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 Arkin” as song writers. These three are assumed to be the part of Passion to Pass, leaving Marc as a mystery member.
No news on new recordings yet – there are many rumblings on MySpace and other places that seem to indicate that all projects, especially the new L.S.Underground, are moving forward and we might hear some official news soon. But for collectors – here is a real treat. In 1982, a rare 45″ record was released containing two new Lifesavors tracks – “You and Me” and “The One.” “The One” was re-recorded for Dream Life. The rumor was that this single was when Knott took over The Lifesavors and was his song-writing debut. But this single is so rare, very little is known. Well, magically – it appeared for download. The recording is not the incredible quality, but it is decent and seems to come from a good quality record. See the related link to download for free. And a big thanks to whoever this person is that ripped this and posted it! Now, if we can just get high-res scans of the covers and record itself.
A few people emailed in to say that I needed to add the demo that Mike Knott made with the early version of Velvet Revolver, when they were looking for a vocalist. Apparently some of this was filmed, so hopefully that will see the light of day someday.
I was just doing some random surfing, and found a CD from Germany that has “Want Me (single mix)” by Michael Moret (Knott) on it. After I got the CD in the mail, I can say that it is probably the “Club Version,” but it is also a clean version that seems to have come straight from the master tapes. I had heard that this song was never released on CD, but I guess that was wrong.