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Pizza Guy

by Eva Stokes

Classical Techno Punk Pop single "Pizza Guy" by Eva Stokes is about falling in love with...a guy who makes pizza.
Genre: Rock: Space Rock
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Eva Stokes, who calls her musical style “Classical Techno Punk,” is the daughter of a classical pianist and a portrait painter. In early childhood she discovered she could write songs like the people on the radio and knew it was all she wanted to do. Because she showed sign of virtuostic potential, her father tried to discourage her from going into pop music, but this only made her deceitful and rebellious. Stokes continued with her classical studies, often practicing for up to six hours a day, but she was also secretly writing songs, and at fourteen she joined a professional college prog-rock band, Gnu-U, as their lead singer and songwriter, and became a star in her hometown of Denver without her family's knowledge, because they only watched 60 Minutes and Wild Kingdom on TV.
At eighteen, Stokes was accepted at a prestigious music school and her family, who knew nothing of her secret fame, expected her to go there after a summer break. Instead, she sold the Steinway her father gave her for graduation, and six days later she moved to Europe and went on tour in Europe and Southeast Asia, eventually landing in England, where Stokes signed a recording contract with CREAM legend Pete Brown's label. Brown produced Stokes' first EP, “Circle,” which featured Classical Zen drummer (and one of Stokes' most significant mentors) Robert Bond and guitarist/singer Neal MacColl from the band Liberty Horses (whose dad Ian MacColl wrote “The First Time Ever I saw Your Face”). Despite its singular interestingness, “The Circle” was never mastered because of Brown's engineer's fondness for cheap Chablis. Stokes' efforts to get the EP re-mixed were thwarted by financial panic in England at the beginning of the Gulf War, so she took her old name back and moved to Los Angeles, where the bass player from Gnu-U was working as a second engineer at Conway Studios in Hollywood. Their first band, Eva & the Human Beings, featured Patti Hood (The Church, Guns N Roses) on harp and Jim McGrath on percussion. Before long Stokes decided she wanted a bigger sound and began building a rock band while recording with different producers. Her new band, the nine-piece Kali Yuga, allowed her to show off her virtuostic piano chops and also featured Cameroonian superstar Andre Manga on bass, attracting the attention of all kinds of hangers-on and mob types and industry hustlers. Stokes found her music being tossed around from record company to record company while people tried to figure out what to do with her. Reviewers called her a “national treasure” and a “brilliant musical innovator,” but her music was 'different,' and she refused to do covers, take off her clothes, or nurse baby pigs in a billboard ad, so the labels' marketing people found her confusing. At this point Stokes met virtuoso violinist Deepak Ramaprian of The Bolt, and together with Kim Panzer on backing vocals they formed Tribe Infinity. While this line-up was musically satisfying for Stokes and several successful shows in Los Angeles proved its viability, Stokes's mother's illness required that she move to Palm Springs to care for her. Here she wrote and published a hilarious book, “Hollywood Bimbos” (available at www.lulu.com), which has sold over 5000 copies, and which was a huge hit with fans and former schoolmates who had been following Stokes's strange little career. While in Palm Springs Stokes also won the Palm Springs Idol contest, and had a brief stint as a Melanie Griffith impersonator at the famous Copykatz Club. When her mother recovered, instead of returning to the city Stokes moved to the remote high desert near Joshua Tree, California, where she set up a studio in an abandoned house to recorded a solo album. The first single, “Pizza Guy” (available on www.cdbaby.com) is about how she met her boyfriend, who runs the famous gourmet pizza shop, Pie For the People, in Joshua Tree. Eva Stokes' album "Original Means Unique" and the single "Pizza Guy" are both available at www.cdbaby.com.


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