recorded works


THE WIND (Lane Steinberg: gtr, vcl; Steven Katz: bs, vcl; Stephen Burdick: dms)

Where It's At with The Wind (Cheft) 1982 Prod. by The Wind/engineered at Miami Sound (FL) by Carlos Granados

01. What's The Fun - VIDEO
02. I Am The Garden
03. Bad Eloise
04. Never Love Another - VIDEO
05. You Changed
06. Wonder Track
07. Some Friend (You Turned Out To Be) - VIDEO

08. Something's Gonna Happen
09. Hey, Mister! - VIDEO
10. It Doesn't Go That Way
11. There Lies The Danger
12. She's Nobody's Girlfriend (Burdick) - VIDEO
13. Take It Back
14. Slap In The Face

(all songs by Lane Steinberg & Steven Katz -nee Barry-, except 12)

CD reissue bonus tracks:
15. MTV Clip
16. No Will, No Way
17. Danielle
18. Some Friend excerpt (live at Roy H.
Mann Junior High School, 1983)



Guest of the Staphs EP (Cheft) 1984 Produced by Mitch Easter at Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem NC

19. House On Fire
20. Delaware 89763
21. The Outgoing Type
22. You'll Never Live Before Your Time
23. If I Go One Way
24. Sureshot

Living In A New World (Midnight) 1986

01. Living In A New World
02. Good News, Bad News - VIDEO
03. Something Tells Me
04. Apricot Drive
05. Nothing's The Same
06. More Or Less

07. Wake Up
08. Happy To Know Her
09. Can't Say No To You
10. Stuck
11. Dying To Be Different
12. Sushi Bar


Wind-Jammer (Yellow Pills CD) 2002

(Above tracks 1-24)


REVIEW: Playing exuberant power-pop with abundant talent and a solid grounding in '60s AM radio — from merseybeat to folk-rock to summery soul — this Miami trio made a wonderful debut with the winningly unpolished Where It's At. The marvelous fourteen-song collection of beguiling originals not only re-creates the sound of a simpler time, but captures the giddy innocence of musical self-discovery, as if this were all new.

The Wind then relocated north to Queens, New York, stopping in North Carolina long enough to have Mitch Easter co-produce the six-song Guest of the Staphs at his studio. Although the charming rush of cluttered, busy arrangements and overstuffed lyrics occasionally resembles Let's Active or the dB's — especially when the rhythms turn off the main road and the guitars and vocals go on a harmonic rampage — "Delaware 89763" is a '60s raveup in the style of early Manfred Mann.

Fronting a new four-piece lineup, songwriters Lane Steinberg (vocals/guitar) and Steven Katz (vocals/bass/keyboards) mix XTC, the Lovin' Spoonful, British Invasion bands and numerous other classic antecedents on the self-produced Living in a New World, an ambitious but lighthearted pop gem of great songs, witty (occasionally funny) lyrics and pretty harmonies. –Ira Robbins,


1. Life Must Go On
2. Come Back To Me
3. Great Blue
4. If Not Now, When?
5. Give The Devil His Due
(appeared on "Lane Steinberg Collection 1984-2000" EM Records 2001 Japan)

Bus Stop biography:
After Lane Steinberg's first band The Wind went into hiatus, he decided to take a break from the constant live playing and learn how to use the recording studio. Moving to New York, he struck a deal with Hoboken's famed Water Music: he would manage the studio while gobbling up all the unused studio time for his own use. The result was the legendary Wall of Orchids recordings. Playing everything himself, Lane used the 24-track enviroment to carefully construct pop songs with deep arrangements in the manner of his heroes Spector & Wilson. Taking all the time he needed and working painstakingly, he completed seven mini-symphonies before splitting with the studio. Two of the songs, "Life Must Go On" and "Come Back To Me" were originally released on the Pop Look & Listen label as a 45. Today, original copies fetch $25 or more between collectors. Indeed, it was the singles' legendary status which led to Lane's deal with Japan's EM records.

As for now, Lane is busy with Tan Sleeve, his new project with former Wind bandmate Steve Barry, and tending to the various domestic and Japanese re-releases of his rich past which seem to be popping up everywhere. Though the prospect of re-creating the Wall of Orchids "sound" live is improbable, Lane has mended fences with his old Water Music partners and there is tentative talk of some new Wall of Orchids recordings. We'll see.

"Life Must Go On"/"Come Back To Me" 7"45rpm (Pop Look & Listen POP1) 199?


Great Blue CDEP (The Bus Stop Label BUS058) June 2002

1. Great Blue
2. If Not Now, When?
3. No One Is Looking At The Rain
4. Come Back To Me
5. Life Must Go On

REVIEW: Wall Of Orchids is a one-man studio project written and performed by Lane Steinberg, formerly the guiding light behind unsung jangle-poppers the Wind. In the mid-'90s, Steinberg decided to hit the studio alone and make some music. Two of the tracks he recorded, "Life Goes On" and "Come Back to Me," were released as a 7"; the other three tracks compiled here were never released. Steinberg goes for a clean and precise sound with tons of jangling guitars, skittering drums, and lots of reverb. He is certainly nostalgic for the great era of jangle pop, as one can hear strong echoes of the dB's and Let's Active. The opener is "Great Blue," a lovely mid-tempo love song with tender vocals and a nice hook. "No One is Looking" is another standout track, as is "Come Back to Me": With its aching falsetto, sweeping strings, and power pop feel, it sounds like a lost Rubinoos track. This is a nice EP. Fans of the original jangle pop era will find much to enjoy. Hopefully, Bus Stop can dig up more tracks from the Wall of Orchids sessions or convince Steinberg to hit the studio again. –Tim Russert, All-Music Guide

REVIEW: Lane Steinberg recorded these five tracks in between projects while serving as a manager for Water Music Studios. With unlimited studio time, Steinberg was given the gift most musicians dream of. He certainly used it to his advantage, creating a half-dozen pop gems meticulously honed and polished till they reveal a Brian Wilson sheen. The opening track, "Great Blue," sounds like a long lost Chris Bell out-take. Gently strummed guitars with a slight country rock melody, a la Gram Parsons, there is a poignancy and sublime feel to this track. The second track evokes Joe Jackson, or perhaps early eighties pop (in the best way), a curious up beat number entitled, "If Not Now, When?" Steinberg stretches his voice a bit entering the realm of a near falsetto. Accompanied with a keyboard solo that sounds like a brass section (too bad he couldn't get the real thing). "Come Back to Me," evokes no one so much as The Magnetic Fields. Steinberg's voice and lyrics most closely resemble Stephen Merritt's on this one. A sad paen to a lost love, offering up everything to recall the beloved, it is no wonder that this track was one of the few to see the light of day several years ago on a 45. For fans of immaculately crafted pop music, Wall Of Orchids supplies the goods. Lane Steinberg crafts music that blends the hooks and melodies of late sixties and early eighties pop music in a package that simply captivating. An enticing recording, too bad that it is limited to these five tracks. –Terry Eagan,



Peyote Marching Songs, Volume One (Shzoid) 1994

01. The Lovely Maiden Voygle
02. Media Blitz
03. Timon of Athens
04. A Ghost In Wexford Terrace
05. Excuses
06. Spanish Birthday Across The Miles
07. It's Part Panic
08. What's Wrong With Who Cares?
09. One Million Windows
10. Benzaline
11. Sad Lions
12. Better For Having Been...?

Bonus Tracks:


Red Shift EP (Shzoid) 1999

13. Bottlenose Dolphin
14. Face Down
15. Savior Apology
16. No One's Looking At The Rain

REVIEW: Burdened only by its perplexing nomenclature, this amazing solo creation by New Yorker Lane Steinberg (aka Cheepskates collaborator Lane Hollend) — who led the nifty Wind through three tuneful records in the mid-'80s — seems to have blown in from a parallel pop universe. Endlessly inventive, intricately crafted and burnished with gorgeous harmonies, this homemade stunner variously sounds like XTC ("Excuses"), the Left Banke ("The Lovely Maiden Voygle"), the Beach Boys ("Timon of Athens," "A Ghost in Wexford Terrace"), Sell Out-era Who ("Spanish Birthday Across the Miles") and Syd Barrett ("Benzaline") and nobody in particular ("Sad Lions"). Most of the songs gaily mix stylistic metaphors as Steinberg realizes his fantasies, using countless skillfully played instruments. But as the oblique lyrics don't provide much of a clue, Peyote Marching Songs, Vol. 1's intentions are as enigmatic as the choice of its title. –Ira Robbins,


"No Place Like Home" (1983-1991)

Side One
01. Frustration
02. Jackpot
03. Danielle
04. House On Fire
05. Rocket Scientist
06. Living In A New World
07. Zing Of A Fling
08. Herky Jerky Love
09. When June Was Born
10. Soul Ticket
11. Gossip
12. Something New
13. Loved You Too Soon
14. An Open Mind

Side Two
01. How I Lost My First Wife
02. Give The Devil His Due
03. Eye Contact
04. Toad Piece
05. Empty Boy
06. Your Guess
07. Bottom Of The Lie
08. Soul Assistance
09. Never Is Our Name
10. It Might Be Too Late
11. Girl Problems
12. The Only Place On Earth
13. I Could Have Told You
14. Chance Of A Lifetime
15. You Always Want What You Don't Have (Moore)

"Lane Steinberg Collection 1984-2000" EM Records 2001 Japan

01. Frustration
02. Living In A New World
03. Your Guess
04. Life Must Go On
05. No One's Looking At The Rain
06. Ghost In Wexford
07. Take Your Clothey Off When You Dance
08. I Could Have Told You
09. Girl Problems
10. Come Back To Me
11. Rocket Scientist
12. When June Was Born
13. Empty Boy
14. Give The Devil Has Due
15. Great Blue
16. What's Wrong With Who Cares
17. Savior Apology
18. If Not Now When
19. Chunce Of A Lifetime
20. Fall Love

REVIEW: Leave it to the ultra-discriminating ears of Japan's EM label to finally compile, in one neat and keenly-sequenced sixty-six minutes, twenty of the greatest slices of Lane's fine work with The Wind, Wall Of Orchids, Noel Coward's Ghost and most recently the don't-call-us-lounge duo Tan Sleeve. From the Flying Badfinger Brothers alt. Americana of "Great Blue" to the Ray Davies-does-Tradewinds surfin' turfer "Life Must Go On" through the delightfully Zappa / Bacharachian "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance," Lane duly absorbs then abstracts all of the hallmarks of his (and your) favorite music of the ages, then adroitly shoots it on back home with just the right amount of twist, lest he fall victim to that dreaded Retro-rawkin' tag. The man just has to be a true mad musical scientist of sound and word, and this disc is the idea place wherein to whet one's ears before plunging into the entirely formidable catalog of true Steinberg wonders. –Gary Pig Gold, earcandy

MUSTAFIO (Lane Steinberg & Jeff Pollack) INFO


TAN SLEEVE (Lane Steinberg & Steve Barry)

Tan Sleeve (Cheft) 1999

01. Swingin' Down The Lane (Jones/Kahn)
02. I'll Be Around (Wilder)
03. I Thought About You (Van Heusen/Mercer)
04. I Could Have Told You So (Van Heusen/Sigman)
05. Bye Bye Love (Ocasek)
06. Maria Bartalomo (Steinberg)
07. Don't Get Me Started (Barry)
08. Can't We Be Friends? (Swift/James)
09. I've Got Your Number (Coleman/Leigh)
10. Yesterdays (Kern/Harbach)
11. This Time The Dream's On Me (Arlen/Mercer)
12. Same Old Song And Dance (Van Heusen/Cahn/Worth)
13. When No One Cares (Van Heusen/Cahn)


White Lie Castle (Cheft) 2000

01. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Zappa)
02. Sad Day (Jagger/Richard)
03. Last Time I Checked (Barry)
04. Fall Love (Steinberg)
05. If You Don't Remember (Barry)
06. I Think I Love You (T.Romeo)
07. We Both See The Irony (Steinberg)
08. Geri Mandering (Barry)
09. Pearl of the Quarter (Becker/Fagan)
10. End Of A Love Affair (E.Redding)
11. Kelly Green (Steinberg)
12. Wah Wah (Harrison)
13. When A Man Is Poor (A.Roberts)
14. White Lie Castle (Steinberg/Barry)
15. I'll Be Seeing You (I.Kahal/S.Fain)

REVIEW: Steve Barry and Lane Steinberg, d.b.a. for the second time hereupon as Tan Sleeve, have once again brought all-new meanings to such catch-alls as "pop," "lounge," and possibly even "retro." Sure, it's the Bacharach-smooth renditions of Mick and Keith's "Sad Day," Keith Partridge's "I Think I Love You," and even F. Zappa's "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" which may first catch your ear, but what is truly going on here is much more extremely enjoyable AND musical ...not to mention (unlike most such attempts at recasting the past) darn well Respectful. As opposed to being simply ironic or (ugh) "cute." If there's a Holiday Inn bar within that big venue in the sky, then Tan Sleeve have just GOTTA be the house duo. –Gary Pig Gold,


Harder Than Your Husband EP CDEP Cheft Records (AIR-5947) 2001

1. I Dreamt I Was Joseph E. Levine
2. It Doesn't Snow In New York Anymore
3. Take A Piece While It Lasts
4. We Try


Fall Love CDEP The Bus Stop Label (BUS062) 2002

1. Fall Love
2. The Last Time I Checked
3. It Doesn't Snow In New York Anymore
4. Take A Piece While It Lasts
REVIEW: "I really hope that a picture runs with this CD, because these two white boys have the sweetest, frizzy afros I have ever seen! Holy crap! Let me take a minute to regain my composure... OK, well Fall Love is a very lovely CD of tunes reminiscent of Barry Manilow, The Beatles, Billy Joel, and hints of Elton John abound.
The songs here are truly beautiful, adult contemporary ballads, and these two gentlemen have voices as smooth as butta, most resembling the wonderful Barry Manilow (I don't care how bad you hate him! You have to admit that man has a soothing and warm voice!). It appears that the boys have derived their song structures and chord progressions from The Beatles, mainly Paul's songs.
The press sheet I got with this CD is quite long for such a short release, this one being only four songs (under 15 minutes). The songs are quite good, but I would like to have heard a few more songs from these guys here. Why only four songs? What is here, though, is perfect for a summer drive with the person you love!" –Daniel Mitchell,

REVIEW: The hardest reviews for me to write are exactly like this one. Tan Sleeve's members are clearly good musicians, fine songwriters, and passionate about their music - but it's music that is just not my style. So, how to present this album to people who would likely be interested in this? That's the problem I face, because I know there are plenty of music fans out there who would find Fall Love right up their alley. My other dilemma is I don't know exactly who those people are-fans of 60s and 70s folk-pop perhaps or maybe even soft rock. Regardless, the image that keeps popping into my mind when looking at this album cover and listening to the four songs here is of Simon & Garfunkel (or maybe even Hall & Oates, but let's not go there).

The duo known as Tan Sleeve apparently has a 20-year history making music together in a variety of incarnations. The group is Steve Barry (piano, bass, percussion) and Lane Steinberg (guitars, percussion), and they both share singing duties. Their music is easy on the ears: soft, pleasant, and smooth. Barry and Steinberg work well together, blending their voices and instruments into sweet songs.

The four tracks here only seem to give a glimpse into what these guys are about. The title track is first and is largely piano-based, making me think of a Billy Joel ballad. There are other instruments here of course, some gentle strumming and light percussion that is almost like a whisper. The vocals are full of yearning, and Barry and Steinberg sort of play off each other's voices. "Last Time I Checked" is almost more of the same, but more upbeat with an almost velvety quality. The third track, "It Doesn't Snow in New York Anymore," is easily my favorite on Fall Love. This song is more folk guitar based and has a nice melody that is easy to sing along with. To further my Simon & Garfunkel comparison, Tan Sleeve even throws some "la, la, la's" into the middle of the song. The final track, "Take a Piece While it Lasts," is very much in the same folk vein with some clapping peppered throughout. This song evokes an open mic night or coffee shop house band that provides amiable background music.

Fall Love is a tidy little package of uncomplicated tunes. They are a little bit folk, a little bit piano ballad, and a lot of melody. If you're into the whole retro thing or you enjoy easy-listening lounge type music, than check out Tan Sleeve. They definitely bring me back to days gone by, I'm just not sure if they are days I'm personally interested in visiting repeatedly. –Jennifer Patton, 10/14/2002, delusions of adequacy


Bad From Both Sides (Bus Stop) 2004

01. Equidistant
02. Maria Bartaromo
03. Destruction
04. It Doesn't Snow In New York Anymore
05. Puffy's Gun
06. Bad From Both Sides
07. Take A Piece While It Lasts
08. Making Tyrone Disappear
09. You'll Thank Me For This Someday
10. Breakfast At Tiffany's (Mancini)
11. When Things Go Wrong
12. More Than Best Behind
13. The Meaning Of Success

(all songs by Steinberg/Barry)

Bus Stop bio:
It started in Miami, Florida, back in the eighties. The Wind was a fiery popcombo who "recalled the Beatles and Big Star" according to then-Rolling Stone writer Kurt Loder who gave the unknown group an unheard-of one page rave review in that paper. The group were local faves. The thrombosis-inducing live shows that went down at places like the Button and 27 Birds are still spoken of with reverence in the southeast. The band self-released the now-legendary "Where It's At With The Wind" and the Mitch Easter-produced "Guest Of The Staphs". A third LP, "Living In A New World" (Midnight Records) yielded the big MTV hit "Good News, Bad News". Then, like all good bands and butterflies, the Wind shriveled up and died.

End of story? Nah. After getting involved in projects as far flung as TV sitcoms and surrealist musical theater, the Wind's primary songwriters, Lane Steinberg & Steve Katz (now Steve Barry) found themselves living around the corner from each other in New York. Informally, they started gigging acoustically in the city with a young female Brazilian singer, Ella Conchita. They jokingly called themselves Teen Slave, due to Ella's youthful appearance and played mostly fun covers of obscure sixties tunes and soundtrack themes. Then, one day, Ella's number was disconnected and her apartment was vacated. No note, nothing. Lane & Steve were shocked (still are, she hasn't been heard from since) but decided to continue working together. They changed a few letters around and decided to call themselves Tan Sleeve. After outfitting their joint recording studio, they started writing slabs of new songs & recording them at a feverish pace. Many of the songs still retained the soft textures of their newer direction, but also recalled the pop savvy of the Wind. Then things started heating up: last year Lane had a compilation disc of his solo material (Wall of Orchids, Noel Coward's Ghost) released on EM records in Japan, and a Wind retrospective is scheduled to follow later this year. The Yellow Pilz label is slated to release the Wind records domestically, and the enclosed first official Tan Sleeve recordings have been released here on the Bus Stop Label. There is talk of a Japanese Tan Sleeve/Wind tour in the fall and a new Tan Sleeve record is 99% finished. Now if they can only get back the Jobim records Ella Conchita took back with her to Brazil, life would be perfect...


American Blood Cheft Records (CH6921) 2005

01. American Blood
02. When Lindsey Buckingham Shaved His Beard
03. Baby Took A Good Man Down
04. The Girls Like The Hits
05. Mr. Combover
06. Walk Me Through It
07. Partly Girl, Portly Boy
08. I Love The Way You Turn
09. I'll Know It's Spring
10. European Hard Candy
11. Every Time He Breaks Your Heart
12. I'd Love It If You Broke My Heart
13. Time Poor
14. Condoleezza Will Lead Us

(all songs by Steinberg nor Barry)

Say No To Jewel Cases - Save The Plastic Forest


THE RETURN OF NOEL COWARD'S GHOST Lane Steinberg (Cheft) 2006 Full INFO



MANUSCRIPTION The Steinberg/Moore Chorus (CDRSM) 2006 Full INFO

.1. What Do I With The Rest Of My Life?/
Don't Bore Us, Get To The Chorus (4:54)
.2. See More Glass (5:05) - VIDEO
.3. It's Not The Fat (It's The Hat) (6:24)
.4. Perma-Frost (4:55)
.5. The Happy Misanthrope (5:51)
.6. Chapter 24 (5:01) - VIDEO
.7. Headline Hustler (4:03)
.8. Donavan the Expatriate (3:25)
.9. Elephant Overdrive Avenue (4:38)
10. Little House On The Prairie I Used To Live In (4:49)
11. Goodbye Halo (5:19)
12. NCG Sonata (1:52)
13. Timothy
14. Wait'll You Hear The Next One, I Got A Million Of 'Em



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