Cain would leave
Minneapolis-St. Paul every month or so to spend long
nights toiling in rock clubs like The Rush Up, The
Corporation, Beginnings, and The Night Galley in
Illinois and The Stone Toad and Humpin’ Hannah’s in
Milwaukee. Those lead to dates at Merlin’s in
Carbondale, IL and other out-state venues.
Along the way, Cain
worked club dates with similarly hopeful bands like
Cheap Trick, Styx, and Kansas.
2:30 in the morning
would often turn into jams with whoever might be in
the crowd that night. members of Fleetwood Mac, Iron
Butterfly, Spencer Davis, Todd Rundgren, Mott the
Hoople, and others would haunt the clubs after
shows, looking for an open stage to jump.
Tom Osfar left Cain
to join Tufano & Giamarese in Chicago. “Ozzie” was
replaced by Kevin DeRemer from the Everett James
Band. After all the changes, Dave, Lloyd, Kevin, and
Jiggs decided to forge ahead as a four-piece.
Finally, the core that went into the studio was in
|Cain’s first album “A
Pound of Flesh”, released in 1975, was originally
intended to have a very ethereal theme with a
reference to Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”.
The resulting cover was the idea of ASI Records’
marketing department run amok.
Tours to support the LP took Cain to Texas,
Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky, aside from the
usual stints throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa,