I was a little reticent to go out Friday with the temperature being
97 degrees. What would the Cantab be like on a day
like that? After a round of thunderstorms I headed out. To my delight
the Cantab was cool with the AC. That allowed me hear the Rockin'
Bob Punk Band/Psycho/Screwcart/4 Sids show in comfort. I missed
the openers the 4 Sids self-described as 'just a bunch
of cool dudes'.
Rockin Bob Punk Band
I knew what to expect with Rockin' Bob Punk
Band. We last saw them in the waning
days of the Beachcomber. Bob Cenci gets
a classic tone with his Les Paul through a Marshall with a Hiwatt head.
The bass and drummer are solid. Then it's a matter of songs and Bob
got the goods there. Never Trust a Terrorist I remembered from
last time. He dedicated one song to his friends called Hey Scum
Bag. That one was funny and memorable. The best might have been
I'm Offended, one of his newer songs. It's a hit on all the
thin skinned people in social media it seemed. It did mention Facebook.
When the group hits a catchy refrain they sit on it and that works big
for me. Even just a couple of these songs made the trip out on a hot
night worth it.
The set list: Gun Mounted Drone, I Bleed, Gotta
Minute, Hey Scum Bag, Comfort Zone, Chained/Unchained, Offended, Terrorist,
Almost Gone, Lost (Jerry's Kids song).
Psycho! They are still going. They
give the best synopsis of their situation on their
"PSYCHO has been around since 1981 !!! started
as a punk band and just kept getting more and more extreme !!! Now we
play vicious speed thrash grind !!"
I would say that is all true. They did a mix of
those music styles while keeping up some sarcastic asides all the way
through the show. Like this, "If you don't like us the door is over
there and you can suck me off on your way out." They talked among themselves
between the songs too like there was nobody listening. Weird, but that's
all part of what this group has always been. They want to be an irritant
to anything conventional and they are.
The guitarist had an axe that looked like a Van Halen
design. He had all the metal riffs and squealing feedback in control.
The bass player was notable. He also sang a few songs throat style.
You can hear that in the clip below and also check out how fast, busy
and all over the drum set the drummer is. They did one song that was
20 second long. I like that and wish there was more of that being done
by groups out there. They had two more gigs before the weekend would
The main band I wanted to see was Screwcart.
This is the newish band by local character Rico Petroleum
from Killslug. They posted a song called Cheese
Wheel that was dark and a little odd as they got overheated
about a 'cheese wheel, motherfucker". That song is a good idea of what
they do. The rhythm section keeps things loose and the guitars swirl
around with a wha wha tone or dig in with sharp jabs. It's not any genre
I can peg.
Photo: Bob Cenci
The bass player was excellent and that made three
very good bass players in a row for the night. The lyrics like Cheese
Wheel can seem trite but they never come over that way because
Mark Kennedy delivers them with menace. Indeed, Mark
is the ace in the hole here. He has a presence about him on stage that
comes out ultra-strong when he sings or even talks through a verse.
The first song they did called maybe Screwcart Counts
judging by the chorus was just Mark riffing over a
jam talking about coming to the club and who was playing on the bill
but then he punctuated with the threatening demand that "Screwcart counts".
It was like a negative version of the Sgt. Pepper's intro.
They got loser as they went along and seem to run
out of songs as Mark jokingly complained that the other
guys said, "Oh no, WE don't need a song list." In the end Rico
bailed when his guitar went out of tune?! The rest of the band ended
with a Johnny B Goode style progression where Mark gave some power yells
to end it all.
There weren't a lot of people there but I had a good
Three videos from the Cantab
Saturday had one of those bills at the Spotlight
in Beverly that makes you want to move to the North Shore. It was Willie
Loco, Nervous Eaters and Real Kids. That sounds
like a dream bill from 1978. I actually looked for that bill in our
GIG LISTINGS from the
seventies. The Real Kids played with the Nervous
Eaters many times but the only time I see the Real
Kids/Eaters/Loco combo was at the Marc Thor Benefit
on September 11, 1977.
I got to the gig with the help of Steve and Griffin
O'Donoghue. That made the whole operation very easy. Willie
Loco was on as we walked in.
Willie was in a trio format with Mark Chenevert
on wind instruments And Jim Doherty on drums.
The last time Willie played in Boston was for the
Pipeline 25th Anniversary show at the Paradise in 2014
and before that as part of the TT's The Bears 40th Anniversary
shows in 2013. Two more gigs in 2016 were March at the Lizard Lounge and a July appearance at the Lily Pad.
Seeing Willie play brought home
how much the Boston centric fans are missing. Willie was the heart and
soul of the Boston punk scene during it's creation and growth. No one
else come close to being responsible for the energy and enthusiasm the
scene generated. The early Willie Loco and the Boom Boom
shows were where the group of people who became the scene first came
together. For a few years those shows basically were the scene. Willie
is responsible for the Boston Groupie News by urging
Miss Lyn to take it on.
All these thoughts came flooding in as Willie played
some of his songs that are in our DNA by this point; Dirty Eddie,
Hit Her With the Axe, Looking Like a Bimbo, and Radio
Heart. He also did Shopping Cart Louie and then the more
jazzy, beatnik style material that are suffused with his creativity.
He comes across as still vital and in the moment while being able to
still bring home the old material.
I know all the North Shore people know this but I had to be reminded.
It got me all nostalgic and gave me a pang of loss in how much we have missed having Willie in our midst in Boston.
The Spotlight reminds me of TT
the Bears a bit in it's two room set up and size. The club
was full. There were a few faces from Boston but it was mostly a North
Shore audience headed by the main man himself: Terry Brenner.
People were up and dancing through the whole thing. Much more than a
comparable Boston group.
The last Nervous Eaters gig at the
Midway was a trio because Rob Skeen was ill. Rob was
back in the lineup and the scene was set for the Eaters to do their
thing. I think they get competitive and in a bill like this they bring
on their top game. They began with two songs I believe were new. I wanted
to rewind them and hear them again because they were worthy new additions.
The first song especially had a few twists and turns. It wasn't a simple
progression. Steve has thrown in songs like this at every gig. They
must have enough for a new CD by now.
One thing was evident even with the new material
, they were playing in top form. The whole group was pulsating in unison.
It was generated from David McLean on drums and Rob's bass.
If you back to some of those old Eaters videos you can hear Rob playing
that steady heartbeat back then. It's not just the notes but how he
plays them; simple but in the pocket.
So when they got to the favorites the crowd was primed
and reacted with dancing as they played On the Avenue, I'm
a Degenerate, Shit for Brains and Last Chance. Then it
was 528 their latter song about the Rat. That one always gets
me misty as they sing about some of the people now gone. That and seeing
Willie had me in a mood and when they played Girl Next Door
I was completely enthralled by the set. I talked to Eric Law later and
Griffin who both thought that Girl Next Door was special too.
People often talk about the sleazy I'm a Degenerate side of
the Eaters but there's so much emotion and humanity in the songs also.
It's a combo that makes the group and songs resonate. Then they play
the song that never ever fails - Loretta. It makes everyone
feel like "number one" and left the crowd with a high as they wait for
the Real Kids.
We have been pleased seeing he posts from Europe
as the Real Kids finally did their tour over there.
Those poor European bastards have had to wait 33 years to see and hear
the Real Kids between tours. It looked like they went
crazy at the shows. It was even an eye opener to have the Real
Kids book a show so close to coming home. No need to rest evidently
and there sure was no fatigue at this show. The group looked and played
better than ever. We have seen them a lot these last few years and can
vouch that the European Tour and the California festival got them tighter
than ever. John looked particularly healthy. Even after
the show he had tons of energy left.
They did a familiar set. Starting with Better Be Good, that
song just gets better and better as the years go by, Then Bad to
Worse, She Don't Take It, Tell Me, Do the
Boob, My Baby's Book and Shake Outta Contol.
They changed the pace with Fly Into Mystery. That is sentimental
favorite which was even more touching in the context of this show.
What they didn't do and was revealing is the songs
that Billy Cole usually plays with the 12 string Baby
Blue and Don't Talk To Strangers. One assumes they wanted
to streamline the set and make it faster and more pointed because that's
what it did. This set was a rocking blaster. The tempos were all much
faster than when played before that tour.
Judd Williams made a compelling
figure as he seemed to hover over the drums playing all the fills we
have come to know from listening to the records. The mix was very good
for Dickie Oakes as you could hear and feel his warm
tone on the bass as some of his smooth runs seem to physically pick
up the songs and gave them a ride.
Cole was a little less loud but his
interaction with John is always what makes the Real
Kids sound and that came through.
John himself looked so healthy,
that was number one, then he sang and especially played with clarity.
His soloing technique is a combination of early rock and rockabilly
with accents on chording and leading tones. That sounds dry but put
it this way; when you hear him playing there is no doubt it's him. He
has his own voice on guitar.
That came to mind as they swung into All Kindsa
Girls and the dance floor filled up. They did an encore of Reggae,
Again we get to that familiar point where it's useless
to talk about it, you had to be there. These lucky people at the Spotlight
do get to be there as all three of these groups play here regularly.
I was very happy to get to this club especially on this night. I'm left with that feeling of wonder of how much we have gone through as a scene and how long it's been. It's 40 years on and we still can have nights like this. It's a little nostalgia but a lot about the music that means something and moves us now as well as then.
And in other news
Bob Colby has dropped the info on Facebook that he
intends to do a few shows at the Lounge at Once. This is a neat comfortable
room (full of seats). We saw the Trinary
System/Minibeast show there. His first show will be with
Mr. Airplane Man and The
Land of Enchantment on Monday October 3.
Every now and then people discover an actress they see is Anne
Golden and she had a career in punk. We saw her many times
at the Rat singing for the Shirts.
the article that talks about her now since she's on Orange
is the new Black.
There are a million punk songs, this is just one.
This is from Anti-Flags lp Their System
Doesn't Work for You put out in 1998. It's got that punk
snotty tone. They claim in a video note that they don't hate
the things they say 'suck' but are mocking the people who have
that attitude. Here are
There is a photo book out called Outside the Lines
it has "Lost photographs of punk and New Wave's most iconic albums".
They have the photographers comment on the sessions with extra photos
from the shoot. They have Ramones, Iggy Pop The Jam, Blondie,
Ultravox and our faves the Damned. See the
This is a publicity release that has news about 999 one of our most favorite English punk bands.
UK Punk Icons 999 Unleash A Raucous Box Set Of Unreleased Live Performances!
Los Angeles, CA - The UK underground explodes onto US shores with this epic release from punk band 999! Bay Area Homicide,
a Limited Edition 4CD box set, features previously unreleased live performances recorded at historic venues around
San Francisco during 999ís monumental US tours in 1979 and 1980. This masterful collection includes raucously frenetic
versions of the groupís smash hit singles, Homicide and Emergency - plus fan favorites - Inside Out, Hollywood, and
....Boiler!... Each of the 4CDs comes in an individually designed wallet and the whole set is packaged with a full-color booklet
featuring liner notes
by renowned music journalist Dave Thompson.
Bay Area Homicide comes to stores July 23rd courtesy of Cleopatra Records.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
July 29 (Friday)The Warning
Shots, Duck & Cover, Quiggs, and Tenafly Vipers are at
the Greek in Union Square (FB
July 29 (Friday) For you folks on
the Cape Sidewalk Driver and Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents
are at The Red Nun in Dennis Port! (more
July 29 (Friday) Tavern at the
End of the World....It's already July and Bad Lieutenants are
about to have their first gig of the year. Along with the Manglers.
July 30 (Saturday)Your
Friend Fest 2016 at Once....music comedy vendors and friends
all together at Once - there'll be things going on both up and downstairs.
Bands: The Knock Ups, Psychic Dog, Mercury on Mars, Thrust Club
and the debut of Rrrright? (Jess Jacobs and Jasmine LaRue)
July 30 (Saturday) For you folks
on the Cape who missed 'em last night- Sidewalk Driver and Jenny
Dee & The Deelinquents are at The Beachcomber in Wellfleet
July 30 (Saturday) CANCELLEDThe
Humingbird Syndicate at In a Pig's Eye in Salem has been CANCELLED. .
July 30 (Saturday) Rocket from the Crypt
and The So So Glos are at the Sinclair
July 31 (Sunday) Bryan Ferry at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 1 (Monday) The Schisms
and Sassy Goose both from Austin TX along with The Knock Ups
are at the Midway. This should be an interesting show!!
August 2 (Sunday)The Struts
at Royale. They put on a great show. Discribed as "big... bombastic...
quintessentially British" They have some quality videos that show you
how they rock....It
Could Have Been Me
August 3 (Wednesday) David
J. of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame reads from
his memoirs Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? at Symposium Books in Downcity
Providence. Event is FREE and his book will be available there. More
August 4 (Thursday) David J.
of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame will be performing
in a living room style show at Firehouse 13 in Providence. Tickets must
be purchased in advance HEREAug 3 & 4 are David 's ONLY New England appearances.
August 6 (Saturday) Muck &
The Mires, Electric Mess (NY), The Evil Streaks and the
Sprained Ankles are at Sally O'Brien's
August 6 & 7 (Sat & Sunday) The Boston Rock Opera presents Stardust to Blackstar: The
Lives of David Bowie at Once Ballroom: a concert dedicated to
the late rock god David Bowie. "David Bowie taught us all so much about
performance and stagecraft. If B.R.O. is going to, like Lazarus, rise
up again then it should be to honor and celebrate his amazing music."
The night begins with fellow B.R.O. co-founder Mick "Mondo" Maldonado
directing and performing Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
and The Spiders from Mars" with a full band and guest vocalists. Following
that, is an original live arrangement of Bowie's final opus work "Blackstar"
performed by an all star band and chorus under the direction of Either/Orchestra's
Russ Gershon. The evening continues with a celebration of songs from
Bowie's vast catalog as even more Boston musicians take the stage to
August 11 and 12 (Thur/Fri)Rock
Fete Des Femmes at Once in Somerville. This is two days with four
groups a night. Thursday: Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers,
Abbie Barrett & Band, Stars Like Ours, The Other Girls. Friday:
Sarah Borges, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquent, Andrea Gillis Band,
Ruby Rose Fox.
August 12 (Friday)The Handymen
are at The Plough & Stars
August 13 (Saturday) FRANK ROWE's
65th BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! starring: Kenne Highland, Stop Calling Me
Frank, The Dogmatics, Classic Ruins, Richie Parsons Band, and The
Stigmatics (Randall Gibson's new band) - at The Midway
August 13 and 14 (Saturday and Sunday)Foo Fest This is a two day festival on the street outside AS220
the art collective that runs the festival. There's always oddball acts
and a wide variety of rock groups to check out. The line up is on their
August 15 (Monday) X are
at The Brighton Music Hall - nice venue to see them!!
August 19 & 20 (Friday & Saturday)
The 4th annual Boston Fuzzstival takes place on August
19/20 at The Middle East Downstairs. Fuzzstival is a celebration of
our regional music scene and local music community. Bands are Doug Tuttle,
Lyres, The Monsieurs, Mr. Airplane Man, Mini Dresses
Painted Zeros, Black Beach and a whole lot more...check out the FB
page for updatesetc
August 20 (Saturday) There's a
great daytime (4-8PM) show at the Midway with The Lost Riots, The
Scrapes, Whoopi Sticks, Go Blank and Point Blank
August 20 (Saturday) The Upper
Crust, Devil on Horseback, Watts, Gymnasium at The Middle East Up.
August 20 (Saturday) Warn The Duke,
Diablogato Dan Webb & The Spiders and Bundles are at
August 26 (Friday) Pop Gun, Fireking,
Greg Allens Fringe Religion, and MOTO are at The Spotlight Tavern in
August 26 to 28(Friday)The
RPM Fest this is in Greenfield, MA. It's a three day festival where
you are invited to camp out, bring your own booze and just carry on
enjoying the music. The music is a combo of "rock, punk and metal"
they claim. The Humanoids are performing. Check the
RPM Facebook page
for ticket info.
August 27 (Saturday) Put on your
heavy duty boots for a night of six punk pounding bands at the Middle
East Up including Blanks 77, The Parasitix. Opposition Rising, The
Murder, Mooseknuckle, DestrOi. That's a great name - DestrOi. Facebook
August 27 (Saturday) Idiot Genes,
Duck & Cover, Silver Screams and Jack Widows at O'Brien's
September 1 (Thursday)Thalia
Zedek Band, Minibeast, Black Helicopter and Positive Negative
Man at O'Brien's
September 17 (Saturday)Huntingtons,
Mongorellis, 138, and Profit Margin are at Koto in Salem.
September 27 (Tuesday)Buzzcocks
at the Royale ...they played this very room back in 1980! And we
were there then too!
Sep 29 to Oct 2 (Thurs to Sun) 4th Annual Rat Beach Party Nantasket Beach The fourth and maybe
the last judging from a post on Facebook. They are following their template
of all day shows on Sat and Sun and that is one of the great things
about this along with the South Shore location at the C Note
in Hull. There are some of the same bands as past years and
they are always open to any band with a member who played the Rat. Click here for the full line up
for the four days. Notice it says FINAL Rat Beach Party
at the top.
September 29 (Thursday)Barrence
Whitfield & The Savages and Diablogato are at ONCE Ballroom
October 15 (Saturday)Idiot
Genes, Duck & Cover, Chanticlear and Jack Widows are
October 15 (Saturday)The Upper
Crust, Hickoids, The Grannies & Devil On Horseback at Once
October 21, 22 & 23 (Fri., Sat & Sun)The Boston Rock Opera presents Hair at Once Ballroom.
September 1 (Thursday)Thalia
Zedek Band, Minibeast , Black Helicopter, Positive Negative Man
are at Great Scott
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We bring you into the Rat Room at the Hotel Commonwealth.
Jimmy Harlold invited a group of scene veterans. It was a Rat reuion
with lots of stories exchanged. Get to see the room and the people.........
It appeared before us like a chimera and it's
still growing...it's the Pipeline 25th Anniversary celebration.
We interview mastermind Bob Dubrow about his background and
search for what motivates him as well as Pipeline history and
The Boston punk community comes out for a good cause.
Neighborhoods, Upper Crust, Dents, Dogmatics, Roy Sludge Trio, Ed
Moose Savage, Downbeat 5 and Classic Ruins raise some money and
rock the house at......
In the middle of the worst winter ever we give you a story about one of the worst winters ever: mainly the winter of 1978. But it's not just about the winter of course, we don't care about winters we care about punk. Rick Coraccio gives us the inside story from 33 years ago when DMZ went to record their LP.........
Thank god for 110 Instamatics or we wouldn't have a lot of our early Boston punk photos. Kathy Flynn used hers to get some pics of the Rat and The Club and she sent them to us to share with you..........
One of the interesting things in the early days of Boston punk was seeing the attention grow around us. One watershed moment was when we heard that a Time Magazine reporter was going to visit the Rat. We didn't like the resulting article. But you can decide. Take a look at the ....
Punk started 25 years ago. Did any of us think we would ever make it this far? Probably not, that was punk; nihilistic, "no future!". Here is a place to remember, and give a moment of thought to, those who didn't make it
The minute she hit the scene she was every male punk's heart throb. She was beautiful. She had a winning personality. She had a ...well...a...glow. That could be my heart talking because I, Blowfish, confess: I too am Judy's love slave. We didn't just love Judy, we worshiped her. So, now all of us members of Judyism have somewhere to meet and offer our prayers of unrequited love.