- I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org). As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia! Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton. I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times. I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me? My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored. Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The Return Of THE OHMS
I've been waiting a long time to reveal this secret, and I finally received appropriate confirmation and approval yesterday: the legendary Syracuse rock 'n' roll group The Ohms will perform a live set at Funk 'n Waffles in Syracuse on Friday, September 1st, as part of the 40th anniversary party for Syracuse's own power pop powerhouse The Flashcubes. This will be The Ohms' first appearance since...I dunno, 1980? Somewhere around that era, so yeah, it's been a while. The Ohms will join The Flashcubes, The Trend, and Maura & the Bright Lights for an epic celebration of what we call BRIGHT LIGHTS!, the late '70s/early '80s Syracuse punk/new wave/power pop/rock 'n' roll scene that The Flashcubes kickstarted four decades ago. And lemme tell ya: The Ohms have been at the very top of our wish list of acts to reunite, and we're simply giddy with this news.
Don't know The Ohms? Suffice it to say that this trio--guitarist/lead singer Zenny Caucasian, bassist Rick Suburban (later replaced by Keith Korvair), and drummer Ducky Carlisle--was one of the best rock 'n' roll acts this talent-rich area ever produced, a group with terrific live energy--OHM is WHO spelled upside down, don'tcha know--and great original songs. Trouser Press magazine raved about The Ohms' only release, the "Chain Letter"/"Teenage Alocohlic" single, but my favorite will always be the unreleased classic "License To Kill." Or maybe "Boppin' At The USO." Or "You're So Surreal," or...you get the picture. Awesome group, and we can't believe our good fortune that we're gonna get to witness 'em one more time.
There will be a full press release about the show forthcoming, and an announcement as soon as tickets go on sale. This show will sell out. How could it not? The Ohms! The Trend! Maura & the Bright Lights! And the 40th anniversary of my favorite power pop group, The Flashcubes! Syracuse. September 1st. You need to be here.
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