|Michael McGlinchey and Jason Shapiro @ The Underground, Boston, ca 1981. Pia Francesca|
|Margie Politzer @ The Underground, Boston, ca 1981|
|Vitamin (Jason, Chris and Margie) @ The Underground, Boston, ca 1981. Pia Francesca|
“Jason and Mike were influenced by the hardcore scene, so the music went more in that direction. Also, the lyrics of our songs started changing from the fun and childlike ‘Bugspray’, ‘Mommy’, ‘French Fries’, etc. to songs like ‘13 whore, she wants to score’. I felt it was time for me to leave as that direction didn't interest me. Vitamin continued on without me for another 2 years. For one gig, ‘Vitamin’ was misspelled in an ad as ‘Vitamen’ and they decided to go with that change, which they felt reflected their new direction.”
|Vitamin (Mike, Dave and Jason) @ a loft gig in Boston, ca 1982. Margie Politzer|
“After Vitamin, Jason was in the (glam) band Celebrity Skin‡ from the mid 80s through the early 90s. Jason is now in the band Redd Kross.”
† I realize that my memory is of the guitarist dancing, not Springa (though he may have as well).
‡ I should have mentioned that Celebrity Skin also included Don Bolles, drummer for the Germs.
|VA A Wicked Good Time Volume 2 LP (Modern Method Records, 1981)|
Vitamin – Black Sheep
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Endless thanks to Margie Politzer for being so kind to get in touch and for writing Vitamin's biography. For more Vitamin tunes and information, please go here and here (with a demo and two lives).