How it was that Roy Loney landed on Career Records
We here at Career are very pleased that Roy Loney decided to sign with us and bring the Long Shots along for the fun. I've known Roy since the mid 70's when I met him while working in Bay Area record shops. Roy was employed by ABC Records at the time. We spent far too much time talking about our favorite bands, The Stones, The Kinks, and The Who. Deniz' Flamin' Groovies link comes from the Cyril Jordan era band that toured with Radio Birdman in 1978. The Groovies always had a connection to the Detroit Rock scene. Roy and Deniz first met at the first of the Sip and Dip Party here in Montana.
Scott McCaughey was another familiar face around Discount Records. He was usually in search of a Mott The Hoople "B-side" or talking about the Beatles. Five years after I had left Montana, I had a freak encounter with Scott and Jim Sangster after a Young Fresh Fellows gig in New York City. In the early 90's Scott called to let me know that they would be teaming up with Roy for a tour of Canada and Washington as The Northwest Movers.
The third connection to the Longshots was via Joey Kline. We first met Joey here in Bozeman, in the early part of the 80's when he came to town with his Missoula based band, Boy Toast. Joey eventually left his native Montana and headed for Seattle where he formed Prudence Dredge and later became part of the Squirrels.
Even at the time it seemed an odd coincidence that I already knew all the parties involved in this mad venture. The original line up of the Northwest Movers/Longshots was: Roy, Scott McCaughey-bass, Jim Sangster-guitar, Joey Kline-guitar, and Tad Hutchison-drums (also a member of YFF).
Since then we've learned that when ever there is a Long Shots gig scheduled, it's probably a good idea to drop everything and go. In 1996, we even followed them over to Spain. The Longshots line up has changed some over the years. Kevin Lee from the Vancouver band Bum came in to play bass when Scott's REM commitment became too much for yet another band. Graham Black from The Model Rockets has taken over the drum stool from the semi-retired Tad Hutchison. More recently Johnny Sangster has become the permanent bass players. When time allows, Scott can be found playing piano.
Career Records have released two Roy Loney And The Long Shots records, and look forward to working with him again in the future.