The year was 1994, just days after
the Northridge earthquake. Every Friday night, a singer/songwriter named Steve
Moramarco would come into the Onyx coffee shop, near the border of
Los Feliz and Silverlake, and perform.
Steve had a lot of songs to sing. Some songs were from the late '80s/early '90s when he
was in the folk/punk duo Hill of Beans. One
of their songs Satan, Lend Me a Dollar, was
a top-ten hit at college radio stations around the country (and later featured on the Showtime series "Weeds".)
The official first show of The
Abe Lincoln Story was Feb. 4 1994, and the early lineup of the band featured,
accordian, trumpet, and upright bass.
After the Onyx, The ALS burst onto the club
scene, playing shows with Beck, Weezer, and The Presidents of the USA,
amongst other noteworthy acts. When Steve's friend Jack Black asked to help him get a gig with his new band Tenacious D, Steve offered The D the opening spot at their weekly residency at Al's Bar. (David Cross was at that very first show and, well, you know the rest...)
Inconic LA club Spaceland invited The ALS to play the club's very first Monday night residency, along with All You Can Eat Spaghetti for $3.99.
"We live in a nation of refrigeration"
The Dance Party CD
In 1996, they released their first album, entitled Dance
Party on Flipside records. It contained some of their more popular
early tunes like Get High and Go to Work and
Mathematics. The song selection was very ecelctic - it covered everything from latin grooves to arena rock.
The Abe Lincoln Story at Spaceland, 2004
The album was in heavy
rotation on WFMU New York, and the band prospered. They released a video for Rock!
Scissors! Paper! and performed dates around the West Coast.
In 1999 Steve put The
ALS on "double secret probation" and moved to New
York for a change of pace. There he began focusing on comedy writing and studying at Upright Citizens Brigade with such future luminaries as Andy Milonakis, Jonathan Chase, and Eric Appel. He also worked as personal assistant to Jack Black on School of Rock.
In 2004, Steve moved back to Los Angeles and
decided to take The Abe Lincoln Story out
of retirement and began writing new songs at a
In 2007, The Abe Lincoln Story released Kings of the Soul Punk Swing with
12 tracks, including a cover of Frank Sinatra's L.A. Is My Lady and their
popular anti-plastic rant, I Don't Need a Bag! It was also around this time that Living Rock Legend Kristian R. Hoffman joined the band on the keyboards. (He appears in the Bag video but not on the record.)
Photo of Abe Lincoln Story live opening for Cake in Ventura, CA
In 2011, Steve reformatted the band once again and began a monthly residency at Taix Restaurant in Eco Park.
The Millionaire from Combustible Edison took over on guitar, Charlie Woodburn on the drums, Pat Hoed on bass and he was very happy.