88 Sundays

88 Sundays

BandRockAlternative

We took the melodies and harmonies of the 60's and the great guitar riffs of the 70's and mixed them with the production of the 80's & 90's to sing about the search for an individual's independence.

Biography

For 15 years writers Jeff Cole and Joe Robinson have been writing and performing their unique style of original music that was cultured not only by their Philadelphian suburban up bringing but all their influences as well.

Playing the blues or heavy metal, Alternative/punk is the norm in your local Philadelphia club scene. It is also the common genre of music for people looking to unwind sipping expensive coffee drinks to the acoustic stereotypes of folk pop in your average coffee houses. That’s fine but they wanted more than the usual pallets local music had to offer.

The challenge:
To make lyrically conscientious music to the standard of which rock was once the classic form of rock.

88 Sunday’s influences have been everything from British rock of the 60’s and 70’s to the progressive eras in between. Lyrically they express the longings of the human spirit in our own inner personal struggles and make music that captures the complex yet simple drive of the individual spirit.

Jeff explains how Joe and himself were finally inspired to break rank from the average bar scene expectations of just another club band,” In the spring of 1985 driving north on Highway 95 the unusually warm night air was humid as we all sat in the car in silence. We had just come from the Spectrum in Philadelphia where we had just seen U2.Now I had long been fascinated with the works of The Beatles on Magical Mystery Tour, Revolver and Sergeant Pepper. The idea of unlimited boundaries for music to be pushed into incredible areas not just Lyrically but just as important musically as well was a belief I always wanted to aspire. The first time I heard Led Zeppelin I could not have imagined an overdriven ultra blues creation of word melodies and guitar riff with such power. After seeing U2 the same could now be said with my impression to what would be the next dominating rock force for the next 20 years. I was right.”

Jeff & Joe were changed from that night on for one reason. The band that Joe and himself were both members of at the time did not feed the incredible hunger for something more than the partying bar band experience that they had enjoyed for the last few years. The next day Jeff sat down with Joe to express his ideas about a band that would write not only musically but lyrically as well a music that would communicate the mystery of life’s experiences without the usual blatant shallow hooks and pop trends. Their first band Octover was born.

Octover put together a power trio and toured the Philadelphia area with its new blend of music. From the smallest of tap rooms where you wondered how anyone but a trio could possibly fit on the stage to much larger venues that catered to local bands and encouraged original music, Joe & Jeff played with the passion that was in them all along now finally being able to express it. Lugging drums and guitar amps in and out of the garage and basements and sitting in Denny’s at 3am going over the set and how they thought it went became a very regular routine.

Soon Octover had released it’s first cassette release “Looking for America” which now is on the CD compilation “Peace in the Spider Empire”. By 2000 Octover headed back to the studio to record the CD release of “Green Lightning” which is available at CD baby.com. It can be found on the LINK page at www.88sundays.com. Now after writing for the last year Jeff & Joe decided to embark on a new project “88 Sundays”.
Although the meaning behind the band’s name is a mystery the music becomes clear to the listener that these writers are seasoned. Engineer Joe Stout who also worked on Octover’s Green Lightning and the owner of Digital Dog Studios in Philadelphia was approached with the 88 Sundays project in the spring of ’05. By June the first drum takes of the latest CD by 88 Sundays, “California” began.

The album takes cynical but intellectual pokes at a pop and political culture society out of control. The inner struggles of love, peace and everyday stress take center stage set to music by their many influences.

Lyrics

California Part #1

Written By: Jeff Cole & Joe Robinson

CALIFORNIA Part 1 ©2006 Music by Jeff Cole & E. Joseph Robinson Jr.
Words By Jeff Cole

57 miles and still no rain
They send me out to cover hurricanes
I want to be home I want to be inside
I want to feel her but my hands are tied.

I need to rest but want to drive all day.
Head out west and sow your thoughts and ways.
No time to think no need to anyway.
They sell me hope and I buy it with my faith.
Oh yes I do…..

Didn’t think you’re the type
To believe in the hype.

Way Back Home

Written By: Jeff Cole & Joe Robinson

Way Back Home ©2006 Music by Jeff Cole & E. Joseph Robinson Words by Jeff Cole
We’re going home so let’s get ready
I’ll go and get the car.
Go tell our friends and Steve & Eddie
Be on the road by dark.

So fine, sunshine it’s all-good to me yeah.
Small town, big heart
Don’t let them take your eyes.

Want to be a politician stay away from television.
Talking heads are asking ‘bout the way back home.
Right or left direction matters. Sell your thoughts or leave them scattered.
We’ll be out there looking for the way back home.

Your not here, why cry, no time. No more fear, why cry, we tried.

We’re not alone. We know you’re out there.
The alien who cares. For something more. Just something real. For every soul that dares.

Just want to belong.

We’ll be out there looking for the way back home.
Pizza rock the D.J.’s gather to the starving kids who’d rather take another road to find the way back home.
Try to hide this nasty rumor. we are seen as just consumers.
Is there still a market for the way back home?

Imitation Life

Written By: Jeff Cole & Joe Robinson

Imitation Life © 2006 Music by Jeff Cole & E. Joseph Robinson
Words by Jeff Cole
I PEN TODAY THE WORDS OF SURE DEMISE
THE INK IS FLOWING DOWN FROM OUT BEHIND THESE EYES.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE AND THOSE WHO NEVER WILL
COMES A STORY ABOUT A BOY AND THE DREAM THEY TRY TO KILL.

SAVING…THE LONG LOST MAIDEN OF MY SOUL.
YOUR FLATTERY OF LIMITATION
HAS LEFT ME WITH THIS IMITATION LIFE.

I’M TIRED OF THINKING ALL ALONE
I WANT SOMETHING TO CALL MY OWN
THE MORNING NEWS I TRY TO READ
CAN BARLEY GET MY HEART TO BLEED
THIS GAPING WOUND WITHIN MY LIFE
DESIRES LIKE A WIELDED KNIFE

SAVING…THE LONG LOST MAIDEN OF MY SOUL.
YOUR FLATTERY OF LIMITATION
HAS LEFT ME WITH THIS IMITATION LIFE.
THE LONG LOST MAIDEN OF MY SOUL
AND YOU CAN HAVE YOUR GREEN SALVATION
THAT’S LEFT ME WITH THIS IMITATION LIFE.

I’M TIRED OF THINKING ALL ALONE
I WANT SOMETHING TO CALL MY OWN
THE MORNING NEWS I TRY TO READ
CAN BARLEY GET MY HEART TO BLEED
THIS GAPING WOUND WITHIN MY LIFE
DESIRES LIKE A WIELDED KNIFE
TO KEEP THE FOCUS TELL ME HOW
I THOUGHT THE DREAM WOULD HAVE COME
TRUE, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE ONE’S WHO KNOW TO THOSE ABOUT IT’S JUST A SHOW
AND LOOKING BACK I KNOW I SHOULD
HAVE BEGGED YOU AND GOT ON YOUR HOOD
AND AS YOUR CAR THEN DROVE AWAY
I LONGED AND HOPED FOR BETTER DAYS
I HAD SUCH FIRE AND THEN KNEW HOW BUT THOUGHT THE DREAM WOULD HAVE COME TRUE BY NOW.

JUST TRY TO SEND A POSTCARD OR A LETTER
FROM ANYWHERE NEAR THE EDGE
AND THEY’LL BE SURE TO HUNT YOU DOWN.

Discography

California
10 song CD release 2006
Available at Cdbaby.com
iTunes

Set List

Way Back Home
Imitation Life
B.I.T.S.(Born in the Sixties)
Enlighten Me
Hollow Man ( The Cult)
California part 1
California Part 2
We'll Be Fine
Pleasant Valley Sunday ( the Monkees)
Paradise
It's All Been Done Before
Acrobat (U2)
Release Me