Photograph by Dave Suarez
November 17, 1977: Talking Heads and Q-104 DJ Lin “Reverend of Rock & Roll” Brehmer gather at Just a Song record store in Albany, prior to making their Nippertown debut at UAlbany’s Page Hall – opening for the Good Rats…
Well, the title’s at least half right…
Yes, the year was 1984, and that’s Michael Eck, Nick Grind, Mike Rappazzo and illustrious frontman J.P.
And guess what? The Plague is gearing up for a reunion performance at Scumfest II somewhere in the wilds of Berne on Sunday (September 1). Apparently Rappazzo is MIA, so on Sunday the drum throne will be manned by the power-pounding George Lipscomb (the A.D.’s, Coal Palace Kings, Mime Choir, Erin Harkes & the Rebound, etc.).
You have been warned…
GO HERE for more info on Scumfest II.
Remember the ’80s?
Some of you longtime Local 518 music fans may recall Scumfest, a punk fest that took place back in 1982.
Well, apparently even punks get nostalgic, and now more than three decades later, it seems as though some of those same musicians – as well as those inspired by them – are getting together this weekend for Scumfest II.
The big bash is slated for 12:30pm on Sunday (September 1) at 1269 Helderberg Trail in Berne – about as far away from the once thriving downtown punk scene as you could possibly get. Admission is a $12 donation, which includes a catered meal (?!?). And while we’re on the topic of things un-punk, we were horrified to hear that some of the bands – we’re not going to name any names here – were actually rehearsing for the fest.
UPDATED: 8/31/13): At latest report, the bands slated to rachet it up for Scum Fest 2013 include (in estimated order of appearance):
Here’s the list of the first top 40 videos played during MTV’s first day of broadcast, August 1, 1981:
1. The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”
2. Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run”
3. Rod Stewart’s “She Won’t Dance with Me”
4. The Who’s “You Better You Bet”
5. Ph.D.’s “Little Suzi’s on the Up”
6. Cliff Richard’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
7. The Pretenders’ “Brass in Pocket”
8. Todd Rundgren’s “Time Heals”
9. REO Speedwagon’s “Take It on the Run”
10. Styx’s “Rockin’ the Paradise”
11. Robin Lane & the Chartbusters’ “When Things Go Wrong”
12. Splitz Enz’s “History Never Repeats”
Yes, today marks the 33 & 1/3 anniversary of Blotto’s debut recording, the 33 & 1/3RPM EP, “Hello, My Name Is Blotto! What’s Yours?” The four-song slab o’ vinyl was released on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1980, featuring such now-golden oldies as “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard” and “We Are the Nowtones.”
Here’s a link to an interview in Metroland that Brian Stevens attempted to conduct with the original Blotto family – Cheese, Bowtie, Broadway, Lee Harvey, Sarge and Blanche – at the time of the release: (Part 1); (Part 2 – which also contains a review of the record by Peter Iselin).
Yes, it’s back…
The Saratoga Winners Reunion back in March of 2011 celebrated the defunct roadhouse rock club, and it churned up a whole lot of musical memories. In the years leading up to its closing in September 2006, Saratoga Winners was the home to hardcore, punk and heavy metal bands. Not only did the nightspot play host to some of the biggest national and international acts, but it also nurtured the talents of countless young local bands over the years.
And that first Saratoga Winners Reunion more than two years ago was such a success that organizers have decided to do it all over again…
Poet, actor, playwright, singer-songwriter and one of the most charismatic, manic Nippertown frontmen of the early ’90s, Luis Chaluisan led his sometimes madcap, always marvelous mambo-hip-hop band El Extreme (full name – La Gran Orquesta El Extreme) through many memorable shows back in the day, showcasing such fondly remembered nuggets as “Biscuit Head” and “Why Must You Funk Up My Life?”
Isn’t it about time for an El Extreme reunion?