Category Archives: punk

SONIC REDUCER by the Dead Boys

Every Memorial Day Weekend the radio stations spins the top 1000 hits of rock and roll. The #1 song for decades was Zeppelin’s STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN or else the Beatles HEY JUDE. SATISFACTION came close to reaching # 1, but Led Zeppelin’s rip-off of Spirit’s TAURUS has proven too strong to be knocked off the […]

Dead Boys Who?

This Halloween weekend I traveled to Cleveland for my nephew’s wedding. I arrived on Friday afternoon and left Sunday at noon. I asked scores of Cleveland natives if they had ever heard of The Dead Boys, the fiery rebellious punk band from the shores of Lake Eire. “Sonic Reducer.” The song is considered a punk […]

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 […]

Lame Ass Poser

Editors and agents have asked for a definition of my writing. Corporate executives like neat niches. I tell them the easy answer, “Semi-fiction.” “What’s that?” None of them are familiar with that genre, since it doesn’t really exist in their marketplace. “Whatever is interesting is true.” My employer Richie Boy had once described my story-telling […]

Watch The Steps / Hurrah Nightclub

Throughout the late 1970s Hurrah was New York’s premier punk/new wave dance hall with DJs filling in between the live bands such as the Damned, Buzzcocks, Dead Boys, Klaus Nomi along with Divine in the off-Broadway exploitative prison play WOMEN BEHIND BARS. Jim Fouratt hired me to work the front door. Haoui Montaug handled the […]