From the looks of the Bearsville Theater depicted on their website, you would think it was the “Our Gang” barn. Come to discover it has well laid-out bar and inviting, open, live room with its stage cut into the wall. It felt like the Psychedelic Furs playing your high school dance.
Richard Butler and crew hit the stage all clad in black and ready to rip through a compelling head-to-tail re-telling of their classic 1985 album, “Talk Talk Talk.” The fact that this was one of just two stateside dates only added to the excitement. I seldom use the word awesome to describe anything, but this was awesome!
Lo and behold, we’ve uncovered yet another episode of the lost, mid-’80s vintage, public access television show, “Sarge Blotto’s Hot Seat.”
This time around, Sarge sits down with British sax-blaster Gary Windo, who has blown his horn with folks like NRBQ, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, the Psychedelic Furs and, yes, even Tiny Tim, as well as various Nippertown music scene vets including Johnny Rabb. He led various bands of his own, as well, including Pam Windo & the Shades and the Gary Windo Orchestra (whose stunning 1985, Hal Willner-produced album, “Deep Water,” found him exploring the depths of Albert Ayler’s classic “Ghosts,” as well as such original tunes as “Don’t Bite Too Hard (Your Teeth Are Too Sharp).”
Sadly, Windo passed away in 1992.
We’re not sure of the exact date for this episode, but it’s likely 1984 or 1985, and it was – as always – produced and directed by the tireless Real George.
We’ll post the second half of the interview tomorrow, but here’s Part I:
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