From this week’s Memphis Flyer:
The Antenna Club Redux
A reunion brings mods and rockers back to the punk crossroads.
by Chris Davis
Panther Burns’ loquacious drummer Ross Johnson, who has attempted but never finished a book on the Antenna Club, confesses, only somewhat begrudgingly, that [Jeff] Golightly’s description of the early scene is accurate. As a part of the snottier, noisier art-rock side of Memphis punk, there was a time when Johnson couldn’t readily admit it was the Crime’s smart power pop that kept the club’s doors open. “We could be really cruel sometimes,” he says, remembering that he used to get a kick out of sitting at the bar and heckling other bands. “Time softens things,” he says, recalling the time he was thrown out of the club for throwing a beer at his sometime-bandmate Alex Chilton.
For the rest of Davis’ story, go here.
Need more on drummer/raconteur Johnson? Check out this bit by Chuck Eddy, who describes our hero as “a Memphis underground legend (he’s worked with everyone from Jon Spencer to Peter Buck, Alex Chilton to Tav Falco) and also a musical laugh riot – at least if you think shuffling up drunken standup routines with crazed ’60s soul-garage-punk and rockabilly is a smart mix, which you damn well better.”
Concludes Eddy: “Make It Stop! The Most of Ross Johnson is easily one of the best new albums I’ve heard in 2008.”