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The Ways

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Mark PapianniMark PapianniDrums, Tamabourine
Mike AndreolaMike AndreolaGuitar, Vocals
Ira SpinradIra SpinradGuitar, Vocals
Gene O'BrienGene O'BrienBass
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Way back in 1981, some friends from Union and Newark, New Jersey got together to record a 45 vinyl record.

Ira Spinrad and Mark Papianni met at Rutgers' Newark, NJ campus on college radio station, WRNU . Mike Andreola and Ira were guitar playing neighbors in Union and Gene O'Brien was a local bass playing friend who agreed to help out on the recording.

The band commited to tape "Thursday" and "Was It Real" at Century Sound Studios in Sayreville,N.J. a studio that had produced one gold record, "Slide," by the r'n'b group, Slave. It also was later used by one local musician, Jon Bon Jovi, for some of his earliest recordings.

The 45 was produced by Paul Christopher (Plonka) and engineered by Sam DeSalvo.

It was mastered by Bob Speiden, a legendary mastering engineer, in North Plainfield. The record's picture sleeve was done by renowned DJ and tattoo artist, Diane Farris, formerly of Powerhouse Tattoo.

After it's release, the Ways played live shows for about 6 months before calling it a day. A small amount of the records pressing trickled out during the band's existence, but not many copies circulated. Today most of the band remain musically active and pursue live and recording endeavors.

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