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Founder of indie band The Badge recently released solo album BIRDS OF PARADOX featuring performances by members of Wings, The Byrds, The Who, the Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band and more ! Jeff Slate is a singer/songwriter from New York City. He co-founded the
1980’s mod/punk band the Mindless Thinkers, who were mainstays on the Northeast college circuit. In the mid-90’s he released “The Townshend Tapes”, on which The Who’s Pete Townshend acted as Executive Producer, & opened for Sheryl Crow on her “Tuesday Night Music Club” tour. In 1997 he founded the band The Badge, who released four albums and countless singles EPs and live “bootleg” sets and went on to become darlings of the UK/European “mod” scene in the 2000’s. In 2010 Jeff released the single “Dreamtime”
, which featured Earl Slick & Carlos Alomar “Birds of Paradox” is his first solo album of original material. Jeff has appeared on television & radio numerous times & his songs have appeared in network television shows & major motion pictures.“It began with an act of charity,” Jeff Slate says I was the musical director for a charity event and Steve Holley who used to be the drummer in Wings, was one of the guest performers. We hit it off and I asked him to drum on some songs of mine in the studio a few weeks later. When we got in there it was exciting.The songs sounded better than I could have ever dreamed. After 15 years making records and playing live with The Badge a new door had opened and I was excited again about making music.”Those initial sessions led to an album’s worth of songs with an all-star cast of players,including Holley & former Wings bandmate Laurence Juber, Gary Van Scyoc & Adam Ippolito , Jimmy “Mack ”McEggliott Gene Parsons Simon Townshend Josh Phillips Susie Collins Wayne Cobham & Alex Alexander.Photo: