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HUMAN SWITCHBOARD BIOGRAPHY

Human Switchboard's sound was extremely reminiscent of the Velvet Underground. Founded in Kent, Ohio in 1976, their fist recording was released in 1977 (an EP produced by David Thomas of Pere Ubu). In 1980 they released Human Switchboard Live which got them signed by Jay Boberg to I.R.S.'s new Faulty Products for whom they released their only full length studio album, Who's Landing In My Hangar? A live release for ROIR called Coffee Break! followed a year later and the band dissolved.

Human Switchboard, circa 1981
Human Switchboard, L to R: Ron, Myrna & Robert. (1981)

After the band's break-up in 1982, Rob Pfeifer wound up as an A&R guy for Epic Records and recorded a solo LP entitled After Words in 1987. He then went on to head Disney's Hollywood Records. There he handled not only the label's aquisition of the Queen catalog but also took the heat for the label's failure to develop into a dominant force in the music industry as the film divisions (Disney Pictures, Touchstone and Miramax) had become in the film industry. He was unceremoniously "let go" in 1995, despite the fact that most of the reasons cited stemmed from the actions of the previous regime. Myrna Marcarian also recorded a solo LP entitled, simply Myrna. Today she is an administrator at NYU. Ron Metz is a member of The Schramms.


HUMAN SWITCHBOARD I.R.S. DISCOGRAPHY

This discography will cover only HUMAN SWITCHBOARD's recordings for I.R.S. Records. Recordings for other labels, other recordings, solo recordings and guest appearances, may be mentioned in the biography or discography, but details can be found by visiting some of the cool links for HUMAN SWITCHBOARD, below...

Albums & EPs

Who's Landing In My Hangar, COPE 1, Cover WHO'S LANDING IN MY HANGAR?
Faulty Products COPE 1 (Released 1982)

Vinyl & Cassette

Produced by Human Switchboard and Paul Hamann
Engineered by Paul Hamann
Recorded at Suma Recording, Painesville, Ohio
Cover Design by John Thompson
Cover Photos by Encore, Tom Simon
Thanks to: Steve & Mary Fallon, Jay Boberg, Jim Carter and Neal Howlett
For Friendship beyond the call of duty: Cliff Burnstein and Paul Schindler
In Memory of The Big Guy

Musicians:
Robert Pfeifer vocals & guitars
Myrna Marcarian farfisa organ, piano & vocals
Ron Metz drums & percussion

Additional Musicians:
Steve Calabria Bass on cuts 5, 7 & 10
Paul Hamann Bass on cuts 1, 3, 4, 8 & 9
Doug Morgan Bass on cuts 2 & 6
Ernie Krivda Saxaphone on cuts 1, 9 & 10

Track Listing:

  1. (Say No To) Saturday's Child (Marcarian/Pfeifer) 3:10
  2. Who's Landing In My Hangar? (Pfeifer) 2:35
  3. In This Town (Pfeifer) 3:10
  4. No Heart (Pfeifer) 3:09
  5. Refigerator Door (Pfeifer) 7:30
  6. I Can Walk Alone (Marcarian/Pfeifer) 2:59
  7. (I Used To) Believe In You (Pfeifer) 3:55
  8. Don't Follow Me Home (Pfeifer) 4:33
  9. Book On Looks (Pfeifer) 2:34
  10. Where The Light Breaks (Pfeifer) 3:50
REVIEW COMING SOON!!!

HUMAN SWITCHBOARD LINKS & OTHER COOL STUFF

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