Friday, July 14, 2006


Don't count me among the aging rockers bemoaning the closing of the legendary New York City shithole known as CBGB, despite not having been there in 23 years. The place served a vital role 30 years ago, but them days is looooong gone, and Hilly can do what he wants with his own place.

Nonetheless, I'll admit I find this news just a tad disconcerting:
Check out the link. It's true.


Blogger DED said...

Well, I'll miss it. Admittedly, I haven't been there in several years. I saw Rollins Band play there under a pseudonym. My old band even played there a couple of times.

As for relevancy, who cares! The music industry is more corporate now than it was when punk was born to rebel against it. Corporate entities absorbed punk and created bubblegum punk, which is more like anti-punk. A place that's willing to let no name bands play for free or guaranteeing a certain draw is always worthy of staying open.

As for the "shithole" aspect, yeah, the bathrooms were scary, and deserve to be called shitholes. I can't argue against that. But I'll take a hole in the wall over the hordes of pretentious bars and numbingly dull dance clubs that have infected the urban landscape here in Connecticut.

But why do you care Mike? You're over in Queens. It's not like you can see the Bowery from there.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Hey, man, don't be dissin' Queens.

Missing CBGB isn't the issue. Of course folks'll miss it. But (a) Hilly's the owner, he can do what he wants, and (b) it's day is loooooooong past.

Plus . . . VEGAS?!

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More importantly, we need a little follow-up on this, DED: "My old band even played there a couple of times."

Fill us in.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Otto Man said...

Is CBGB going to move into the New York, New York casino?

Lord knows that place could use some *actual* NYC flavor, since it currently looks like it was designed by someone whose ideas about the city are all culled from old "Friends" episodes.

4:20 PM  
Blogger DED said...

First off, I wasn't dissin' Queens. All I was saying was that you're so far away from it, why did it bug you.

And you know why the place is closing down in NY, right? You heard that Hilly's landlord jacked up the rent so much that was impossible, even with celebrity help, to keep up.

As for going to Vegas, while I don't agree with it necessarily, doesn't everyone go to Vegas when their careers are washed up? They'll still draw crowds, but primarily on the nostalgia kick.

My old band.... I had nothing to do with naming it. The name was already there when I was asked to join. And how they got the name is a story in itself. But anyway, my old band was called: Death Penis. I'll give you a minute to stop laughing. :)

===one minute pause===

Ok, we were a punk/metal band with humorous lyrics and the occasional space rock jam thrown in. I played lead and rhythm guitar. Back in 1996, our "big single", on a vinyl 7" no less, came in at #91 of WXCI's (local college radio station) top 100 songs of that year. The name of the song was "Smurf Up My Butt."

And that's the very short version of the story. :)

5:22 PM  

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