5/10/15/20 May 2009

By T Max and Joe Coughlin 20 YEARS AGO May 1989 – Issue #84 Cover: The Cavedogs, the Bristols, Angela (WFNX) Bands: Treat Her Right, the Zulus, the Pixies, the Norberts, Voodoo Dolls, Funeral Party Gossip & Stuff: Oooh, one of my favorite cover photos with the Cavedogs climbing right through the cover! *** If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring? Allergies and pesticides? No… the Pilgrims. *** Cxema’s bassist, Andy Karlok, gets a part in the … Read More >>

5/10/15/20 April 2009

BY T MAX and JOE COUGHLIN 20 YEARS AGO April 1989, Issue #83 Cover: The Zulus Bands: Raging Lemmings, Meltdown, Christmas, Lemonheads, Blood Oranges, the Bags, Volcano Suns. The Suns’ first two records, The Bright Orange Years and All Night Lotus Party finally came out on CD from Merge Records this past January. Good stuff, and about time! Unfortunately, the band has refused to do any reunion shows. Gossip and Stuff: Rita and Lolita go to Washington, DC to support … Read More >>

5/10/15/20 March 2009

BY T MAX and THE WRONG HERO 20 YEARS AGO Issue #82     March 1989 Cover: Think Tree, Xanna Don't, Vasco Da Gama Bands: Anastasia Screamed, Classic Ruins, Busted Statues, Raging Lemmings, Blood Oranges, Dogzilla, Gossip & Stuff: Fans of Count Zero can see Will Ragano with a full head of hair in Think Tree. *** Rita claims Lolita talks about the warmer weather coming because she can't wait to start screwing outside again. Hooray, Hooray, it's the first of May. … Read More >>

5/10/15/20: February 2009

by T Max and Joe Coughlin 20 YEARS AGO Issue #81   February 1989 Cover: Blood Oranges, Joe Harvard, Common Ailments of Maturity Bands: Throwing Muses, the Slaves, the Bags, Green Magnet School, the Varmints, Jim Infantino, Talking to Animals, Rash of Stabbings, Big Barn Burning, Titanics, Witch Doctor, Gossip & Stuff: Interesting, twenty years ago Crispin Wood plays guitar for The Bags—they win Best Established Band in the Noise Poll. Fifteen years ago Crispin wins Best Cartoonist with Rock School. … Read More >>

5/10/15/20: December 2008

  by T Max and Joe Coughlin 20 YEARS AGO Issue #79 Dec 1988 Cover: Big Barn Burning, Drumming on Glass, Natalie (Werlin, WMBR DJ) Bands: Mission of Burma, Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, Cxema, the Bags, the Zulus, Willie Alexander, the Titanics, Classic Ruins, Springa, Danny Mydlack, Galaxie 500, Well Babys, Blake Babies, Bim Skala Bim, Gigolo Aunts, Laughing Academy, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, the Incredible Casuals, Slaughter Shack, Hullabaloo, Condo Pygmies Gossip & Stuff: Back then I was doing … Read More >>

5/10/15/20: November 2008

  by T Max and Joe Coughlin 20 YEARS AGO 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 … Read More >>

5/10/15/20: October 2008

  by T Max and Joe Coughlin 20 YEARS AGO October 1988    Issue #77 Cover: The Well Babys, Hullabaloo, Tim Riley. I’m proud to say the Well Babys came to be as a result of the weekly open jam I used to run at Green Street Station, and not much later almost won the Rumble. I’m not as proud to say I once had to shove singer Jeffrey Gagnon off the stage at another show I was playing there because … Read More >>

5/10/15/20: September 2008

  by T Max and Joe Coughlin 20 YEARS AGO Issue #76    September 1988 Cover: Lazy Susan, Mickey O, Bulkhead Bands: Lemonheads, Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, Slapshot, Heyday, Xanna Don’t, Voodoo Dolls, Curious Ritual, Jasmine Love Bomb, the Norberts, Maelstrom—who had one of the best metal song titles ever with “Let the Fury Be the Jury.” One of the tightest, most ferocious, arena-ready bands I ever had the pleasure to witness in a small club. Sorely missed. Gossip & Stuff: … Read More >>