Posts Tagged ‘Tom Verlaine’

“The best New York bands of the late ’70s”

January 16, 2012

That’s according to this early 1980s ad, offering a free cassette (cassette!) of the best 1970s downtown rock to anyone who forks over $12 for a year’s subscription to the East Village Eye.

Television and Patti Smith are at the top of the list, as well as lesser-known bands who haven’t been quite so mythologized, such as The Model Citizens and Theoretical Girls.

It was a very different East Village scene than the one we have today, explains Lisa Robinson in a 2002 Vanity Fair article, by way of Bryan Waterman’s 2011 book, Marquee Moon:

“No one talked—ever—about the stock market. No one went to the gym. Everyone smoked. Bands did two sets a night. Television jammed for hours at a time. Onstage (and off), Patti could talk like nobody’s business. . . . Patti Smith and Television and the Ramones and Talking Heads and Blondie were like our own little black-and-white 8mm movies that we thought would conquer the world.”

Iggy Pop plays the Peppermint Lounge

May 8, 2010

The October 1982 lineup looks pretty good at rock/new wave venue the Peppermint Lounge, which had just moved downtown to 100 Fifth Avenue earlier that year.

First up is Iggy, then Tom Verlaine performs a week later.

This ad comes from the September 1982 issue of neighborhood arts and entertainment newspaper the East Village Eye.

Tom Verlaine at the Peppermint Lounge, 1982

July 2, 2008

Television’s Tom Verlaine had a solo show scheduled at early-80s New Wave/punk venue Peppermint Lounge 26 years ago this weekend, according to this ad from the East Village Eye.

This final incarnation of the Peppermint Lounge (it was originally a dance club in midtown in the 1960s) has been kaput since the mid-80s; today it’s a Bebe, the women’s clothing store.

The Peppermint Lounge is preserved forever in all its grunginess on DVD in a scene from the great 1982 movie Smithereens.