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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturday Night Fever

Back in the late 1970s I was the Student General Manager of my high school radio station, and my friend David Savoy was the Music Director. David & I teamed up after High School to promote all-ages rock & roll shows as P.S. Productions (that lasted about a year and made us no money, but it did lead to our promoting a show that featured the band Husker du, who later hired David as their manager and moved him to Minneapolis, but that's another story)...

Where was I? Oh yes, David also was an intern at rocker WCOZ in Boston, and was dj Cindy Bailen's assistant on her once-a-week midnight show featuring local bands. Continuing last week's Saturday Night Fever theme of Boston bands of the 70s and 80s, tonight we have Cindy Bailen's favorite group, the Sex Execs, with their hit "My Ex".

Note for those of you born after 1980- that thing on the table in the hotel room is a television, even though it looks nothing like the ones we have today. The knob on front is how we used to choose the channel, before Al Gore invented the remote.

16 comments:

Malach the Merciless said...

Wow, Bob Mould is my hero, I met his once when he performed at UMASS Dartmouth promoting "Black Sheets of Rain".

The Sex Execs, I barely remember them, but do remember life before cable.

Colonel Colonel said...

There was life Before Cable?

Surely you jest...

Mike said...

Al Gore invented cable television too.

I'll have to come back to watch the video. My wife is in the room and music makes her grumpier.

Yes, that's right, I said grumpier.

C.Rag said...

Power to 1980's babies!

Simply Curious said...

You made me feel like a little kid lurking. My god, I was born in the late 80s...

I second C.Rag!

Colonel Colonel said...

Mike: God bless Al Gore, and He should, because Al invented Him.

C.Rag: We always knew something good was gonna come out of that decade.

SC: I envy people who don't remember living through Ronny Raygun's Presidency.

here today, gone tomorrow said...

Great stuff!! I cannot part with my 80s-era bright pink leg warmers.

C.Rag said...

I would trade Raygun for Dumbya.

Colonel Colonel said...

HTGT: Hey, I had a pair of those too!

C.Rag: Raygun & Dubya are different types of evil. It's hard to explain how depressing it was to see Raygun come in at that time and proceed to dismantle everything that we had just spent 40 years building. It was almost worse than Bush, somehow. One thing was that while Bush has an approval rating of what, 8%?, Raygun always had an 80% or somesuch approval rating. It was a really depressing time.

Cissy Strutt said...

Ah, when hotel rooms came with resident bands. I remember it well ...

I had some of those haircuts too. Yes, even the ones on the guys.

Mike said...

Forget resident bands.

I only stayed in hotels that had those magic fingers vibrating beds. Man you could plop in a quarter and just vibrate up a freaking storm.

Yeah, those were the days.

Phoebe Fay said...

Sadly, the video is no longer available.

I, too, envy people who've never known the 80s. I'd like to forget good chunks of the '90s and 2000s, too. Come to think of it, the last good year I had was 1971. I was 5 and didn't know how fucked up the world was.

Tell you what, just wake me up when we've finally graduated into a Star Trek world.

Phoebe Fay said...

Ah that it is now. Wonderful. Unlike Cissy, I never actually had any of those haircuts. But only because I was hopelessly uncool. And the victim of a vicious perm gone bad in 1982.

C.Rag said...

What was so bad about the '90s? I was a kid so I don't really know.

pissed off patricia said...

I think I sinned and cursed Al Gore last week when I was having computer problems. If he hadn't invented these tubes and wires and stuff, I wouldn't have gone crazy missing my computer.

Colonel Colonel said...

Cissy: Every cheap motel around Boston used to have its own band. Those were The Days, indeed.

Mike: Ah yes, the "magic finger" beds! Always the sign of a classy place.

Phoebe: I hate it when Good Perms go Bad.

C.Rag: The 90s were ok, not great, not bad. Well, except for Andre Rieu.

PoP: That damned Al Gore. And now he's gon and invented Global Warmy. When will it ll end?