Week #480                          Bar B Que Killers

November 29, 2019

                                                Winner:  Chris Hartstonge, London, UK.  Co-winners:  Matt Morrison,                                                      Winston-Salem, NC;  Steve Fleming, Seattle, WA;  Andy Johnson,                                                            Athens, GA;  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta,                                                      GA;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, AL;  Tom English, Archdale, NC;  Craig                                                      Williams Portland, OR;  Melissa Bock, Marietta, GA.

Hint: this band was Athens' most complete entry in the grunge rock field of the 1980's. Their virtuosity was enough to gain them a spot on the documentary Athens, GA Inside Out, which featured their lead singer on the cover. Sadly, she passed away too early from substance abuse. 

Week #481                         Joe "King"Carrasco & the Crowns performing "Party Weekend"

December 6, 2019

                                               Winner:  Andy johnson, Athens, GA.  Co-winners:  Kip Shepherd,                                                               Huntsville, AL;  Chris Hartstonge, London UK;  Matt Morris, Winston-                                                     Salem, NC;  Tom English, Archdale, NC;  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU;                                                     Craig Williams Portland, OR;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA;  Steve                                                           Fleming, Seattle, WA.

Hint: this band formed in late 1979 and began a career featuring its lead singer, who performed and recorded with other bands until at least 2015, when the 26th record of his career was released. The song on this clip is also the title song from his 8th studio album, which was released on MCA Records in 1983.

Known as the king of Tex-Mex rock n' roll, this artist has called Puerto Vallarta home for years but he hailed from the west Texas town of Dumas, which is located in the panhandle. He is known for being an advocate for dogs, and founded a non-profit called Viva Perros. His stage name is a nom de plume, we'll award a bonus of 5 points to everyone who can provide us with his birth name. Good luck everybody!!

Week #482                          Chickasaw Mud Puppies performing "Telephone"

December 14, 2019

                                                Winners:  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU & Dan Smith, Hillsborough, NC.                                                  Co-winners:  Chris Hartstonge, London, UK;  Tom English, Archdale,                                                        NC;  Andy Johnson, Athens, GA;  Matt Morris, Winston-Salem, NC;  Kip                                                  Shepherd, Huntsville, AL;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA;  Melissa Bock,                                                  Marietta, GA;  Steve Fleming, Seattle, WA.

Hint: this band was actually a duo that formed late in the 1980's in Athens and, like so many others, consisted of students from UGA. They created quite a buzz in the beginning and developed a loyal local following that unfortunately didn't translate into a larger success, despite being produced by Michael Stipe, John Keane and Willie Dixon. They did release an EP and an LP, neither of which set records in retail sales. They reformed in 2011 for a brief period before disbanding again. Good luck everybody!!

Week #483                          Christmas performing "My Operator"

December 20, 2019

                                                Winner:  Matt Morris, Winston-Salem, NC.  Co-winners:  Chris                                                                    Hartstonge, London, UK;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, AL;  Darryl White,                                                    Melbourne, AU;  Craig Williams, Portland, OR;  Andy Johnson, Athens,                                                    GA;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA;  Steve Fleming, Seattle, WA.

Hint: this was a Boston band that played the Watt on Broad in 1986. I can't provide much bio on the band but we chose them for this week solely because of the name and the suggestion of one of the regulars on our panel. That hint will have to do, good luck everybody and Happy Holidays!!

Week #484                          Drivin' Snow performing "Gotta Move On"

December 27, 2019

                                                Winner:  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU.  Co-winners:  Kip Shepherd,                                                          Huntsville, AL;  Steve Fleming, Seattle, WA;  Matt Morris, Winston-                                                        Salem, NC;  Andy Johnson Athens, GA;  Tom English, Archdale, NC;                                                          Melissa Bock, Marietta, GA;  Craig Williams, Portaldn, OR;  Chris                                                                Hartstonge, London, UK.

 

 Hint: this group wasn't really a band, it was an ad hoc collection of musicians that included some of Athens' most notable people at the time. We had a band scheduled to play the Watt on Clayton (version 2.) in early January, 1988, but they called us at the time appointed for sound check to let us know they were stuck on I-85 near Charlotte and couldn't make it to the show. Barrie notified the aforementioned musicians, who decided to come to the Watt and play an impromptu acoustic set. I recorded the show and gave the group a whimsical name, and all of that led to this week's Band of the Week. We want the name I gave the group, not the names of other bands in which they performed. Good luck everybody!!

Week #485                          True Believers performing "Alone in a Crowd"

January 3, 2020

                                                Winner:  Darryl White, Melbourn, AU.  Co-winners:  Andy Johnson,                                                            Athens, GA;  Chris Hartstonge, London, UK;  Matt Morris, Winston-                                                        Salem, NC;  Tom English, Archdale, NC;  Andrew Carter, Charlottesville,                                                  VA;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, NC;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA;  Craig                                                  Williams Portland, OR;  Steve Fleming, Seattle, WA.

Hint: this band formed in Austin, Texas in 1982 and came to the Watt on Broad in June, 1984. They enjoyed brief fame until 1987, when one of the two brothers who performed in the band decided to leave. They released an eponymous album in 1986, but their second album languished in music limbo till 1994. They reformed for a reunion show in 2012, putting the finishing touches to a band that, in the words of a noted music critic from the Lone Star state, "was widely considered to be Austin’s best band of the mid-eighties." Good luck everybody!!

Week #486                          Kilkenny Cats performing "Route 66"

January 10, 2020

                                                Winner:  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU.  Co-winners:  Matt Morris,                                                            Winston-Salem, NC;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, AL;  Tom English,                                                              Archdale, NC;  Chris Hartstonge, London, UK;  Craig Williams Portland,                                                  OR;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA;  Steve Fleming, Seattle, WA;  David                                                    Judd, Alexandria, Virginia.

Hint: this was an Athens band that reached a level of popularity in the mid 80's that culminated in their appearance in the documentary Athens, GA, Inside/Out. They formed in 1983 when they released a 45, then released their first album in 1985, which was followed by their last recording afterward. They broke up after a couple of more years together and the members went their separate ways. Today one of the members is an attorney and another is on the faculty of Tulane University. 

Week #487                            Georgia Hellhounds performing "I'm Just a Fool"

January 17, 2020

                                                  Winner:  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU.  Co-winners:  Kip Shepherd,                                                          Huntsville, AL;  Craig Williams, Portland, OR;  Matt Morris, Winston-                                                        Salem, NC;  Melissa Bock, Marietta, GA;  Tom English, Archdale, NC;                                                        Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA;  Steve Fleming, Seattle WA;  Chris                                                              Hartstonge, London, UK.

Hint: this was an Atlanta band that formed in the mid 80's, broke up, re-formed when a recording it had made went gold in the UK, broke up again, then re-formed yet again minus the lead vocalist, with a variation on its original name and with the addition of a scorching hot keyboardist. They enjoyed a successful career as a roadhouse blues/rockabilly band around the southeast for a brief period, cashing in on the recognition generated by the success of the original edition. We're looking for the name this band performed as, not the name of the original band. Good luck everybody!!

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