Category Archives: punk

WALK LIKE A WOMAN by Peter Nolan Smith

Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT was a funny movie about two musicians hiding from the Mob in an all-women band and I didn’t think much about men dressing as women, until my next-door neighbor asked in his basement, “Who you think is prettier? Jack Lemmon or Tony Curtis?” “Neither.” The year was 1964 and […]

You Bet I Would – Blondie @ Coney Island

KLAUS NOMI LIGHTNING

A blizzard struck Manhattan on February 4, 1978. The snowstorm closed the city within the first hours. The streets became impassable for cars soon afterwards, as 100 mph winds buried the sidewalks under 5-foot drifts. My hillbilly girlfriend and I were trapped in our East Village apartment for days. The gas stove’s four burners prevented […]

Best Punch At CBGBs

Back in the 1970s CBGBs was a rough bar. The Hell’s Angels frequented the Bowery bar and no one challenged their claim to the punk rock venue, since the Angels scared off other asshole bikers, although not every night. In 1978 a packed house of garage rock fans greeted the Cramps’ debut and the Akron […]

Good Girl Trixie Treat Bad Girl

Boys and girls in trouble gravitated to CBGBs in the 1970s. No one had to be good and bad was a virtue. Few were more trouble than Trixie Treat. Like most of us she was her own worst enemy. I didn’t know her, but she handled personal mayhem with great dispatch. Sadly not much has […]