Band of the day, but there is a story along with it. Yesterday
while I was on a Sonia Tetlow kick I looked at the site for
Louisiana Jukebox, a TV show she was on. Somewhere around there, I
saw a reference to this interview with Jen Trynin about her
travails with the major lables in the record business. From the
It was 1994, the days of Pearl Jam and Nirvana, used corduroys, and
T-shirts with strange logos. It was post-Liz Phair, mid-Courtney
Love, and just shy of Alanis Morissette. After seven long years of
slogging it out in the Boston music scene, I suddenly became the
object of one of the most heated major label bidding wars of the year.
One day I was playing opening slots at local clubs; the next I was
“taking meetings” with the heads of every major label I’d ever heard
of. One minute I was a waitressing-desktop-publisher, dropping knives
and deleting commas; the next I was signed to Warner Bros. Records, on
the radio, on TV, in Rolling Stone, and on the cover of Billboard
magazine. My future was set, they told me. I was about to become a
big star. But that didn’t happen.
From there, I browsed to the
official Jen Trynin website and listened to the MP3s she has up
there. I liked them alot. I haven’t actually listened to the MP3 of
her radio interview yet, but I’ll do that today. It sounds
fascinating. I’m all over this subject matter. It’s not that different
from what I was talking about with Sonia Wednesday night.