Re: [fearnwhiskey] Re: Clip: Bonnie Prince Billy + Sonny Vincent
- I haven't seen any of Vincent's recent shows nor have I heard his new cd, but I
do know that the Testors were quite a mediocre NYC punk band that had a
smattering of forgettable releases and weren't even a blip on the punk rock
timeline. I saw them a number of times opening for other acts at CBGB's and
Max's Kansas City and can't recall anything memorable about their sets other
than counting the minutes until the headliner would hit the stage. And the fact
that they released a 45 on Bleeker Bob's label didn't help their reputation
among punk rockers. In retrospect, the Testors might seem like some great, lost
NYC punk band, but believe me, they were nothing much at all. Certainly not as
much as some reviews of Vincent's cd would have you believe. Despite the
romantic notions that one may have of the 1970s NYC punk rock scene, there were
a lot of godawful bands and the fact that the main driving forces in the scene
were pretentious art shitheads like Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell, Patti Smith and
David Byrne who were lucky enough to have the punk rock wave sweep them up and
provide an audience for their bad poetry and six-string noodling drives home
the point that much of the NYC "punk" scene is greatly overrated. So why Sonny
Vincent, why now? Well, I blame the Europeans <g> and their tendency to pick up
on anything from America's musical past slightly rebellious, raw and of course,
clad in black leather. There's always an audience for a new Johnny Thunders or
Eddie Cochran. And would Vincent's cd have gotten any attention if it wasn't
for the long list of music legends that he convinced to make appearances
(though some like Cheetah Chrome say that they are listed in the credits though
they have no involvement?) Maybe the cd is great, maybe Vincent has finally hit
his stride. I'm curious to hear it. If nothing else, the guy is a great
networker and promoter.
Quoting Aleksandar Lazarevic <lavac@...>:
> Anyone can send impressions regarding Sonny Vincent concerts. He's coming-------------------------------------------------
> this weekend
> with Bobby Steele (ex-Misfits) & Ivan Julian (ex- Richard Hell & the
> Voidoids). For those
> who are not familiar with Sonny Vincent i recommend some resarch.
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- Sonny Vincent has put out over 25 records since 1980, the guest on
his new CD respect his contribution to NYC's punk beginings, you
don't get contacts like that from sucking, dumb ass.
Cheetah Chrome is NOT listed in the credits on The Good The Bad & The
Ugly CD. He was listed as working with Sonny in the passed in a
review in which Chrome got all "up in arms" about, showing his ass.
The fact of the matter is Cheetah Chrome's heart has lost the meaning
of true Punk Rock and Roll and is only focused on money.