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Early Mad at Gravity Set on YouTube!

Mad at Gravity LIVE May 22, 2002 – Santa Barbara, CA.

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Vlog: 4 notes of Mad at Gravity – Reign of Fire Credits on AMC

Seven years out, THIS is what having two songs over the end title credits of a big Hollywood movie looks like. HILARIOUS! =)

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“Satisfied” Acoustic – for Steve and Anneliese

“Satisfied”

Hold onto me
And you’ll never be lost
I have wrapped myself around you
Pour into me
And you’ll always be full
I will overflow into you

I reach out for you in the dark
And find my own heartbeat
My tall drink of water on a warm summer night
I’m satisfied.

Lean into me
And I’ll never fall
I have rooted myself in you

I reach out for you in the dark
And find my own heartbeat
My tall drink of water on a warm summer night
I’m satisfied.
I’m satisfied.

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Congratulations again, friends! I love you guys.

Love and tributes to it,
=j.lynn

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Found Mad at Gravity Footage and Hard Drive Woes

Wow. Audio is way outta sync. Thanks, YouTube “record from webcam!”

Hard drive crashes and other technical woes led me to explore what data I still DO have access to… I found a handful of old live clips from 2002 of my former band, Mad at Gravity. Funny trip down memory lane. Now I’m kinda inspired to dig for more footage…

Clip 1, South Carolina
Clip 2, South Carolina
Clip 3, South Carolina
Clip 4, Maine
Clip 5, Maine

Love and floppy mops,
=j.lynn

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Awesome Kid Sings Mad at Gravity’s “Burn”

Seriously the awesomest…

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November 22, 2002 – Mad at Gravity Breakup, Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

November 22, 2002
Hey,

-Rumors fly and pigs don’t, so I figured I needed to let you know what’s
been up with me. Despite many efforts to keep things together, I’m no
longer working with Mad at Gravity. This change has been a long time
coming, and maybe some could have predicted it… Regardless, I feel
relieved to be on my own again and working toward a constructive future.

-The long and short of it is that the rest of the guys in Mad at Gravity
wanted something different than what was me. As much as I have tried to
adapt and compromise to make the band situation one that everyone could
be happy with, in the end it wasn’t enough. We were put on some really
lame tours, and marketed in some pretty cheesy ways (I suppose that’s
unavoidable). We all ended up pretty miserable. At our lowest point,
after a show in Hartford, CT, the rest of the guys sat me down and threw
a lot of mud my way.

-They told me they were embarrassed by their own careers. They told me
that the band had ended up a mockery of what they had set out to do.
They said Mad at Gravity had turned into something they never wanted.
They even used the word nightmare at one point. I realized in the
middle of all of these complaints that they held me personally
responsible for everything they were unhappy about. I asked them if
they thought it was my fault. They told me yes. They told me I wasn’t
“dark” enough. Not mysterious enough. Too pop. Too accessible.
Because of that, most of our fans were seventeen-year-old girls, and not
the college guys they were hoping to reach. They said I am too
“flamboyant” when I perform because I jump around and swing the
microphone and take my shirt off if I get sweaty. Everything that they
said was wrong with the band were the things that I considered to be my
strongest assets. I’m a performer. Period.

-So after being blamed for all the band’s “problems,” I called our
manager to set up a meeting so we could figure out what to do. He came
out to our show in Boston, heard everyone’s complaints, and told the
band they were crazy. The four of them said they still weren’t happy,
and that something had to change. We decided to get through the tour
before we decided anything. Go home for a while. Relax. Get centered
again. Then decide where to go from there. Unfortunately, we never got
that time.

-The shows had been going better, and morale was starting to improve.
Or so I thought. In the meantime, management was getting too many calls
from people who needed to know what was up. If we were going to keep
things together and tour more, we needed to be booking the tours
already. If we were going to be promoting the next single, we needed to
be setting that up already. Anyway, four days before the tour was over,
we got a call from management telling us that we had to decide how we
were going to move forward. That night.

-So I walked into the meeting, sat down, and asked the guys if anyone’s
feelings had changed since the last time we talked. Nobody said
anything except for Jake’s head shaking a no. I asked what we do about
that situation. Jake basically told me that the band was willing to
stick out the promotion of the current record with me as the frontman.
They were willing to tour more, release more singles, and do whatever it
took to make Resonance a success. However, at the end of that
commitment, once this first record drew to a close and the time came to
start approaching the second album, the band decided they needed to find
someone they were “comfortable with” as a singer.

-So they basically told me that they were going to fire me after they
had used me up. But they still wanted me to stick out more tours, more
interviews, and more day-in-day-out in a crappy RV with no love from
them in the hopes that we would all make a few dollars if the record
took off. And even if it did take off, they still wanted to find a new
singer for the next record. They didn’t exactly put it like that, but
that was the message they put across. Lame. Anyway, I told them I’d
finish out the last four days of the tour, and then I was going to fly
home and let them find their new singer right away.

-So I’m back to the solo stuff that is my roots. I’m still signed to
ARTISTdirect individually, and they’re all acting amazingly cool about
the whole situation. They’re excited to hear what I do on my own, and
anxious to support me in my newly solo state. I’m so blessed. Things
are going to get ugly for a while as we figure out how to settle the Mad
at Gravity partnership thing legally and all. But when it all settles,
I know I’ll be in a much better spot. The Mad at Gravity men are going
to try to find a new singer and they hope to keep going, which is fine
with me. I still retain all my publishing rights to those songs, so the
more records they sell, the more money they make me.

-Anyway, I flew back to LA on Sunday. I’ve been bogged down with phone
calls to lawyers, label people, new management candidates, and a web
crew to get JLynnJohnston.com up and running. I pretty much spent all
day at the ARTISTdirect offices today, trying to get a feel for what
happens next. Things are going to be great. I’m getting a ton of
support from the people at the label. They’re as excited about my
burgeoning solo career as they can be under the circumstances
(circumstances being that the band they sunk well over a million bucks
into just split up). Things will be worked out, and I will have a great
time making music again. Tendonitis is a distant memory. I have all
sorts of new musical ideas that I’m chomping at the bit to explore. I
played guitar for about an hour today on my own, and it felt better and
more fresh than it has felt in almost a year. I’m excited and I’m
confident!

-In the midst of the chaos, it’s good to hear from friends. Shout me a
holla…

Love and rock revivals,
=j.lynn johnston
Solo Artist

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July 20, 2002 – Pecatonica, Illinois

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-Did everyone see our boys in AudioVent last night? They performed “The
Energy” on the Late, Late Show with Craig Killborn, and they totally
rocked it. On four hours sleep or less! Craig kept pumping their
performance all throughout the show, hitting his little button that
plays soundbites of the song. It was great. And we went to great
lengths to make sure we were able to see it.

-We’d been back at our hotel, showering up before our all-night drive,
and we were glued to the TV watching Killborn. Everyone finished
cleaning up, and the schedule didn’t allow for any luxury time. We had
to get food and get on the road. So we pulled over to get some food at
a 24-hour restaurant on our way out of town, and cranked up the antenna
on our on-board TV. We saw that Craig was on his second guest, so we
went into the restaurant to get seated and place our order. Once all
that was accomplished, we left our tour manager at the table and ran
back out to the RV, just in time to see the boys rip through their song
nicely. Literally, they were just coming out of the commercial break
when we got back to the TV.

-After the performance, we went back inside to eat and then hit the
road. We drove all night, rolled out of the RV, and played our
half-hour set. There were some fans at the show who had painted their
entire car to promote their favorite bands on the tour. I was flattered
the Mad at Gravity took up about 75% of the car. They listed all of our
names and what we play in the band, had our logo in a bunch of different
places… The whole thing was covered! Tires, roof, back window…
They didn’t miss any surface. Now THAT’s dedication! We got lots of
polaroids of the car, which will hopefully make their way onto our web
site soon…

-Now we’re back in the RV on the way to the last show of the Locobazooca
tour tomorrow. The last show of the tour is always notorious for
pranks… I wonder what we’re gonna do… We’ve got water balloons, a
gorilla mask, and a speedo… That should be enough for a good time…

Love and hijinks,
=j.lynn

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July 19, 2002 – Toledo, Ohio and Carrying Cars

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-We played at the Hard Hat Café tonight, which isn’t as much a café as
it is a warehouse with a liquor license. There were lots of kids packed
in there, and they were really responsive to our set. That always helps
the morale during the show! But the sound system was HORRIBLE! Every
band had a ton of problems onstage, from shorted out microphone cables
to awful monitor mixes, it was tough to get into the groove of what was
going on. It’s really distracting, and it steals all your momentum when
you have to stop between songs to try to remedy some of the technical
difficulties. The kids didn’t seem to mind all that much, though.
Their energy was boiling over. We just ended up having to work harder
to keep our own up.

-We have an overnight drive now, to Pecatonica, Illinois. It’s the
worst when we play a show at night on our off day, and then have another
Locobazooka show the next day. By the time we get loaded out of the
club and settle with the promoter, it’s usually close to midnight. Then
we still have an eight hour drive ahead of us so we can load in at nine
the next morning for the Locobazooka set. That only leaves an hour or
two that haven’t been spoken for. So we try to sleep as much as
possible during the drive. And we try to leave the club as early as
possible, unless otherwise held over.

-We almost got held over tonight when we got blocked into the parking
lot at the Hard Hat. All we needed was about a foot and a half of
clearance between our RV and the Geo Metro that was blocking us in. We
sat back in frustration, ready to wait it out until the owner of the car
came to move it. Then we realized how tiny of a car a Geo Metro is.
And how light it is, too. Almost at the same time, about three of us
started betting that we could pick the car up and move it out of the
way. We had eight guys of larger than average size… And we all love
a challenge. So we piled out of the RV with determination on our faces.

-Two minutes later, we were on our way. It only took five of us to move
the car over about two feet. And two feet was all we needed to be able
to clear the little piece of tin and sail out onto the highway. We
caused quite a spectacle in the parking lot, though. Imagine going to
see some bands play a little rock and roll, and on your way out of the
venue you see one of the acts all huddled around a car, grunting and
sweating it away from the front of their RV. I took a great polaroid of
all of us right before we manhandled the tiny auto. Ahh, the adventures
we have!

Love and tiny imports,
=j.lynn

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July 18, 2002 – Cleveland, Ohio

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-The Agora Ballroom was great tonight. The room was really boomy, and
that made it pretty hard to hear clearly onstage, but that’s the price
you pay for awesome architecture from the early 1900s. The ballroom was
in the middle of a huge restoration process, so it’s nice to see that
the folks in Ohio care about the architecture, too. I took some time
and walked around the whole place from basement to rafters, and I’ve got
to say that I felt like a Californian yet again. There aren’t many
basements in California. There isn’t much structural brick, either.
Masonry doesn’t hold up so well in earthquakes. So I’m sure I looked
like a goofy tourist, walking around staring at everything with my mouth
open. But I want to take everything in. Especially in the places I’ve
never been before.

-I was excited when we met some cool people after the show. They were
from Parma, just outside of Cleveland. Since our next show is only as
far as Toledo tomorrow, we were actually able to hang out after we
played. That’s a rare occasion. It was great. We got food, and then
ended up at “The Spot,” a local practice space shared by a couple
different bands. Again, it was in the basement of a really cool
building. There were a bunch of people hanging out there while a local
band practiced. Just chilling and drinking beers. It was cool to get a
break from the travel monotony so we could hang out with some cool new people.

-Before the show, I was able to make my way across the street to the
Salvation Army thrift store. I found some cool stuff there, which I’m
excited to break in onstage (AFTER I wash it all, of course). Add the
hilarious gift I got from my new Parma people, and I’ve got one stylish
wardrobe going…

Love and junior cheerleader shirts,
=j.lynn

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July 17, 2002 – Huntington, West Virginia

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-West Virginia… Mountain Mama… Take me home… Sorry. Just having
a little John Denver moment. We played at Harris Riverfront Park today,
and it was HOT and MUGGY. The crowd was a bit thin until the afternoon
wore on a bit. But we sold out of the CDs that we brought with us to
the merchandise booth, so we must’ve done something right!

-My voice was really pissed off at me today. It’s odd the way my body
responds. While I’m sick, my voice is fine. Then as I get better, I
lose my voice. So let me reiterate… While my body feels like crud, I
can still sing. Then when my body finally feels better, my voice craps
out on me. It’s weird. It always happens that way, too. So we end up
revising the set a little bit, and I end up having to rewrite a couple
melodies here and there. And overall we still have a rocking good time…

-I swear I’ve seen the downfall of the American civilization. We pulled
over to get some food, and the only thing open was McDonald’s. That’s
the first warning sign. Then when we went inside, and I was further
convinced. You remember when the playgrounds were the coolest things
ever? Well… The new playground has officially taken over, and it is
in the form of a video screen. You see, THIS McDonald’s had a VIDEO
GAME STATION!

-Instead of twisty slides and jungle gyms, there were
three Nintendo Gamecubes mounted into a wall of the fast food joint,
complete with disgustingly grubby controllers jutting out in primary
colors just underneath the monitors. I watched as kid after kid zoned
out with gaping mouths, staring up at the screens above them until their
parents wrenched them away from the games. One kid even yelled at his
mom until she left him in the restaurant alone to finish his game. He
was inside for another couple of minutes before he went outside to join
the rest of his family, who were waiting with the car running. As soon
as they get home, he’ll probably just turn on the same game and dork out
some more…

Love and vidiots,
=j.lynn

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