Posted: Jun 17, 2005 11:41 am
With all due respect, Jackson wasn't really starved for good or at least interesting new wave and punk bands in the late 70's and early 80's. The Windbreakers definately ruled the scene in the early 80's, but there was stuff happening before that - notably at one of the city's two punk rock clubs, Skidmarks or The Pyramid, which attracted bands from New Orleans, Bogalusa (the mightly Bas Clas!!!), Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Mobile. Memphis bands weren't really part of the Jxn gestalt as I remember it. I remember the Crime actually being a little [/i][i]
new wave for most tastes (no disrespect intended; I loved the Crime!). But, again there were tons of cool bands playing regularly -- Windbreaker Bobby Sutliff's ORAL SOX, Windbreaker Tim Lee's other bands THE OCCASIONS and BEAT TEMPTATION, Joe Bennett's astounding Flamin' Groovies-like FLYRODS, the FILTRES who released an impossible to find single "Raw Sex" b/w "Plasma", MARCO DANE - a band of future Ole Miss Phi-Delts who were obsessed with the Ramones and the Circle Jerks, the incredible Gang Of Four influenced GERMANS who released a great single on the Void label in 1981, CHOCOLATE JESUS AND THE HEADLESS BUNNIES from Brandon, Mississippi who played some acid fueled and fried Child Molesters type art-punk, and a whole bunch more. Really, there was a great scene in Jackson at that time. And, it only got better when Tim Lee started bringing bands like Green on Red, the Lyres, and the Rain Parade to town. In fact, it all started going to shit when the White Animals started playing all the friggin' time, packing the club(s) out with ecstasy and eve tripping frat boys and gals. That scene smelled real bad, definitely not rock. I'm sure their records sound okay now; with the benefit of a couple of decades of perspective and considering the desuetude of a functional rock scene in most deep south locales, not to mention in the pop culture writ large, the White Animals probably sound like some kind of brilliance. But, nah.... I remember 'em sucking and THE PICCUPS rocking. Anyway, I'm high and rambling so I'll cease. One last note, though: If you want to check out the cool Jackson scene of the eighties try to track dow the comp LP "Familiarity Breeds Cotempt" that Tim Lee released on his Big Monkey label in 1983; also read a cool interview I did in 1988 with Bobby Suttliff of the Windbreakers at http://www.mitchworldusa.net/wbsmenu.html
; also, Tim Lee is playing still in Knoxville with his wife Susan on bass and some angry ex-hardcore kids turned power-pop freaks in a band called The In-Line Six. There's five of 'em. Who knew.