Mission of Burma - Ok No Way
People stand outside the rock club known as The Underground at 1110 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston on its final night of operation, Jun. 14, 1981. Although it was the city's leading club for progressive, experimental talent, The Underground was closed because Boston University, which owns the property,...
An unheralded Boston post-punk from the early 80s. This song is from a demo which never got released on vinyl or CD.
A vintage shot of Boston punk band, La Peste. In the late 70s, Boston rockers La Peste took their name from French author and philosopher Albert Camus’ 1947 novel of the same name (called The Plague in English) and subsequently helped Boston’s punk scene take a giant leap forward with their special…

New release of the day: E (Thrill Jockey) new combo w/ Thalia Zedek (Come/Live Skull) + members of Neptune/Karate

E, the trio of Thalia Zedek (Come, Uzi, Live Skull), Jason Sanford (Neptune), and Gavin McCarthy (Karate), have crafted an album that fuses an explosive, industrial sound with the patience and reservation only practiced songwriters can invoke. While each member has decades of experience in the alter...
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Jan Crocker is with Wendy Stone and 2 others.

Be afraid...I just unearthed some Bound and Gagged footage I filmed at the Space

Official page of Someone & The Somebodies. The Somebodies are a seminal band from the 80s Boston Rock Scene.

Booking Alan Vega was moved from The Underground to Spit. July '81
Billy Idol appeared at pool tables

could be Suicide (but probably not)Soundboard > normal bias cassetteNot the best sounding, lots of distortion and at times the usual distance typical of small room soundboard tapes, with noises and feedback from Vega knocking the mic around but a rarity for Suicide/Alan Vega fans nonetheless. The ba...

The Birthday Party at Spit 11-6-81 day after being unplugged at Underground (NYC)

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The Proletariat was formed in Southeastern Massachusetts (smack dab between Boston & Cape Cod) early in 1980 when Peter & Frank were attending Southeastern Massachusetts University (now Umass Dartmouth) and Richard was at a nearby community college (BCC). Fueled by their exposure to bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks, The Jam, The Clash, PIL, & Gang Of Four (and realizing that it didn’t take any special skill to be in a band – thanks Sid Vicious!), they eventually gravitated towards music.

Tired of the pompous bands of the 70’s with their elaborate stage shows they gravitated towards sparse presentation, preferring to let the music and lyrics stand on their own. Exposure to different political ideas in college and living during the Carter/Reagan years also greatly shaped their thoughts, political ideals and desire to focus on this subject matter. And although all were from normal middle class backgrounds, their activism leaned towards the left (attracted to the idealism of some of those philosophies, eventually realizing the naiveté of those systems).

Peter & Rick were the first to get the bug to start a band. After trying out a few guitarists with little success they started their campaign to convince their friend Frank to join (who was coming to most of the practices anyway). High schooler Tommy McKnight was later added on the recommendation of Peter’s cousin Patrick Norton.

The band played together almost five years. From 2/14/81- 7/1/85 they played 115 shows with 124 different bands. During that time they played with many of the best punk bands of this era (Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Bad Brains, Misfits, Flipper, Crucifix, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedy’s, Gang Green, Mission Of Burma, The Effigies, Stiff Little Fingers, Angry Samoans, Husker Du, Jerry’s Kids, Channel 3, SSD, Jody Fosters Army, Negative Approach, The Freeze, The F.U.’s, Volcano Suns, Etc.), young upcoming punk bands (Deep Wound, Sorry & Neutral Nation), punk pioneers (Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Johnny Thunders, Dead Boys & G.G. Allin) and other distinguished bands (Native Tongue, Dangerous Birds, Del Fuegos, 007, Plan 9, The Lyres, Boys Life, Prime Movers, Alien Sex Fiend, The Neats & Wild Kingdom).

While not a hardcore band they often played on the same bills, admiring their youthful energy & bonded in their rebelliousness. They made their mark by combining various styles into a unique sound while floating their political ideals above the din. Not wanting to preach they rarely forced these beliefs on people & kept the lyrics fairly cryptic and sparse to leave the thoughts open for some interpretation. Since their demise other bands have tried to emulate their sound but they still remain highly original and difficult to duplicate.

The band has various recorded works including the rare Distortion Cassette, tracks on the This is Boston, Not LA LP & Unsafe at any Speed EP, 2 full length LP’s – Soma Holiday (named after the drug used to control society in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World) & Indifference (inspired by the photography of David Henry of the homeless in Boston), Marketplace 45 released in conjunction with Indifference and various artists compilations like the Peace comp.

In 1997 Taang! released all the recorded works of the band (including some previously unrecorded) on the Voodoo Economics and other American Tragedies 45 song, double CD.

In 2016 the band's first full-length and critically acclaimed album Soma Holiday was re-released on SS Records. The band reunited for a short tour and hasn't stopped. New music to come.
Bound & Gagged, performed at Hurrah on Jan. 30, 1981 SETLIST: 1) Black Sand 2) Sensation Center 3) Re-arrangement 4) Here Kitty 5) Chains and Polymers 6) Per...

Just finished the Consequence of Sound article on Fort Apache's early years. Ryan Bray did a very nice job editing insightful erudition from Kenneth Sean Slade,... Paul Kolderie, Bill Janovitz, Peter Prescott, Dicky Barrett & others. The Gary Smith years deserve more space, notching it up as they did to a whole other level; maybe they'll catch Smitty for a Pt. 2. Here's to our beautifully misspent youth, & to the cats & kittens coming up who are doing something today, someplace out there, that they will one day recall with pride & affection, too.
Former early & auxiliary members of the Fort Apache crew who weren't mentioned in the article include the late Gretchen Dyer, Greg Kendall, Bob Kendall, Clark Goodpaster, Mike Costello, Carl Plaster, & Lisa With All the PostIt Notes. My late Uncle Bob Vitale & Billy Conway swung hammers for / with the 4 of us, Rick Risti [AKA Mr. Michele Risti] built the UltraMegaExtensionChord that solved our electrical supply dilemma & got zapped off a ladder at South in the process.

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The Underground in Boston is feeling excited.

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New Order 1980

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Wayne Valdez added 2 new photos — with Neal Trousdale and Jan Crocker.

Joy division @ the underground 1980 photo by Neal trousdale

The Underground Remembered
by Jim Sullivan

There’s always a lot of chatter about the “underground,” generally the mythical rock ‘n’ roll underground, that credible, real music scene that exists somewhere deep under the mainstream, where all the cool bands hang and all the cool kids go to rock.

35 Years Gone...Remembered And Forgotten... thanks to Michael Marotta Jan Crocker and Jim Sullivan for
a dust off.

Article by: Michael Marotta Photo, Video, and Audio via: Flashpoint