Harvard WingTip Collection

Born as Snarlaugher, G-String and the Leading Zeroes in the late 1970s in Madison, WI Died as Harvard WingTip Collection (aka the Tips) in the mid 1980s in Boston, MA Lived in Kansas City, MO; London, England; Minneapolis, MN; Kansas City, MO; Boston, MA Associated with the post-punk indie scene of KCMO in the early 1980s Notably compared to pre-Eno Talking Heads, Wall of Voodoo, Jonathan Richman (more than once)

Described variously to have a “demonic bark” and “knowing romanticism” and as “tabletop intellectoids”

The band had a bell-curved and Spinal Tapped existence: Born as a duo Becomes a trio in KCMO with David Matteson on drums Interlude: Duo travels to London and signs a single deal, a contract that their lawyer says he wouldn’t offer to his dog Stays a trio in Minneapolis with Matthew Zimmerman on drums Interlude: One month after leaving London, team finds a rave review of its demo in Melody Maker magazine written by Allan Jones, who at the time didn’t seem to like anything Records one song as a quintet in KCMO with James, Ca and Maggie on vocals Last plays live as a quartet with Cinna Turnbull on winds, bass and vocals, and Barry on drums Barry no doubt has a last name but it’s been lost in the archives Dies as a duo after moving to Boston (no connection) “Luxury Suite/Fall Flat” vinyl single found for as much as $99 on Amazon In the afterlife Charles Harvey, founding member, continues his solo career performing in France as “Charles Harvey.” Stephen Seltzer, founding member, became a recording engineer and producer whose name is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (look on the back of the Gerald Levert Private Line cover hanging in the Cleveland Artists’ section). He is no longer active in the business.


Singles & EPs

SP1003, SP1004 Harvard WingTip Collection - Fall Flat / Luxury Suite album art Harvard WingTip Collection Fall Flat / Luxury Suite(7", Single) Sumwarashu Productions, Sumwarashu Productions SP1003, SP1004 US 1984 Sell This Version