The BGN News Archive
June 16, 2008
First and foremost we are very very sorry to report that Boston musician Jack Rootoo passed
away this week....
Blowfish, a huge Rootoo fan has this to say:
Jack Rootoo was a unique gem. Upfront he was just a nice man. All conversations
with Jack were pleasant; he had no agenda to push which is a little unusual in
the local punk scene which revolves around getting attention.
His alliance with
Lou Miami got attention of course. Lou was an outrageous front man but
the music is what made him important and that hinged on Jack. The way Jack played
those cover tunes created a fruitful area for the Kosmetics and was a template
for groups afterward, but not many were able to play a cover song and make it
new like the Kosmetics, even to this day.
It was all about that guitar tone. Jack
had his own sound, something every instrument player searches for. I don't know
where he got his but he had it from the first day I heard him. His tone was not
as thick and distorted as say the Ramones but was meaty and dirty in its unique
way. He kept his solos simple in a way it always added to the total song.
people know him from his work with Lou but you really missed out if you didn't
catch him with Girl on Top. This group gave him a platform for his abilities equal
to the earlier group. Playing mostly original work Jack brought so much to the
sound that everything was worth hearing.
It was always a good night of music if
Jack was playing. I know there is a big world out there and I know our little
Boston punk scene is small, so be that as it is, but our world just lost an irreplaceable
voice and it means a lot to us. No one will ever sound quite like Jack. We will
miss hearing him again.
RIP, and SO much respect to Jack!!!
|Nancy and Tommy
Earlier in the weekend ...I went to the
birthday party for the most fabulous Nancy Maisley, ex-Clueless Clubhouse
host (founder I think even!), and let me tell you, anyone who was anyone was
there dear!! Here's a couple pics but I ca't begin to show ya everyone there,
needless to say it was loads of fun and I tore myself away to run over Church....but
hey if you were ever a Clueless Clubhouse fan send a bday wish to Nancy
cuz she is really a fabulous girl!! Say
Happy Bay Nancy...here...
sdo yeah, then I was on my way to Church...and oh what a night,,,LOTS O'fun..Apple
Betty opened the evening, and though we did not see them we happen to know
they are awesome, great and fun garage.....we came in to Pulp
45 playing...fabulous hot and gorgeous front person lead singer and bass
player Amy Von Eerie was just wonderful to watch and the band was great,
they did entertaining covers and equally interesting originals, great band!!
...check 'em out at Harpers Ferry with Agent Orange in July (see
||Buried In Leather
then there was Buried In Leather...
well what can we say about these guys?...it was like a heavy metal punk lounge act..
I see this mustachioed, ill fitting leather pants clad guy who's a total nut
case up there, and wonder "eeewww, huh?"...he screaming really strong respectable
punk vocals while coyly playing with the strings of his hoodie, I was perplexed.....I
hate facial hair as you reader well know and I also hate ill fitting leather
pants, ain't nothing worse...but I gotta say this band was entertaining in a very
big way and that was because of frontman Keith Buble, he is one fun front
man. He kind of reminded me of Jack Black and I have to say Blowfish was
laughing the whole time... the on stage patter was just TOO funny, he is a gem
that Keith. No question....oh, also, I thought Sensible Seth was hot, and
even hotter when he put on his glasses at the end of the set. Anyway the music
was good heavy thrash punk metal and Keith is just Mr. Entertainer... awesome...
but hey, it didn't stop there, this as I say was quite a night!, next up was
B.L.O.W.W. or Boston League of Women Wrestlers, again another
great show.....out come the musicians. Drummer as bunny, guitarist as goth metal
man, the cast of characters went on and on my friends, then the announcer, and
then the gorgeous "ref" and then we get the rasslin' as....first we get the Chicana
who can't seem to search the web right, out come s the holier-than-thou librarian
to condescend that maybe little Chicana should take an ESL class..whew!! sparks
fly and wrestling beings for real.... Next up is the washed up heavy metal groupie
and the hip hop rappin' wanna be...groupie suggest little miss rapper is actually
grammatically correct...oh oh, sparks fly and rasslin' beings anew....you get the
gist.... FUN for all...you gotta check 'em out next time it is pure fun entertainment
and these folks damn well deserve an audience!!!...
This Friday June 20th at The Cantab good show with The Templars
with Tommy and The Terrors, BZ and Stomper 98. Get your tickets
here for 10 bucks at Underground
Control or you'll have to shell out $15 at the door!
Also Friday the 20th is the big shoooo at the Middle East UP with
Lyres, The Black Hollies, Traveling Circle (the Light Kings of NYC), The
Time Beings, Black Box Revelation (fr. Belgium) whew! Yeah!!....
and of course coming up later , as in NEXT weekend is the
Annual Garage Rock Weekend at The Beachcomber! This year it's featuring
The Swinedells, Muck and The Mires, Andrea Gillis, The Dogmatics, Jay Allen
and The Archcriminals, The Prime Movers and many more. The Beachcomber overlooks
beautiful Cahoun Hollow Beach, home of the roughest (which to us means best) surf
in New England. We like to make it easy for you guys so...Get your tickets at HERE
now if you can't wait there's a sorta preview party at The Abbey this
Saturday, June 21st with The Movers, Muck , Coffin Lids and Cougars
And mark your calendars for this really great show!!!: Agent Orange (!!!)
and Jason Bennett & The Resistance, The Scars and Pulp 45 at Harper's
Ferry July 2nd I can't think of a better way to make your way in
to the 4th of July weekend..... Well friends that's about it for this week....again
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