HASENFANG : Apollo Ruined My Life
[A tribute to Inferno Nightclub ~ 1996-2015]
I can't say I was one of the "Grand Openers", when the Inferno Nightclub came into existence. I knew of it. I had seen the flyers. But I did not move to the Madison area, from my northern hometown of Hayward, till August of 1997. Rest assured, during that fall, once Brian Olson and I were settled in, we headed to check out the "scene" of Mad-Town, Inferno being one of our first stops. I instantly fell in love. It brought me back to the comfort and feel of my old stomping ground, while living in the southern suburbs of Chicago; a place called Off The Alley, in Homewood. More of a juice bar for tweens, it was a great starting point for my clubbing life. However, hence moving up into the world of adult drinking, whilst clubbing, Inferno was my initial home for that.
It was there that I met my soon to be Mad-Town friends. As much as I could, within that next decade of living around town, I tried to hit this amazing place, socialize and drink till I could not stand. Out of all the music Brian and I had done, we never once played at Inferno. It was a rule of ours to never sell an album (just give them away) and never play live. Guess, even when living above a nightclub, we still managed to keep that vow. Still...seeing all our friends come and go, performing and DJing...it was nice, even if we forced ourselves to be on the perpetual back-burner.
My music and Inferno did not go without their strong ties to one another though. The track list you see before you, are songs written about someone (well, not someone "singular", it changes individual per song...sometimes) who I knew there. From hellos to heartbreaks, this album I have compiled from past TR0LL and HASENFANG songs, based about those who I knew from Inferno. From regulars to workers...to Inferno itself (#1 track, Nightclub Priss), each song on here was composed about those who gave the very pulse to this club. As to keep the mystery, I will not mention who or what each song is about, but know, it is about what we once called our place of refuge, there on that great Isthmus.
Apollo, thank you for a great club. Thank you for the great times. Thank you for letting me be a couch louse with Brian, above the club, during my times of looking for a job and my own place (getting back on my feet). I am saddened to see this place go. It was the only club I could lounge and feel at home in. Good drinks, good music, good company...good friends. It will be nice to see what the future brings for Madison and all of us, where ever we may be in these days.
Cheers and love you all,
[NOTE: From various albums, 1999-2008, this music varies from audio 4-track to digital zip disk to Pro Tools, so bare with me on much of change in quality per track. If you like the crappy recordings and quality of early WEEN, you'll love this. Also, all you Inferno regulars; there's a special at the end of this album: be sure to check out the last track, Living A Lie. If you want to hear what Brian Olson sounds like singing, there ya go. ;) He even wrote the lyrics. It was about someone we came to Madison with, but who was also a long time regular.]
released April 22, 2015
1999-2008 St'r Sl'r Inc. / HasenMusic
All music composed, performed and recorded by Hasenfang or TR0LL
TR0LL is Brian Olson & Michael Hasenfang