Category Archives: music

I WANNA BE HIM by Peter Nolan Smith

A good percentage of the spam cluttering my email inbox are ads for penis enhancements. The rest range from Viagra and porno to baldness and obesity cures. None of them are very sophisticated, since they are aimed at bald fat man with sexual issues. I’ve had a good sex life, although not this year. I’m […]

FATHER / Great Society

Joy Division USA Tour 1980

32 years ago New Wave rockers across America were excitedly anticipating Joy Division’s May 1980. The Manchester band was scheduled to appear at Hurrah in New York for three nights. None of us were expecting to hear the news of the singer’s suicide on the eve of his departure. Ian Curtis was dead. He had […]

I’m A Poseur Too

Last month I re-wrote a story about the Damned’s show at Hurrah in 1978. I thought that the Dead Boys from Cleveland were touring with the British group. Cheetah Chrome emailed a comment excoriating my time-misplacement. What an honor. Here is his email. SONIC REDUCER rocks. The Damned Live 1978 Cheetah Nice story , too […]

The Damned Live 1978

Hurrah was a walk-up nightclub on 32 West 62nd Street. The second-floor had been a disco in its previous reincarnation. Studio 54 put it out of business. The new owners brought downtown uptown by booking having Jim Fouratt book punk bands. Between sets video monitors played music and strobed a kaleidoscope of images. My friends […]