Category Archives: music

NEW ROSE – The Damned 1979

The Damned played Hurrah in September 1979. New York’s Misfits opened the show. The 62nd Street club was packed with punks. I was working security and my job was to lead the band up to the stage. Several minutes before the show I asked them if they needed anything and one of them said, “4 […]

WORKING CLASS HERO / John Lennon

I can’t stand the Beatles after BEATLES FOR SALE. Most of the McCarthy songs beyond that LP are minorpieces of mediocre insipiditude. REVOLUTION is a total cop-out. Post-Beatles John Lennon was another story and few song beat the power of WORKING CLASS HERO to inspire the struggle. The revolution was over only for those who […]

CBS Top 10 Songs For Labor Day 2012

I googled ‘top ten songs labor day’ and was surprised by the top selection from CBS. #1 Van Morrison “Brown Eyed Girl” I never expected Van Morrison to score that high. Go Ireland. The rest of the list was comprised of old classics. #2 Eagles “Hotel California” #3 Four Seasons “Sherry” #4 Beatles “Hey Jude” […]

KICK OUT THE JAMS by Peter Nolan Smith

In the fall of 1969 my all-boys parochial school entered a chocolate-selling competition with the other Catholic educational institutions in Boston. The top prize for most sales was a concert by a band from Elektra Records. Rumors abounded that the band on offer was The Doors. Everyone wished it was true, because in 1967 the […]

FLUTE THING By Peter Nolan Smith

In the Spring of 1969 I ran for president of the South Shore CYO Deanery. My older brother was the incumbent and my election was close to unanimous. Mid-summer summer I met with the other officers at the CYO headquarters in Weymouth to plan out our event schedule for autumn, winter, and spring. The previous […]