Part 2: Steam Shovel’s Greatest Hits Years after the now infamous “Pot Roast Event” occured, when Mark and I first entertained the idea of forming a band, we had a whole host of names that didn’t stick. I don’t recall them all but I do know that the first name the band ever had was Steam Shovel. Steam Shovel wrote one song; a live instrumental jam titled “Bitch” that we recorded in Mark’s den on a 4-track machine I had picked up. “Bitch” actually has the honor of being the only piece of music ever recorded on that 4-track despite the fact that, between Mark and myself, we had it for about 7-8 years. Since there was no easy way to get the recording from the 4 track to standard cassette (you heard me, cassette), nobody but Mark and myself ever heard “Bitch”, or knew that it even existed. Anyway, Steam Shovel fizzled out and for years we wrote music separately and talked about the idea of recording together without actually doing anything about it. The closest we came to reforming a band was sending each other emails with various band names. The one that finally stuck was Shortbus Jonnie and the Helmets. We stuck with that for a while. Mark and I thought the name was hilarious (Jonnie is one of Mark’s many nicknames). It wasn’t until we decided to release an album and donate the proceeds to the American Heart Association that we began to think that maybe we needed a new name. Again, a long list of names I don’t remember were tossed around with neither one of us really wanting to commit to any of them. Then my wife Erika threw out the idea of naming the band “The Really Good Pot Roast”. I immediately called Mark and the name became final. The Really Good Pot Roast was born.