by T Max and Joe Coughlin
Issue #78 November 1988
Cover: Cxema, Busted Statues, Tony Fitzgerald (comic stripper—not a jokester who removes his clothes—he draws comics)
Bands: Big Dipper, Galaxy 500, Bullet LaVolta, Kenne Highland, Christmas, Asa Brebner’s Idle Hands, Hell Toupee, Witch Doctor, Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, Well Babys, the Unattached, who probably made a decent bit of coin when a song of theirs was co-opted by Alice Cooper.
Gossip & Stuff: The Neats play at a Halloween party and the belt sander drag races steal the show. Racing belt sanders was a J.P. underground phenomenon that started in 1988. I just checked up on YouTube and found they went as late as 2003 and I sent an email in to see if any new events are up coming. Pretty sure they’ve had them since then. *** What does Cxema mean? *** Lolita claims that Rita accidentally voted for George Bush (Sr.) because she didn’t have her contacts in and thought she was voting for Mr. Butch. *** The Question of the Month is who in the local music scene could best handle the job of President of the United States? Pat McGrath (Looney Tunes) gets mentioned multiple times. Could an honest man actually hold the office of the presidency? *** On the cover of issue #78 is a small comic strip connected to a story on the strip’s author Tony Fitzgerald (best know for the Beeheads comics by Noise readers). It’s time to do something similar for Crispin Rock School Wood. After all, Rock School is the main reason why people pick up the Noise. Source? I’d have thought it was the pictures of your bum.
Issue #133 November 1993
Cover: Combustible Edison, the Allstonians
Bands: Concussion Ensemble, Mick Mondo, Scarce, Ed “Moose” Savage & His Litany of Complaints, Helium, Jack Drag, Ad Frank, Opium Den, the Flying Nuns, the In Out, Think Tree, Gigolo Aunts, the Strangemen
Gossip & Stuff: Think Tree reunites for Lynnette Estes and Wright Maney’s wedding and does a set of covers starting with Peaches & Herb’s “Reunited.” *** Slim Gaillard says, “When you go into a club you can immediately tell who’s hip: they’re the ones who ain’t talking when someone’s on stage playing.” *** Mikey Dee’s highlight of his childhood was kissing his third grade teacher on the lips in the coat room. *** Ad Frank throws a birthday fete for himself. We need more fetes. Hey if Ad had a birthday 15 years ago, that would mean he has to be 15 years older now. *** The Iron Sheik (from the WWF) makes an appearance at the Rat. *** M-3 releases a CD—don’t remember them? They were three brothers—Larry, Ben, and Roger Miller. *** Rita thinks that the band Godspeed must play fast; Lolita thinks that they are more about yellow rain. *** Presidential hopeful Pat McGrath interviews Combustible Edison, not over beers or shots of Jack. He serves up cognac, cigars, and Swedish meatballs. And probably got a much better interview as a result.
Issue #186 November 1998
Cover: The Pills, Silver Star & the Jukebox Angles, Chin Ho!
Bands: The Red Telephone, Kenne Highland Clan, Purrr, A.C. (also known as Anal Cunt), Ms. Pigeon, Bertrand Laurence, January, the Strangemen, Seks Bomba, 8-Ball Shifter, Make Lisa Rich, Boston Rock Opera, Doom Buggies, Asciento
Gossip & Stuff: Ray Davies of the Kinks wishes to bring Boston Rock Opera over to England to perform his Preservation Act 2. His wish never came true. *** The Pills look for the Noise in the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame magazine section but don’t find it… so they trash the place. *** Curve of the Earth Records has a cartoon ad with an attractive, full-round breasted gal telling a guy wearing a sportcore shirt, “Sorry Bobby, I only date guys signed to Curve of the Earth!” *** Captain Summertime (the Strangemen) with his foot-tall white pompadour poses with Rick Neilson from Cheap Trick. *** The Curtain Society has their song “All Over You” used on an NBC fall preview TV commercial. *** Cynthia von Buhler (Countess) is on the cover of L.A.’s Entertainment Today with a story titled Down for the Countess. *** The Darlings are chosen from hundreds of entries to perform at the 1988 Jim Beam Country Music Talent Search finals in Nashville. *** Martin Doyle says that the most insane thing he’s ever seen a local musician do is throw the Doughboys entire drum set off the stage and then proceed to beat up the entire band. Martin adds that the Doughboys deserved it. Who was the local musician? I don’t know, but I’d bet Martin’s seen worse in the ten years since!
November 2003 Issue #236
Cover: Black Helicopter, Dear Leader, Munk, Mappari
Bands: Mercury Charm Offensive, the Pills, Dresden Dolls, Count Zero, Fooled by April, Scamper, Quick Fix, Frank Morey Band, Voodoo Screw Machine, Moose & the Mudbugs, The Model Sons, Reverse, Tristan da Cunha, the Gravel Pit, Kings of Nuthin’, Thalia Zedek, Thundertrain, the Dents, Cul de Sac, Sugabomb
Gossip and Stuff: In November of ’67 Rolling Stone was first published and included a roach clip with each issue. Not wanting to be outdone, the first issue of the Noise came out 14 years later and included free birdcage liner with every issue. *** Brett Milano releases his second book, Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting. *** There’s a great Liz Linder wide shot centerfold, I mean Big Shot, of Dresden Dolls performing on a stage full of stars (the kind that twinkle). One of the coolest photos ever to run in the mag. I don’t see it in the archives, but hope you can get it in there. *** Johnny Black (Johnny Black Trio) once accidentally tripped a very high Johnny Thunders backstage at Jonathan Swift’s. Thunders hit the floor face first than screamed at everyone to get the bleep out of the room. *** The Question of the Month is what is the most insane thing you’ve seen by a local musician on stage or off? Here are some answers: GG Allin once on stage did a turkey baster enema thing, took a dump on an American flag, and lit the whole thing on fire; Sue Minichiello (My Own Worst Enemy) once lost her skirt during a Zulu’s show; Joe Eye (One of Us) more than once sliced his chest open during a set. Women would line up for autographs on their flesh with stains of his dripping blood; Keith Bowniece once punched his guitar player in the face on stage at Local 186 for playing the wrong chords to “Gloria.” Keith had the favor returned at the Kirkland when he flopped onto a drumset, which had been loaned for the day’s event. He’d been warned in advance by the drumset’s owner to stay clear of the set because Keith was known for flopping around like that. Said owner was understandably pissed, and a brief mini-brawl ensued onstage.