Rita & Lolita

RITA AND LOLITA  RAT RECOLLECTIONS Rita: Thanksgiving is coming up and it reminds me of when I first came to Boston and Jimmy Harold, owner of punk paradise The Rat, asked me out for dinner to show my gratitude. Lolita: I was the cute red head from Simmons College dancing the watusi at a Gang Green gig and he takes you out? Rita: So I jump in his white cadoo and he drives us all the way up Route 1, past The Golden Banana in Peabody, to a … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

RITA AND LOLITA GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Rita:  Every October, my sister the witch, celebrates Halloween and it always reminds me how sad it is that just a few hundred years ago in Salem, people of her ilk were banished from society and never allowed to return.  Lolita: That reminds me of a great question to ask some super stars: “Who has left the New England music scene that you would like to see come back? Tell us why?” PAUL MAURAS (Bluesadelic Band): For me I would love … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

YOUNG GUNS Rita: September is a cool month for many reasons. It’s the ninth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the third month to have the length of 30 days. It is also the month with the longest name with nine letters and in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of March in the Southern Hemisphere.  Lolita: Dear sister, you remind me of a paper tiger. Something that seems threatening but is ineffectual and unable to … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

NON-AFFILIATED NEW ENGLAND NOBILITY Rita: Here are a few of my favorite things as the summer comes to a close. Lolita: The holidays are coming and there are only 147 shopping days left until Christmas, you cabbage-headed consumer? Rita: No, you witless wonder. The only thing you find favorable is the Dead Sox are now in first place and have plenty of time to blow everything by Labor Day. Lolita: Tsk. Tsk. Tee Max is already making book on them winning the pennant. How about we ask our favorite artists … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

REASONS FOR LIVING Rita: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Lolita: Hey honey, we’re musicians not farmers. Rita: Okay, then how about which is the most important thing you bring to the beach, sun tan lotion or a radio? Lolita: That gives me a great idea for our July Question of the Month. Let’s ask everyone “Did music play a part in why you live where you live (or vise versa)? Explain.” Rita: Dear Sister, I think you should live in a barn because you are a chickenpoop. AD FRANK (semi- retired): Absolutely. … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

SUPER STATIONS Rita: It’s time for me to list my favorite five seasonal songs of summer. Lolita: Only five? From Memorial Day to Labor Day you camp out on the beach and only turn your radio off when you steal food from the seagulls. Rita: We both like shrimp. This year I dig Aerosmith’s “Remember (Walking In The Sand),” “Summertime, Summertime” by The Jamies, “That Summer Feeling” written by Jonathan Richman, “Summertime” the metal anthem done by Bang and “No Surfin In Dorchester Bay” … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

MUSICAL MAYORS Rita: It’s almost time for me to announce my candidacy to get elected Eternal Ruler of the Universe. Lolita: Since your universe consists of four walls and a bathroom you shouldn’t have any problem getting enough votes. But it gives me a better idea. Why don’t we ask this month’s artists a political question? If there was a Music Mayor of the Greater Boston area (New England) – who would it be and why did you vote for him/her? Rita: Let’s keep the gridlock to a minimum … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

BEST BENEFITS Rita: Happy April Lolita Day folks. It’s not every idiot who gets a national holiday named after them. Since you are the biggest FOOL I know it would be appropriate for you to tell us what advantages there are to being you in your stupendously stupid sorry state? Lolita: I have a better idea. How about we ask our favorite artists “What are the side benefits of playing live music in New England” instead? Rita: All right, one in a row my dear boorish sister. Let’s start … Read More >>