Terrell's Tune-up got held today for space in Pasatiempo. Happens sometimes. So instead of that, here's this:
I got a press release this morning for an upcoming soundtrack album for an upcoming movie about CBGB, that famouse dump in New York City's Bowery that was the proving grounds for many of the bands that became the cream of American punk rock.
I only got to go there once, back in the late 90s. I was with my daughter, then a teenager, and her friend. The band playing that night was one none of us had ever heard of, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb. I kept trying to imagine that they were The Patti Smith Group or The Ramones. (They weren't even close, but they were kind of fun.)
"The film tells the story of Hilly Krystal, played by Alan Rickman, and his legendary Bowery club that brought punk to life and helped birth the underground music scene in the U.S." So says the press release. "The film also stars Malin Akerman, Ryan Hurst and Ashley Greene. The movie will premiere at the CBGB Festival, and will open in select cities on October 11th."
The soundtrack, to be released Oct. 8 by Omnivore Records features lots of the bands who rose out of CBGB -- including Richard Hell & the Voidoids, The Dead Boys, Television, The Talking Heads -- and those that influenced them like The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The MC5, etc.
Any who, here's some videos of some bands playing CBGB before they got famous.