Majesty Crush - Sunny Pie Live Detroit, 1990
Majesty Crush – Sunny Pie Live Detroit, 1990

Saw Majesty Crush numerous times in the early 90’s. What a great band. Remember seeing them at St. Andrew’s and David with his thin build and unique hair was intense and captivating, I remember at that show he had one of those big bottles of wine with the wicker covering from the base going half up the bottle that he would swig from occasionally. My best friend had a big crush on David.

They were different and great, one of those rare groups where all the members had something interesting happening: Odell Nails’ strong and dynamic drums, the lush overdriven layered guitar sounds of Michael Segal, Hobey Echlin with his compelling and melodic musical lines which often times worked notes high up on the bass guitars neck, then David Stroughter…like noone else on the scene at the time or ever afterwards with his great voice, unusual interesting lyrics and his captivating stage presence.

One of things that I love about David is that in a lot of the photos of the band he is behind the rest of the group, not out front like where you usually expect to see the lead singer. My friend who had the crush on David saw them years later around the time Kurt Cobain died and was telling me about a show that they did where they sounded phenomenal. One of those things where you just wish you could go back in time, right? What a group, I still listen to their recordings all the time. RIP David.

Majesty Crush Live, Shut Up Majestic Theatre Detroit 1990
Majesty Crush Live, Shut Up Majestic Theatre Detroit 1990

Majesty Crush - Pretty Head Live Detroit, 1990
Majesty Crush – Pretty Head Live Detroit, 1990

Majesty Crush - Cicciolina Live Detroit, 1990
Majesty Crush – Cicciolina Live Detroit, 1990

Majesty Crush - Feigned Sleep Live Detroit, 1990
Majesty Crush – Feigned Sleep Live Detroit, 1990

Majesty Crush - PS I Love live St. Andrews Hall 1996
Majesty Crush – PS I Love You. 6 Songs: Unless I see you again, Gemini (starts @ 6:20 min mark), Monkey, Kowalski, Everybody’s bored, Since the prom, Teen Beatles.

Majesty Crush - Boyfriend Love 15
Majesty Crush – Boyfriend from their great Love 15 album

Majesty Crush - If JFA Were Still Together
MMajesty Crush – If JFA Were Still Together

P.S. I Love You - Where The Fuck Is Kevin Shields?
P.S. I Love You – Where The Fuck Is Kevin Shields?

David Stroughter from PS. I Love You interviewed by Keith Mckinnon
David Stroughter from PS. I Love You interviewed by Keith Mckinnon

Heliotricity David Stroughter

Majesty Crush Metro Times cover

David Stroughter Detroit Music

David Stroughter ps I love you

David Stroughter of Majesty Crush

Detroit Majesty Crush

Love 15 cover Majesty crush

Majesty Crush cassette cover

Majesty Crush David Stroughter

Majesty Crush Detroit

Majesty Crush disc 1996

Majesty Crush if JFA were still together

“in the early 80’s there was a band called ‘jodie foster’s army’ and although i never listened to the group, i identified with the idea of protecting someone who seemed so vulnerable. when jodie foster plated a child prostitute in film ‘taxi driver’, she inspired a deranged john hinckley to attempt an assassination on then president reagan, who had been a movie actor himself. the irony here takes on laughable proportions. remember, britons, the second amendment in our bill of rights is the right to bear arms. i swear that i don’t have a gun.”

january 23, 1995
david stroughter

Majesty Crush sans muscles

David Stroughter

Majesty Crush Sunny Pie record

MC purr album cover

MC record cover

PS I love you St. Andrews hall 1996

Majesty Crush Heliotricity

Heliotricity Reviews

“I remember these guys. They were real unique, and their singer was something else, a little a weird, fascinating and super sexy. We always used to laugh at the bass player because he’d always play shirtless and looked kind of old, then to make it worse he’d frequently feel inclined to speak into the mic and say something, which made everybody uncomfortable because you were forced to look at him. They played at the Phoenix ampitheater in downtown Pontiac and after a few songs he couldn’t resist stepping up to the mic and I remember him saying something corny like “now that we’ve got the hits out of the way, the real music can begin…” It was a funny thing to say because, well, it suggested that they had hits, and having hits meant having achieved a certain type of success or fame, and I don’t think any of us associated either of those things with them. They were just a very unique, local band with a load of talent and something particularly special because of the dynamic David brought through his personality, lyrics and singing style. My feeling is that if the bass player could have kept his shirt on, not talked into the mic and just played his bass, Majesty Crush would’ve taken over the world and Stroughter wouldn’t have died.”

9/18/2018