The Kinetics ... 1985-1991


The Kinetics were formed by Lee Heffron and Jim Lawrence in 1985. Jim had just left The Choice, and met Lee through a mutual recording project. They both have played in local bands over the last 13 years, and expessed an interest in playing songs in the modern alternative rock vein. Initially, they could not find a drummer, and played as a 3-piece band (Bass, Guitar, Keys) with Steve Edgar on guitar, and used a drum machine for live gigs.


Steve, Jim & Lee  (around 1985)


Steve Edgar:



Recordings:  of the trio:  Lee / Jim / Steve Edgar

Click here for a live recording Oct. 24, 1986 at The Nines in Ithaca - "Making Flippy Floppy" by Talking Heads
Click here for a live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer
Click here for a live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "Sitting Still" by R.E.M.
Click here for a live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "Ten Feet Tall" by Xtc
Click here for a live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "Radio Free Europe" by R.E.M.





They have changed guitar players a number of times, including Allan Ploth, (Alan Blair), Chris Koch, Stephanie Pitsas, and Shane French. Steve Edgar later joined as their drummer, and was later replace by Dana Alling.

They played a mix of originals and covers live, covering bands like The Cure, Squeeze, INXS, R.E.M. , XTC, English Beat, Talking Heads, They Might Be Giants, The Fixx, etc. and play at College-related gigs.  

At CORNELL UNIVERSITY they played at the following Groups & Fraternities: Beta Theta Pi, Acacia, Alpha Phi Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Delta Upsilon, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Kappa, Alpha Sigma Phi, The Cornell Business School, The Cornell Law School, Society of Women Engineers,   Alpha Phi Theta Chi    Frequent CLUBS: The Nines, TJ Tuesdays, The Waterfront, (Ithaca, NY) and The Savoy, (Watkin's Glen, NY)

Allan Ploth


Jim & Lee with Dana Alling (drums) & Chris Koch (lead vocals, guitar)


There is a CD ...   Featuring Ten Original Songs including : "Attack of the Orange Traffic Cone", "Gravity Gets Me Down", "I Can't Get Serious"  and others



This CD represents songs written by the group's two main songwriters, Lee and Jim. Jim does all the lead vocals, and plays bass guitar. Lee plays all keyboards and guitar parts, as well as the drum programming. This tape was recorded in 2 phases. Side "was" took place at Lee's house in Dryden, and consists of songs written back in 1985.  Side "is" was recorded at Electric Wilburland Studios right here in Ithaca by Will Russell, a long time friend of Jim's, and represents the most current songs written. The mix-down was all done at Electric Wilburland Studio.

 To Order:  Email JSL10@CORNELL.EDU


Here's an Old sample Songlist:




ELVIS COSTELLO------------------Veronica

ELVIS COSTELLO------------------Alison

THE CURE-------------------------Just Like Heaven

THE CURE-------------------------Close To Me

THE CURE-------------------------Inbetween Days

THE CURE-------------------------Why Can't I Be You?

THE CURE ------------------------Hot Hot Hot

INXS -----------------------------What You Need

INXS------------------------------Kick

HOWARD JONES--------------------Everlasting Love

THE ROMANTICS------------------What I like About You

THE ROMANTICS------------------Talking In Your Sleep

TALKING HEADS ------------------Wild Wild Life

TALKING HEADS -----------------Burning Down The House

TALKING HEADS ------------------And She Was

TALKING HEADS ------------------Take Me To The River

JOE JACKSON-----------------------I'm The Man

R.E.M. -----------------------------The One I Love

R.E.M. -----------------------------Can't Get There From Here

U2 ------------------------------------I Will Follow

TEARS FOR FEARS-----------Everybody Wants To Rule The World

SQUEEZE-------------------------------Tempted

SQUEEZE -------------------------------Hourglass

CROWDED HOUSE---------------------Don't Dream It's Over

NAKED EYES--------------Always Something There To Remind Me

THE CARS----------------------------Moving In Stereo

STEVIE WONDER--------------------Uptight(Everything's Alright)

ENGLISH BEAT -----------------------Tears Of A Clown

THE BEATLES--------------------------Paperback Writer

THE BEATLES--------------------------I Feel Fine

ROLLING STONES ----------------------Satisfaction

PAUL SIMON --------------------------You Can Call Me Al

SIMPLE MINDS ------------------------Don't Forget About Me

GRAHAM PARKER------------------Get Started (Start A Fire)

XTC--------------------------------Generals And Majors

ORIGINAL SONGS:

GRAVITY GETS ME DOWN KNIFE IN THE WATER

I'M RIGHT REVENGE OF THE BUGS

ATTACK OF THE ORANGE TRAFFIC CONE

SANDS OF CRIME I CAN'T DECIDE

TAKE THE TIME HAVE HER HOME BY TEN


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