Here’s a fun clip that was tacked on to an end of a tape. In December 1985, Joey Ramone appeared on The Howard Stern show. Enjoy these two look-a-likes talk about groupies and other road stories! The exact date is not explicitly mentioned, but I was able to figure out that this interview occurred in 1985, as Joey mentions that the Ramones were schedule to play at a venue called The World on New Years Eve. The internet tells me that said show occurred on December 31st, 1985!
On December 14th, 1990, Helmet played at CBGB’s! This show occurred early on in the band’s career, as the band had only formed a year prior and released their debut album, Strap It On, in March 1990 on Amphetamine Reptile Records. The band achieved some moderate commercial success with their 1992 major label debut with Interscope Records, Meantime. Once the group signed this deal, Interscope reissued Strap It On in November 1991. Critics considered the album innovative for its explosive, propulsive, and often staccato riff style which greatly exploited Drop D tuning.
Helmet actually opened for the Melvins on this night. You can find footage of the Melvins’ complete set on Youtube. So, you basically have everything you need to re-create the experience of attending this show! Do it!!!
On December 13th, 1985, Alex Chilton played at Irving Plaza. His set included a few songs that would appear on his 1987 solo album, High Priest, such as “Nobody’s Fool.” Bar None Records is about to release another Chilton record entitled Songs From Robin Hood Lane. It’s a collection of cover from the “Great American Songbook.” Chilton, who passed away in 2010, recorded a handful of these songs back in the ’90s. Songs From Robin Hood Lane will be available in February 2019!
On December 10th, 1994, The Blues Explosion played at Tramps! Led by Jon Spencer, the mid-1990s were a pivotal time for the group, as they first signed with Matador Records in 1993 to release their third album, Extra Width. In 1994, the band released Orange, perhaps their most well-known and beloved record, again, on Matador Records. By 1996, the band began collaborating with legendary blues guitarist, R.L. Burnside. Burnside recorded a collaborative record with the Blues Explosion entitled A Ass Pocket Of Whiskey in June 1996.
On December 9th, 1994, Hole played at Berkeley Community Theater! Earlier in the year, the band released their critically acclaimed second album, Live Through This. To commemorate the holiday season, the band covered “We Three Kings” early on in their set. The performance was broadcast on Live 105 for an event called Green Christmas. Courtney Love also took the Christmas tree that was on the stage with her at the end of the group's set.
We Three Kings
Asking for It
Hungry Like the Wolf (Duran Duran Cover)
He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss) (The Crystals Cover)
Best Sunday Dress
On December 9th, 1988, Tiny Lights played at Maxwell’s! This show occurred a little less than a year prior to the first Tiny Lights tape in The Mckenzie Tapes archive. Prior to this show, the band released their second album Hazel's Wreath on Gaia Records.
On December 9th, 1984, The Replacements played at CBGB's! The Mats played an absolutely epic set that appears to include more covers than original songs. The band covered a wide range of bizarre songs, including the Gilligan's Island theme, If I Only Had A Brain, and KISS's "Black Diamond." All in all, it was another Replacements gig for the ages!
Hear You Been to College
Easier Said Than Done (The Essex Cover)
Color Me Impressed
Music Is My Life
Jolene (Dolly Parton Cover)
Do the Clam (Elvis Presley Cover)
Walk on the Wild Side (Lou Reed Cover)
Hippy Hippy Shake (Chan Romero Cover)
Can't Get Enough of Your Love (Bad Company Cover)
My Generation (The Who Cover)
Substitute (The Who Cover)
Take Me Down to the Hospital
Do It for the Money
Iron Man (Black Sabbath Cover)
G.T.O. (Ronny & The Daytonas Cover)
The New World (X Cover)
It's Alright (J.J. Jackson & The Jackals Cover)
I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher Cover)
Kids Don't Follow
Takin a Ride
Temptation Eyes (The Grass Roots Cover)
I'm in Trouble
September Gurls (Big Star Cover)
My Best Friend's Girl (The Cars Cover)
Layla (Derek & The Dominos Cover)
One of the Boys (Mott The Hoople Cover)
Take a Letter, Maria (Justin Greaves Cover)
If I Could Slip Away
Green Acres Theme (Vic Mizzy Cover)
If I Only Had a Brain (Harold Arlen Cover)
Ballad of Gilligan's Island (The Marvelettes Cover)
Data Control (Husker Du Cover)
Be My Lover (Alice Cooper Cover)
Start Me Up (The Rolling Stones Cover)
I'll Be There (The Jackson 5 Cover)
Black Diamond (KISS Cover)
On December 5th, 1986, Soul Asylum played at Maxwell’s! 1986 was a big year for the Minneapolis band, as they released two albums, Made To Be Broken and a rare cassette only release entitled Time’s Incinerator. Both records were produced by their Twin Cities peer, Bob Mould.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends! Here’s a Turkey Day treat for you!
On November 22nd, 1985, the Feelies played at Maxwell’s! he show was the second of a two-night stand, and based on the Village Voice blurb included with the tape, it appears to be one of the first official gigs that the band played as the Feelies in five years. The band showcased some of their new material that would appear on their incredible 1986 album The Good Earth, including “Let’s Go,” “On The Roof,” and the holiday appropriate, “When Company Comes!” Happy Thanksgiving to all my Feelies loving friends! Also, this is labeled as the 1:00am “late show,” so I’m actually not sure if this is the 21st or 22nd. Either way, it rules! Enjoy!
On November 21st, 1997, Sonic Youth played at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. For this swanky orchestra hall gig, the band played almost entirely instrumental songs. They also previewed several songs that would appear on the forthcoming 1998 album "A Thousand Leaves."
Hits Of Sunshine
Female Mechanic Now on Duty
Heather Angel --
On November 20th, 1987, Alex Chilton played at Maxwell’s! This wasn’t just any Maxwell’s gig, though, as Chilton was by Paul Westerberg of The Replacements for part of his set! Replacements fans are well aware of Paul Westerberg’s affinity for Chilton, as The Replacements’ famous song “Alex Chilton” was the stand out track on their 1987 album, Pleased To Meet Me. I’m actually not sure of the logistics of this live collaboration because The Replacements had a show on the same night at The Beacon Theater in Manhattan. I’m guessing Paul hopped into a cab and rushed through the Lincoln Tunnel right after their set at the Beacon. If anyone has any information, please let me know!
On November 19th, 1989, Tiny Lights played at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick! Tiny Lights originally formed in Hoboken in 1985. According to the Painfully Obscure blog, the band was set to release their third album, Know it You Love, in 1989, but the release was pushed until 1990 because their label had dissolved. Despite this, the master recordings for the album were sent to the pressing plant before Gaia dissolved, and a number of advance tapes were printed up. Though Know It You Love was never officially released, the band released Hot Chocolate Massage in 1990.
From 1988 to 1994 Tiny Lights toured the United States extensively, performing with Michelle Shocked, 10,000 Maniacs, Henry Rollins, in addition to their Hoboken peers, The Feelies and The Bongos.
On November 13th, 1986, Iggy Pop played at the Ritz as part of a two night concert series sponsored by St. Pauli Girl. In 1986, Iggy Pop released his seventh solo album Blah-Blah-Blah, his most commercially successful album. The record included a cover of Johnny O’Keefe’s “Wild One” and three original songs co-written with ex-Sex Pistols guitar player Steve Jones. The remaining tracks were co-written by Bowie, who also produced the album with David Richards.
A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to the Bar None Records' offices in Hoboken. My friend Glenn Morrow and I spent a couple of hours digging through boxes of old tapes that he had in a storage room and uncovered some gems, including this cassette labeled "Neats LP / Replacements Radio Broadcast." What an interesting one this turned out to be! The Replacements sat down for an interview and performed a few tracks live on KJHK in Lawrence, KS.
From what I was able to gather from listening to the interview and in-studio live performance, the broadcast took place at some point in 1984 after the release of "Hootenanny." The interview is absolutely incredible, as the Mats ham it up and perform some tracks live, including a rendition of the Gilligan’s Island theme song. Listen to this right now!!!!
If anyone has an additional information about this interview, please let me know!
On November 11th, 2000, Alejandro Escovedo played at Mercury Lounge! During 2000, Escovedo toured between releases, as he released Bourbonitis Blues in 1999 and A Man Under the Influence in April 2001. This set features some songs from A Man Under The Influence, which was produced by Chris Stamey.
On November 19th, 1996, Royal Trux played at Mercury Lounge! The band played a number of songs from their forthcoming sixth studio album, Sweet Sixteen, which was released in February of 1997. The group split in 2001, but reunited in 2015. Their first album in almost two decades is scheduled for release in early 2019.
On November 8th, 1987, Government Issue played at CBGB’s! Forming in Washington D.C. in 1980, Government Issue was a part of the first wave of hardcore bands to emerge from our nation’s capital, alongside legendary acts such as Minor Threat. Over the course of the 1980s, the band shuffled through several different lineups, with John Stabb and Tom Lyle remaining constant on lead vocals and guitars, respectively. Around the time of this gig, J. Robbins joined on bass and Peter Moffett assumed drumming duties from Sean Saley. A few months prior, the band released their sixth LP on Giant Records, You. The lineup at this gig would remain in place until the band broke up in 1989. Subsequently, J. Robbins formed the beloved Jawbox and Burning Airlines, while Moffett joined Wool.
Government Issue has reunited sporadically over the last decade. They performed reunion shows in 2007, 2010, 2014, and 2015.
On November 5th, 1988, Nikki Sudden played at Maxwell’s! Best known as the frontman of the legendary British post-punk act Swell Maps. Following the breakup of Swell Maps in 1980, Sudden started a solo career and also released records with Dave Kusworth as the Jacobites. In 1988, Nikki Sudden released his fourth solo album, Crown of Thorns. He sadly passed away in March of 2006 at the age of 49.
In 2013 and 2014, The Numero Group reissued a series of Sudden's albums on vinyl, including Waiting on Egypt, The Bible Belt, Jacobites, Texas, Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc scheduled for February 2014.
On November 4th, 1998, The Afghan Whigs played at the Bowery Ballroom! A week prior to this show, the group released their sixth studio album, 1965. At this time, the group embarked on their own headlining tour, and toured with Aerosmith as their opening act.
On November 4th, 1995, Red Red Meat played at Brownie’s! The Chicago based blues-inspired indie rock quartet were in the midst of touring in support of their second album on Sub Pop, Bunny Gets Paid, which was released in October of 1995. Subsequently, the band would release their fourth full length in 1997, There’s A Star Above The Manger Tonight, before disbanding later that year.