Option 30

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Option 30
Origin Pennsylvania, United States
Genres New wave
Years active 1982 (1982)–1986 (1986)
Labels Shriek Records
Associated acts Nine Inch Nails
Past members Timothy K. ("TK") Smith
Jim Nordstrom
Todd Nero
Trent Reznor

Option 30 was a new wave band from the early 1980s founded by Timothy K. ("TK") Smith on guitars and lead vocals, Jim Nordstrom on bass and vocals, and Todd Nero on drums and vocals. The band also featured a young Trent Reznor on keyboards and lead vocals.

Option 30's style was similar to that of Falco and early albums by The Police. The band recorded a number of demos with John Trevethan a local musician and engineer. One CD was released by the trio- "Almost Live". It featured 19 original songs by Smith and Nordstrom. Most were recorded live in Meadville, PA. in 1985. A few were home studio demos. The Shriek Records CD was not authorized by Option 30. When the band disbanded for the first time, Jim asked Trent to sing some of his songs at a local engineer's studio. When Trent became famous, the engineer assembled a CD of those songs, pre-recorded demos and a radio interview. The recordings were given to this engineer because he "was a fan". He was asked not to release these recordings but thought there was a market for them. Not long after Reznor left, he joined The Innocent then onto Exotic Birds and finally, forming his own band, Nine Inch Nails.

The band performed at clubs in and around Northwestern and Central Pennsylvania, and Northern Ohio as often as three times a week while Todd and Trent were Allegheny College students. After Reznor departed, the band continued on as a power trio with Smith on lead vocals. At this point, the band began performing a number of additional original songs penned by Smith and Nordstrom. Option 30 broke up in 1986.

As mentioned above- "The Option 30" cd listed below is not authorized by the band and this information is shown as a part of history.

The Option 30 album[edit]

Option 30
Demo album by Option 30
Released 1997
Recorded 1983-1984
Genre New wave
Length 47:04
Label Shriek Records
Producer engineer who shall remain nameless- not John T.
Option 30 chronology
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The band only released one self-titled album consisting of demos from 1983. The album was re-released in 1997 by Shriek Records, with bonus interview clips with the band from 1984. The re-release was short-lived, however, as only 1000 copies were pressed.

Despite his later career, Reznor had little songwriting input; all songs were written by Smith and Nordstrom, with the exception of "Ice House" (a cover of an Icehouse song), "Lies" (a cover of a song by The Thompson Twins), and "Der Kommissar" (a cover, with English lyrics, of a song by Falco).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ice House" – 4:24
  2. "Edinboro radio interview" – 1:17
  3. "Time & Chance" – 3:23
  4. "Interview" – 3:13
  5. "Abomination" – 3:02
  6. "Interview" – 1:50
  7. "Der Kommissar" – 4:11
  8. "Interview" – 4:30
  9. "Lies" – 3:19
  10. "Interview" – 2:54
  11. "Just Out Enough to Be In" – 2:43
  12. "Equal Rights" – 3:57
  13. "Old Habits Die Hard" – 3:09
  14. "Interview" – 1:10
  15. "Pandora's Box" – 4:02

Attempted reunion and unreleased material[edit]

Jim Nordstrom made several attempts at reuniting the band to record more material, but none were successful due to scheduling conflicts.

Tim Smith died on October 31, 2009, at age 50. Nordstrom and Nero, joined by Smith's sons Roan (vocals) and Kelly (guitar), performed several Option 30 originals composed by Smith at his wake. In December 2009, a Timothy K. Smith Tribute Page on Myspace was created that includes unreleased live and studio recordings made by the band between 1984 and 1986.

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