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Posted in audio,mp3,Westchester NY Clubs ( WaSteCheSteR ) by ynot on the January 19th, 2008

ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya…GO!
had planned to have all this sorta past history schtuff dun by years end…
but alas & alack…

starting out in wplns…
we had th’ rather well known…
fore ‘n’ aft…

th’ main hang out fer th’ granola & haki sak doobage smokers…
of s’dale hs / other ‘upscale’ environs…
mostly of th’ laster vestige hangers-on…
of th’ dead-set & offshoots / ‘children’ / acolytes…
( new riders of the purple sage every year / or need of quik cash fer xlnt hash! )
i only went there apprx 5-6 times…
always enjoyable… tho i always felt i was looked at as an ‘outsider’…
weird… considering these were supposed to be ‘liberal’ & open-minded types…
now it’s a fleekin’ laundromat fer chrissakes!

jest down th’ blok was th’ lesser known ( and fer good reason )
‘DiPaoLo’s DuGOUT’

whut was circa 1981-1983…
a low-brow mainly junior hi-skool crowd dreaded ‘DiSCo-Wave’ bar…
where th’ Disco DJ would play ‘punk’… meaning B-52s…
went there twice=2X too many times…
i think th’ 2nd time th’ groop i was with got in a fight with sum guidos…
i think th’ owner threatened to call th’ cops….
so we hi tailed it outta there…

cruise out th’ 5 minute @ 75+mph in a car…
and PoRT CheSTeR had a buncha great places latter ’70s – mid 9Ts…
the furst of which was…
DeTROiTs! ( in th’ OLd CaLdoRs shopping centre / now Kohls )
the date was june 27 1979… i was 14 @ th’ time… 9th grade RooSeVeLT HS Ynkrs…
there were a coupla seniors that had TWiSted SiSTeR jean over LeaTheR jackets…
anyway i was by then a total ‘waver’… blondie t. heads iGGy clash stranglers…
but my uncle who was 18/19 then was more ‘rock & roll’ had wanted to go see TS…
so we convinced my grandma that we were jest gonna go…
‘cruise central’… ( central pk ave ynkrs )
but we went t’ PoRT CheSTeR DeTROiTs instead… the pking lot was purty packed…
i hung out /w/ th’ buick skylark ( 350 small block & PoSi-TRaCTiON rear )
lissening to wpix & tossin back a six pack ‘o’ miller ‘nips’ ( 8oz bottles )
here’s whut i missed inside… ( thx to wlir broadcast )
JJ FReNCh tells a tale of JuNioR Hi-Skool…

TS CaN’T Say CRaP on th’ Radio…

FaST-FWd to mid 80s… LeFT BaNk is closed… ANThRaX in CT too far fer NO CaR…
but then there was The BEaT!

and that leads us back to…
ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya…GO!
i usedta go t’ cbgbs & see ARMed CiTiZeNs & VaTiCaN CoMMaNdos in 1982…
and tho i’m not sure i knew it then ( later i mean… circa ’86-’87 )
th’ GTRiST fer
VaTiCaN CoMMaNdos
had become th’ DJ @ Th’ BEaT…
and he usedta spin a half-hour ToNes on TaiL ‘GO!’…
after that werk-out he’d play iT’s a beautiful day’s “white bird” fer chill out…
that DJ’s name was
Moby…

Robt ( No. 2=prev. fum laster daze @ LeFT BaNk ) werk’d th’ door…
i remember one time in that summer he had no place to go…
sum fight /w/ g’friend or sumthin or other…
so we both rode our bicycles the 11 or so miles…
back to 13 Oak Way S’dale basement…
where i was living @ th’ time…
RoBT & ChRiSTiNe th’ barmaid / ‘booking agent’ were kewl then…
then sum ASSWiPe took over th’ door…
i had by then opened up ReX in ynkrs… this was 1991…
and i had jest wanted to get a beer or two in a ‘friendly’ atmosphere…
so i drove up there & it was already way late… like 1:30 AM…
and th’ guy wanted $2 admission on weeknite /w/ no band!
SCReW ThaT!
nexter week SMaShiNG PuMPkiNs Play’d & i jest stood outside & lissen’d…
good enuff fer me as i wasn’t totally ga-ga over ’em anyway…
already leery ‘o’ th’ hype on ’em…
ASSWiPe kept tossin quarters toward my feet…
eventually there were at least $2 in quarters…
so i challanged him…
“hey that’s more than you wanted to charge me th’ other nite… i could turn a profit!”
bummed out he ended up bending down t’ pick up his change…
i then pulled out a coupla hundreds, flashed ’em & then walked away…
“see what you’ll never get from me if you’re werkin’ the door!”

other bands i did see @ th’ BEaT then…
rev horton heat! ( i have this sho on video!!! )
pain teens ( need this sho on video! taper had promised but nvr came thru… )
also affiliated /w/ the BEaT was 7 Willow St…
sorry no pics on this place… mostly i was not too innarrested in their whole scene…
tho i did see fLiPPeR, Th’ DWaRVes & ed hall… it was AWeSuM!

fLiPPeR & Th’ DWaRVes were constantly fighting…
with th’ club mngmnt, with ‘fans’ ( not too many ‘o’ us ) & most of all /w/ each other…
ed hall stay’d /w/ me @ ‘Le ChaTeau ReXCo’ that nite…
they was happy t’ have a shower th’ nexter day w/out payin fer motel…
b4 heading back on th’ road / tour-grind…

can’t ferget Th’ CRaP-iT-ALL…

i mean CaPiToL Theatre
saw iGGy there in ’87… jane’s addiction opened… they were xlnt then… iggy… well…
missed th’ RaMoNes…
and tho i also didn’t go t’ this sho either…
here’s johnny ‘rotten’ nee lydon…

yeah well sum of us here in wastechester think yu have treated bandmates ‘orrible!
( video cut in tmpeg / re-encoded in WiNFF )

LaSTLy, but CeRT not LeaSTLy…
PaT’s HuBBa-HuBBa HuT!!!

tho i ain’t th’ real red red meat fan since i was a kid…
( still ‘i eat more chicken than a man ever seen’ = figger that one out fer yr door prize! )
ONe SiMPLy CANNOT GO TO A Sho iN PC W/OUt a GREASy HuBBa BuRGeR t’ end Th’ NiTe!!!

so i think that about does it fer me on all this reflective ‘daze of yore’ scthuff…
here’s a link to an article i found fascinating & strangely relevant…

http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10278717

a tour of what once was… ( part one ) + updates!

Posted in Westchester NY Clubs ( WaSteCheSteR ) by ynot on the September 26th, 2007

well i’d been promising ( threatening? ) this for awhile now…
and this is actually purty depressing… but someone ( i guess it’s down to me )
should chronicle the ( albeit too brief ) history of rock / dance clubs of…
WeSTCheSTeR ( wastechester ) New York in th’ 70s & 80s….

we’ll start our lil tour in ynkrs…HaRLees PLayhouSe NePPeRhaN AVe YoNKeRS
this is/was Harlees Playhouse on nepperhan behind the old Dellwood Milk Plant…

back in th’ 70s i remember riding my schwinn /w/ motomags past this place…
when i believe it was then called The GaLaXy BaR / ‘DiSCo’…

here’s where the supposition / intrigue lies…
back in 1966 or so there were a coupla lokel yokel bands…

The Descendants
czech out their awesome “LeLa” here…
DeSCeNdeNTS

and Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction 19 yr old STeVeN 'TYLeR' TaLLeRiCo oF RooSeVeLT HS YoNKeRS!
anyway, i believe this was where the legendary battle of the bands shows happened…
i think btwn the descendants & chain reaction ( rumor has it the former won! )
if anyone can confirm one way or th’ other… bang us an e-mail /w/ pertinent info…

UPDaTE! Joe Brya of The GO! sez his older sister usedta go to…
The JuMPiN JaCk! which he describes as being…
on ‘NePPeRhan just south of Roberts’… ( still could be this bLdg! )
TeRRy KNiGhT & The PaCk of FLiNT MiCh also mebbe played there…
that of course is MaRk FaRNeR & Don BReWeR PRe-GRaND FuNK!
please klick here!
klick here too!

joe b also sez…
“there was a ‘house band’ called the Pilgrims (complete with pilgrim attire)
who made a bit of a splash at the time and had also appeared on the Clay Cole Show,
which I watched…they were more or less a Young Rascals “white-soul” sounding band
from what I recall-I must’ve been 7 or 8 years old…”

RiCk LyNch fum that area ‘o’ YNKRs… where is yu?
pls call ‘collect’…

btw, in th’ latter 80s/early 90s HaRLees PLaYhouse then became a GaY bar…
( ‘not that there’s anything wrong with that…’ )

staying in ynkrs…
heading apprx 3-4 miles south & slightly east & about a decade later…

the RiSiNG SuN ( RiSiNG SLuM ) was…
Thee RoCk&RoLL bar/club of th’ mid / latter 7Ts RiSiNG SuN aka RiSiNG SLuM YoNkeRS Ave YNKRS

the MAiN CLAiM To FaMe was that MeTaLLiCa play’d there JuLy 26 1983
they opened fer RaVeN, who were MuCh MoRe PoPuLaR at the time…
MeTaLLiCa came to Mad PLaTTeRS that afternoon & some of th’ kids were even…
making fun of ’em ( ! )… i said you’ll all be buying their rekkids a year fum now…

anyway, way B4 that, RaT RaCe Choir & TT QUiCk…
usedta seemingly constantly be enmesh’d in ‘the battle of th’ AC/DC cvr bands’…
…and then there were th’ other cvr bands… ( many cvr bands in th’ 70s )
STiCky FiNGeRS = RoLLiNG SToNeS… BeTWeeN The SheeTS was anuther i think
i believe a coupla Led Zep cvr bands were…
iMMiGRaNT SoNG & TRaMPLed UNdeRfooT
CRySTaL ShiP was the DooRS / JiM MoRRiSoN tribute band…
if anyone has tapes / cdrs / video / fotos / etc pls lmk… lemme kno!
nearly fergot… th’ RiSiNG SLuM is now CiTy LiGhTsa strip club!
so yea… no place fer rock&roll… too many ‘lowlifes’ ( ?! )
Joey sez that MoTLey CRue play’d th’ SLuM… that would’ve had to been in ’81/’82…
he sez that he knows a few OLdeN that bought th’ ‘StiCk To Yr Guns’ 45 off ’em…
and i’m purty cert the ORiG LEaThur PReSS aLb came out late ’82 / early ’83 ( ? )

also Joey i reports his dad, a ToTaL SoLid SeNdeR in his own right, usedta go to…
a dinner revue joint called The RiVieRa on Yonkers AVe back in the mid 60s…
btwn Kimball Ave & Bronx River rd…
where he saw all the MoToWn Groups
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The SuPReMeS ( !!! )
he even got Jackie WiLSoN a glass ‘o’ water!!!

ALSo, BiLL Cohen, the DeNTiST ( located 1579 Central Pk Ave nexter OL ReX )
remembers a converted movie theater mebbe called The WoRLd ( ? )
sorta around th’ same area same time ( Mid 60s ) but mebbe Mt VeRNoN side…
where he saw JaMes BRoWN & Th’ FaMOUS fLaMeS!!!
CeRT ANY iNfo / PiCs / SCaNs would be MuCho APPReCiaTed!!!

Leaving Yonkers fer now… driving north on Central Park Ave apprx 10 miles…
and who’d a thunk it, but 1976 in HaRTSdaLe was a fleekin’ fantastic year!
tho th’ orig bldg was torn down circa 1984.. but this was BeefSTeak ChaRLieS
the 'OLd' FaMiLy AFFAiR ReSTAuRaNT
this was where… believe it or not… ( dept: yu must be kerazy! )
PaTTi SMiTh, TeLeViSiON, The RaMoNeS & brit prog soopr groop UK play’d!
Robt Schaad sez he saw TaLkiNG HEads there in ’76

if memory serves ( and at this stage in mi life, it often drops the dish… )
the restaurant was to the left, the niteklub to th’ rite…

i believe we were having dinner there the nite UK play’d…
i would’ve been about 11-12 & had no idea who UK were…
but Patti Smith & The Ramones were both fum NYC & i had heard ’em on…
WPLJ… ( the NiTebiRd ALiSoN STeeLe ) & WPiX….1977 ( SPRiNG ) ELViS To ELViS WPiX ShiRT

in the nexter shopping center jest north of BeefSTEak ChaRLies was…
FuDGieS DiSCo

i can’t remember which of these stores was th’ exact location…
but i can remember one night i was riding my mongoose in the parking lot…
and some real a-hole swerved to nearly hit me, he then got out /w/ his buddy & their girlfriends and made some asinine comment as they walked off to the entrance…
after which i proceeded to key th’ side of th’ nice new shiny red convertible…

500 ft north competing with the fudgies was th’ more upscale more adult …
GaLaXy DiSCo ( apparently v. common name fer discos! )
Joe Brya ( still of The GO!) has corrected us here…
This DiSCo was named The MiLky WaY…
close enuff sez i…

i du remember as a 13 yr old in that summer of ’78 seeing the lighting /w/ strobes etc…
and being v. impressed /w/ th’ bldg / ‘aura & mystique’ of th’ place…

finally… ( fer this post at least ) heading back down to yonkers…

and a different place, a different time… WiNTeR ’83 – SuMMeR 1984…

this was a HoRRibLe DiSCo / ‘PSeudo Nu WaV’ club..
located jest opposite RooSeVeLT…

the problem fer me was… it was close! ( and th’ Left Bank was on th’ wane by then… )
only 15-20 min walk fum mi mom’s apt & cheep too… cheep t’ get in & cheep beer too!
so i would go, then within an hour or so… head back home…
and lissen to SPK on th’ headfones in mi lonely misery…

cruel ironic joke… this location is now a FUNERAL PaRLOuR!!!
( VeRy APt fer such a DEad KLub! )

well that’s it fer this post…
as usual, if anyone has tapes / cdrs / video / fotos / info / memories / etc…
pls lmk… lemme kno…
( i’d esp like some collab w future post ’bout the low down… humorous anecdotes req! )

thanx again to Joey I, Joe Brya, and Robt Schaad fer the anecdotes…
PLS Keep ’em CoMiNG!
( it may take me coupla weeks but i’ll werk ’em in… i promise! )

LeFt BaNk 1980 -1984 ( PaRT 2 )

Posted in Westchester NY Clubs ( WaSteCheSteR ) by ynot on the June 14th, 2007

OTaY…

finally found those Left Bank ‘upcoming calendars’
( furst sho i tried to get into @ Left Bank was PLaSMaTiCs sho i think in Oct 1980! )
beside being ‘sold out’ way beyond capacity…
they took one look @ my bogus fotocopied scratch’d & ‘white-out’d’ birth certificate…
( i think i was still 15 @ th’ time & had tried t’ add two yrs & make an 11 look like a 10! )
and the owner said ‘try again & next time at least try to make it look somewhat passable’ ( ! )

i went to the Rockats sho… it was xlnt
a whole lotta boppin’ phun!
there was also coupla ‘rockabillys’ ( guys & gals )…
that hung out @ The Left Bank back then…

Dave ‘ELViS’ fum Pelham…
and ‘Rock-a-BiLLy Mike’ fum Ynkrs…
( who later became ‘batboy’ fer th’ METS! )

tried t’ get into th’ Psych Furs sho…
purty sure it was sold-out & the girl @ door was ‘antsy’ about underage ( me! )

BLUe ANGeL was Cyndi Lauper’s furst group…
she went thru a few costume changes during th’ sho…
and there was a pair of lycra pants she was wearing…
where th’ zipper ‘unzipped’… ( ! )
btwn songs i called her o’er, whisper’d in her ear & she turn’d round & zipped up!

dunno why i didn’t go to wall of voodoo…
cuz round that time tony bianco & i usedta lissen to “LoNGARM”…
fum their furst mini eL Pee ALoT!

the LeNe LoViCh sho was also s/o ( sold out ) so i was turn’d away again @ th’ door…

dunno why did not go to modettes…
“white mice” was BiG ‘HiT’ on WNYU ‘New Afternoon Sho’ @ th’ time…
prob jest didn’t have Th’ $$$…

then there was a halloween ’81 ‘fashion sho’…
i kno ANoMy were there…

they were wearing ‘electronic wear’…
that made ‘beep-boop’ / ‘bLip-bLip’ noises!

also Sic F*Cks play’d…
tish & snookie fum MaNiC PaNiC
were already ‘LeGeNds’ by that time…
RuSSeLL was v. sweaty & i believe his mom ( ? ) was also in the audience ( ! )

saw Our Daughter’s Wedding & PiGBaG ( ! )
PiGBaG had like 8 guys & did not stop playing
there were NO ‘breaks’ btwn ‘songs’…
they jester went either ‘cold’ stop/start…
or the ‘songs’ would ‘morph’ into diff song…
there were times when each of th’ members would grab their own…
seemingly ‘pre-scheduled break’…
jump off-stage… run to th’ bar & grab a beer!
after sho tony bianco & i went ‘backstage’ & ‘hung-out’ with ODW…
( who were acktually lokels fum nu-ro… new rochelle )
and smoked a joint with ’em!

following week was DuRaN DuRaN… ‘PLaNeT EaRTh’ was gettin WNYU airplay…
and tho it was well attended it was NOT SoLd-Out!
i think this was mebbe when mvp ( mt vernon police )
‘raided’ th’ place & the staff ‘shuttled’ me btwn ducking into girls bathroom…
and hiding among coats downstairs! ( !? )

th’ owner had some ‘friends’ on mvp force…
so there was usually a ‘heads-up’ warning…
‘those were th’ daze!’

this girl fum roosevelt hs i was ‘going out with’ at th’ time…
did not wanna go to Left Bank fer New Years DaVid Jo Sho…
i think she was ‘scared of punkers’ ( ? )
that was th’ BiG ‘myth’ that was being pushed by TV people then…
so went to PEAChtRees in Nu-Ro fer Dec 31 ’81 into Jan ’82…
where th’ ONLy song i can remember they play’d that i liked was…
ToM-ToM CLub’s ‘WoRdy RaPPiNGhood!
i can vividly recall during a particularly painfully awful ‘sLo-DaNce’
that i REaLLy wished i went to th’ Left Bank instead!

somewhere round this time…
the main HC guy that ‘hung out’ @ Left BaNk…
frankie d – who also did ‘DaMaGed Goods’ Zine…
( i’ll post scans of one issue i still have… ‘soon-ish’… )
i believe had convinced th’ owner…
( who’s name escapes me now… any help anybody?
…i remember pauly was th’ sound guy… )

anyway… frankie ‘conned’ him into booking a coupla HC shos…
the first was DoA… tho i missed that one…
i du remember talking about it /w/ frankie afterwards & he said there weren’t too many people…
and it went down without a hitch…

so he booked BLaCk fLaG

who were becoming purty big among the suburban teen punk ‘diaspora’…
that sho i could NOT miss…
Sac tRuSt play’d on the fLooR… ‘PaGaNiCoNs!’ LiVe!
so the ‘crowd’ could not dance!
iT Was ALL ‘JaGGed’ & brimming /w/ TeNSioN!

meanwhile…
dez was outside drinking moonshine!
( i shit yu not… he gave me a taste! )
i kno other ‘straight edgers’…
( ‘movement’ had just started round then! )
were giving him & anyone else who had a swig dirty looks…
and there were a fair amnt of these ‘underage’ that couldn’t get in…
so they were ‘hanging out’ in front & in pking lot round th’ corner…
i bought first ish of FoRCed EXPoSuRe ( with john stabb on cvr )
fum lyle hysen ( misguided ) & gave it to paul ( sheer terror ) @ roosevelt hs later that week…

anyway… more bout th’ sho…
henry was still fairly ‘new’ but starting to gro his hair…
rest of band was becoming purty ‘long hair’ / ‘hippy’…
effin dual gtr line-up /w/ dez!

paul roessler ( new guy then on drums – robo had moved to nj to join misfits )
was like 16 then… he had dreadlocks ( ! ) which was ‘rare’ then…

CReePy CRaWL in FuLL-EFFeCT!
HeNRy would ‘BuG’ his EYeS out ‘aLa MaNSon’…
and hover his hand o’er th’ ( then new ) spider tattoo…

headliners ANGeLiC UPStaRts were in that…
“NeVeR Say Die” (
‘HaRd New WaVe’ ) style by then…
it was ‘okay’… def werth it fer “who murdered liddle towers” sing-along…

‘somewhere’ i think i still have Aquarian Weekly review of sho… dunnowhere tho…
i also should interject here that Dave was th’ other ‘REAL HC’ guy…
that ‘hung out’ @ Left Bank with frankie d…
he later became known in NYHC ‘scene’ as NaVy DaVe…
‘cuz he went AWoL…
( and i believe got ‘caught’ & sent to 6 mos in brig ? )

finally in closing…
mvp ( mt vernon police ) were constantly driving around th’ block…
‘monitoring’ underage ‘loitering’ ( who were also ‘heckling’ as 5-0 cars passed )
so th’ owner of left bank was purty spooked by th’ whole thing…
and that then was the LaST HC sho @ Left Bank…

furst post… Left Bank Mt Vernon NY 1980-1984

Posted in music,Westchester NY Clubs ( WaSteCheSteR ) by ynot on the April 4th, 2007

Left Bank T-Shirt

yeah… start out small here… hopefully…

some of you others out there in the darkness…

will surf thru…

mebbe get in touch…
send pix… remembrances…
some people that were there…

that my often drug addled 17 yr old brain…

can still recall…
eva p… frankie d… rose-marie… freddie…
the 2X robts… ( both fum th’ bronx )
but one ended up at The BEaT in portchester…
walter v the dj n DJ RiChie too… among many many more…

all of yu… ‘We LoVe YU, PLEaSe CaLL CoLLeCt!’

We LoVe YU, PLEaSe CaLL CoLLeCt!

i can report that andrea… orig in th’ OuTTa PLaCe…

OuTTa PLaCe ( 1984 )

( this was also with the teen-age chandler… pre-RAUNCh HaNdS! )

was in eL Lay with Rudi Protrudi & The FuZZtoNes ( 2000-2002 )
http://www.fuzztones.net/ghastlycast.htm
saw ’em both ( FuZZtoNes and Th’ OUTTa PLaCe ) at the Left Bank…

also Gerry of Cartoons ( 1554 Central Pk Ave Ynkrs 1979-1989 )
and the band ( really jest a commercial / novelty promo tie-in for the salon )
Cartoons ( Yonkers )
– She’s A Rock And Roller / Who Cares 7″ CPI, 1981 PS
http://www.collectorscum.com/volume3/ny/
has his own salon in eastchester down by the rail-road station…
( PS… i sorta need a copy of this single fer ‘The ARChiVes’… )

prob THe BeSt Lokel ‘New Wave‘ band at the time… The GO!

has their own site…

http://thego80.com/index.htm

i’ve temporarily misplaced my Left Bank upcoming events calendars…

so all i have fer now is this pic…

GaNG oF FOUR Left Bank 1981

GoF4 ( GaNG oF FOUR backstage at The Left Bank 1981! )

i didn’t get to this show cuz i was sick that week, couldn’t werk=no dinero!

hopefully nexter post… odw… anomy… sum mor mebbe too…