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(Slate)   Pylon, a band I saw a long long time ago at the Whiskey is apparently very much a legend. That's how I saw it but I liked a whole lot of strange music from that time and everything I liked was the greatest, like Wire, XTC, The Jam, Magazine, more   (slate.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Pylon, Michael Lachowski, Curtis Crowe, Randy Bewley, future Pylon bassist Michael Lachowski, performance art project, band's singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay, roll band  
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2020-07-09 3:51:08 AM  
Oh, man, I spent a decade going to the Whiskey, The Roxy, The Palace, The Troubadour, and more.  I feel like I saw everybody (which of course, I didn't.), but I saw a lot of up and coming bands including The Cure (touring for Pornography) and playing at the Whiskey!  The Clash on a $5 midnight show at the Roxy (the audience tore down the velvet curtain).  Within approximately a month's time, I saw Madness, The Specials, and the Selector - all at the Whiskey and The Selector might have been the best of the three bands.  Echo & the Bunnymen at the Whiskey - great, saw the Buzzcocks open for Iggy Pop at (can't remember name of venue).  Buzzcocks amazing and Iggy was Iggy (?) - he was good.

I could go on and on.  Good times.
 
2020-07-09 3:52:47 AM  
Must construct additional Pylons!
 
2020-07-09 6:30:42 AM  
Good Lord, that's a name I haven't heard in years.  Never saw them, but anyone who did would not shut up about them back in the day.  I liked the B52s at the time, but was spending my evenings listening to more jazz flavored Southern rock, a la Allman Brothers.
 
2020-07-09 7:46:56 AM  
There is nothing more enjoyable than listening to a band of art school students learning to play their instruments.
 
2020-07-09 7:51:48 AM  
I saw them a couple of times in Little 5 Points back in the day. The best way to describe them is a second rate Talking Heads. Similar concept.
 
2020-07-09 8:23:13 AM  
Georgia turns out a shiat ton of great musicians.  Maybe it's that water.
 
2020-07-09 8:47:31 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Georgia turns out a shiat ton of great musicians.  Maybe it's that water.


Obviously, you mean " successful and popular" musicians instead of "great", yes?

/practice 40 hours per day
 
2020-07-09 8:49:38 AM  
I went to Criminal Records on Record Store Day over a decade ago, and Pylon was there.

/got nuthin'
 
2020-07-09 8:56:48 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Georgia turns out a shiat ton of great musicians.  Maybe it's that water.


Athens is a college town with a fairly wealthy and connected student body mostly from the northern suburbs of Atlanta. Lots of time and disposable income. If a band gets a following, the students call their buddies in town and say check these folks when they hit the clubs in Little 5 or Midtown. It then builds from there.
 
2020-07-09 9:14:11 AM  
You know else saw a pylon a long long time ago?

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Holly Marshall, that's who.
 
2020-07-09 9:14:35 AM  
Gen X nostalgia is the absolute worst farking nostalgia.
 
2020-07-09 9:21:50 AM  
After having a peruse on the youtube, I'm thankful I hadn't heard of them before
 
2020-07-09 9:28:20 AM  

Another Government Employee: Marcus Aurelius: Georgia turns out a shiat ton of great musicians.  Maybe it's that water.

Athens is a college town with a fairly wealthy and connected student body mostly from the northern suburbs of Atlanta. Lots of time and disposable income. If a band gets a following, the students call their buddies in town and say check these folks when they hit the clubs in Little 5 or Midtown. It then builds from there.


Most local scenes are like that.  Here in Detroit it has traditionally been rich white kids from the Oakland County burbs who have the money and time to have successful bands.   Most of them play really boring shiat though.
 
2020-07-09 9:41:33 AM  
CSB: my old band opened for Pylon at the 40 Watt Club in Athens. Peter Buck's wife was tending bar, and Bill Berry helped us load our gear! Good times.
 
2020-07-09 9:50:20 AM  

psilocyberguy: Marcus Aurelius: Georgia turns out a shiat ton of great musicians.  Maybe it's that water.

Obviously, you mean " successful and popular" musicians instead of "great", yes?

/practice 40 hours per day


Sorry for this post. I have to abstain from posting until after the election in November.

Sigh.

/all this jazz has me so farked up
//pun intended
///back in the box
 
2020-07-09 10:15:21 AM  

FlashHarry: CSB: my old band opened for Pylon at the 40 Watt Club in Athens. Peter Buck's wife was tending bar, and Bill Berry helped us load our gear! Good times.


The 40 Watt!

Saw Beck and De La Soul there!

/CSB
 
2020-07-09 10:34:07 AM  
From when it was actually alternative rock.
 
2020-07-09 10:35:38 AM  

cherryl taggart: Good Lord, that's a name I haven't heard in years.  Never saw them, but anyone who did would not shut up about them back in the day.  I liked the B52s at the time, but was spending my evenings listening to more jazz flavored Southern rock, a la Allman Brothers.


Allman Brothers were great.  Lynyrd Skynyrd  was pretty good.  Also, King Crimson (not country rock) was good as was Jeff Beck, Elton John, J.J. Cale, etc.   It takes all kinds.  To just lock into one kind of music is actually not a great thing.  You miss out on a lot.  I had my many phases which included British Invasion, prog rock, jazz, southern rock, prog folk (mostly modern English-trad influenced music like Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, etc.).  Then, along came punk which just opened the door for more bands to do their own thing and not feel like they needed to be Journey or REO Speedwagon.

So, yeah there were bands like the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, and others who had a loud/fast approach.  Many of those "punk" bands did their own thing and really didn't fit this mold but also didn't sound like rehashed Led Zeppelin either, which was a terrible trend in 1976.  Bands like XTC, Wire, Talking Heads, Blondie, Elvis Costello, B52's, REM, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Gang of Four, etc. - none of whom fit the "punk rock" mold but were often lumped in.  (all you had to do was play at CBGB's apparently).

I only regret I have only one life to live and not enough life to experience all the music that exists and has existed.  I'm sure there are many excellent bands today, but I don't have the same interests, nor do I have the time to explore.  It's sad really.

Now, I'll stop my lecture.
 
2020-07-09 10:53:49 AM  
Colon >>> Pylon
 
2020-07-09 11:05:28 AM  
The Jam <3
 
2020-07-09 11:19:53 AM  
I liked REM's cover of their song Crazy back in 85, but not enough to seek out the original...
 
2020-07-09 11:29:32 AM  
My sister and her boyfriend worked at Clutch Cargos in Detroit starting in 1982, she'd get me and my friends in for free to see bands coming thru Detroit....Circle Jerks,Stray Cats, Black Flag, Bush Tetras...so many up and coming bands we had the chance to see but were really too busy trying to get drunk. That culminated by me missing Minor Threat at a church in Ecorse because I was too f*cked up to make it to the show. Talk about irony.

Anyway, don't recall Pylon coming thru, but we did see REM and B52's.  I really liked them, more so than Black Flag/hardcore punkers at the time. Pulling up Pylon on Spotify, I would have REALLY liked them back in the day. Thanks for bringing them to my attention subby.
 
2020-07-09 11:50:12 AM  
The first two cd's I ever bought were Singles Going Steady (to replace the cassette that was starting to show its age) and Pylon'shiats at Record Swap in Champaign. I know, greatest hits albums are for housewives and little girls, but this was in 1990 or so, and even in college towns it was sometimes hard to track down old LPs, or someone who could dub a tape of it for you. It did have some non-LP singles on it, so that was Cool.

Also, I was today years old when I learned that Pylon's drummer's sister was the bass player for Guadalcanal Diary, another criminally underknown Georgia band.
 
2020-07-09 12:20:45 PM  
I never got to see Pylon, but I used to roll burritos at the Mean Bean with a dude named Dan who was/is the bassist for Five Eight and he would go on and on about Pylon.

I've got a couple of Pylon songs on my Spotify mix.

/everything is everything is everything is everything is everything is everything is everything is cool
 
2020-07-09 2:50:18 PM  
I reeeeaaally did not like Pylon. It was too experimental.  Which caaaaan be fine, but, no they were not fine. They were discordant, painfully obvious they could barely play their instruments and had the song writing skills of a soda cracker. It was like going to open mike night at a comedy club and hearing a wanna be comedian get up for the first time. Awkward as fark.
 
2020-07-09 3:31:46 PM  
I never got to see XTC back in the day, but did go to the TC&I show last year. So, 2/3 of XTC is better than none, in my opinion.
 
2020-07-09 5:05:35 PM  
Never much into punk, but I did like this song by XTC:

XTC - Making Plans For Nigel
Youtube s29RKnB7l7o
 
2020-07-09 5:10:59 PM  
Only got to go to the Whisky once...the male lead singer of the band (can't remember the name) had the biggest tits I'd ever seen.  And he wasn't dressed in any way as a female.  Still good though :)
 
2020-07-09 6:20:54 PM  
It should be noted that the Pylon Re-enactment Society performs periodically. And they're not near to the most experimental art student stuff I've ever heard in Athens, for those of you with apparently delicate ears.

We moved from SoCal to Athens right as Pylon was wrapping it up, alas. Got to see Pylon and X in the same week that first fall, though.
 
2020-07-09 6:23:48 PM  
I actually saw Pylon open for the B-52s in 1980, the show mentioned in the article. They were pretty good, if difficult to remember.
 
2020-07-09 6:41:26 PM  
Put me in mind of these guys who came along a little later

Guadalcanal Diary - Watusi Rodeo (Official Music Video)
Youtube StPPeXiQIro
 
2020-07-09 6:46:23 PM  
Guadalcanal Diary - Trail Of Tears (1985)
Youtube 5KmYY65ZGEQ
 
2020-07-09 10:27:15 PM  
REM mislead me about how I would feel about the end of the world
I DO Not feel fine
 
2020-07-09 10:54:27 PM  
I was in Athens for most of the 80s so I'm getting a kick......


/Pylon, Widespread, the B's, Love Tractor, REM, 10,000 Maniacs, Dreams So Real, Normaltown Flyers, Hindu Love Gods....
 
2020-07-10 3:43:05 AM  
My favorite Pylon tune, by far.
This one has energy.

Pylon - Stop It
Youtube cgez1nZKGoM
 
2020-07-10 9:25:47 AM  

elvisaintdead: I was in Athens for most of the 80s so I'm getting a kick......


/Pylon, Widespread, the B's, Love Tractor, REM, 10,000 Maniacs, Dreams So Real, Normaltown Flyers, Hindu Love Gods....


I loved Dreams So Real's debut album. Still got it on cd.
 
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