Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Furies, Live, The Worm Bros, WCUW 10/16/91

   Happy New Year Wormtown!!! Last year I went through my archives of radio interviews from WDOA.com. So, we're kicking off this year with a new project.
   2020 marks 40 years since I started hosting radio programs over various outlets in Worcester. Over at WCUW in 1991, my friend and radio Co-Host Jeff Worm held down Wednesday nights at 910 Main Street, preceding Captain PJ's show. We would play anything from the local bands along with national and international artists of the times. We wanted to better represent the scene by inviting bands to perform live on the air, something WCUW already had a history of doing.
   It was the fundraising period for the station so we invited The Furies to perform in an attempt to entice the listeners to pledge their support. Consisting of Bobby Snow on guitar and Vocals, Steve Aquino on also Guitar and Vocals, Paul Richard on Bass and for this gig, Mike Arguin on drums. Mike, who has toured with Sleepy LaBeef ,was filling in for Buck Burbury who was most likely on tour as he is a drum tech to the stars. Back in those days 'cuw was a fly -by-the-seat-of-your-pants station who's equipment was chugging along as best as it could with limited resources. The beginning of the recording is a little uneven, but it smooths out just fine as the performance goes along. Also in the house that night was Captain PJ who intros the band. These days you can find Bobby Snow playing in a country band called Cactus, Steve is handling guitar duties for the world famous Lyres out of Boston, Paul is a member of Worcester faves The Fearless Leaders, and Buck is usually on tour with Lionel Richie or someone of that caliber. Click on the link below and turn it up!

 The Furies Live on Worm Bros. Show, WCUW, 10/16/91

                                      Photos circa 2007 version of The Furies


Monday, December 2, 2019

Ralph's Diner 40th Anniversary

What can we say about Ralph's Diner. For forty years they have offered the Worcester area diverse shows spanning every genre you could imagine. Beginning with the man himself, Ralph Moberly, you were offered food and drink and eclectic music. That carried over to a run by his wife Carol, who then turned it back over to to Ralph and eventually sold it to Vincent Hemmeter. The anniversary show held on October, 19th and in two parts .I only made the afternoon portion of the show which featured Wormtown  Legends The Performers and the newly resurrected version of The Ballbusters along with the Sonomatics. The crowd was scarce but the spirit was high.  Here are some songs that afternoon.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sleepy LaBeef, Live from Wormtown, May 2005

Sleepy LaBeef is defined as a true Legend. Born in Arkansas in 1935 he has been a staple on the Country/Rockabilly scene since the 1950's working besides such names as Elvis, Johnny Cash, and a host of other artists. He made his name with his deep sounding voice and six foot plus stature all over the world. This performance and interview was recorded for my wdoa.com show at Rox's Roadhouse in Oxford, MA during a stop in 2005. Sleepy had played Worcester previously at The Plantation Club and Johhny D's in Somerville many times over the years. Still touring today, if you ever get the chance to see him, do not hesitate!

Sleepy LaBeef, Live From Wormtown  

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Punks Not Dad, WURN.net

Here's something from July 2012 that's a little different. Punks Not Dad are a band I discovered back in 2009. They were four older gentlemen who loved Punk Rock and had disdain for how the young people were representing it at the time. This inspired them to start a band some 30 years after the initial punk explosion and show them how it should be done. Going by the names of Sid Life Crisis on vocals, Johnny Cardigan on guitar, Joe Strimmer on bass, and Adrian Viles on drums, they performed music that related to their everyday life. After hearing such songs as "In Me Shed", Man Flu", Banned from the Barfly" and "Gaye Adverts Eyes," I had to try to contact them to see if I could get the whole story. As it turned out Mr. Life Crisis agreed to do a phone interview from his home in Cardiff, Wales. He spoke of the bands roots, reasons for forming this group and releases they had both past and future. They had two recordings out at that time "Allen Key in the UK" and "We are the Dads" and had plans for future releases. They also released a video for their song "Monkey Boots" featuring some famous faces known in the UK to rave reviews. After hearing his story, I too joined The New Dads Army and have been a proud member ever since. 

Punks Not Dad on wurn.net 

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Carbon/Silicon Live TT the Bears w/ Mick Jones, Tony James Interview

   Here's one from the lost and found files from April 5, 2008 at that infamous club in Cambridge. This was recorded just before we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Wormtown for air on WURN.org and somehow it got pushed aside and forgotten until now. Myself and radio partner Jeff Worm made our way to Mass Ave. on a cold and dreary day to take in the show. I was determined to get some kind of interview with this  band formed by Clash and Big Audio Dynamite Guitarist Mick Jones and his band mate Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik Bassist Tony Jones. Formed in 2002 they released "MPFree" as their first single. They would go on to record thirteen "albums" from 2006-2009 and give them all away free for download from their website. As Mick says in this interview, "we didn't need the money". Somewhat similar  to BAD, they used samples and loops in their early work but progressed on to a more traditional sound of a rock and roll band. They had five more commercial digital releases from 2010 to 2013 and are still listed as an active band.
   The show was very well received by the crowd with the band rounded out by Dominic Greensmith on drums and Leon "Easykill" Williams on bass. After the performance Mick stuck around to meet fans and sign autographs. As for the interview parts of this recording, Jeff and I were wandering around before the show and noticed a fancy tour bus parked behind TT's and knocked on the door. Tony James invited us in for a talk while Mick opted to do his interview after the show. So that's how I left this recording for your listening pleasure.

 Carbon/Silicon Live TT the Bears w interviews

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Balls, Live From Wormtown

This time we examine the Russian influence on the Wormtown Music Scene with an interview of The Balls from March of 2003. Yes, long before the election scandals, Worcester was infiltrated with a Russian operative by the name of Andrei Krutov, aka The General. Formed in 1999 along with Brian Hoffman/drums, Chris Kanaracus/guitar, and Charles Respess /bass, almost on a dare, they burst onto the stage of the Lucky Dog to sing songs about Relationships, Life and Sex. Soon, they built a fan-base on the merits of Krutovs' stage antics which consisted of disrobing throughout the set and eventually ending up almost completely naked. In 2004 they recorded a CD at Tremolo Lounge under the control of Roger Lavallee. It gave us such timeless classics as "Sucky Laundromat", "Shiny Nipple" and "Swedish Fish" to name a few.  Over the years there have been a few line up shifts and adding of additional band members, Wayne Winslow, Jon Ho and Lovina to give them a fuller live sound. They still get together every year or so to the delight of their followers and always pack the house.

The Balls, Live From Wormtown 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sasquatch and the Sick A Billys, Live from Wormtown, 2003

From September of 2003 we hunt down and capture the legendary Sasquatch and his Sick A Billys. Hailing from Providence I first saw this man, real name David Podsnap, at Vincent's. He was unlike any performer I'd seen prior. The buzz was heavy about this guy who played like a possessed demon, wildly strumming his guitar, screaming into the mic, howling at his audience. His shows often left both club owners and fans awestruck. Sometimes from the music and sometimes from his antics, which eventually led to a ban from Ralph's Diner Stage. Undaunted, he found other clubs in the city that would allow his band to perform namely The Lucky Dog on Green Street where he layed out his cards for years afterwards. He released numerous recordings on CD over the years since this interview and now can be found at his Nightclub/restaurant in Warren RI called Galactic Theatre. A little more reserved than he was in his early days, you can still see him perform today at occasional gigs but when the music starts, you'll see the side of him that made him a legend.

 Sasquatch and the Sick A Billys, Live From Wormtown

                                          With Harley Davidson of Deadbolt
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