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Alan Roy Petitti  (born November 23, 1957) is an American musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and founding member of the Boston- based Alternative rock band O Positive. Alan's pop sensibility and abstract approach to songwriting with all its uniquely simplistic complexities are what make his musical contributions such an important and distinct part of the sound of O Positive. 

In the early 80s, Alan began working on original music ideas in his basement studio in Brighton, MA. Good friend and drummer Alex Lob was interested in setting up a jam session with Alan, and suggested inviting mutual friend David Ingham to join in on bass. Alan wasn't exactly looking to jam, but the idea of working on his original music with other musicians piqued his curiosity. So he counter offered by inviting Alex and David to come down and play on some of his material.

 

Pleased with the initial results, Alan proposed getting together regularly to work on his originals. Also seeing the potential, Alex and David accepted the invitation, and the fledgling trio, lead by Alan on guitar and vocals, began establishing a repertoire of Alan's original material for which to build a potential band.

 

Not too far down the road, guitarist and vocalist Dave Herlihy, who happened to be on the outs with his own band Chapter 12 was invited into the mix. The recruitment of Dave Herlihy on lead vocals and guitar solidified the group which then became known as O Positive. With the addition of sound engineer and musician Dave Martin, O Positive grew to become one of Boston's most beloved Alternative rock bands of the 80s & 90s.

 

In the years since O Positive disbanded, Alan has reunited occasionally with the other former members Dave Herlihy, David Ingham, Dave Martin, and Ken Hickey to perform at benefit shows, memorial events, and special celebrations such as the Boston Music Awards, WBCN and WFNX farewell concerts.

 

With the exception of the O Positive reunion shows, Alan took a long hiatus from the Boston music scene in order to focus attention to his family, more specifically raising his son Spencer. One of Alan's greatest achievements and joyful moments as a musician and a father is when he shares the stage with Spencer who plays trumpet when O Positive reunites to perform live.

 

During his years after O Positive, Alan continued writing and recording music outside of the limelight without releasing any of his post-O Positive material to the public, until now that is. Most recently, with a little help from his friends and encouragement from his fans, the "Time" has come for Alan Petitti to get back to SQUARE ONE.

DISC                   GRAPHY

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      ARCHIVES

O Positive Press

O POSITIVE

Home Sweet Head (CD)

O Positive Home Sweet Head

Smashing Records

Released 1993

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O Positive Home Sweet Head CD
O Positive Home Sweet Head Sleeve

Hey Dave (Herlihy, Martin, Petitti)

Fire (Herlihy, Ingham, Petitti)

Is It? (Herlihy, Petitti)

Superman (Herlihy, Petitti)

Cold World (Herlihy, Martin)

Buy Yourself (Herlihy, Ingham)

Beautiful** (Herlihy, Petitti)

Unhappy** (Herlihy)

Toyboat, Toyboat, Toyboat (Herlihy)

Ruby Tuesday* (Jagger, Richards)

Save Me (Herlihy, Martin)

Crush (Herlihy)

Come To Life (Herlihy, Petitti)

Outta This House (Herlihy, Petitti)

O POSITIVE

Dave Herlihy -  Vocal, Guitar, Percussion, Telephone, Sound Bites

Ken Hickey - Drums, Percussion Zeros & Ones

David Ingham - Bass, Vocal, Guitar, Keys, Door

Dave Martin - Guitar, Vocal, Keys, Sound Bites & Vision

Alan Petitti - Guitar, Keys, Accordion, Cello, Saxophone

w/ Artie Barbato - Trumpet

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by O POSITIVE at GS Sound, Newton, Massachusetts except * and ** Recorded and Produced at New Alliance Studios with Andrew Murdock

Sequenced and Pre-Mastered at Roundwood Road Productions with

Jon Golden

Mastered by Jonathan Wyner at Masterworks Cambridge, MA

All songs © 1993 Positunes ASCAP except * © 1967 ABKCO Records Inc., BMI

Design and Illustration by Vince Bitel / Image-Word

Photography by Mark Alcarez

℗ & © 1993 Smashing Records

Positively Thanks To: Friends & Family, John Cardinal (Claps & Dats), Mark Fischer, Ted Doyle, Kenneth & Joanne Ingham, Alvan Long, Steve Green, Raw Productions, Howie Cusack, Bruce McDonald, Amy McGrath, Sammy Barron Wasteland, Jamie Willox, Vince Naeve, John Coffey, Special Thanks to Jon Golden who has been with us in the kitchen since we opened our first can of soup.

O POSITIVE

LIVE (CD)

O Positive Live CD

Smashing Records

Released 1994

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O Positive Live CD Smashing Records
O Positive Live  CD Sleeve

Hey Dave (Herlihy, Martin, Petitti)

Fire (Herlihy, Ingham, Petitti)

Unhappy (Herlihy)

On To Something (Herlihy, Petitti)

Beautiful (Herlihy, Petitti)

Superman (Herlihy, Petitti)

Buy Yourself (Herlihy, Petitti)

Groovy Square† (Herlihy, Martin)

Hope The Boat (Herlihy, Ingham)

Is It? (Herlihy, Petitti)

Shake† (Herlihy, Ingham)

Love You If† (Herlihy, Petitti)

Save Me (Herlihy, Martin)

Kamikaze Dove (Herlihy)

Outta This House (Herlihy, Petitti)

These performances were digitally recorded by Mudrock at The Middle East, Cambridge, MA (March, 4th 1994), at The Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA

(April 22nd, 1994), and at Local 186, Allston, MA (March 18th, 1994)

All songs © Positunes.

Mixed for Compact Disc by Dave Martin and Ken Hickey.

All performances live, no edits or overdubs*

℗ & ©  1994 Smashing Records Except backwards intro to Love You If

† Contains previously unreleased tracks

O Positive Live CD Back Cover

O POSITIVE

Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat (LP / CD)

O Positive Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat

Epic Records

Released 1990

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O Positive Toyboat Poster Sleeve
O Positive Toyboat Side One
O Positive Toyboat Side Two

Overflow (Herlihy, Petitti)

Decide (Herlihy, Martin)

Kamikaze Dove (Herlihy)

Imagine That (Herlihy, Langan)

Back Of My Mind (Herlihy, Petitti)

Innernational (Herlihy, Ingham)

On To Something (Herlihy, Petitti)

Hope The Boat  (Herlihy, Ingham)

Train Station Gone (Herlihy, Petitti)

Holding On To You (Herlihy)

O POSITIVE

Dave Herlihy - Vocal, Guitar,Tambourine, Wrench

Alan Petitti - Guitar, Piano, Vocal, Keys, Cello, Mandolin

David Ingham - Bass, Vocal, Guitar, Keys

Alex Lob - Drums

Dave Martin - Guitar, Vocal, Keys, Harmonica, Saws

Artie Barbato - Trumpet

Sonny Barbato - Accordion, Additional Keys

Ken Hickey - Percussion

Chavonne Parsons - Vocal

Peter Rhee - Violin, Viola

Produced and Engineered by Peter Walsh

Executive Producer - Michael Caplan

Recorded at White Crow Audio, Burlington, VT

Assistant Engineer - Tom Walters

Programmer - Eric Jacobs

Mixed at Blue Jay Studio, Carlisle, MA

Assistant Engineer - Mark Wessel

Art Direction - Christopher Austopchuk

Photography - Chip Simons

℗ & © 1990 CBS Records Inc.

O Positive Toyboat CD
O Positive Toyboat Epic Records Hype Stickers

O POSITIVE

Positively Christmas (45)

Self Released 1987

o positive positively christmas record cover
positively christmas back cover

HO HO HO (Herlihy, Martin)

CHRISMAS PRESENCE* (Herlihy, Martin)

O+ Music © 1987

Dave Martin - Guitars, Vocals

Dave Herlihy - Vocals, Guitars

Alan Petitti - Piano, Cello, Vocals,  Stand Up Bass, Vocals

Alex Lob - Xylophone, Snare Drum

David Ingham - Vocals

Artie Barbato - Flugelhorn

Recorded & Mixed by O POSITIVE at ARP Studio Brighton, MA

Cover design Herlihy / Petitti

o positive positively christmas 45
o positive christmas 45

O POSITIVE

Back Of My Mind 

(PROMO SINGLE)

O Positive Back Of My Mind Single

Epic Records

Released 1990

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O Positive Epic Records Back Of My Mind

Back Of My Mind (Herlihy, Petitti)

I Call Your Name* (Lennon, McCartney)

Gotta Stop Sometime** (Herlihy, Martin, Barbato)

Back Of My Mind produced by Peter Walsh / Publishers: CBS Music, Inc. / Positunes (ASCAP) (CBS Music Group)

*/**Produced by O Positive / Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc.

under license from ATV Music (MacLen) (BMI)/** CBS Music, Inc.

Positunes (ASCAP) / (CBS Music Group)

*/** Recorded at Antwerp St. Recording Studio Brighton, MA

Art Direction - Christopher Austopchuk

Photography - Chip Simons

℗ & © 1990 CBS Records Inc.

O Positive Epic Records Call Your Name

O POSITIVE

Only Breathing / Cloud Factory (CD)

O Positive Only Breathing Cloud Factory Link Reocrds CD

Link Records

Released 1988

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O Positive Only Breathing Cloud Factory CD
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o positive back cover only breathing cloud factory

With You  (Herlihy, Ingham, Lob, Petitti)

Say Goodbye (Herlihy, Petitti)

Talk About Love (Herlihy, Petitti)

In The Light (Herlihy, Petitti)

Watch Out, This Sled's Made For A Maniac (Herlihy, Martin, Petitti)

Not Enough (Herlihy, Petitti)

Weight Of Days (Herlihy, Ingham, Lob, Petitti)

Tied† (Herlihy, Petitti)

Walk Away Rene* (Brown, Calilli, Sansone)

Pictures (Herlihy, Ingham, Petitti)

Up, Up, Up (Herlihy, Petitti)

O POSITIVE

Dave Herlihy - Vocals, Guitars, Marimba, Shopping Carts

Alan Petitti - Guitars, Keyboards, Violins, Cellos, Vocals

Dave Martin - Vocals, Guitars

Alex Lob - Drums

David Ingham - Bass, Vocals, Flute

Produced and mixed by William Garrett with O POSITIVE

All songs performed and arranged by O POSITIVE

All songs © 1985, 1987 O+ Music, except *

All songs previously released except Walk Away Rene

℗ & © 1988 Link Records

Positively Thanks:

Walter Lob - String Octet in Up, Up, Up

Jim McKay - Congas, Marimba

Everyone - Last Chants Choir

William Garrett - Engineer

Gary Wright - Associate Engineer

Kent Wagner - Prince of Spaghetti

Gordon Hookailo - Remix Engineer*

Katsuhiko Naito - Remix Engineer †

Hideki Sunada - Assistant Engineer

Scott Forman - Assistant Engineer

Dave Dickerson - Assistant Engineer

Mark Alcarez - Cover Photography

John Coffey - Design

Eric Roth - Inside Photograph

O Positive Cloud Factory EP

Link Records

Released 1987

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o positive cloud factory side 1
o positive cloud factory side 2
o positive cloud factory cassette cover

Talk About Love (Herlihy, Petitti)

Tied (Herlihy, Petitti)

Not Enough (Herlihy, Petitti)

In The Light (Herlihy, Petitti)

Watch Out, This Sled's Made For A Maniac (Herlihy, Martin, Petitti)

O POSITIVE

Alan Petitti - Guitars, Keyboards, Violins, Cellos

Dave Martin - Vocals, Guitars

Alex Lob - Drums

David Ingham - Bass, Vocals, Flute

Dave Herlihy - Vocals, Guitars, Marimba, Shopping Carts

Produced and mixed by William Garrett with O POSITIVE

All songs performed and arranged by O POSITIVE

All songs © 1987 O+ Music

William Garrett - Engineer

Kent Wagner - Associate Engineer, Prince of Spaghetti

Thanks To: 

Jim McKay - Congas, Triangle, Marimba

Everyone - Last Chants Choir

Recorded in Boston at Mission Control, Pyramid Recording,

and Syncro Sound

Mixed in Boston at Mission Control

Hideki Sunada - Assistant Engineer

Scott Forman - Assistant Engineer

Dave Dickerson - Assistant Engineer

Mark Alcarez - Photography

John Coffey - Cover Design

 ℗ & © 1987 Link Records

Positively Thanks

Jodi, Neil, Colter, Mark, Dave and Vic

Also released on cassette tape

O POSITIVE

WFNX Farewell (CD)

O Positive Live At The Paradise

Bootleg Record

Unofficial Release 2012

O Positive WFNX Farewell
WFNX We Want The Airwaves

Hey Dave (Herlihy, Martin, Petitti)

With You (Herlihy, Ingham, Lob, Petitti)

Hope The Boat (Herlihy, Ingham)

Beautiful (Herlihy, Petitti)

Talk About Love (Herlihy, Petitti)

Up, Up, Up (Herlihy, Petitti)

In The Light (Herlihy, Petitti)

 

Limited pressing bootleg CD dedicated to Bruce McDonald

Recorded live at The Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA on Saturday, June 30th 2012. WFNX Farewell show featuring O Positive, Orbit, Parlour Bells, Garvy J. DJ sets from Bruce McDonald, Duane Bruce, Boy Troy, Anngelle Wood and Gang Of Four's Hugo Burnham! Mike Gioscia spins X-Night til close. First peek at WFNX documentary "We Want The Airwaves." All this plus Angie C. too! Benefit for The Progeria Research Foundation.

Though not an official release, this live recording captures a rare performance featuring both Alan's son Spencer Petitti on trumpet and Alan's nephew and longtime O Positive road crew member, Sam Jodrey on drums. Alan's original Ludwig Vistalite drum set from the Only Breathing recordings were brought out of retirement and used for this very special, once in a lifetime event! 

Visit opositive.com for more O Positive music, memories, videos, rare recordings and reunion footage.

o positive only breathing ep cover

Throbbing Lobster

Released 1985

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O Positive Only Breathing Side One
O Positive Only Breathing Side Two

With You (Herlihy, Ingham, Lob, Petitti)

Pictures (Herlihy, Ingham, Petitti)

Up, Up,Up (Herlihy, Petitti)

Say Goodbye* (Herlihy, Petitti)

Weight of Days (Herlihy, Ingham, Lob, Petitti)

O POSITIVE

Dave Herlihy - Vocals, Guitars

Alan Petitti - Guitars, Pianos, Vocals

David Ingham - Bass, Vocals

Alex Lob - Drums

Dave Martin - Sound & Vision

Produced by William Garrett with O POSITIVE

All songs arranged and performed by O POSITIVE

All songs © 1985 O+ Music, BMI

Walter Lob - String Octet in Up, Up, Up

Recorded and mixed at Syncro Sound Studios, Boston

* Recorded at Downtown Recorders by Joe Cuneo and

re-mixed at Blue Jay Studios

William Garrett - Engineer

Gary Wright - Associate Engineer

Mark Alcarez - Cover Photography

John Coffey - Cover Design

 ℗ & © 1985 Chuck Warner

O Positive Only Breathing Alt Pressing
CBS Records Sampler Epic Records CD

O Positive - "Overflow" (Herlihy, Petitti)

Produced by Peter Walsh

Taken from the Epic release: TOYBOATTOYBOATTOYBOAT (46018)

℗ & © 1990 CBS Records Inc.

Beginning in 1984, these five feverishly-creative Bostonians (two Als and three-count-'em-three Daves) gradually hoisted themselves to the top of the New England indie-rock heap. O Positive released two EPs and a compilation CD (the latter on Link Records, also the first U.S. home of the Godfathers), and scored a Top-10 college radio hit with "Talk About Love."  Spring, 1990 launches ToyBoatToyBoatToyBoat, O Positive's Epic debut LP.

 

The album was recorded at White Crow Audio in Burlington, Vermont, and was produced by Peter Walsh (Love & Rockets, Peter Gabriel, Xymox). The results sound lush and full without losing the energetic sound that propels O Positive's live shows... [There are] some club-hungry dance tracks, some slow, quiet, pretty melodies, and some kick-butt rock and roll.

Epic Records CBS Records Sampler 1990 O Positive
epic recording artist o positive

Theodore Alternative Music Sampler (CD)

Epic Records Sampler CD O Positive

Epic Records

Released 1990

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ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (CD)

The Link Records Anthology 1985-1992

(Talk About Love / Walk Away Renee)

link records all the young dudes 1985-1992

Link Records

Released 1992

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the link records anthology

O POSITIVE

"TALK ABOUT LOVE" 4:48 (Herlihy, Petitti)

(FROM THE LINK EP #013: CLOUD FACTORY)

Published by O+ Music

"WALK AWAY RENEE" 3:30 (Brown, Calilli, Sansone)

(BONUS TRACK FROM THE LINK RELEASE #014: ONLY BREATHING / CLOUD FACTORY)

Produced by William Garrett and O Positive

O POSITIVE

Dave Herlihy - Vocals, Guitars, Marimba, Shopping Carts

Alan Petitti - Guitars, Keyboards, Violins, Cellos, Vocals

Dave Martin - Vocals, Guitars

Alex Lob - Drums

David Ingham - Bass, Vocals, Flute

link records anthology - o positive
all the young dudes 1985-1992
This website is dedicated to the loving memory of Mary Sullivan, Alex Lob, Jamie Willox

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