John Fleming, owner of Ear Candy music, reflects on Missoula’s music scene from the 1990s to the present. He lists the names of the various bands in which he’s played, including the Oblio Joes. Fleming describes other well-known Missoula bands and venues, including Jay’s Upstairs, which hosted the majority of indie, punk, metal, and alternative rock shows during the 1990s. He talks about how Jay’s influenced, and even shaped, Missoula’s music scene, bringing in local acts as well as national acts and requiring bands to submit a demo before agreeing to let them play. Fleming also discusses working at a record story before starting Ear Candy, and how the business has remained successful despite the changes in the music industry and recording media.
Subjects: Music; Music—History and criticism; Music—Montana—Missoula; Punk rock music; Punk rock music—Montana; New wave music; Rock music—Montana; Counterculture—United States; Record stores -- United States – History; Record stores—Montana—Missoula; Sound recording industry -- United States – History; Record stores; Sound recording industry; Popular music -- Social aspects; Sound recordings -- Marketing – History; Music trade -- United States; Music -- Economic aspects; Small business—Montana—Missoula; Entrepreneurship—Montana The Jolly Ranchers; The Helltones; The Blackouts; The Everyday Sinners; The Hellgate Stranglers; Oblio Joes; Secret Powers; Protest Kids; Kennedy Band; The Quiet Ones; Bars (drinking establishments); Concerts; Musical establishments; Battle of the Bands; Subculture; Do it yourself; Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism; Sound recordings; Compact discs
Personal Names: Fleming, John; Knesek, John; Warling, Troy; Bell, Sasha
Corporate Names: Ear Candy Music; Jay’s Upstairs; Rockin’ Rudy’s
Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.)
Occupations: Musicians—Montana; Businesspersons—Montana—Missoula
Twentieth century; Twenty-first century
Missoula Music History Oral History Project, OH 473
University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Fleming, John, "John Fleming Interview, November 2, 2019" (2019). Missoula Music History Oral History Project. 6.