Michael Keaton was an alternative rock band whose quirky characters and overwhelming charisma won the hearts of many, encapsulating the sound of the early 90s forever.
Basically, this is found audio. We've looked all over for this record and have been slowly piecing together the following information over the past few years. It may not be 100% accurate because it's all taken from locals mouths, but it's all general consensus from everyone we asked, so:
In 1994, three high school friends - Egg, Bert, and Ernie - got together and formed a lo-fi folk band named Eggbert. They went on to record two releases, Pitter Patter EP (1994) and Bill Cosby's Dirty Secrets (1995). Before Eggbert, however, Egg and Bert exercised their creative passion under a different act - Michael Keaton.
After graduating as the class of '89, Egg & Bert (at the time still going by their birth names, Michael Hand and Keaton Fishbowl) separated from Ernie over the years. In 1990, the two befriended a peculiar fellow named John Worthing at an open mic. John Worthing piqued their interest with his nasal timbre, Casio keyboards, and array of dollar store instruments. After further discussion, the three decided to join forces and form the legendary band we know today as Michael Keaton.
In 1993, the year of Michael Keaton's unfortunate disbanding (due to the tragic death of John Worthing via Pepto Bismol overdose), Michael Hand and Keaton Fishbowl were forced to change their legal names to Egg and Bert to avoid complications with the law (connected to their involvement in the bootleg pink bismuth cartel) - going on to reunite with Ernie at the very same open mic that they met John Worthing (rest in peace) at.
THE RECORDING OF "Boing!" (1991)
After deciding to work together as a musical act in 1990, the three decided to start building a fund for their debut album. After many months of building funds and writing songs, they finally had accumulated enough money to cover the expenses of recording a full studio album. They hooked up with Dungaroo Studios and got the process started. They had a few tracks down, when John Worthing came into the studio intoxicated and shirtless to deliver the unfortunate news that the entirety of their remaining funds had been spent on beanie babies and pink bismuth.
Distraught (and angry), Michael & Keaton took their few professionally rendered tracks and went home. Afraid their dream of recording a feature length album was dead, they searched their house for musical gear. After days of scouring, they ended up pulling together enough hardware to finish their album - DIY. Some believe this unfortunate happenstance lead this album to be the diverse musical monster it is.
Following the release of the album, Michael Keaton toured the east coast. A clip of a North Carolina performance is available at the end of the Japanese release of the album, as a bonus track.
We looked long and hard for this release ever since we learned of MK's existence, and we're happy to have finally tracked down the record collector who owned both A) a (shitty) vinyl as pictured which plays like trash, so fucked up, and B) A good ol' CD with the audio we put out (although the CD was jmadly scribbled over with sharpie...???)
We are proud to be the first people to introduce these people to cyberspace, and consider ourselves the curators of this found wonky-ass 90s
released May 1, 1991
This album is by the great band, Michael Keaton. There whereabouts of any of the members is entirely unknown. For all we know, they may have all passed away. God bless.
Michael Hand - Vocals
Keaton Fishbowl - Guitar
John Worthing - Keyboard, Vocals, Drums, Kazoo
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