Monday, April 09, 2007

A Mump a Day: Kevin Kiely

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Kevin Kiely was the Mumps bass player. He was their second bass player, the first being a guy named Aron Kiely!

Kevin was Pleasant’s favorite Mump, and my favorite Mump photo subject.

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Kevin and Pleasant in the cozy darkness of the studio kitchen

Kevin would pose however Pleasant and I chose him too, and was completely up for the conceits we'd try, ranging from Andy Warhol Interview-styled portraits to photo illustrations for fake pulp novels that were never written (but should have been).

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Kevin and the Interview style portrait

These photos are mostly from February – March 1978, when Mumps were in Los Angeles for an extended period recording “Muscle Boys,” “That Fatal Charm” and “Rock n Roll This, Rock n Roll That” and playing tons of shows in California.

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Readers at home, please note: Don’t try Kevin’s antics at home.


Stealing an airline’s life jacket from under the seat is a big Federal no-no!

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And if you have an abandoned refrigerator, best take the door off once you’ve had your photo opportunity with it.


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Butif you should find yourself in the Beach Boys recording studio alone and want to have a photo opportunity with their gold records, by all means, go for it!

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Be sure to complete your record collection with the fantastic Mumps compilation, "How I Saved the World" which the wonderful Sympathy for the Record Industy released! The Mumps music is available from many places. Don't be left out! Ordering info is here!

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