Monday, June 12, 2006



Having just returned from Tokyo, still jet-lagged, settling in, now
looking ahead to the coming days and weeks, I’m all about the new
lease on life I’ve been granted through patience and the support of
lots of people who must give a hoot about me. It’s a couple of weeks
since the meds ended, and already I feel a tweek of normality in
general. That is, in addition to not loading my body with strange
medications, distancing myself from beer and drink has me feeling more
myself than I have in ages. Even though I’m depleted of muscle and
flexibility, I feel the better aspects of body returning. It’s the mind
one has to watch out for. It’s the mind that takes control of your path
and chooses how you live. One can be clean as the holiest of water and
dedicated to maintaining the course, but if the mind wants to change,
"IT" has all the options and the rest of you follows like a zombie.
It’s the same old story of mind over mind… well, in my case anyway.
Some times we are weak and we find any way to do what we want
regardless of what we know is right. Having the right partner is what
can keep your ship from getting off course. Not that one can’t do it
alone, it’s just a whole lot more challenging. I could be wrong.

My recovery from the motorcycle accident is going very well. I
get up
and down much easier. Normal activity is manageable for reasonable
amounts of time. When I feel over-done, I know I had better sit back and
chill. I take a pain med, usually at the end of the day, although I do
see a danger there. I’m walking the line with that. I don’t need to
make another habit for myself, but on the other hand I know that
denial is a prescription for a binge down the road. If it’s about pain,
then it’s ok to get rid of it, but if it’s about merely taking
something to relax, then it can bite you later on. That’s how stuff
gets started. By the time you get around to asking for help, you’re in
deep and it can get REAL bad from there. All in all, I have a feeling
that everything will be optimum with a little time. Thanks for asking
about me, and thanks to all of those who emailed and sent cards,
wishes, and good words for the hobbled old dude.
It looks to me like the two foregoing paragraphs are really about
same thing. So, safe to say, I’m in a period of real transition. Things
are brighter, and physically, mentally, spiritually, I will get where I
want to go, if I’m not there already.



Brian Drake said...

Hey Michael Davis....Brian Drake here from Minneapolis, MN. I met you a while back at The Turf Club in St. Paul, MN. when you were touring with Luminarios/Rich Hopkins. We partied and chatted after the show and then went for breakfast. I remember we had a chuckle when I told you I was the only guy present who had actually seen the MC5 in Ann Arbor. Anyway, I still have the MC5 stickers you gave me, and always remember our meeting with real fondness. I bought the video from the shows in London, and follow the website to keep up with you guys...(I was out of town and missed the last gig at 1st Avenue)...Anyway, your story and recovery has been an inspiration to me and alot of friends. I wish you and your family happiness and health. If you ever get back this way, I'll grab Tommy Cook and make the scene with you. Best Wishes, Brian Drake/The Hard Left.

mattieu said...


i'm writting to you from Paris, France.
i'm working on a book project and that's why i'm getting in touch with you.

I already have positive answers by Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Barry 7 (Add N To
X), Pete Bassman (Darkside/Spaceman 3), Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore),
Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwaï), Jean-Jacques Burnel (The Stranglers), Gina Burch
(The Raincoats/Red Krayola), Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Charlemagne
Palestine, James Chance (The Contorsions/Teenage Jesus & the Jerks), Rhys
Chatham, Cosey F Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), Paul Cox (Too Pure Records), Tom
Cullinan (Quickspace/Faith Healers), Mark Cunningham (MARS), John Danielle (The
Mountain Goats), Ana Da Silva (The Raincoats), Deerhoof, Stanley Demeski (The
Feelies/Luna), Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart/Pere Ubu), The Electric
Prunes, Mark E Smith (The Fall), Jad Fair (Half Japanese), Bob Fay (Sebadoh),
Pat Fish (The Jazz Butcher), Don Fleming (Dim Stars/Gumball), Eric Gaffney
(Sebadoh/Fields of Gaffney), David Gedge (The wedding Present), Andrew Gill
(Gang Of Four), Michael Girra (The Swans), Paul Haig (Joseph K), Jennifer
Heremma (Royal Trux), Herman Düne, Terry Hessels (The Ex), Robert Hampson
(LOOP/Main), Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata), Hans
Joachim Irmler (Faust), Jonathan Kane (The Swans), KAS Product, Wayne Kramer
(MC5), Daniel Johnston, Jon Langford (The Mekons), Jason Loewenstein (Sebadoh),
Gary Lucas, Colin Newman (Wire), Marlene Marder (Liliput), Richard McGuire
(Liquid Liquid), Glenn Mercer (The Feelies), Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Bob
Nastanovich (Pavement), Sean O¹Hagan (The High Llamas), Buzz Osborne (The
Melvins), Stephen Pastels (The Pastels), Mark Perry (Sniffin? Glue Fanzine),
Pram, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Bettina Richards (Thrill Jockey records),
Michael Rotter (Neu!/Kraftwerk), Salaryman, Russell Simins (Jon Spencer Bluex
Explosion), John Sinclair (MC5 Manager/White Panthers), Nikki Sudden (The Swell
Maps), Sonic Boom (Spaceman 3/E.A.R), Tobin Sprout (Guided By Voices), Poly
Styrene (X-Ray Spex), Wharton Tiers, Mayo Thompson (Red Krayola), Daniel Tracey
(TV personalities), Ari Up ( The Slits), Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500/Luna), Mike
Watt (Minutemen/fIREHORSE), Doug Yule (The Velvet Underground), Yoshimi (The
Boredoms), Peter Zaremba (The Fleshtones) ...

i'm trying to get in touch with Michael Davis... Can you please give me his
e-mail adress or foward him my e-mail ?

please let me know ! i hope to hear from you soon !
all the best from Paris,


Mattieu Moreau

charley R. said...

HI, Michael!

How's everything going lately? How's your recovery from the bike spill coming along?

Also, are there any plans for DKT to come through the Chicago area?

Very kind regards,
Charley R.