The other thing I didn’t share about emmet swimming was how I found them. Three fraternity brothers of mine had started a mostly used CD store called Digital Exchange near the Outback Steakhouse in Springfield the previous year, and I’d go over there frequently. There was a company called Local Music Store that would get CDs and cassettes from local bands on a consignment, and stock them in a store, along with listening copies (the store had 2 CD players you could listen to on headphones in addition to the main sound system).
Two popular CDs were from emmet swimming & The Excentrics. Without the internet, I found out by reading the CD booklet my former classmate was in emmet swimming. Since that was such a good show, I decided to give The Excentrics a try after buying and loving “Why the Long Face”. It turned out that they were putting on a Kiss tribute at their home base of Nick’s Nightclub, so me and the guys from the store went and had a fantastic time (I don’t believe they did the fire or blood trick though).
It was also about this time that my job writing tax software ended (the division was sold), and I got a big bonus to help write the transition software. I used that money to buy out John at Digital Exchange and started working there.