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The Wild Ones without Jordan

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on November 28, 2007 at 11:26:38 pm
 

This photograph has great significance to me. This was the band's primary publicity photograph that was used after Jordan Christopher left the group. The photo was taken by Richard Avedon, a very notable photographer. He also took the photograph on the front cover of The Arthur Sound. To me, the photograph symbolizes the band's demise, in a way...I know that the band's notoriety and popularity began to diminish after Jordan Christopher left the group.

 

Jordan Christopher left the group shortly after the debut of the group's first LP to pursue an acting career (Alden Interview 2). Musically, the Wild Ones didn't need Christopher. Alden had experience recording singles and singing with The Crests before becoming a member of the Wild Ones (Alden Interview 1), and he had no trouble pulling up the slack Christopher left behind. From now on, the insrtumentation of the band will be as follows:

 

  • Chuck Alden - Lead Vocal / Guitar

  • Tom Graves - Organ / Backup Vocal
  • Eddie Wright - Bass / Backup Vocal
  • Tommy Trick - Drums (Wild Ones write-up)

 

Although the group didn't need Christopher musicially, any exposure the group could have gained after the release of The Arthur Sound LP was greatly diminished after Christopher left.

Chuck Alden: "...Anyhow, the album came out and Jordan basically came in one night and said...he wants to leave the group. ...I think he thought he was going to be Mr. Hollywood, and so on and so forth…and again, in retrospect, that was dumb! We just had an album come out! And as bad as that album could've been they could've taken one cut, "People Sure Act Funny," anything! And put it out, and it could've been. No doubt about it!"

Justin Tricarico: "So he left the group right after The Arthur Sound came out?"

Chuck Alden: "Yeah! I mean, it came out, and he left the group, that was the dumbest thing he could've done for his own career! Forget about us! You know, there was no marketing anymore! …It was bad enough the album wasn't good, now they weren't even gonna try!" (Alden Interview 2)

 

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