Wednesday, January 11, 2006

FBO Mission Statement

The 'Failed Bands of Oklahoma' (FBO) -- initiated by Tall Tales* (1987-1994, Norman & Tulsa) -- are currently looking for fellow failed Oklahoma bands to collaborate on a song and tour of the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles in late summer 2006. At the same time the FBO hopes to recruit failed bands of other states and Candadian provinces to initiate the same collaborations in their respective state/province. The FBO will help you do so.

Definition
Failed bands are defined by being at least 10 years old, never having been 'signed' by a major or minor label, and having 'quit' at some point in their career. A European tour that a management company helped pay for or set up may disqualify you. The FBO prefers bands with at least a 51% ratio of original songs. At least one new song must be created to join the FBO tour.

Any failed band, from any place, may join the FBO. Only FBO members from Oklahoma may partake in the inaugural 'FBO tour' in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles.

Goals
The project has several goals:

--> To create awareness of failed bands
--> To create a FBO website with free download live album based on the tour
--> To record on song ('Failed Bands of Oklahoma') and video for intra and extra-state distribution
--> To create a 15-minute documentary on the tour
--> To make FBO panhandle tour t-shirts
--> To challenge other states' failed bands to 'out do' our project (beginning with North Dakota, Kansas and Iowa)
--> To get signed and make some money, in doing so 'graduate' from the FBO list (which means being 'removed' from FBO membership)

The FBO & You
Please let us know if you'd like to join the FBO, participate, have suggestions how the project should be run, or know failed bands that may qualify in any state, particularly Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota and Iowa.

EVERY FAILED BAND IS WELCOME TO JOIN THE FBO!


Thanks,

FBO Admin
Brooklyn, NY

1 comment:

James Casey said...

Hey, it's the postmodern age. Failure is relative. Here you've got an aging writer who was kicked out of Tall Tales travelling down that band's limited Internet rabbit hole for the masochistic hell of it and posting on a blog that hasn't been updated in 2 years, does that make me a failure? Well, maybe it does. But what the hell, with age comes the perspective that everything to it's proper place and time. I had some fun. That's a lot more than can be said for a lot of dying people in Africa.