Passion to Pass | Dirty Tricks / I Ask You Ask

An oddity in the Blonde Vinyl / Michael Knott catalog. Passion to Pass was led by Chris Lizotte. According to Lizotte, this was a self funded record. The band was friends with Michael Knott, who had a dream of starting a record label at this time. Knott asked if they would stamp the Blond Vinyl label name on the record, and they did. Other than that, it seems Knott was not involved with much else. The record label is spelled “Blond Vinyl” and the songs are copyrighted to Knott’s TTONK publishing name, but there is no other mention of Knott on the album. The band members are listed by first name only on the jacket, while the songs are only credited to last names. “I Ask You Ask” was re-written as “I Pray You Pray” for the Lifesaver’s Kiss of Life album in 1986, credited to “Chris Lizotte, Bill Robinson, & Jim Akin” as song writers. These three are assumed to be the part of Passion to Pass, leaving Marc as a mystery member.

Jim Akin went on to marry Maria McKee of Lone Justice fame.

According to Lizotte, there is also an 8 song EP by the band as well.


Passion to Pass - Dirty Tricks front cover Passion to Pass - Dirty Tricks back cover Passion to Pass - Dirty Tricks record side A Passion to Pass - Dirty Tricks record side B

Chris Lizotte: Vocals
Bill Robinson: Guitar
Jim Akin: Bass
Marc ?: Drums
Label: Blond Vinyl
Format: Vinyl
Released: 1983
Genre: New Wave / Alternative Rock
Producer / Engineer: Brian Fukuji

Recorded and Mixed at Track Record HollyWood, CA
℗ © 1983 ASCAP TTONK Publishing

Photographs: Blair Birtcher
Artwork: Greg Garcia (The Louvre)
Assistant Tim Jones
01) Dirty Tricks 3:29 Robinson, Lizotte  
02) I Ask You Ask 3:54 Robinson, Lizotte Re-recorded and re-written for Kiss of Life

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