In 1983, the Big Jerks
were rehearsing in Miles Christiansen's Hermosa Beach studio.
Karl Grossman had a stack of orange boxes containing slightly
used Ampex 1/4" tape for his TEAC 4 track reel-to-reel machine.
The Big Jerks gobbled up this cache with recordings of their
set songs and improv sessions. The tapes held up remarkably well
after Karl dusted them off, repaired his TEAC, transferred the
audio to digital and edited them for CD consumption. The epic
jam "Natalie Wood" was leaked out in '84 on cassettes
and became a local cult favorite. The Natalie Wood drowning was
the modern original media-hyped death controversy, eclipsing
all other news for a week or so, until Bill Holden was found