Review Revue: Mondo Vita – Fins de Paris

There’s not much information out there about the ’80s Seattle band Mondo Vita. Their leader Eric “Travis” Wilson (who has been working as a musician in Las Vegas for the past decade) claims on his own web site that the band “appeared on every TV station Seattle had to offer.  They also populated their stage with living room furniture, using floor lamps and a laundry hamper as guitar speakers.  This made them both a local nightclub favorite and a source of bewilderment among the Aqua Net crowd.” His next band after that was ” the world’s only Country-Metal-Rap band,” and I really want to see if I can find any of their music in the station to see what people thought of them.

I would have said Mondo Vita was another mostly-forgotten indie band of the ’80s, except in my internet ramblings I stumbled across the fact that our own DJ Sharlese played the song “She’s My Heartbeat” on the October 19, 2013 installment of Audioasis – 30 years almost to the day after this very album was entered into the library. [cue spooky music] I don’t have time to interview her about her Mondo Vita knowledge and what inspired her to play that particular song on that particular day, but here’s hoping she comments on here with some background – and I hope Eric “Travis” Wilson will be happy to hear that Mondo Vita is still remembered, despite the mixed reception Fins de Paris received at KCMU in ’83.

“LOCAL SEATTLE BAND! Quirky, fun pop with silly lyrics. Wonderful cover & packaging.”

“‘Ach Du Lieber.'”

“Fun album, great band.”

“Pretty good for a local LP.” [Well if there’s one thing that has most definitely improved around these parts, it’s that you don’t hear damnable faint praise like this tossed around much any more.]

“Cool. Cool. Cool. Cool. Cool. Cool. Cool. Cool.”

“Heats . . . RIP.”

“I have lived in Seattle for a year and I have yet to run across a decent local band. (These guys are no exception.) Makes me homesick for D.C. P.S. I think this band is horrible.”

“Well, you could go back to D.C. . . . Just kidding.”

“This band gags me.”

“The lead singer is my girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. (Neato, huh?)”

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  1. Eric Wilson
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Hey, “Mixed Reception” is my middle name! Okay, it isn’t, but I have to say, among these comments, “This band gags me” is my favorite.

  2. Sheryl M
    Posted March 11, 2015 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Hey, I had this album but someone took it from me…I loved it. Plus, my friend and I used to follow Mondo Vita who we first saw at Back Forty In Tacoma, WA! So-o-o, we went to gigs in Seattle and loved ‘Horrible Condo’, ‘Just another girl in trouble’, etc. I wish I could get another copy of the vinyl. Anyway, thanks for the fun memories from my early 20’s!

  3. Sheryl M
    Posted March 11, 2015 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    P.S. Why would ‘gag me’ enter in to a conversation/revue! What an a-hole, I bet you never even saw the presence of the band and you suck for saying anything negative about a FUN, GREAT band! And, go back to wherever you came from D.C. person. This is the REAL Washington!

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