In 1986 James Lane and David Sloan were walking across the campus of Oral Roberts University and met up with some cheerleaders that James had been tutoring. Upon meeting David, the head cheerleader was less than interested, and David stated back, "It’s OK, I’m not all that excited to meet you either. As they walked back to their dorm room, David began to make up the words and tune for “The Site of You Repulses Me”. James and David finished the song off and began writing other tunes, some based on James’ brilliantly deep poetry. David Moorman was brought in to play lead guitar and immediately blew Sloan and Lane away. Thus began the unnamed Punk band.
At a night out on the town, the three headed across a golf course and ended up at a high school. On one of the school walls was graffiti that read “G.A.H.A.B.”. Moorman quipped a quick acronym (which will remain a secret to all but the nearest and dearest G.Ä.H.Ä.B. fans) and the name of the band was set. Many different descriptions have been handed out by fans for the meaning of the band name, none have ever been correct. The goal of the band was to write fun music that made you stop and think, wonder.
The band recorded their first release on 1986 with the help of friends for equipment and extra instruments. They released the cassette tape at an art showing in Tulsa, Oklahoma and made enough money to head out to Shoney’s and eat with a few band “roadies”.
The band encouraged copying of the music as they had no budget and no label. Upon coming back to college in the Fall of 1986, they found out their music was making its way around college and high school campuses across the US. They even had a fan club formed in Texas. After many fans asked the question “Whatever happened to that Frank Guy?”, Moorman and Sloan got back together in 1987 to finish the story of Frank Lister and recorded “Whatever happened to that Frank Guy?”. The second work from G.Ä.H.Ä.B. went on to build an ever larger following and received college radio airplay.
Dave Moorman went on to lead multiple other bands including the Cookiemonsters and Seven Against. David passed away of a brain tumor and is sorely missed as a great musician, writer, husband, friend and father.
All of G.Ä.H.Ä.B.’s songs are original works and Sloan still gets contacted today from fans looking for updated versions. If there is ever time in his busy schedule, perhaps he will get these tunes transferred to digital and put up on this site.
Mary’s Little Lamb
Kill the Puppies
I Don’t Believe in Love
I Can’t Wait
You Taught Me How to Love Again
Try Once, Try Twice
Back to the C
In 1988 Roger Hunt and David Sloan got together to play guitar in David’s dorm room. The two immediately synced even though their music styles were quite different. They began to write together and over the next year put together the music for 1989’s “This Magnificent Desolation”. The two self-marketed the recording across Tulsa, Oklahoma and quickly built a following Tulsa’s burgeoning Alternative music scene. Local stores began to play the music at the request of patrons and the music was even picked up by local radio stations. In 1990, The Lost Jesters were voted best new band in Oklahoma by Tulsa’s “Uptown” Magazine. There were rumors of a possible contract with Refuge Records but the duo had to make a move to Florida to continue the band in 1990 as Sloan had personal family issues to resolve. Unfortunately, work and life caught up with the duo and they were never able to build the type of following in Florida that they were blessed with in Tulsa. Hunt returned to the Tulsa area in 1992 and has since moved on to Kansas City.
The tracks from “This Magnificent Desolation” have been digitally remastered and are included below for your enjoyment. Feel free to copy and send on to any friends who are still interested independant music. If you enjoy the songs, let us know. Maybe we can get back together some day and have a reunion back in Tulsatown.
Stained Glass Eyes
Bottom of the C
2 Seconds Dead
Grimm Fairy Tale
On with the Show
Serenity of Blue
Paint a Tear
Crush End Oh
Clarissa - Live
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