Monday, March 31, 2008

August 1982, Wurmstadt Press

Special dedication to Jeff from Al-Bums in Shrewsbury who was moving to Germany. And yes that's Frankie on page two, along with Ronnie and Daffy Duck! Also The Nebulas, Unattached, The Neats and the closing of Xit 13. Big plans at Sanctuary, which I don't remember ever materialising. Also, SS Decontrol and Jerry Falwell. Boy that's alot of ground to cover.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

RIP, Ralph Moberly

None of this would have ever been possible without you!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

July 1982, I Flip For You

The Odds win the Battle of the Bands at Sanctuary. Don't forget they are playing the Wormtown 30th, night two, at Ralphs on May 3rd. Willie Loco live at Xit and on record from France. And The Stray Cats play at the aforementioned Sanctuary in the Worcester Center. I remember that night well. We had them over to the studios of WICN before the gig , someone made Brian Setzer a cake for his birthday with a model 55 Chevy on it. They did an interview with us and then on to the gig. They were still starting to catch on in the US and were very grateful for the airtime. Six months later they were back to play EM Lowes, and they wanted nothing to do with us by then. They were stars and Slim Jim Phantom was dating Faye Dunaway.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

May 1982, Four Years Old

The big fourth anniversary issue. Lots of looking back, some looking forward. Like The Spring Rock Showcase at Sanctuary in the Worcester Center. TSOL from California at The Cove with Aggressions and Unattached. New 45's from the Real Kids and Unnatural Axe. New Clash LP, which contained their biggest hit, and Joe Strummer "goes missing" as they say nowadays.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Listen to the Wormtown Sound

Celebrating the music of Worcester,
30 years worth

Celebrating the Show at Ralphs May 2nd and 3rd

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Wormtown 30th, Let The Hype Begin

Yes! Here's the Flyer and logo we came up with for the big show in May. Feel free to copy and paste on your sites, and distribute freely.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

April 1982, Xit Too

Yes, the club we dreamed of opened in March, with Flipper, The Freeze, and The Commandos. Looks like at first there were issues with the closing time. Sound familiar? The Odds were on the brink of releasing a 45. What the hell ever happened to that? Rich Parsons' Future Dads came to town. Also Lou Miami and the Kozmetics. The Jam and XTC release new LPs. All that and more!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

February 1982 ,Take Next Xit

Big news this month was the anticipation of the new club coming to Millbury St., Xit 13. The band Flipper, from San Fransisco scheduled to open. Also Dead Kennedys news, Red Rockers at Ralph's, Bad Brains debut cassette on ROIR. Unattached at Ralph's, Mission Of Burma to release new LP and The Clash in New York recording.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

January 1982, Back in a Wormtown Groove

OK, now it's time to return to the press.1982 looks like it started off with a bang. Notes on The Odds, Unattached, Aggressions, Boston Rock, national and international music and politics. It's all here in this very wordy issue. Plus lots of fun with the old cut and paste stuff on side two. I always had fun poking fun at the news and things non rock n roll.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Now,Here's a Grand Opening!

The Three Stooges, minus one, at Webster Square Plaza, June 3, 1967.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

OFF TOPIC, Handover (your money) Theatre

Tomorrow is opening night for the New Handover(your money) Theatre For the Performing Arts. I couldn't be more excited, Just look at the line up for the big night. Bernadette Peters, is she Bob's sister? How mediocre can you get? At least when the Centrum opened they got an A list performer. They got the building for a song from Redstone, got all kinds of tax breaks, donations and grants and they want people to "volunteer" to work there? You know there is probably someone at the top who's going to clean up. And as always, they say this will be the salvation of downtown Worcester. Just like the Mall was, the Centrum was, etc etc. We'll just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

December 1981, Another Year Over

And deeper in debt. Mission of Burma review from The Pub. Police control the crowd.Peter Dayton Band, The Jam, Taxi Boys, The Odds, band of the year, T&G shit of the year, Ralphs, Bar of the Year (again). Rolling Stones, aka The Cockroaches, at Sir Morgans Cove , bore of the year. I remember that day, and you wouldn't catch me anywhere near that place. Hundreds crowded Green St. the pouring rain to maybe get a glimpse of the stone age rock band who are still touring today. If they were old then, what are they now? On life support? They make millions on each show they play and haven't been relevant for at least 30 years.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

November 1981, No Turkeys Allowed

Boys Life, John Surettes' first band, plays Ralph's for WICN. The Odds and The Nebulas do an afternoon show at The Pub on Park Ave. That was Cactus Pete's up until recently. Let Them Eat Jellybeans, one of the all time great punk comps was released. U2 released "October", who could have known back then they'd become the powerhouse band of the decade back then. And I moved my radio show to a prime spot, Friday nights on WICN. And a review of Willie Loco Alexanders return to performing after a three year absence was the talk of Boston. I believe it was with his band The Confessions. Willie is still around occasionally today, you can get latest CD "Dog Bar Yacht Club" , with the Boom Boom Band online at

Monday, March 10, 2008

October 1981, A Quick One

Another short issue, only 1 side. We've got Lyres, Human Sexual Response, me complaining (!) about the music coverage in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Or was it the Gazette. Remember when they use to print two papers in one day? And also Romeo Void at Ralphs sponsored by WICN. I remember that night. We brought them back to the station for an interview and at one point I went into the record library to get a record and there was their lead singer, Deborah Iyall on the floor with some lucky fan. I wonder if she liked him better after they slept together? Never say never.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

August 1981, Wormtown Dog Days

Boy this year is flying ! Human Sexual Response, Mission of Burma, Psychedelic Furs, Club listings, and The Moral Majority. Jerry Falwell and his lot had the ear of the White House and were out to save the USA from people like me. Didn't work. Read all about it. Another issue that was devoid of any Worcester bands. And I call this a local fanzine. And you all believed me! MWAH Ha Ha Ha! But seriously, I was just short on funds back then, and could print for free.
You could hear it all on the radio show on wicn though.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

May 1981, Three Years Old

Yes , now 3 years strong , Wormtown carries on. This issue contains news of Antmusic, A Wicked Good Time, The Odds, Pastiche, Dead Kennedys and the Reagan assassination attempt. But Ronnie wasn't going out like that. Oh no, he was in it for the long haul. We haven't even got to Afghanistan or Nicaragua yet. And let's not forget Nancy 's "Just Say No" campaign . You can still see the benefits of that program today. And as a bonus, you get a reprint of the first issue. It's like nostalgia. Deja vu all over again.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

March 1981, No More Punk

In the title anyway. The "Punk Punk"was dropped. Punk was dead , I guess. Or was it? There are only 6 issues this year, must have been real lazy. Or maybe I just didn't care. Anyway it's the debut piece for The Odds! After trying to find their identity with several different names they settled on this, and it stuck for the rest of their days. Don't forget, they are reuniting for the 30th anniversary show at Ralphs on May 3rd, along with The Performers, and the Prefab Messiahs with Bobb Trimble. And The Commandos were just added to the friday show. More on that later.
This was suppose to be about that cheap ass one sided issue from March of '81.

Monday, March 3, 2008

December 1980, a year in review

Lots of "Best Of" stuff. Seem to be alot of that going around now in Worcester. Womag has their "Turtle Boy" stuff and The Pulse has their "Best of Worcester" stuff. Does anybody out there really think we need two award ceremonies? Well this issue didn't give out awards and nobody but me got to vote. Well, I wouldn't say it was a vote, since I wrote it you only get my opinion. But we've got Ralph's', and The Rave-Ons, Buzzcocks, WCUW , WICN, The Blue Moon Band, and of coarse The Clash. Now if only my brain had spell check back then, it would have been a perfect world.