Translator is best known for their 1982 college radio hit “Everywhere That I’m Not.” The California band released four major label albums before calling it quits in the mid Eighties. The band reconvened in 2012 for a brand new album called Big Green Lawn. Now, they’ve dug through the archives for Sometimes People Forget, a collection of demos and rarities that the band recorded during their peak years. We talk with leader Steve Barton about restoring these old tapes, finding some unreleased songs, and recording with the famous “Wrecking Crew” when he was all of 12 years old.
Steve Barton helped lead the San Francisco band Translator to such underground hits as “Everywhere That I’m Not,” and “Come With Me,” before calling it quits near the end of the Eighties. He’s since gone on to release several solo albums. His latest, Projector, is his most personal – Barton sings and plays all the instruments on the record, which deals in large part with the recent passing of his father. Barton talks with Icon Fetch about recording the album on 2-inch tape with the help of friend (and former member of Lone Justice) Marvin Etzioni, and the recent reformation of his old band Translator.