Band of the Week Winners  540 - 559

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Hindu Love Gods performing "Something Strange"

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

Hint: this band was a loose gathering of three members from a well-known local band, who performed as the supporting section for frontmen at shows at the 40 Watt on Broad in the mid-1980's. This particular clip is from a tribute to the member of a California band who was killed in a traffic incident in late 1985. That tribute was held at the Broad Street Watt in January of 1986.

Week #541 

January 29, 2021 

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Winter Hours performing "Simple John"

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

Hint: this band called New Jersey home, forming the same year that the Watt moved from the Caledonia location to the Broad Street venue. They first performed at the 40 Watt Uptown in late 1985, which is when this recording was made. They released two studio albums and three EP's during their career, which ended when they disbanded in 1991. One of their songs charted #12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in 1989. Sadly, their lead singer died in 2004 and he was followed by the guitarist's untimely demise due to a heart attack in 2015. Good luck everybody!!

Week #542 

February 5, 2021 

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Body Electric performing "Blood, Flesh, and Bone"

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

Hint: this was an Athens band that was the first job I had after leaving the 40 Watt in February of 1990. I had worked with four of them when they performed as another group at the Watt on Clayton several times.  When that band broke up they reincarnated as the support band for a frontman who had performed with another band, but one I never crossed paths with. Got all that? If you need another hint try this: The name of this band was taken from a famous phrase that appeared in Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman. Good luck everybody!!

Week #543 

February 12, 2021 

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Luther "Guitar, Jr" Johnson

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

Hint: this band was formed around a guitarist who came from Mississippi and established himself as a blues musician of renown. He moved to Chicago with his family and grew up playing with the other Delta musicians who created that city's burgeoning music scene. Among his cohorts were Muddy Waters, Magic Sam and in 1980 backing John Lee Hooker in the first Blues Brothers movie. His discography includes 10 studio albums, and he earned a Grammy in 1985 for Best Traditional Blues Album. Good luck everybody!!

Week #544 

February 19, 2021 

the Blanks performing "Mad About You"

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

Hint: this was the band that I worked with after leaving Men in Trees, following the burning of Tyrone's O.C., working with them during most of 1982. There was a name amendment due to a letter from the attorney who represented a Chicago band that sported the same name and trademark registration, which resulted in a similar name but not one close enough to merit another cease and desist missive. Although we did shows in Athens from time to time, most of our performances were in Charleston and Savannah, with a few in places such as Milledgeville, Greenville, Chattanooga, and such. There were some personnel changes, the most important of which involved the lead singer, and her decision to leave resulted ultimately in the demise of the band. 

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Week #545 

February 26, 2021 

Catheads performing "Crash Landing"

Winner:  Kip Shepherd, Huntsville, AL.   Co-winners:  Tom English, Archdale, NC;  Matt Morris, Winston-Salem, NC;  Darryl White, Melbourne, AU;  Andy Johnson, Athens, GA;  Melissa Kemmerly, Atlanta, GA;  Craig Williams Portland, OR;  Mitch Harris, Athens, GA

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Hint: this was a band that formed in San Francisco in 1985 and came to the Watt on Clayton around 1987. The band consisted of members from other Bay area bands and were described as "punk", post punk", "folk rock" and "country". They released three studio albums, the second being produced by David Lowery. After that album the band re-formed with two new members and performed with an eponymous title for a period thereafter. 

Week #540 

January 22, 2021 

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