This week’s Flashback Friday highlights the band Fair Exchange, 1991-93. This group was actually a converging of two groups. The original Fair Exchange, which was a Christian band that had recorded an album and toured the coast of California in the early ’80s and New Jerusalem, a Christian art rock group formed by myself and guitarist, David Perrigan in 1991.
Dave and I came across musician Marc Miller when looking for a bass player to help add to New Jerusalem’s line-up. Marc would later introduce Dave and myself to a monster drummer, Gary Zdenek and the rest, as they say, is history.
Both Marc and Gary had been in the original Fair Exchange. Which in its first incarnation played at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Jubilation, recorded an LP, and had some radio airplay. The incarnation of that band would, unfortunately, part ways. That would be good news for New Jerusalem because the addition of Marc’s tasty and skillful bass playing and Gary’s perfect feel, and intricate drumming technique would help to bring New Jerusalem to a whole new level. But it would be the idea of taking the then unused band name, “Fair Exchange” and picking up where the original band had left off that would help take the “New” Fair Exchange on a very cool journey.
During the band’s tenure, the “new” Fair Exchange wrote and recorded six original songs, produced two music videos, and we played our music anywhere we could. You can read more about that here.
Today’s Flashback Friday includes a raw performance by the “New” Fair Exchange. The band had been experimenting with a new song. This is a performance of the song while it was pretty much in its infancy. The song’s originally titled, “Changes Me, Changes You”, would later simply be titled, “Changes”. It is featured here in our performance from 1993. This performance was filmed live at the Fireside in Downey, California. If you’ve heard the final version, you may notice a few lyrical and melody changes from the performance here. It is cool to watch a song evolve. So I hope you enjoy this week’s Flashback Friday with a rare performance of the song, “Changes Me, Changes You”, A.K.A. “Changes”.