Unreleased / MIA

While the Upcoming Releases page looks at projects that still have a chance to see the light of day, this page looks at projects that were announced but eventually abandoned or discarded. While there is a chance that some of these might be resurrected, the chances are slim that will be the case.

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Strung Gurus

Strung Gurus was started by Mike and the legendary Dennis Danell of Social Distortion. Unfortunately, Dennis passed away in 2000 while their debut album was being recorded. Since the album was almost finished, Mike has stated that he would like to finish the album at some time. A few songs were released onlne and on Mike’s Things I’ve Done, Things to Come album.

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  Strung Gurus
Strung Gurus (unreleased)

Michael Knott – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Dennis Danell – Guitars
Andy Prickett – Guitar
Sean Paul – Bass
Ed Benrock – Drums

Known songs titles so far:

Sun Eyed Girl
Chelsea’s Chasin’ Dragons
My Ex-Fiancee in D.C. (aka “Rental Skin”)
Miss Liberty
Diva Overdrive
Whoville
Numb (played live, but unknown if it was ever recorded)
Suicide By Cop (played live, but unknown if it was ever recorded)


King Holiday

Not much is known about King Holiday. Rob Goraieb’s official bio from his own site had this to say: “I was in a group called King Holiday, too,” said Rob. “I enjoyed that. It was a Mike Knott project. He’s a definite talent. We did some stuff for Elektra Records.” MIA.

Some of the information below was reported as rumors in a michaelknott.com message board post.

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  King Holiday
no releases (1995-1996)

Michael Knott – vocals
Rob Goraieb – guitars

Other possible members:
Fred Friend
Debbi Devore
Ed Benrock
Andrew Carter


Charity Empressa – Charity Empressa

Michael Knott recorded vocals for a song originally slated to be on Charity Empressa’s self-titled debut. That song was not included on the final release. Eric of Charity Empressa later had this to say: “I can’t recall what song he sang on… I just remember that he gave a great performance. His voice was, just too big and his performance was too large, to fit into something as boring and delicate as my one note jams.” MIA.

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  Charity Empressa
Charity Empressa (2001 Absalom Records)

Michael Knott – vocals on an unreleased song


The Lifesavors – Anthology Volume 1

This was supposed to be a boxed set re-release of several Lifesavors demos and bootlegs. It was never released, and then disappeared from the M8 website. Then the M8 website disappeared. MIA.

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  The Lifesavors
Anthology Volume 1 (M8 records)

To be included on this album:

3-14-81 (live demo)
The Lost Nashville Demo
Live 1982
Unplugged


The Lifesavors – Anthology Volume 2

This was supposed to be a boxed set re-release of several Lifesavors demos and bootlegs. It was never released, and then disappeared from the M8 website. Then the M8 website disappeared. MIA.

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  The Lifesavors
Anthology Volume 2 (M8 records)

To be included on this album:

(unknown)


Aunt Bettys – The Collection

In 2000, a collection album of unreleased Aunt Bettys material was announced. Three songs were released on Mike’s Things I’ve Done, Things to Come album, but this album never materialized.

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  Aunt Bettys
The Collection (upcoming release)

Michael Knott – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Carter – Guitar
Brian Doidge – Bass
Chuck Cummings – Drums
Jeremy Wood – Drums

Known songs titles so far:

Guitars, Guns, and Girls
Crash and Burn
Kill Me


L.S.U. – Acoustic Fan Favorites

In 1999, a collection album of acoustic versions of L.S.U. material was announced. Fans were encouraged to vote on their favorite songs. Results of the voting were released (see song list below). Members of Havalina Rail Co. were enlisted to fill out the arrangements. The recording was apparently finished or close to being finished, but this album never materialized beyond that.

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  L.S.U.
Acoustic Fan Favorites (upcoming release)

Michael Knott – vocals, acoustic guitars
Members of Havalina Rail Co. – other instruments

Possible songs titles:

01) This is the Healing
02) Radio Satan
03) Bye Bye Colour
04) Kill Will
05) Shaded Pain
06) GGG
07) Freedom
08) The Bomb
09) There’s a Time
10) English Interpreter…
11) Pound of Flesh
12) Double
13) Hated Souls
14) Ocean Blue
15) Rocket and a Bomb
16) The Shell
17) Crash

The list above is in the order of the highest votes to the fewest. A few of these songs may have been dropped, as only 14 songs were expected to be on the album.


Michael Knott – Things Jenison Found in a Closet

In 2000, a collection album of unreleased Michael Knott material was announced. One song was released on Mike’s Things I’ve Done, Things to Come album, but this album never materialized.

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  Michael Knott
Things Jenison Found in a Closet (upcoming release)

Michael Knott – vocals

Known songs titles so far:

No One Like You


Bomb Bay Babies – Volume Two

In 2000, a second collection album of unreleased Bomb Bay babies material was announced. One song was released on Mike’s Things I’ve Done, Things to Come album, but this album never materialized.

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  Bomb Bay Babies
Volume Two (upcoming release)

Michael Knott – vocals, guitars
Jamie Makarczyk – bass
Neal Vomdran – drums

Known songs titles so far:

Stuck In A Whirlwind


Michael Knott – Tour Documentary

In September 2001, the official Michael Knott site announced that Michael would be on tour in September/October 2001 filming a documentary movie: “Be prepared to see Michael in action with his tour manager and filmmaker on the road. This film will allow you to see Michael Knott in many different contexts: in the car, in hotel rooms, performing, interacting with fans, etc. Its purpose is to allow people to catch a glimpse into the inevitable mystique surrounding Michael and his unique world. This is also a medium for fans/unfans to express their opinions on Michael’s music and art from all points of view. If you are one of the lucky fans to be see Michael on this tour, be ready to be documented!” After the tour, it was announced that Bob Wilkinson (the filmmaker) was busy editing up all of the footage from the tour. Then it was never heard of again.

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  Michael Knott
Tour Documentary (unreleased)


Older comments on “Michael Knott – Tour Documentary

  1. Shawn Ness on October 09, 2008 at 09:17 am said:

    Matt where do you find all this great info, I’ve never heard of this documentary! Searching the net it does seem like this Bob guy does a lot of documentary work though.

  2. Knotthead Matt on October 09, 2008 at 11:08 am said:

    I found it while doing some research for a gigography that I will hopefully get online this week 🙂 It was buried in the tour section of an old version of the official site on archive.org (great source for research, BTW).


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