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This modest alternative rock band hailing from York, PA consisted of four childhood friends that formed a talented high school band with a passion for music and honest, heartfelt expression. In a few short years, Public Affection found success and signed to MCA/Radioactive. The band changed its name to Live, going on to achieve international stardom. The story of Public Affection is the prelude of a young band on their way to multi-platinum success.

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Members Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey first played together at a middle-school talent show in York, Pennsylvania. They remained together throughout high school, playing new wave covers under band names such as First Aid, Club Fungus, Paisley Blues, Action Front, and Body Odor Boys. The group eventually settled on the name Public Affection and recorded a self-released cassette of original songs titled The Death of a Dictionary produced by Benji King and oversaw by David Sestak, their manager. The album was released in 1989, after the band members graduated high school, via their own label, Action Front Records. Only 1,000 copies of the album were manufactured, all on cassette and is considered a highly prized collector's item. In 1990, they released an EP of demos produced by Jay Healy, titled Divided Mind, Divided Planet, via their Black Coffee mailing list. The band performed regularly at CBGB in New York City, where they were noticed by New York City record labels and publishers. They were eventually signed by Radioactive Records at a 1991 CBGB show.

Venues Played:

"""Great York Talent Hunt,"" Cable 4 York (York, PA)
9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.)
Big City Nightclub (York, PA)
Brooklyn Alley Depot (York, PA)
Cambria County Fair (Edensburg, PA)
CBGB (New York, NY)
Chameleon Club (Lancaster, PA)
Club Met (Harrisburgh, PA)
DJ's Pub (Bethlehem, PA)
Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School, Talent Show
Granfalloons (York, PA)
Harrisburg Forum (Harrisburgh, PA)
Memorial Ice Rink (York, PA)
Montana Sound Stage for Seymore Stein Sire Record Showcase (New York, NY)
New Music Festival (Harrisburgh, PA)
Nightingale Bar CMJ Conference (New York, NY)
Northeastern Middle School (York, PA)
Olde York Street Fair (York, PA)
Saint James Academy, Prom (St. James, MD)
Scenic River Days (Reading, PA)
Stardust Nightclub (Wildwood, NJ)
The Barn (Bensalem, PA)
The Coyote Club (Wilmington, DE)
The Dutch Club (York, PA)
The Funhouse (Bethlehem, PA)
The Patriot (Harrisburgh, PA)
The Silo (Reading, PA)
Woody's (New York, NY)
York Fair Grounds (York, PA)
York Fairgrounds-Memorial Hall (York, PA)
York State Fair (York, PA)"