'The Not Goods were formed in New Orleans, La in the spring of 1981. After just a few rehearsals, they were catapulted to stardom with the release of their first album, 'Divine Right to the Beat'. The founding members, Ricko Not Good (lead vocals, guitar) and Johnny Not Good (drums and backing vocals) used session players to complement their vision of post punk rock and roll. Producer Paulie Not Good employed a variety of effects and the famous LillyWhite 'Wall of Sound' to create a force to be reckoned with in the modern rock era.
'Divine Right to the Beat was quickly followed by the band's sophomore effort, 'Commitment to Mediocrity'. It was at their zenith following the release of this groundbreaking effort that things started to unravel for the group. Ricko Not Good began to assume more control of the band and started teaming up with 'Commitment..' session men Tommy Not Good and Drew Not Good. Although the band was in disarray, it was during this time that rock critic Dave Marshmallow declared, "I have seen the future of rock and roll and it's Not Good."
In the fall of 1985, The Not Goods threw their hat into the holidays with the post-industrial album / ep, 'A Not Good Christmas' using a guest vocalist, Carl Not Good. This release caused a major controversy as some believed Carl's voice to be the new 'Not Good' sound. Ricko Not Good did not take the competition well causing the first of what would be many major riffs to come between he and Johnny Not Good.
Ricko eventually took a break from the band and moved to New York where he began to record under the name of 'The Not Goods' with New York session men cutting out long time collaborator Johnny Not Good.
The Badder it is the Better it is', the band's third album, was an attempt at a reconciliation, albeit brief. This was followed by 'There's No ‘I’ in Not Good ', the band's fourth album which was created out of one of the New York sessions. 'There's No I...' is the first time a producer other than Paulie Not Good was employed. Although Paulie participated as a session man, Ricko used Ivan Not Good as producer and as a session man, simply because he had the studio, the gear and would do the sessions on spec. Johnny Not Good was replaced by a drum machine and only heard of the album after it's completion.
The release of 'There's No I...' signaled the beginning of the end for 'The Not Goods' as lawsuits started stacking against the band.
'The Lost Sessions' is the final ‘Official’ recording session of The Not Goods and considered to be their 'Let it Be'. Although unreleased due to the ongoing legal battles most of the songs recorded in this session have found their way in to the mainstream with bootlegged copies surfacing around the globe.
A newly discovered ‘Final’ session which remains unreleased, ‘The Meek Shall Not Inherit the Earth’ features Carl Not Good on lead vocal for ‘Don’t do That’ an underground hit on the internet.
In the legal battles and lawsuits, 'The Not Goods' had found their Ono and the band disintegrated. In his last words written on the subject, Dave Marshmallow summed up the news of the bands breakup by saying, "This is absolutely Not Good".
Check out the documentary 'Revenge of the Not Goods'. It includes interviews from former associates and fans. Unfortunately, due to court proceedings and gag orders, none of the original 'Not Goods' were able to appear in the film.
released March 15, 2010
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