The BGN News Archive
December 30, 2013
In the last few weeks the prospect of a Real Kids gig had everyone revved
up and full of expectation. The recent New York gig further increased the fervor.
The Nervous Eaters have lined up a series of gigs around New England
with the Kids. It immediately seemed like a great pairing and the mostly full
Middle East down proved it. And what a crowd it was, full of punk veterans
that came from all over and then a noticeable number of dressed up young punkers
who looked like a leftover from a Casualties' gig. Last time I saw a mix like
this - never.
The long time punkers we saw - Paul Murphy and wife,
Michelle Heber from the Bristols, Jimmy Birmingham, Chris Parcellin,
Frank Delher and wife, Bob Colby (right up front and center), Ed
Moose Savage, Michele Meadows and Larry, Kim and Cam Ackland,
Rich Harte, Billy Borgioli and Nancy Neon, Greg Reibman, Michael Scott Stewart, Richee
Johnson, Judy Wilburn, Malibu Lou, Evan and Linda Shore , Jimmy Harold, Billy
Connors, Arthur Freedman, Mickey Bliss, Cheryl Eagan-Donovan and husband, Perry Adler, Joanie Lindstrom,
Eric Law, Helanie Saad, Brett Millano, Mary Jo Felice and Maria, Jimmy
Felice and Marilyn Felice.
Jimmy Harold looked healthy after his hospital stay
last summer. He was constantly approached by formal Rat habituates who
explained how much their lives were so much better because of the experience.
He had a half dozen beers lined up that were bought by adoring fans.
There were three groups announced for the gig but the day
of the show they had 5 bands listed. No matter to us, we missed the first two.
The Connection was a suitable pick for the bill. They proved their worth
opening for the Flaming Groovies a month
ago. The last couple of months have seen their gigs go from marginal to main
supporter. It would be great to see them headline a full pop bill. They put
in an immensely entertaining set. They have lots of energy in their brand of
pop with a great mix, as all the bands have as the night goes on. You can hear
some both 50's and 60's influences in the songs with a modern sheen. It's a
frothy formula that delivers a fun set. We expect we will see more high profile
gigs for them from now on - they've arrived.
The Nervous Eaters have been gigging regularly so
we have a good idea how they will sound. They had their current lineup intact
which is Steve Cataldo, Rob Sheen, Allen Hebditch and David McLean.
They are in top form and clearly loving the large audience. Last
time we saw them at the Midway the audience was very small. What
a difference a good high profile gig is. They do their mix of old and new tunes.
They sang 528 about the Rat with Jimmy Harold looking at them
from the back of the stage. You Smell Like Fish, Degenerate, Girl Next Door,
and Shit for Brains were all there and more leading up to the closer Talk
to Loretta. There were those treble shedding leads from Steve and a few
from Alan. Great set. Hearing all the memorable songs from the different stages
of the Eaters 37 year career makes me think that they are due for a CD collection
of those songs.
During the night we had heard that John Felice had
been at the hospital the night before for some serious issues and indeed we
see him walk on stage with a cane. There is a stool for him to sit on. It takes
him a long time to set up his guitar and get comfortable. He marshaled his strength
and gave a shaky start to All Kindsa Girls. The song got better as it
goes on and it has all the Real Kids trademark sounds, John's voice and
the interplay of guitars with John and Billy Cole. The new(er) rhythm
section is strong and stable just what is needed tonight. Dickie Oakes was on bass and the notable Randall Gibson (x-Flies,Scruffy The Cat) was on drums. They help keep things
in line. Even though he uses the stool regularly and seems weak at times John's
singing is strong and they end up putting in a really great and long set. It
seemed to go on and on..like a gift! A parcel of songs you know and some brand
new ones that are very strong: that new CD sounds like it's going to be worth
There a some slow songs and some of those are older tunes
that have been slowed down like Common At Noon. Too many I think but
they all have the sound' we love. Just Like Darts was one of those and
that was moving. Another was out of left field: a cover of Jonathan Richman
and the Modern Lovers Fly Into the Mystery. John was in the Modern
Lovers for a spell but people seem to forget that. John also dedicated a
song to ex-Real Kid Billy Borgiolli and forever Real Kid Alpo.
It was maybe 1 or 1:30 before it was over.
We got the Real Kids set we were hungry for. And the Real
Kids get another chapter in their legend, and they do seem like they are
in legendary status these days along with the Rat. Rick Harte says he's
mixing the final song and that he will bring everything to NYC on Jan 6 and
7 to get mastered. Then getting the art work finalized and then we got some
new Real Kids to play.
OK folks....We finish off the year this week...whew!! ...You have probably heard
that Patti Smith is paying New
Year's Eve for the First Night event...this would be a great way to bring
in the new year...
And you can go Honky Tonkin' for New Year's Eve with Girls Guns and Glory
doing Hank Williams tunes 12/31 at The Lizard Lounge!! they are also
performing on 1/1/14
and its coming at us in full force...the New Year.... Saturday January 4th there's
a show at Great Scott's with a brilliant theme..We Got The Beat -
A Boston Lady Drummer Showcase with The Monsieurs , Petty Morals, Apple
Betty, Post Modern Authors and Thrust Club
Also on Saturday Jan 4 there's an early evening 7-10:30 show at The
Middle East Up is the 2014 Punk Rock Kick Off with Burning Streets, Cradle
to the Grave, OC45 and The Warning Shots......
On Thursday, January 8th Club Bohemia has The Kenne Highland Clan
(8 pm), The GraveDancers (9 pm) and GrimeWave (10 pm) and Michael
Weddle's new band Climate Change (11PM) ....
And here's what should be a very interesting night: January 18th at
Club Bohemia at the Cantab.The Count Viglione along Kenne Highland doing
the entire White Light White Heat lp in their Midnight Sťance for Lou!!!
Put this event in your calendar now folks - Monday March 3rd.Gail
C. and Babysitting Calamity Booking present The Sheckies, The Pity Whores,
Jimmy Jacked, The Labor Pains..not
only is it a great bill but Gail C will be having one of her fabulous bake
sales so arrive hungry, see a great show and leave with a wicked sugar high!!
Brian Young, Crash Course for Ravers, who has a whole career going
on as a 'host' will be the host at the Cracker/Camper von Beethoven show
at the Middle East on Friday January 17.
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