Friday, February 20, 2009

Friends of Betty - Blind Faith II (1988) Vynil-Rip

Friends of Betty was noise/folk/punk band band from Chicago that was formed by Tim Rutili and Glynis Johnson sometime in the mid '80's. Ben Massarella was the band's original drummer, but he was later replaced by John Rowan.
Rutili, 27, had moved to Chicago in 1984 to attend Colombia College's film school.
He soon met Glynis Johnson and the two moved in together with plans for starting a band. With Johnson on bass, Benny Massarella on drums (later replaced by John Rowan, who would go on to fame under the guise of Blackie Onassis in Urge Overkill) and Rutili on a souped-up acoustic guitar, Friends of Betty played a sort of loud and fast folk/punk hybrid. According to those who saw these early performances, the results, although interesting, weren't very good.
"I played an acoustic because that was the only guitar I had," explained Rutili. "I had a pickup and a distortion pedal. It didn't sound very acoustic; it sounded really bad."
Friends of Betty put out its only album, Blind Faith II, on Underdog records in 1988.
Friends of Betty embarked on a brief tour of Europe in 1990 ("We managed to not lose any money," said Rutili). But upon returning home, they felt a change was needed. Friends of Betty became Red Red Meat, but the band played only a few shows the next two years. "We went a year without playing a show," recalled Rutili. "We just hung out and played and
released a single ("Hot Nikkety Trunk Monkey"). But we were getting to be better songwriters." Extract from

The cover is a great parody of the Blind Faith first album.

Ripped from vynil at 320kbps


  1. I remember Friends of Betty from Peace Fest.

  2. Thanks for this, a great band. Looks like everything Rutili touches, becomes gold. this guy is unbeleivable.

  3. I saw Friends of Betty at Metro back in the day, and they were great. Rutili's quotes really sell them short. Bought the record too (mine has a different cover than shown above, but I think they were all custom made), and it's not all that much different than Red Red Meat's debut, which is outstanding.