Flashback: October, 1997

Recently we dug up an old issue of Metroland from October 23, 1997. You may remember it: it’s the one with the cover story on Mad Cow Disease.

Well, then again, you may not remember it. But perhaps these delightful tidbits culled from its yellowing pages will trigger a few old memories from 14 years ago:

Fenders on Wolf Road was hosting its 10th annual Halloween Monster Bash with a $200 prize to the best Jenny McCarthy look-alike.

Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong) was headed into the Comedy Works at the Albany Days Inn.

Doc McCutchen’s in Albany was hosting a Halloween show with music by Yellow Dog.

“Dracula” was playing at Capital Repertory Theatre, starring Jean LeClerc (of “All My Children”).

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were ripping it up in concert at Siena College.

Can’t Say finished recording their album “True Grit”; Coal Palace Kings released their CD “Pine Away”; Brown Cuts Neighbors released their cassette “In Case of Emergency Contact the Horses”; Rocky Velvet released their debut slab of seven-inch vinyl; and the compilation album “Capitaland Rocks ’97” was released featuring Ernie Williams & the Wildcats, Out of Control, Style Martly, Small Axe and Mirinda James.

WRPI-FM was celebrating its 40th anniversary with a bash at RPI’s McNeil Room featuring a talk by Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now,” followed by live music from Super 400 and Veena Chandra.

Chicago and the Beach Boys teamed up for a double-bill at the Pepsi Arena on Halloween night.

Valentine’s was gearing up for Feedback, their annual benefit for area food pantries, featuring performances by Lughead, Subduing Mara, Treaty, the Lawn Sausages, Rocky Velvet, Rosanne Raneri, Meg Hutchinson, Michael Eck, Kim Palladino, Bryan Thomas, Caroline Johnston, the Explosives, Frank McLoughlin and Mary Panza.

New movies included Wim Wenders’ “The End of Violence,” “Devil’s Advocate” and “Gattaca.”

The Nick Brignola Quartet was playing at Justin’s.

Bill Cosby and Grand Funk Railroad were both playing at the Palace Theatre – although not on the same night.

WAMC-FM broadcast the 500th jazz program by host Tim Coakley.

Movies playing at the Spectrum 4 Theatres included “The Myth of Fingerprints,” “Sunday,” “Kiss Me, Guido,” “L.A. Confidential,” “The Full Monty” and “M 3-D! The Movie.”

Ominous Seapods, Conehead Buddha, Giant Ray Soda, Fishbone and Charlie Chesterman were headed into Bogie’s.

Annabel Lee, Crisis, the Spellhounds, Traume School Dropouts, Enter Venus and Overkill were headed into QE2.

Chico Hamilton, Andy Summers (of the Police), Tom Harrell, Sonny Fortune and Javon Jackson were all headed into the Van Dyck.


2 Responses to “Flashback: October, 1997”

  1. martyn says:

    ah – them were the days! also: Fishbone at Bogies? really?

  2. Ellen says:

    Hey, I’ve got some issues of the Buzz that are even older! (I feel old.)

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