Long before he fronted the Final Solutions or joined the Goner Records team — yet not so soon after Zac Ives (at left, in burgundy t-shirt) moved from Oklahoma to Memphis to attend college and play varsity baseball — he discovered the Antenna Club.
Zac’s hazy memories of 1588 Madison Ave:
- My roommate in college — Chuck Ellingsworth (yes, Wendy Dunlap’s little brother) — was always big on telling me how since he grew up in Memphis (and I had just moved here to go to school from Oklahoma) he really “knew” which places to stay away from. He tried hard to convince me not to go to the Antenna Club. He looked at me wide eyed when I told him where I was going… “The Antenna Club? That’s where my sister hangs out. Those people are crazy. You can’t go there…. You’ll get killed!” I wasn’t so worried, Chuck couldn’t even do his own laundry… that’s Rhodes College for you.
- First few shows… Dead Milkmen was one… but the one I remember best was Brainiac. At the time I didn’t understand that keyboards could be cool — not just New Wave. They were insane… one of the first times I left a show a changed person. I went with my friends Matt and Cheese. Cheese was from Wisconsin, that’s why we called him Cheese. Matt was a horror film buff from Alabama. We drank Mickey’s in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot until it was time for the show.
- The first time I saw Impala and Justin was blowing fire out of his saxophone… this taught me that saxophones could be cool. I guess we have a little theme going here.
- Finally — the first time I saw Guided By Voices — they played a massive show at Antenna w/ Strapping Fieldhands and the Grifters… all three bands were amazing. But as GBV was my favorite band at the time — I was struck by the fact they just were such a motley group of old goofballs. And how they brought a cooler out on stage and played til all the beer was gone. And there was no set list — you just yelled out songs and they played them. Ahh, the old days.