Here’s a picture from Reagan Youth’s high school yearbook (yeah, that’s right; Reagan Youth’s) because all four of the band went to Forest Hills High and having already heard of the Ramones previously in Junior high school, it was cool to be going to the same high school that The Ramones had went to. Now this is a picture of my physics teacher, Jack DePalma, from those days. Yeah, he taught physics during the day time but at night time he roadied for the band. He owned a Dodge Dart, could pile the band and our friends, and equipment, into his Dodge Dart and just drive. We would talk politics and he’d turn us onto music we hadn’t discovered. He was from the 60’s, a Dead Head (not really) and an all around maniac. Once we played a show and it was Jimmy’s Gestapo’s birthday and his girl had bought him an electric razor so Jimmy could be a clean shaven skin whenever he wanted to be, and everyone who wanted a haircut got one that night at CBGB’s, including Jack DePalma. Seeing how the other teachers looked at him and spoke behind his back after he’d walk down the school hall with his skinhead haircut was too fuckin’ much. He was an awesome roadie. Once a band promised us use of their drums and reneged so Jack drove from Manhattan into Queens and back into Manhattan and had the drum kit from Charley Bonet’s place at The Peppermint Lounge in only 20 minutes. How the fuck was that possible? All Charley would say was “He drives fast”. Once, when we were running late to a gig opening for the Misfits in some town in Pennsylvania, he had us and some of the Beastie Boys and some friends, I think nine all together, and he’s driving way past the speed limit and I look over at the speedometer and the needle is way past the last digits. I asked Jack to please slow down, that he’s gonna kill us because there was too many people in his car along with our equipment and he’s driving way too fast so he told me “Paul, I’m your physics teacher and I know at what rate of speed this mass will start tumbling into some massive fireball of a car accident” and I thought about it, I was failing his class, always getting 50’s and shit on his exams, so who was I to question him the physics of driving his car? He got us there in time, even though he past the exit, and instead of getting off the next one he just backed up his Dodge Dart on the highway. So here’s to you Mr. DePalma, wherever you are. May you live long and prosper!
One final note. Every morning before school Jack would hang with us in front of the school and one week he ranted over and over “What’s Johnny doing out on Tuesday night?” and of course, Dave heard him say it and Dave told me “that’s brilliant” and the next thing you know Reagan Youth has a politically correct lyric to Degenerated. So thanks Jack, the band will always be indebted to you for being that Zen Master roadie we needed when we started out as 16 year old kids. - Paul Cripple
Jesus was a communist,
Jesus was a pacifist
If Russia is banning gays at the 2014 Winter Olympics then how come they allowed figure skating?
Evgeni Plushenko of Russia became the second skater ever to win four Olympic medals along with Swedish skater Gillis.
In reference to the MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL INTERVIEW ‘82 post I’ve made this past Thursday - Paul Cripple
That was a fun show and thanks for digging us
I’d love to visit Alberta so hell yeah
Just wondering, are the House of God tracks available for download?
no, the bassist on those recordings has the cassette that was made off the 8 track board, and he wants to digitize it or whatever the process of taking music from a cassette and transfer it to a CD. i had some kid in Connecticut do it for me, wasn’t the greatest work, but i was glad to put that up. and the bassist, Chris Simunek, was amazing on those songs, and he really wants to do it right (he;s told me he’d already started. I told him I was too busy with my bands and that he should be the guy to put out there the House of God stuff because he has two live cassettes as well. He’s got a job, and a wife and I SHOULD GET TOGETHER WITH HIM MORE OFTEN SO I could TELL YOU SOMETHING different (sorry bout cap lock) but for now you can at least find them out there on the net
have a good one
This flyer was for a benefit show for Rock Against Racism at the Central Park bandshell. We played alongside Cause For Alarm as well as Marley Marl, Roxanne Shante and the cool jazz styling of Mister Magic amongst others.
New Ben Nadler publication available for pre-order. Looks insane good:
Much has been written about the glamorous—and short-lived—New York City punk rock scene of the late 1970s. Less has been written about the second-wave punk scene that followed in the 1980s. Unlike the earlier scene, the ‘80s punk scene took place largely outside of the established downtown clubs, in the streets and squats of the Lower East Side.
Punk in NYC’s Lower East Side, 1981-1991—the first installment in Microcosm’s Scene History Series—offers a glimpse into this important cultural moment, which has had such a lasting impact on American subcultures, from Hardcore, to Skinhead, to, most crucially, Anarcho-Punk.
Drawing on both archival documents and original interviews, this zine explores the music of the era’s bands, including Bad Brains, Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, False Prophets, Urgent Fury, No Thanks, and Reagan Youth. At the same time, the scene is situated within the broader social context, from the election of Ronald Reagan to the Tompkins Square Riots. Woven throughout is the tragic story of New York City’s most legendary anarcho-punk, Reagan Youth’s Dave Insurgent.
the bunk bed that my uncle slept in as a youth
Who knew glowing nun chucks could be so much fun #LongLostWeekendTour
Photo by Dan Perico