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New Wave Theater,
The Waitresses and The Plimsouls
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April 7, 1982 - - - -- by billy eye

new  wave theater's Peter Ivers LPBecause you can't go out every night (or can you?), there is a way you can get to see your favorite local bands without leaving the house. New Wave Theater on UHF channel 18. As usual, the April 17th edition will feature a mix of bands from the LA area, but because I'm not your TV Guide, I can't tell you exactly who they will be.

new wave theater This fast paced show presents the best of the great and the not so great bands from the local scene every week, and it is not to be missed. So don't.

Outrageous host Peter Ivers gives the show a sardonic edge, and the videos he produces for the show are often incredibly good, an expressive tour de force that showcases the bands the way they were meant to be seen.


Classic Peter Ivers

Local bands like Fear, X, The Blasters, Circle Jerks and The Dead Kennedys are shot in performance, no lip sync, with wild camera angles, and a small live audience present. The performances are interlaced on the spot with archival and original footage - the effect is socko television for anyone who loves new music.

new wave theaterRed Wedding recently filmed a spot for New Wave Theater, and their live performance made for some powerful viewing. The song they performed, "We Make History", is a favorite at Red Wedding shows and the resulting frantic video montage efectively captures the incendiary experience of the band's live shows.

new wave theaterSpeaking of Red Wedding, they played a great show at Club Lingerie in March with new drummer Brian Ford. This band has had some bad luck with drummers, losing two really good ones to other bands just last year. Out of frustration, an 808 drum machine was used for shows for a while, but this proved less than successful.

Lean and hungry lead singer Michael Ely continues to weave a hypnotic path in concert with his poetic lyrics and detached demeanor.

red wedding The blending of voices between Ely and bass player John Tagliavia creates a bone chilling effect, especially on standout tunes like "Think About It" and "All Dressed Up". Marc O creates seemingly incongruous synth sounds while Spider proves he is the guitar's master, his stunning music wrung out of the instrument's neck by sheer force.

A new album is due in a few weeks from this amazing group, called 'Up and Down the Aisle', so watch for it.

We Make History by Red Wedding from New Wave Theater

All Dressed Up by Red Wedding from New Wave Theater

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Around the town...

wall of voodooWall of Voodoo just signed with Miles Copeland's management company, along with Oingo Boingo. (Copeland is president of IRS Records and manages The Police). I guess it's the big time for Wall of Voodoo now, and you read about 'em here first.

The Boingo boys put on one of the best live acts you will ever want to see, if energetic power-pop is your flavor of the month. I saw them at the Country Club in Reseda not long ago and they have a large and rabid following. I think rabid is the right word. Oingo Boingo is brainy new wave pop and their stage show was even better than the one in the parking lot where a certain smart alec red head former big time kid star tried to sell me coke.

The band Nile will be appearing at The Troubadour on April 27th and at Madame Wong's West on the 29th. These guys did the trippy theme song ("Pink Motel") to a great documentary film called "Motel" and hail from the Malibu Area.

The Smog Marines, one of my favorite all time bands, have evolved (with a couple of new members) into the tremendously exciting new romantic experience Aphotic Culture and they are destroying audiences with their funky fun ride. Great at Al's Bar recently.

1980s punk rock Los angeles The Grandia Room will be presenting 'Art' videos and record company promo films by artists like David Bowie, Grace Jones, Kraftwerk and others on the last Sunday of each month. The Grandia Room is a great party space, stark, only slightly seedy, and events are being scheduled there that will require your attendance.

The location on Hudson Street in Hollywood off of Melrose makes Grandia Room accessible for people all over town. Some great bands will be playing here in this space soon; look for the crowd outside, the street itself is kind of dark and the club is hard to see from the street.

Perkin's Palace

The Plimsouls

1980s LA bandsThe Plimsouls played a triumphant set at Perkin's Palace recently and nearly sold the place out. This is a band reeling from their disastrous deal with Planet Records, but The Plimsouls are on the way back up thanks to strong new material and an aggressive assault on the local clubs. They remain LA favorites, group leader Peter Case is one of the best pop songwriters on the scene and The Plimsouls sound better than ever as a band. "A Million Miles Away" and "Inch by Inch" are stand-outs, real high energy pop.

Los Angeles bandsThe animated audience certainly was responsive to the band and most seem to be new fans. The Plimsouls were there at the birth of 'new wave' and came up through the clubs at the same time as the Go-Gos, and the Go-Gos have been a national sensation for years.

PlimsoulsThere is no question that The Plimsouls are the real thing, with stronger material and musicianship than their more successful counterparts, but national exposure still eludes them. The bonus for concert goers is that we get to see this great band in smaller venues like Perkin's Palace and occassionally even in record store parking lots.

LA bandsThe Waitresses

Another surprise show at Perkin's was The Waitresses when they played in March. This group is really together, lead singer Patty Donahue resembles a fifties high school cheerleader gone nuts in the eighties.

The music, most of it penned by keyboardist Chris Butler, is smart and sophisticated, while the presentation is irreverent and sly, with welcome solos from band members who can actually carry it off. The sax player is outstanding! When it came to doing their KROQ rotated hit, 'I Know What Boys Like', lead singer Patty let everyone know what she was thinking... with a prolonged pause before... "Sucker!"

The Waitresses are best appreciated live in concert, because as good as most of their material is, the band is still produced on vinyl like a novelty record. This is a band expanding in two directions at once, but I like the effect.

I also caught the new group Mnemonic Devices while stumbling blindly through the clubs this week. They're a really good arty band, and I will review them at length later. Look for something on vinyl from these guys soon.

The Ju Ju Hounds, fronted by Kerry McBride, are fast becoming scene favorites thanks to the quirky sets they've played at Al's Bar and elsewhere. Their hypno-junglecentric rhythms, paired with a lead singer who manages to be both garish and somber at once, are not to be missed.

There's always more for next time...


Editor's Note:
By this point, Judy Zee had stopped contributing to the Data-Boy Rock and Roll articles.

UPDATE:
new  wave theaterPeter Ivers was brutally murdered in his downtown LA loft a year or so after this article ran, before he could take his successful cable access show to a wider audience. The motive for the murder was evidently robbery, though there were other theories floating around at the time, some of them rather bizarre. There are some excellent video collections from the series for sale.

Peter Case of The Plimsouls is still recording and has a website out there somewhere.

Michael Ely and Jim 'Spider' Taylor (Red Wedding) have resurfaced a new CD. Their new recording name is Smoke & Mirrors - their first CD "The Perfume of Creosote: Desert Exotica Part One" (Click to order) was released in 2004 to worldwide acclaim (no kidding!).

Smoke & Mirrors (4 1/2 stars out of 5)
The Perfume of Creosote
Hurrah! A concept album.
Taking aspects of ambience, world music, psychedelia and jazz, the artists concerned, Michael Ely and Spider Taylor, have produced a lush and exotic beast of an album, inspiring in its beauty and wonder. It could have been a bit of a mess, what with tribal percussion, prog rock guitars, trip-hop beats an ambient soundscapes, but you'll be hard pushed to find a better fusion experiment.
- Stuart aka zeitgeist

They had a hit CD in 2005 - Smoke & Mirrors: Dieties
"Smoke & Mirrors - "Deities" 2xCD - Michael Ely and Spider Taylor's second release brings 140-odd minutes minutes of highly palatable and cinematic tribal pop exotica. Like the bastard love child of Martin Denny and the early Factory Records roster, these 22 instrumental tracks are an expansive journey through ancient cultures as seen through the eyes of modern soundtrack composers. Each track on 'Deities' is devoted to/inspired by a different Hindu deity, and with their highly-developed melodic structure and a good ear for nuance and playful mystery, SMOKE & MIRRORS have constructed a melodic and accessable travelogue. In fact, their upbeat instrumental work favorably reminds me of THE CHURCH frontman STEVE KILBEY's obscure 'Earthed' release. 'Saraswati, The Wise' is a standout, mashing up tablas and banjo alongside drum programming, synth, and guitars for a wonderously joyous vibe. Spectacular, living, and vibrant sounds that uplift the spirits and open up whole new (and old) worlds." (Aural Fixation)

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Punk Rock Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION

10-7-80 The first article, The Masque, Punk bands, Darby Crash & The Germs, The Garage

10-21-80 The Toasters, Great Buildings, The Go-Gos

11-2-80 New Wave nights in Hollywood, T.S.O.L, Shandi, The Smog Marines

11-16-80 Grace Jones, The Nobodys, Billy Sheets and the Elites, The Talking Heads

12-1-80 Hollywood Boulevard 'punks'

12-27-80 End of the year wrap-up, The Naughtie Sweeties, Dead Kennedys, Fear, punk riot in the OC

12-27-80 David Bowie as The Elephant Man

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1-05-81 Devo, Rock Against Racism

1-19-81 John Hiatt and The Toasters at the Starwood

2-03-81 Wendy O Williams, London aka Motley Crue, and Live Nude Girl

2-17-81 The Veil, Darby Crash death, Phil Seymour and The Textones

3-5-81 New wave night at the Odyssey, Ray Manzerek

3-19-81 The East LA scene, Hey Taxi!, The Rentz, The Plugz, The Detour, Human Sexual Response

3-19-81 Judy Zee on LA radio in 1981

4-02-81 Tonio K & Romeo Void, Oki-Dog, Flippers, A week in the LA clubs

4-16-81 XTC, Wall of Voodoo, Madame
Wong, and The Pop

4-30-81 U2 and Missing Persons

5-14-81 Billy Eye Rock Awards, Manakin

5-28-81 Missing Persons at the Topanga Corral

6-11-81 The Brat, Parapalegic Infants in Downtown LA and U2 in Santa Monica

6-25-81 Performance artist Adore O'Hare, downtown clubs, Red Wedding

6-25-81 Missing Persons in Westwood

7-09-81 Los Illegals, The Brat in Hollywood, Al's Bar, Johanna Went, Jerry Lee Lewis

7-09-81 John Cale live at The Whisky

7-23-81 Brave Dog, Stiff Little Fingers with Missing Persons, The Grandmothers

8-06-81 Bow Wow Wow, Malcolm McLaren, Mad Society, Ian Hunter , and the new psychedelia

8-22-81 Missing Persons, Jean Pierre Rampal

9-07-81 Filming at the Brave Dog, Red Wedding, Atomic Cafe, The Stains, Los Illegals, East LA bands

10-06-81 KROQ of the '80s, hardcore EPs, Missing Persons at The Whisky

10-20-81 West Hollywood & the end of The Starwood

4-7-82 New Wave Theatre, Aphotic Culture, The Waitresses and The Plimsouls

5-07-82 In the clubs, The Spoons, Nick Lowe, Madame Wong's West, Angry Samoans, Motley Crue

5-21-82 Interview with Terry Bozzio in 1982

8-27-82 Missing Persons, Red Wedding at the Whisky, Dream Syndicate, The Untouchables, The Go-Gos, Orange County hardcore

1-12-83 End of the year, Minutemen, Fear, Gun Club, Theoretical party, KROQ, Missing Persons

3-14-85 Red Wedding closes The Odyssey in 1985


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