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1976
Apr

DMZ first wave American punk band forms in Boston

DMZ splashes onto the Boston scene with a sound heavily influenced by the 1960s garage rock, fronted by Jeff Connolly’s strong vocals, electric keyboards,..Read more

May

The Easy Cure surfaces

The Cure had an early revolving door of band members when they were loosely formed out of middle and high school in West Sussex,..Read more

1977
May

Sex Pistols release “God Save The Queen”

Johnny Rotten’s nasty attack on social conformity is at the forefront of “God Save The Queen”, a direct kick in the bollocks of the..Read more

1978
Apr

La Peste live From Cantone’s

Link Wray’s “Fatback”   La Peste played with Thrills at Cantone’s, the local punk rock venue on Broad Street, and was carried live over..Read more

Oct

The Police invade the Rat

On the heels of their single “Roxanne”, The Police slide into Boston pretty much unnoticed — except for the loyal following of Boston’s college..Read more

1979
Feb

The Clash Rock Harvard Square Theater

The Clash opened up a full frontal attack with “I’m So Bored With The USA” and it drove the sold out Harvard Square Theater..Read more

Mar

The Lyres turn BFVF into Rock Garage

The Lyres, La Peste, The Neighborhoods, Unnatural Axe, and Transplants played the Media Arts center for an ages benefit show. This was an unusual..Read more

Apr

Mission of Burma forms

Mission of Burma came onto the Boston music scene as the sound of punk dominated the clubs and the air waves. They quickly embraced..Read more

Jul

The Neighborhoods Go To Prison

As a young radio guy in the early ’70’s I was intrigued with the potential of television, especially this new thing called cable television,..Read more

Jul

Bob Marley and the Wailers at Harvard Stadium 1979

On July 21, 1979 the concert AMANDALA: Festival of Unity, a benefit for Relief and Humanitarian Aid to Southern Africa took place at Harvard..Read more

1980
Feb

Out of nowhere, the Underground Opens

Managed by Jim Coffman and his hurdy gurdy right-hand-man Michael Whittaker, the Underground featured a unique blend of local, national, and international bands bringing..Read more

Mar

Some like it punk…The Spit Fashion Show – Boston

Thanks go out to Jeff and Jane Hudson for their music track “In My Car” In March 1980, Pat Lyons, the owner of Spit..Read more

Apr

The Cure and Mission Of Burma blow up the bunker at the Underground!

If you were listening to local college radio stations WTBS’s Late Risers Club and WERS’s Nightclub you might have picked up on The Cure..Read more

Dec

John Lennon is Shot

Everybody has a story of where they were when John Lennon was gunned down in New York City the night of December 8, 1980...Read more

1981
May

Broad St. Block Party

Broad St. was the epicenter of night time action pouring in and out of Cantone’s, Mavericks, and around the corner at the Space. Broad..Read more

Jun

The Underground closes its doors for a final time

The end came crashing down on the Underground quite literally as the Neats played the final song “Another Broken Dream” and the patrons tore..Read more

Aug

MTV is Launched

BILLYGOON REJECTION LETTER COPY: June 10, 1982 Dear Dr. Kruell, Thank you for submitting the video Billygoon Party Rap for public viewing consideration on..Read more

1982
Jun

Human Sexual Response at Streets

Streets the nightclub opened in 1981 soon after the funerals and burial were over for the Underground. Two of the principal movers Jim Coffman..Read more

Sep

The Cars cruising and rolling through Boston

Emerging from the new wave scene The Cars had already taken over the city in ’82 — and most of the nation as well...Read more

Nov

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Album Releases