The Kinetics ... 1985-1991



Lee Heffron

Jim Lawrence





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.



A more detailed History of The Kinetics:
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Jim, Lee and Steve  (around 1985)


Steve Edgar:
 


Recordings:
Live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "Ten Feet Tall" by XTC - (Lee / Jim / Steve Edgar)
Live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer-  (Lee / Jim / Steve Edgar)
Live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "Sitting Still" by R.E.M. -  (Lee / Jim / Steve Edgar)
Live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "I Can't Decide" written by Jim Lawrence - (Steve Edgar on lead vocals)
Live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "Radio Free Europe" by R.E.M. - (Lee / Jim / Steve Edgar)
Live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "What I Like About You" by The Romantics / Lee / Steve / Jim on lead vocals)
Live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "The One Thing" - (Steve Edgar on lead vocals)
Live recording June 14, 1986 at the John Barleycorn in Owego, NY - "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds - Jim on lead vocals w/ Steve & Lee
Studio recording of "She Drives Me Crazy" by The Fine Young Cannibals  /  Shane French on lead vocals
Studio recording of "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode  / Shane French on lead vocals
Studio recording of "Suicide Blonde" by INXS / Shane French on lead vocals
Studio recording of "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits  /  Steve Edgar on guitar, Jim on lead vocals & bass, Lee on keyboards
Studio recording of "Strength" by The Alarm   /  Jim on lead vocals & bass, Steve & Lee on guitars
Early studio recording of "Gravity Gets Me Down" written by Lee Heffron / Jim on lead vocals & bass, Lee on keyboards
Studio recording of "And She Was" by the Talking Heads  / Jim Lawrence on lead vocals
Studio recording of "Stand" by R.E.M. / Jim Lawrence on lead vocals
Live recording of "Making Flippy Floppy" by Talking Heads  / Oct. 24, 1986 at The Nines in Ithaca  - (Lee / Jim / Steve Edgar)
Live recording of "Driven to Tears" by The Police / at The Nines, Ithaca, NY - 1986 / Steve Edgar on lead vocals
Live recording of "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel / at The Nines, Ithaca, NY - 1986
Live recording of "I Will Follow" at The Nines in Ithaca, NY   /  Jim on lead vocals & bass, Steve & Lee on guitars
Live recording of "I'm Right" by Jim Lawrence / at The Nines, Oct. 24, 1986, with Lee & Steve
Live recording of "Have Her Home By Ten" written by Lee Heffron / at The Nines, Ithaca, NY - Oct. 24, 1986 / Jim on lead vocals
Live recording of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears / at The Nines, Ithaca, NY - Oct. 24, 1986 / Jim on lead vocals
Live recording of "The Big Game" written by Chris Koch / April 1988 / Chris Koch on lead vocals
Live recording of "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon / April 1988 / Jim on lead vocals, Chris Koch on guitar
Live recording of "Tempted" by Squeeze / Sept. 17, 1988 / Chris Koch on lead vocals
Live recording of "Kick" by INXS  / Sept. 19, 1989 / Shane French on lead vocals
Live recording of "I'm the Man" by Joe Jackson / Sept. 19, 1989 / Jim on lead vocals
Live recording of "Don't Let's Start" by They Might Be Giants / at The Nines, Sept. 9, 1990 / Jim on lead vocals
Live recording of "Good Thing" by Fine Young Cannibals / at The Nines, Spet. 9, 1990 / Shane French on lead vocals



The Kinetics - playing "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure - 1987

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvU5ybosBPc

Jim on lead vocals


The Kinetics - playing "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House- 1988

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbj-K3akc7o






Critique Magazine article:
"Technobopping With The Kinetics"


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Shane French - Lead Guitar

Shane wrote this original song:
"Love's On My Shoulder"
- Shane on vocals & guitar
- Jim Lawrence on bass


Steve Edgar - drums
  
With Jim, Steve Edgar, Shane French, and Lee



Lee Heffron






With Chris Koch on guitar & lead vocals, and Dana Alling on drums:

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From Valex Talent Agency's Promo booklet:





From the April 1990 issue of
"Main Course", the Cornell University
Dining newsletter.


 

Flier for opening for
The Del Fuegos
at Wells College
April 30, 1988
(with Shane French
on lead vocals & guitar):



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


Stephanie Pitsas

Stephanie Pitsas


Allan Ploth



With John Yates, Dana Alling, Allan Ploth, Jim & Lee

John, Jim, Dana, Lee, Allan

Allan Ploth

John Yates

John, Jim, Dana, Lee, Allan

Lee Heffron

Jim Lawrence

Allan Ploth


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)































   Sample Set Lists

Lyrics sheets
















CD release ...   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.

 


   side was                                               side is

Gravity Gets Me Down
I Can't Get Serious
Revenge of the Bugs
Break Before I Bend
Take the Time
Spastic  (w/Tom Lawrence & Will Russell on backing vocals!)
Sands of Crime
Freedom For Gold
Attack of the Orange Traffic Cone
Sugar Coma

Outtakes:

Windows

Exteriors

The Villain


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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