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Modds' John Mascaro Reacts to Band Member's Comments
A Rebuttal
By Lance Monthly
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The following letter was sent to The Lance Monthly by John Mascaro of the Modds in reaction to comments made by Dewey Bond in the October issue. For clarification purposes, we agreed to print it: "The comments made at the end of the interview by former Modds' drummer Dewey Bond are totally inaccurate, untrue and inappropriate. The dispute with Sundazed Records was not about 'money' but about PRINCIPAL and INTEGRITY. I had explained to Dewey numerous times that I had planned to open a business - a website in conjunction with one or two recording studios to help aspiring artists get recorded, exposure, and ultimately, record deals. By proceeding in a cautious manner, I had hoped to avoid all the pitfalls of a bad record deal and SET AN EXAMPLE to future clients on the proper way of going about it. The project never got off the ground as I soon learned one studio manager (Randy Rush) had suddenly passed away and another (Bobby Dukoff) no longer does recordings at his home studio.

"Although it is true that last Summer was not a good time for me financially (Dewey offered to pay for some, if not all of, the production costs), I never cashed the advance check that Sundazed had sent and it was not that I was holding out for more money. That is ridiculous. Many months were spent in negotiations with Sundazed Records which ultimately came to a 99% agreement when all of a sudden I received an e-mail from Efram Turchick stating that Sundazed 'has decided to drop the Modds' release idea.' I was devastated and wrote a bitter response.

"Two more clarifications: The Modds release was very close to reality when towards the end of the project, Dewey suggested the release be 'dedicated to the memory of the late Bobby Nimer.' I immediately contacted Sundazed and requested that this be added to the liner notes which Sundazed did do. Dewey apparently took this as an indication that a deal had already been struck and proceeded to notify Bobby's family assuring them he would be sending them 45's. This was regrettable.

"Finally, Dewy stated in the interview that 'Don (Ricketts-former Modds' bass player), we are not asking you for your money.' I don't know where Dewey got this impression that I had approached Don for financial support. I DID approach Don to ask if he would co-sign a contract with Sundazed and he refused without giving much of an explanation.

"Other than the above, I (enjoyed) the interview and Dewey did provide some rather insightful tidbits I was not aware of. I do appreciate his input and subsequent support for the continuation of the project with Gear Fab Records whom, by the way, DID mention the release was a tribute to the late Bobby Nimer.

"Dewey . . . just be patient, you will see a picture sleeve 45 release in due time and it won't take 35 years. That is a promise!

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