Band of the Week Winners  500 - 519

 

Week #500 

April 17, 2020 

00:00 / 05:12

 

Galaxie 500 

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

Hint: this band formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1987 while the members were attending Harvard. They derived the band's name from that of a friend's car. They didn't do particularly well in the U.S. market but did dent the U.K. charts, registering #7 in the Indie Chart with their second album (of three studio releases) from which this clip is taken. The release of their third studio album signaled the end of the band, and they broke up in 1991. Members went on to other projects after the band's dissolution. Good luck everybody!!

 

Week #501

April 24, 2020

00:00 / 02:42

 

Limbo District performing "Encased" 

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

Hint: this band was Athens' entry in the pop art music genre in the early 1980's. They developed a loyal, cult-like following that always showed up for their performances. They created a video, in collaboration with Jim Herbert from the UGA Art School, and planned a gala premiere at the 40 Watt that had to be postponed due to a burglary of some of their equipment from their practice space. This clip is from a show at the Watt on Clayton, version 1.0. Good luck everybody!!

Week #502

May 1, 2020

00:00 / 04:15

Butthole Surfers

Winner:  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU.  Co-winners:  Matt Morris, Winston-Salem, NC;  Tom English, Archdale, NC;  Andy Johnson, Athens, GA;  Craig Williiams, Portland, OR;  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, NC;  Kenneth Rogers, Atlanta, GA;  Chris Hartstonge, London, UK;  Bryan Cook, Tulsa, OK;  Susan Murphy, Atlanta, GA;  Steve Fleming, Seattle, WA.

Hint: this band had its beginning in San Antonio, Texas when two students at Trinity College met and shared their eclectic tastes in music. That led to the formation of this band in 1981 and it has performed largely uninterrupted since, although they have been "on hiatus" since 2016. They came to the Watt on Broad in the spring of 1984, when this recording was made. While in Athens they enticed a well-known Athenian to play bass for them, which he did for a brief period thereafter. They have released 8 albums to date, the penultimate of which produced a single that reached #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks. Good luck everybody!!

Week #503

May 8, 2020

00:00 / 03:47

the Plague performing "Stupid Job"

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

Hint: this band was Athens' entry in the punk/grunge arena beginning with its debut at the Broad Street Watt on July 4, 1983. They made an impression with that show and its successor, which was at a defunct textile concern across the road from the old Episcopalian church at the foot of the Oconee Street hill. That place was called Stitchcraft and that date was September 10, 1983. A witness to that performance was Bill Berry, and he felt motivated to arrange a show with his band at the same location, which took place on September 30th. Good luck everybody!!

Week #504

May 15, 2020

00:00 / 03:03

10,000 Maniacs performing "Katrina's Fair"

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

Hint: this band hailed from Upstate New York, forming in 1981. They came to our place on Broad Street in May of 1983, about 5 weeks after we opened there. They played for a small but very appreciative audience and made several trips back to the Watt after that. During their career they released nine studio albums, six EPs and five live albums. Four of those charted in the top 50 in the US. They have survived the untimely demise of their original guitarist and the departure of their original lead vocalist/songwriter, who went on to a very successful solo career. This track was the seventh on their debut album, released in the same year they first appeared in Athens. 

Week #505

May 22, 2020

00:00 / 04:00

Is Ought Gap

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

Hint: this band was one of Athens' most unique, certainly they weren't easily confused with any other. They appeared in about 1984 and performed together until the pull of other bands took some of its members to other pursuits. Although they were best remembered for their iconic vocalist this particular selection represents their sole instrumental effort, much like Pylon's Italian Movie Theme  or REM's Generic/White Tornado. Sadly, the band broke up shortly after recording and before the release of its debut EP. 

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