Five Firsts: Marc Clayton of the Lazy Suns, etc.

Marc Clayton

Marc Clayton

NAME: Marc Clayton
BAND AFFILIATION: The Lazy Suns, the Doubleknots, Across the Pond, Rabbits on Trampolines
INSTRUMENT: Voice and Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … John and Yoko’s “Double Fantasy.” Records were usually passed down to me, but this one I bought on my own when I was around 10. I rode my bicycle across Sunrise Highway on Long Island to the department store about 11 miles from my house to get it the day it hit the stands. Got it home, and played it over and over and over…

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2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I was a late concert bloomer due to lack of funds growing up. My first concert should have been Kiss at Nassau Coliseum in 1978. I was in second grade, but Mom would not budge. So officially my first concert was the Stay Cats at the Calderone Theatre, the “Rebels Rule” tour somewhere around ’82. My Uncle John took me to see them, and that show helped plant the music bug in me big time. These were fellow Islanders, and hometown heroes to us Bellmorites back then.


4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Actually, it was an original song by my childhood friend Paul and I called “The Hearty Song.” He played drums; I played sax. We were in the third grade. He layed down a backbeat, and I proceeded to play an annoying melody that went on forever. We performed it at a backyard BBQ party his folks threw, and we brought down the house for a few minutes until we were asked by Paul’s dad to “knock it off.”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Eternity. Formed in the 8th grade. Funny note: our backup singer Christine got scooped up by our fellow classmate, the infamous Debbie Gibson (who was one of our friends/fans), and the two toured the world together during Debbie’s “Electric Youth” tour. We forgive you, Debbie, keep “Shakin’ Your Love.”

Marc Clayton and his bandmates in the Lazy Suns head into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 9pm on Saturday, where they’ll be sharing the stage with Tom McWatters & the Philo Bedoe Band and Holly & Evan.

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