I was rummaging through one of my many compartmental spaces in my home and came across some interesting memorabilia from my days managing the production at the Mudd Club. I still must search the web for pictures as I really do not have many from those days, only the few that I have when I played at the Mudd with my band, The Lampshades. (So, forgive me for plagiarizing some photo’s-actually who cares). I vaguely remember the Mudd club deviant cards that was made up and I think it was done in the 4th floor art gallery, and they were laminated too! Surprised that Steve (Dr. Mudd) bought a laminator. I also think it was given out by Keith Haring, but I’m not sure as most of the time after the bands were set up it was hard to distinguish who was who and what the hell, they were doing but it was all fun and debauchery at the end of the night. Here is my deviant Mudd card – Yes, I looked extremely deviant.
The next 2 items I came across was a couple of buttons — for the life of me I don’t know how I got these. Altough a good piece of lost memories, and when I say lost, I mean lost, not to be found.
As said, I really don’t have any other photo’s of the club except when I played the Mudd – I posted these before by what the hell here they are again. My time at the Mudd Club was only in the early 80’s for about 2 years or so. I was not there when it first opened in 78, I started working there in early 81 until about 82ish. Experienced a lot of good bands and some real shit ones – The DJ’s where Hot, Anita Sarko, David Azarch kept the place moving. I Worked when Frank Zappa played there, mixed Johnny Thunders in his acoustic set (what a trip), set up Question Mark and the Mysterians, Sam and Dave, Reggae, Samba, & Punk bands–You name it I worked it.Usually ending the night at 4am or so in the morning and then out to an afterhours club and when those doors opened the sun was out and my trek back home to Long Island to bed or crashing in the city at a friends place and start all over again later that night back at the Mudd Club!
Drinking and drugs will put you in a state – your mind is hazy and your life you hate. Just when you think you got off the floor, your demons are conquered, you’re looking for more. Your head is spinning just like a top, hanging on the bowl now you up chuck. As you are down on your luck and look at the road, there is that toad in the middle of that road, a car goes by that toad goes splat sorry to say that’s where it’s at, “Everything is Flat!”
There where many mainstays at Max’s Kansas City back in the early mid to late 70’s. When I was either working as a production hand or just hanging out at Max’s, One of my favorite’s was “Mink DeVille”. Just a cool sharp rock n roll band with an ethnic punky flair that combined Spanish, Cajun and zydeco influences that was all new to me. Willy Deville, the leader of the band brought in this style that was unique as it was sharp and cutting edge for that time period. The band drew from many sources including Latin music, French creole ballads, New Orleans funk and Cajun accordion music. Just down right fun music to listen and dance too! Willy was born William Borsey in Stamford, Conn. and at a young age of 17 starting hanging out in Greenwich Village and down on the lower east side where he learned to play guitar and started performing. He was in several bands before he formed the Mink Deville band. I couldn’t even tell you and don’t even know the names of those bands Willy played in and what influenced him in those early stages. Willy was a sharp dresser and played the part to the “T”. From his dark slim tight fitting suits, thin tie and his pointed black dress shoe’s – he screamed Rock and Roll in a punkish sort of way.
For the most part that was my experience with Willy & Mink Deville, although I thoroughly enjoyed the band and their front man “Willy Deville”.
Sadly, Willy DeVille died on August 9th of 2009, of pancreatic cancer. His adventurous forays into rhythm and blues, Cajun music and salsa made him one of the most original figures of the New York punk scene of the 1970s, He was 58 when he died.
Note: I found all these pictures from the internet – as I have none of my own from that time period, as who the hell carried a camera around with them back in the late 70’s and 80’s and of course cell phones did not exist! So thanks to all who took these pictures and full credit is deserved.
A straightforward tune that might be
its own anthem asserting: “this is your moment”
and fortifying its message with a strong double-
tracked main vocal. There appears to be some
beat anomalies though one never knows if these
are intentionally placed or artifacts from a rebellious
effect plug or two.
The instrumental break is sparse and somewhat disembodied
and the lyrics perhaps a bit redundant. The sound is more
’neo-garage’ then it is ‘recording studio’ polished but allowances
should always be made as this is part of the ‘appeal’ of Buzzi’s
One wonders if the author was up against a deadline (self-imposed or otherwise)to complete it – There’s ‘more to this life’ than we are given here both thematically and stylistically. Perhaps the entertainment adage to ‘always leave the audience wanting more’ has been employed here with skilled hands (and ears) and for those die-hard fans of Buzzi’s music out there ‘This Is My Life’ might be the sonnet they’ve been waiting for. – JoeZworld
The premises of this song is about a dude that can’t find love and it becomes an emergency case of NO LOVE. The song first starts with him getting brought by ambulance to the hospital. Once there, the nurse and doctor does not know how to treat him. Later in the song he takes over talking about his love emergency. I have so many idea’s on this one to be a video in the near future.
It’s not too late to help my emergency to get play on spotify
This song gets back to some of my roots back in the late 70″s early 80’s Punk, New Wave era. A little like Iggy Pop (but not exactly), I think you’ll here some of the early influences from Max’s Kansas City and Mudd club Days.
Back in my punk days, this is a hard driving tune that keeps moving from beginning to end. Heavy guitar and a steady 4/4 drum beat with a short lead burst in the middle of the song. Well it’s cleaner then The Ramones but similar in it’s simplicity. It only take a little under 3 minutes from start to finish.
I think I have some aspirations to make a video, so keep checking back as I have some idea’s what to film and how it should look.
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Here is another song out of 3 songs that I stumbled across through my Vinyl Flesh cassette archives. As said in the previous post, The quality of the tapes over time has lost some of there dynamic’s, these tapes were home studio tapes that was just thrown in a cassette recorder for our rehearsals, they were done through the home mixing board at home studio, and the quality is definitely not pro-studio quality. I must point out these songs were all written and performed sometime in the early 1980’s.
JoeZworld Commented on finding these tapes: Aldo your playing, the style, it was a major element rather than just a bass guitar player thing. I’d forgotten that we were as tight as these recordings show. Above all I can appreciate the ‘sound’ we created – kind of like we bridged the end of ‘new wave’ with ‘classic funk’ with a sprinkle of ‘punk’ and a dash of ‘jazz’ and a pinch of ‘rock’. Certainly there were many changes and bridges that were almost classical probably showing how we were influenced by ‘progressive rock’ bands like Gabriel, Yes, Crimson, but also Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The Tubes.
Plink is an experimental instrumental song -specifically done to be for this stop motion video I put together. It was a spur of the moment idea of art and music coming together over the course of one evening. It took me a total of about 6 hours to create without a storyboard. Just a thought in my head and a recorded soundtrack to inspire creativity. All done on an Ipad, a string of pearls on the kitchen table with a green screen background.
Plink is a music blip in the universe created with stop motion video
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