It was the beginning of summer 1985. 1983 had been my last year at Palos Verdes High, and unfortunately, I did not graduate with the rest of my class. I had turned 18 entering my senior year, as my birthday was in August and school started in September. That meant I could write my own absent/sick excuses if I missed school. And that’s what I did. School didn’t interest me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I know it wasn’t going to high school. I loved music, surfing, and girls. In the 80’s there weren’t any Asian rock or pop singers to look up to or model myself after, so I hadn’t thought about a career in music, and I was still too young, and inexperienced for hookups with women, so I surfed a lot (PV & the South Bay, in general, being famous for its surf spots). And smoked a lot of Pot! My best friend in high school was Paul Thomas and we hung out every day. Paul, even back then, had a reputation as a being good musician. He was in the high school jazz band playing piano and was just as proficient on the guitar. We both had big record collections and we would get stoned and listen to records all day (vinyl back then), each turning the other on to new music. 

During a family vacation in Hawaii when Paul was 12, he befriended Jake Feldman, who was staying in the same hotel with his family. Jake and Paul were the same age, and they became good friends during their vacation time. Jake’s father happened to be a famous jazz pianist/percussionist, who started his career in the Miles Davis band. Victor was actually the real writer behind the composition “Seven Steps To Heaven” (released in 1963 as written by Miles Davis). The Feldman’s lived in Woodland Hills about an hour from PV, and upon returning from their vacations, Paul and Jake remained friends, staying in contact. During our senior year Paul and Jake formed a progressive rock band called “Interval,” and I would tag along to the band’s rehearsals. After those rehearsals Paul and I would get stoned and listened back to the rehearsal tapes. I got to become good friends with Jake, as well. Interval played as a 4-piece band, adding fellow high school friend Curt Anderson on drums (who would replace Mark Load as drummer in the future as Life After Death transitioned into Spellbound), and various vocalists they got via classified ads in local newspapers. And so senior year continued in high school until graduation day came... and I was uninvited. 

Paul’s father William was an intelligent and successful businessman who didn’t see any need for Paul going into college when he knew damn well that Paul would be headstrong in pursuing a career in music with his band. With the advice of Victor Feldman, he decided to enroll Paul at Dick Grove School of Music, an independent and highly respected music school located in the San Fernando Valley. The classes would have special guest specialists coming in to teach as well. Guests including Victor Feldman, Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton to name some names. Mingling with young newcomers, some students were already well-established artists wanting to improve their craft. Soon after graduation day Paul and I were talking about the future. “Wouldn’t it be great for both of us to be involved in music?” Paul said. “Yeah. But what would I do? I don’t really have any musical skills except loving music,” I answered. “But you know music," he said. "You know how a song is arranged. You know the players, the producers.” “Well, to tell you the truth my fantasy dream would be to be a lyricist and a studio engineer who played a little percussion and keyboard on the side…Like a Brian Eno figure,” I started. “Then you should pursue your dream and look into a studio engineer course at Dick Grove where I’m going,” he cut in. 

That’s how it all started I suppose. I thought about it, investigated and finally brought the idea to my dad Warren. Warren, at the time, was on a business trip in Japan (he also lived there part time due to his law firm in copyright protection being located there). “I’ll think about it Bob and we’ll talk more when I get back,” he said.

Life After Death (1985)

George Sarah (Bass) / Paul Thomas (Guitar & Keyboards) / Bobby Moon (Vocals & Synth) / Mark Load (Drums)

Life After Death Live Halloween Night

Sat. 19 - At the winkle picker

with L.A.'s Post Punk EASTER & Johnny and the Dingbats


Promo pic 1985

We went to the main office of Music Connection Magazine in 1985 to ask for advice. Forget the name of the guy in the office, but he had a beard and was pretty cool, at least he was willing to listen to us. We gave him our album and our first bio, which was the extent of our "press pak" at the time. He put the record on a player set up and quietly read over the bio. After the first song he said, "Hey guys, I'm a musician myself. I play drums." From the corner of my eyes I saw Load snickering. "Do you know who the greatest drummer in the world is?," he asked. "Ringo Starr!" I saw Load fighting to hold in his laughter. The Music Connection guy continued. "Okay, this is what I'd do. First you need a good promo pic. An 8 x 10. And I know the perfect photographer. He shoots most of the front covers for the magazine." He pulled out a paper and pen and started writing. "His name is Kristen Dahlaine and here's his number. Call him. Get the photo and book a live show to promote your album and I'll send someone down to the show to review you guys!"

So, we called Kristen and set up a photo shoot the following week. He had a studio in Hollywood and we met him there. "Hey guys," he said. "Wanted to let you know that I'm "on the wagon." He weren't sure what he meant. "You see, I have a nasty coke habit and I'm trying to quit. It won't interfere with my creativity I promise." He looked us over, in our full make-up and regalia. "Did you want it "nuts up" or full body?" "Full body, I guess," I answered. "Okay, I see something. Let's go to the stage room," he said.

Life After Death's First Bio (LOL)

Life After Death (1985 - 1987)

Life After Death Live @ Cathay de Grande (Which Transformed into The China Club)

July 19 [9pm]

Life After Death's First Show

Life After Death Live @ The Music Machine

Tuesday, Jan, 28th (10:30pm)

Life After Death Live @ The Music Machine (Music Connection Magazine Review)

The music machine [West los angeles]

Life After Death

The Music Machine

West Los Angeles

The Players: Bobby Moon, lead vocals, (sic) synthesizers; Paul Thomas, guitar, keyboards, vocals; George Shimeall, bass; Mark Load, drums, percussion.

Material: Life After Death could have sold 10,000 LPs in 1980; today they seem more concerned with their art than commercial accessibiliy. 

Life After Death [Promo Shot]

Photo by kristen dahlane

Copyright 1986