Five Firsts: Dominick Campana of Dirty Face

Dominick Campana
Dominick Campana

NAME: Dominick Campana
INSTRUMENT: a very loud guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Although it may have been a Bay City Rollers record, I think it was Sgt. Pepper in 1975 from Apex Music on the corner of State St. and Broadway in Schenectady. They used to have listening booths, where you could play the records before you bought them. I heard that some kids would stick the vinyl under their shirt and then place the cover back on the rack. Could you imagine that?

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Does Blotto and the A.D.’s at the Electric Grinch in Schenectady count? Technically it was probably Beatlemania at the Palace in 1981, but I’d like to say it was the Kinks that same year at Proctors in Schenectady. It was the “Give The People What They Want” tour. For me, Dave Davies stole the show with an immense volume of rock. My ears are still ringing.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER PLAYED WAS … My dad’s crappy acoustic guitar. Since he was an Elvis guy, I spent the first few months thinking that there were only three chords in music – E, A and B7. That was back in ’78, I think.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Hmmm, defining “public” is the tough one here, as there were a couple high school events and talent shows that could count. I’ll have to go with “On Broadway” performed on bass guitar in 1982 at the Albany Memorial Day Parade with the Schalmont High School marching band. Yes, electric bass guitar in the marching band.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Although it was more of an act put together for a high school senior talent show, I played with Doug’s Garage as a junior in ’81. My first real band was the Fan Club with Billy Cavin on vocals and guitar, Jeff Sohn on bass and vocals and Loc Resnick on drums. I believe our first show was late in 1982 at the Old Post Road Saloon in Clifton Park. We probably opened with “Is That Love” by Squeeze.

Dominick Campana straps on his guitar and steps into the spotlight for the first time in 17 years as joins bassist Matt Hayes and drummer Joey Pucci in a two-night-only reunion of Dirty Face this weekend. On Friday (March 1), they’ll be at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany for WCDB-FM’s 35th Anniversary Celebration, along with Blotto, Barons in the Attic, Oberhofer, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Summer People and If Madrid. Showtime is 7pm, and tickets are $18 in advance; $23 at the door. Then on Saturday (March 2), Dirty Face returns to Valentine’s, this time as headliners with the John Powhida International Airport and Secret Release opening the show. Showtime is 8:30pm, and admission is $5.

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  1. Normando says

    Rotterdam rocks! It’s such a crude attitude.

  2. Gene says

    Rotterdam is a nice place to rock.

  3. Jeff Sohn says

    I wonder if that cassette tape I have of us playing “Is That Love?” at the Old Post Road Saloon also contains the sound of Dom smashing his red Ibanez guitar through the stage? A great moment in rock n’ roll history. I think there’s a NYS historic placque at the site of the Old Post commemorating the event.

  4. Dominick says

    Ah Jeff – I stand corrected – I think our first show was at the Ye Olde Clifton Park Hotel. The Old Post Road Saloon was in East Greenbush. I didn’t mind losing the Ibanez, but the ’68 goldtop deluxe that followed needed to be glued back together. Good times. Good times.

  5. Michael Eck says

    Believe it or not, I remember the guitar going through the ceiling quite well. Does the fact that I was there, that I remember it, make me as old as you geezers?

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