the big discovery

Artist Bob Buchholz is the person who found the LP.  He tells the tale: 
"Here is what I remember about the Mad Timothy LP to the best of my recollection (as I have forgotten 
more info than most people will ever know...) It was probably in the late 1990's or about 25 years ago, as I 
was making my rounds to the usual Chicago thrift stores. 

It was at the Village Discount on Milwaukee Ave. that while pawing thru stacks of the usual landfill 
records that much to my surprise, I came across a naked LP (No cover). Hmmm-this looks good and has 
some potential : Mad Timothy-A Very Snug Joiner. Very homemade looking with a plain white label, 
black print and no credits anywhere! Much to no avail, a cover was nowhere to be found, so I stuffed it in a 
plain white cardboard sleeve, paid my 2 bucks and headed home for a listen. After a good cleaning, it hit 
the turntable and I was astonished by what came blasting out of my speakers! After quizzing many record 
whores of the universe, I came up empty on any info or other known copies. So it is time that the Mad 
Timothy's story can finally be told... " 

Bob’s friend Steve Krakow aka Plastic Crimewave got the mysterious LP to Guressen Records, a record 
label specializing in vinyl releases of obscure bands from the late sixties. They took one listen and agreed 
that A Very Snug Joiner was ready for the world. The label made an effort to find any information about 
the band, but coming up empty, decided to go ahead and release the record anyway. Contact was finally 
made when Randy Ludacer did a copyright search on the songs. All of the songs had been copyrighted in 
October 1969, so eventually Randy came across the names of the writers, and Guerssen got in touch 
through social media. 

Nick remembers: “I got a message on Facebook Messenger from Alex at Guerssen asking if I had been in a 
band called Mad Timothy. I replied that yes that was the last high school band I was in. I described making 
the record and thanked him for asking. He then replied breaking it to me that the record had been out for 
two years. Needless to say, I was surprised.” 

So how did the LP end up in a bin at Village Discount Outlet?  Bruce Kuehl, who recorded the record, has 
a theory. Bruce lives just outside of Chicago: 
"In the mid 80's we were remodeling/gutting our house and I had just replaced all of our LPs with CDs. 
We needed space and I was tired of tripping over all these records so I took them over to 'The Unique Thrift 
Store' which closed many years ago. They must have sold their stuff to the store in the city, who knows."