Video by Real George
LIVE: Fear of Stangers @ J.B. Scott’s Reunion, 5/5/12 (Bonus Track!) at Nippertown
Were-You-Seen-At photographs by Anne-Marie Sheehan at The Times Union
Chuck Miller’s review and photographs at Chuck Miller
NAME: Steve Cohen
BAND AFFILIATION: The Units/Fear of Strangers
INSTRUMENT: Bass and vocals
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Something New” by the Beatles. Their third US release circa 1964, when Capitol Records for some reason thought that the US record buying public couldn’t accept the records as they were configured in the UK. I saw it in Alexander’s in the Bronx and threw a bit of a fit until my parents agreed to buy it. They put their foot down at the collarless, iridescent green Beatle suit, however.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … A weird collection of mid-’60s pop bands, again in the Bronx (of course), headlined by the 1910 Fruit Gum Company playing their big hit “Yummy Yummy Yummy, I’ve Got Love In My Tummy.” Only later would I realize the true implication of those lyrics. I believe the Blues Image was on the bill as well, although this was long before “Ride, Captain, Ride” came out.
Remember J.B. Scott’s? The former kingpin of the Nippertown nightclub scene back in the early ’80s?
Tix for the event went on sale in November, priced at $33, which includes food as well as the music… despite the fact that none of the bands scheduled to perform at the reunion had been announced yet.
Last week, the first band was revealed – the Last Conspirators, which feature two J.B. Scott’s regulars – vocalist Tim Livingston (formerly of the Morons) and drummer Al Kash (of the Units/Fear of Strangers).
Now two more bands have been announced as performers at the reunion bash – the Lazers (who had a memorable show at JB’s opening for the Joe Perry Project) and the Penny Knight Band (who performed at JB’s not only as PKB, but various members also graced the stage with such earlier bands as Kashmir and EQ).
Additional bands for the J.B. Scott’s Reunion are TBA.
Albany’s late, great nightclub, J.B. Scott’s was a former S&H Green Stamp store at 321 Central Avenue in Albany. But despite the lack of ambiance, the club hosted everyone from U2 (yes, Bono can be seen wearing a J.B. Scott’s t-shirt in U2’s video for “Gloria”) to Count Basie, from the Go-Go’s to Buddy Rich, from Iggy Pop to John Fahey, from the Ramones to Manhattan Transfer, from the pre-Eurythmics Annie Lenox to the post “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Tim Curry.
By some weird, cosmic coincidence, the beginning of 2010 is apparently making people wax nostalgic for the 1980’s:
The Fuzebox is remembering the late, fabled QE2 (it’s the 10th anniversary of its closing) with a QE2 Revival next Friday and Saturday, January 15-16, complete with music from the 80’s and a collection of decorations and posters from the QE2.
And two well-respected photographers, formerly of Nippertown, have delved into their archives and started posting old photos: