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Spinal Chord

VAMS released the Spinal Chord CD Why Be Normal in 1993.

It all began with a meeting between Dave Symington and Sam Sullivan, who had both become quadriplegics through sporting accidents. “One night we made a commitment to do whatever it took to play music again,” as Sullivan writes in the album liner notes. The pair formed a band with guitarist Don Alder and John Shepp on bass.

What followed, recalls Dave more than 25 years later, was a process of trial and error – a mix of equal parts childlike enjoyment and musical growth – that culminated in a release they could be proud of.

“While our motivations were somewhat superficial, we knew that if we could do it for ourselves we could do it for other people.”

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