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Wednesday, March 26, 2008 03:42 pm

Rock & roll rollercoaster ride

House of Nasty performs Saturday, March 29, at the Koo Koo’s Nest

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House of Nasty performs this Saturday at Koo Koo’s Nest.
Few dreams in life are as fervently and desperately chased as those of the aspiring artist — but if there’s a reason to preserve those desires of artistic achievement, to keep struggling in the face of adversity, to persevere when everything screams to not, it is that faint possibility of vindication, the opportunity to see the work of an artist somehow redeemed. The good news is, it can happen. Just ask local and lifelong working musician Micky Shomidie.
For 35 years the bass player tried to make it big in the rough-and-tumble rock & roll music business. From the 1970s groups Stud and Idol Rumors to ’80s band Tuff Luck through the near-major success of Nasty Nasty in the ’90s, Shomidie gave it his all — and lost most of it along the way. “I suffered all the usual clichés — the good, the bad, and the ugly,” says the Springfield resident. “I survived alcohol and substance abuse, divorces, the whole deal — through hell and back.”
After all that work, all those late nights, all those road miles, and all that other stuff a rock band does in the name of making it big, Shomidie can finally see the light at the end of the stage.
Last summer a friend of Shomidie’s put up four Nasty Nasty originals on a MySpace page. About a month later, Shomidie was contacted by the president of Retrospect Records, a Las Vegas-based company that, according to its Web site, dedicates itself to “preserving ’80s-style Hard Rock and Metal for the fans who have never forgotten what great music is” and, fortunately for groups such as Nasty Nasty, “to the bands who poured their blood and sweat into the greatest decade of rock & roll.” Generally the label reissues the already recorded music of defunct bands to markets in Germany and Japan, where the rock music of the 1980s is still in demand. Retrospect agreed to press at least 10,000 copies of Nasty Nasty’s first two albums, Get Some!!! and Not Hard to Swallow, with very fair royalty payments arranged for Shomidie, the group’s main songwriter. Ric Major of Springfield’s Middle Option Music, who worked many of the band’s live shows back in the day, remastered the studio recordings to current recording specs before the pressing. The CDs are available on Retrospect’s Web site (www.retrospectrecords.com) and at retail outlets in Europe, St. Louis, and Chicago. It’s been a long ride for Shomidie, who still performs with House of Nasty, a variation of Nasty Nasty, and runs ESP Entertainment, an area talent agency, but he takes it all in stride with a philosophical bent worthy of someone who has finally received some vindication of his life’s work. “It just goes to show you, don’t give up; you never know what can happen,” says the veteran rocker with a new lease on a rock & roll life. “Nasty Nasty is a nice little legacy. It’s good to leave a nice little scar on the music scene.”

House of Nasty performs 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Koo Koo’s Nest (3045 E. Sangamon Ave., 2147-544-0440).

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.
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