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How is everybody doing hope? Everybody's surviving the winter blast ride yesterday yesterday or not yesterday on Monday. It's already been two days Goddamn but joining me in studio today This is This is a very special day day because Conrad Lee Lounge singer. extraordinaire your local singer. You're here to talk to us about your life and career. Thank you so much for coming on I and thank you Mr Alex for inviting me Rocco. This I wanted to say This is my first radio interview. You mentioned that you said we were just talking before we were on the air and you said this is the first interview you've ever ever done so that may I'm very honored to take up that position for you. So thank you so much I think thank you sir. Well I start off these these interviews that I do the same question every single time and that question is where were you born I I was I was born in a hospital. That is And it's I go ahead. Detroit in Detroit. Yes do you remember which hospital on Detroit's west. I know I was small and I I No my mom liked it. 's itchy. Yes we'll talk. Don't tell me tell me. What did your parents do for a living? My mom she did some odd jobs. She was a a a paper. She wasn't a paper boy but she delivered papers and There used to be a supermarket. Ah where I grew up called. Amp remember Los An- sheet stocked. The shelves there in My Dad the ad was a truck dispatcher. Oh really for like semis semi trucks. Those the big ones yes. Yes it That's what he did. Okay cool and so tell me about your childhood. Then you were born in Detroit but what tell me about your childhood. Where did you grow up? And what were you interested in I grew. I grew up in the southwest part. I guess it's called Michigan in central area area. Okay of Detroit and I I wasn't interested in a lot of stuff I generally have a lot of friends but I lived across the street from a dear friend of mine. who kind of Got Me involved in singing winging right Satori Circus yes. I've you'd mentioned him before we went on the air too so it wants to. How did you first meet How do you say his name? Satori Circus Tori Circus. I do I meet Satori Circus I actually. I think it was in school. And the kids were making fun of me and He He was he got really violent. Hit Him in the head with the food tray and and I I I didn't see him again until like the third grade. I think this might have been kindergarten but anyways so it was a couple years. So that he he he knocked this person out. Who was bullying you with a lunch tray? And then he he didn't he didn't say anything to after that he didn't ask if you're okay. He just knocked them out and walked. DOC adults caming. Of course yes. The Food Lady and the Monitor came and grabbed him. He didn't get a chance that you didn't see him again for a couple years. I don't I don't know what happened. I think he was home. Schooled or something. Yeah Jesus but well that was nice of him to stand up for it. So what was that like when you saw him again. Did you go up and say thank you. Hey thanks for smacking out to lunch tray fight. We've three years ago No I don't remember what happened. I think and keep when I saw him in school he came over and sat down and we started talking about Like stuff I can't remember. It was a long time Geico but when when did he get you into singing. Breath was sixth grade sixth grades so you were eleven. So you've been singing since you were eleven years old eleven twelve hours late bloomer. So I think I was twelve. Okay Okay Yeah and Tom the tell me like how did he bring it up. Like re would see singing in he was like a Conrad. You should try this to what was the. What was the story with that? I I guess I didn't have any real kind of hobbies Other than watching TV and answering the phone when it rang in the house so those I like the answering the phone a lot but yet he came over one one day in and just said you gotta do something else and boom. I was singing in his basement in his basement. And what what would you sing like. How did you start singing? Did you just start doing it. Where you're just like I'm GonNa pick this particular song I'm just GonNa start trying and then and then you can do it or how did that happen for some reason? I I I like Ah I guess. They're called girl bands sixties like oh so premiums and stuff right springs freezer. Okay yeah I like runny Specter a whole bunch. Okay okay cool so that that's what you would sing. Then you'd start seeing them. Yeah with with him and you just sing. Belong to the record's pretty much. Oh sorry Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy record to okay. So like POPs pop singles from the from the sixties and his started. Had you really listen to that kind of stuff prior to Satori showing you that or was it was that all him he introduced to the whole all. You never were interested in music before I I listened to it whenever it was on but I was too busy usually watching watching. TV or answering the phone. Yeah Music's you know it's meant to be allowed in I can't hear the phone of the TV so that's where you can only focus on one thing when it comes to listening. Can't listen to multiple things I mean you can try but it doesn't really work hurts me. Yeah I it it gets It gets painful for your free brain Frankenstein. Frank concentrate on multiple things at once. I I don't like things my brain so me neither man me neither 'cause we have that in common yes sir but but So did you start playing out right after you started singing. Those songs was with Satori in the basement. Or was it a while before you could get the courage to go up. I've been performing than sitting in front of other people but I started singing but I don't. It was just like around the house and every once in a while I would dudin school but people would laugh at me but it was okay because the teachers just let me sing. I used to like when I had to give reports. I would sing my reports. No Way yet fun that you would. You would like compose a book report into a Song You transposed supposed into a song. It a lot easier for me to do that than to talk to them. Nice so would you do it to an existing melody or did you just make up your own melody. I would make up as you went along. He's easy yeah. That's that's really frigging awesome. I would not have laughed at that. If I was in your class would have been like this is this is pretty fucking well. I'll say this I would have thought it was pretty cool but because I myself was not popular in school. I don't know if I would be you know popular enough to not to say that out loud. I think I might have been too much of a coward. It would've hung out together. Maybe maybe yeah yeah I could see that Satori. It was really cool so he had a lot of strange friends. DIDDY Even then so can. Can you tell me about the strange friends. There was this one girl that I forget her name but she always seemed to have a cold in she could blow blow bubbles with her I think it's called Mucus. Dr snot would boost not bubbles snapped destroyed her nose would they like disconnect from her nose and then float off into the era supplement. Breathing it go big. And then when she was inhaled they'd get small and then she'd blow out and get big. It was really weird. Oh my God yeah so she was cool. Did you have a name. I can't remember the not too distracting. She probably told you that. You're like AAC focusing on that right. Probably yeah that launch. Yeah right so so you started singing being sort of in school you would do your Your parts and I've a feeling that those doing those reports sort of having the confidence to I don't know I mean you probably didn't think of it as confidence at the time because he said you it was easier for you than talking to them but you know you. It took confidence to be able to do that on the fly. So is that sort of when you started thinking. Hey I should. I should do this on stage. I should start doing shows like where people come to see me saying. Is that where that started. I just well. I was lucky to have of Satori as a friend because she really He really helped me out I think thank it was his idea to sing my my my book reports and and then it just kind of went from there and we were in the same classes classes a lot of them so he liked art in that something I could do ba. Quiet not have to talk to anybody right so he was there a lot and helped out with a lot of things so he's kind of like my brother or Guardian in angel. Okay cool. Let's back up a little bit. We didn't really T- talk about Satori as a person. He told us he hung out with. You told us he didn't stood up for you but who is Satori exactly like he you know he was. He's about your age right. He's Cuban your kid and Just tell me about him like how you said. He lived across the street from but he was just another kid or like. What was the deal with that? He he was he was just another kid Like me his. His parents knew my parents. I don't know if they talked but His mom was really Funny in his dad bad he was funny too and our he he wore makeup which was kind kind of Satori did or his dad did. I don't know about his dad he he did. That's what I thought. Because the Tories got he wears nowadays he wears these got the white face paint. It's kind of like this clown looking going on definitely But did he did that back then then he seduced some were he cut his own hair. He would He would eat soup out of a can. It had to be a vegetarian vegetable though oh he's not a vegetarian but I don't know why it had to be that the superbeets is only vegetable soup. I maybe yeah I I like chicken noodle myself me too well. It's good tasting. Yeah I love it I liked tomato to. That's that's another good one tomato with Crackers I know not crackers. It's a crow cheese. Oh Hell Yeah Oh yeah yeah like as a side yeah definitely like that a whole bunch there we go man well let me let me see. Let's jump forward here because you you'd been performing you. Excuse me as a kid and as a teenager you were you know you you. You'd gotten this interest from Satori so let me ask you after school. What did you decide to do when you graduated from high school? What did you do after high school? What happened you in Satori a while? We kind of Satori got one of my very first professional performances and I sang in a bowling alley and it was kind of odd but I enjoyed it a a whole bunch. It was above the bowling lanes and this platform they made was really rickety. UH-HUH AH but because every time I moved around the Mike would move around. And most of the time we'd get hit in the lips. Oh Yeah I hate when that happens hurt. People were just staring at me. Which is okay so I sang there? That was my first time in it. Really Trai said I got addicted so that was one that happened. How old were you in that when you did that? Knowing performance eighteen in half eighteen and a half so okay so and then that was when you got addicted that was when you're like okay and so you did you even like obviously you're still friends with Satori but was that when you were like okay. I can do this on my own. I'm just GONNA go fricking book my own shows and just start start out and go for it. Yeah it was. It was tough tough but I did have you know is easier for me to show up in person than to talk on the phone with people So aw but he was doing his stuff and and occasionally he would ask me to you know open up for him or if he was out of town I'd fill in for him because he got pretty successful then with his own his own show. He's doing he's doing good he's he's it is a hard working guy told me about his show and like what you know of like how did he how did he start. And how did he get to where he's at now now. I know that's a lot but if you summarize as best he can't he came out of the eighties punk stuff. Tough and rock and roll and a met a young man Rick Mark Martin's.