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Ep. 028: Lanemeyer w/ Chris Barker

By Mike Doyle

Welcome everyone to the SEASON 1 FINALE OF This Was The Scene, the podcast that takes a look back at the late 90s / early 2000 Nj Jersey Punk scene, I am your host, Mike Doyle. Chris Barker is the reason I started playing music. We became best friends when we were 14, created Congress of Cow altogether which later became Lanemeyer. As you will hear in this episode, lanemeyer was a shit show. But this episode is more than just the oral history of Lanemeyer. It’s a conversation between 2 close friends over a few beers and some cheap chardonnay talking about the past 20 years. I’m not going to lie, this interview goes all over the place and is just about 3 hours long after I chopped 30 minutes off of it but I don’t care. I loved re-listening to it after I did the edit and I think this is the longest Chris and I have talked on the phone since we were in high school. It’s the perfect bookend to this season and you’ll see why because here is what we talk about: How we found Flipside Doug Robinsons potty mouth My Mike Ziobro deli meat story Buying the wrong Blink’s first album How we first met Sandin Feuss kicking his ass in guitar His disgust for the Beatles My love for PM Dawn Our Coffee House show where we got kicked off the stage His fear of playing live shows The Face to Face w/ Guttermouth show at Tramps The Congress of Cow days Chris finding out about Static Prevails How he writes lyrics Our love for Spanish Love Songs Stories for the Big Screen Our revolving door of guitar players The moment he decided to quit the band the Sean Smith voicemail his stint at Drive Thru after he quit the band the midtown show in Orlando Florida Day at the Fair His bromance with Josh Humble Lots of randomness the song he wrote about my divorce And a ton more This week’s episode sponsored by Southern Tier Distilling Company. Building on 300+ years of western NY spirit production, Southern Tier Distilling Company puts that heritage into every bottle. Now, expanding their market to NJ, DE, and Ohio, more of us can enjoy these premium spirits such as STDC’s Straight Bourbon, Silver Medal Award-winning Vodka, Smoked Bourbon and their 2XHopped Whiskey (a whiskey distilled from their gold medal winning 2XIPA) In addition to their spirits, also available are their premium canned cocktails! Soon to hit the market are the Gin & Tonic with elderflower & cucumber, the Bourbon Smash with ginger, mint and lemon and the Vodka Madras with cranberry, orange chamomile. Great for camping, the beach, tailgating and the golf course. They are now sporadically in markets around the US so ask your local shop for their offerings to get them into your local shop. Check out Southern Tier Distilling at and follow Rob at southern_tier_nj Southern Tier, Why the hell not? I’d also like to mention my animation company to anyone out there who is a marketing director that is looking to un-suckify their brands message. We do this by telling your story within 60-seconds or less using animation. Check it out at As always, thank you to the people who’ve donated to the podcast. If you’d like to do so just go to and send whatever you’d like. It helps me with the $20/month to keep this thing live. I’m still in the process of designing shirts to sell to help keep this thing alive so keep checking the this was the scene facebook page for updates. Feel free to subscribe, leave a review and share this with anyone who would love some nostalgia. With that said, let's get started.

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