, between the years of 1979 and 1987. Michael was the singer and lyricist (known for his dark and romantic lyrics), and Spider was the lead guitarist (known for his both sonic and sensual guitar gifts).
The April 24th, 2015 Akbar show will feature songs from the vast repetoire of Michael and Spider, select pieces written for all of their various bands, and music projects that span over four decades. Sharing the stage with them, will be Chris Christensen on drums, Roy Felig on bass, along with special guest appearances by guitar god Pierre Smith, and keyboardist extraordinaire, Marc Zavatsky. There will also be an opening performance by the fabulous actor and performing artist, John Fleck. John and Red Wedding once shared a stage at the Lhasa Club, back in 1982.
A Note to Michael and Spider fans:
Sadly, Spider was diagnosed with liver cancer in November of 2013. The cancer is too advanced to be surgically removed, a transplant is not an option, so Spider is being treated with radioactive isotopes and chemo pills. Unfortunately, his long term survival prospect is not good, but Spider is a fighter and remains upbeat and positive (never complaining or asking why).
Michael and Spider wish to thank all of their amazing friends and fans for the prayers and positive energy being sent Spider's way. Michael has been sharing the journey that he and Spider now find themselves on, stories about the four decades (42+ years) they have been a couple, and Spider's struggle with the cancer on his blog. The blog at www.my-life-on-parade.tumblr.com, also features some of their music.
Again, this extremely difficult time for Michael and Spider is brightened by all the prayers and get well wishes, so they sincerely thank everyone for all the wonderful support.
Music composers Michael and Spider are professional musicians that have been performing, composing and producing music for over 40 years. Their ability to compose music and soundtracks has attracted studios like Touchstone Pictures to purchase and use their work.
Before focusing their talents on being music composers, Michael Ely and Spider Taylor had spent decades in the music industry, redefining and redesigning the worlds of rock, pop, glam and punk in two iconic L.A. bands Hey Taxi! and Red Wedding, then vanished into thin air - only to rise like a Phoenix sixteen years later. Then, using environmental influences, exotic rhythms and multiple layers of exquisite instrumentals, they began to compose film scores and soundtracks that ebb and flow, like interstellar tides seeking the shimmering shores of infinity.
If you're curious about the personal lives of music composers Michael and Spider, click the "Curious" link. For Michael and Spider's performing history, click the "Past to Present" link. To read what the critics say about their film scores and soundtracks, click the "Critiques" link. To access a list of their musical compositions, click on the "Works" link. To visit their links, click the "Link 2 Link" link.
Michael and Spiderís creations are available exclusively through Lavender Records and Temple of the Moon Publishing.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about purchasing, promotional materials or licensing tracks for use in movies, television, radio or other media productions. Promotional CDs can be sent upon request. Filmmakers on limited budgets may request Michael and Spider tracks at reasonable prices.
One may also contact Michael and Spider about composing new music for specific projects.
RED WEDDING ANTHOLOGY ALBUM
RELEASED IN ITALY & EUROPE
March 3rd, 2014, Synthetic Shadows Records* made rock history when it announced the release of a twelve track Red Wedding anthology album in Italy and Europe.
Founded by Michael and Spider in Los Angeles during 1981, the music of Red Wedding was a mix of psychedelic, glam, goth and punk rock that influenced the later works of many well known rock artists.
The anthology album features select tracks from Red Wedding's two released EPs. But this eclectic collection of Red Wedding hits includes something unexpected too, a restored alternative version of the song "Bernardo", and three never before released on vinyl tracks from their third unreleased EP!
Guaranteed to be a rock music collector's prize, Synthetic Shadows' Red Wedding anthology album is a limited edition run of only 400 copies. For a copy, contact Michael and Spider or visit discogs.com.
*dedicated to early post-punk / minimal-synth worldwide, a sub-label of Rave Up Records
REISSUE OF HEY TAXI!'S 1980 SINGLE I HATE DOGS / WAR IS HELL / QUEEN BEE
Mystic Records has announced the re-issue of Hey Taxi!'s kickass 1980 hit single, 'I Hate Dogs/War Is Hell/Queen Bee'!
For those unfortunate souls never lucky enough to have witnessed, or be familiar with the campy punk antics of the band Hey Taxi!, it was founded in Los Angeles by Michael and Spider in 1979. Hey Taxi! was a straight on progressive punk rock band, with a dash of dark humor and some of the hottest guitar work anywhere on the planet.
The re-issue of 'I Hate Dogs / War Is Hell / Queen Bee', featuring the original artwork, is limited to 200 records - 100 on white vinyl, and 100 on hot pink vinyl - so grab one while you can! Contact Michael and Spider to purchase a copy.
Here are 2 of Michael and Spider's songs that are
currently available for download on iTunes and/or CD Baby.
Aladdin Sane is a song by David Bowie, the title track from his 1973 album Aladdin Sane. The name of the album is a pun on "A Lad Insane". Taking a great song and making it better is the hallmark of musical genius, which Michael and Spider prove with their rendition of this Bowie classic from their upcoming album "Diamonds".
The music track, Aladdin Sane, is available on CD Baby here.
The title track from Michael and Spider's album, "Iridescent Garden - exotica reinvented", is a auditory journey to exotic lands far away. The listener finds themself drawn ever deeper into the sound, as layer upon layer of exquisite instrumentals surge and flow, hypnotically mesmerizing to the last note. Iridescent Garden is a song that draws the listener into a world of beauty and tranquility, leaving them wishing they never had to leave.
Songs from Iridescent Garden are available on itunes here.
Red Wedding Videos
Roulette by Red Wedding
Roulette is a song performed by the fabulous 1980s rock glam band, Red Wedding, featuring Michael and Spider.
The Sky's The Limit by Red Wedding
The Sky's The Limit is a song performed by the awesome 1980s glam/punk/rock group, Red Wedding, which featured punk rock pioneers, Michael and Spider.
Sleeping On The Airplane by Red Wedding
Sleeping On The Airplane by Red Wedding, featuring glam rock music pioneers, Michael and Spider.
Each of the following songs have been accompanied with visuals for your listening
and viewing enjoyment. They demonstrate how flawlessly Michael and Spider's
musical abilities merge and perform with visual mediums.
Inside Saguaros is from Michael and Spider's album "The Perfume of Creosote: Desert Exotica Part 1". Combining throbbing rythmns with surrealistic strings, Inside Saguaros transports the listener to the arid heat of the desert, its sound shimmering like a sand shrouded mirage that invoke images of cactus, desert animals and aborigional legends. Descibed as nature enhanced, The Perfume of Creosote: Desert Exotica Part 1 is filled with songs each inspired by Michael and Spider's home state, Arizona.
We're All Mad Here
We're All Mad Here is from Michael and Spider's album "White Roses Painted Red", inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. In a world where things are not always as they seem, where lives are often turned upside down, We're All Mad Here is a perfect theme song. Edgy, combining rock, glam and psychedelica, We're All Mad Here is the only song in Michael and Spider's careers that they ever recorded in only one sitting, an amazing feat considering its musical and lyrical complexity.
Yellow Sapphire is from Michael and Spider's album "Dieties", an exquisite collection of middle-eastern rythmns, instruments and sounds. Also from from Deities, Michael and Spider licensed "Hanuman, The Monkey God", to Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films) which used the track in the film "Step Up 2 The Streets", released Valentines Day, 2008. Yellow Sapphire's Bollywood sound makes toes tap, fingers drum and the body sway as it musically whisks the listerner to ancient lands of ancient religions on a auditory magic carpet.
The title track from Michael and Spiders album, Iridescent Garden - exotica reinvented, is a auditory journey to exotic lands far away. The listener finds themself drawn ever deeper into the sound, as layer upon layer of exquisite instrumentals surge and flow, hypnotically mesmerizing to the last note. Iridescent Garden is a song that draws the listener into a world of beauty and tranquility, leaving them wishing they never had to leave.
Enchanted is an exquisite short piece of exotica that musically transports the listener to the days of yesteryear, of old Hollywood glamour, movies stars and the lives of the rich and famous. Enchanted's haunting rythmn and melody ebbs and flows, invoking mental images of other times and places, of a more innocent and naive world of long ago. Enchanted is from Michael and Spider's album, "Iridescent Garden - exotica reinvented".
Michael and Spider don't just perform David Bowie's classic 'Aladdin Sane', they gave a whole new life to it. This amazing version of "Aladdin Sane" features an exquisitely intense guitar solo by Spider, a very long guitar solo that, believe it or not, he actually recorded in just one take.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas as performed by composers and musicians Michael and Spider. The hauntingly beautiful guitar work of Spider flows seamlessly with Michael's brilliant nostalgic arrangement of this Christmas classic. Definitely one of the best versions of this song that has ever been recorded!