"If you don’t like the Supersuckers, you don’t like Rock-N-Roll." 
- Lemmy Kilmister / Motörhead

After a nearly six year hiatus the Supersuckers are back with a brand new album, "Get The Hell" (from the line in Born with a tail?) that is perhaps their greatest album since their 1992 ‘The Smoke of Hell’ debut on Sub Pop. They’ve returned to their punk and hard rock roots to reaffirm their self-proclaimed “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll band in the World” status.

‘Get The Hell’ is a fierce, hard-as-nails sonic blast from a band that has always been a hard act to follow. The Seattle-based band rolled into Austin, TX last July to record, tracking at Arlyn Studios and overdubbing at Casa Studio, both with long-time associate Steve Chadie engineering. Mixed by Dwarves front man/troublemaker Blag Dahlia along with Andy Carpenter, the new album is hard rock ‘n’ roll straight up and down. This was no accident. They have long-standing, true Rock ‘n’ Roll standard bearers Acetate Records behind them and according to Eddie,“We definitely wanted this record to be tougher, and it sure as hell is. I think it might be our toughest record ever.”
“The material on 'Get The Hell' is the cream of the crop of the songs we’ve written in the past four years. It’s kind of like your first record. You have all those years to make your first record, and then nine months to make the second one.” - Eddie Spaghetti 
Dan "Thunder" Bolton: Guitar, Vocals - Captain Von Streicher: Drums, Vocals - Eddie Spaghetti: Vocals, Bass - Metal Marty Chandler: Guitar, Vocals
Shocking to me was the two covers tracks found on this album, (Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down Again” and Gary Glitter’s “Rock On”). The Supersuckers work their mojo on these tracks and make them pure Supersucker’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. Their addition of two new members, drummer Captain Von Streicher (Throw Rag) and guitarist Metal Marty Chandler has really tightened the group and been a catalyst for their latest assault on the Rock ‘n’ Roll universe.

"They played my birthday party. They rock!" 
-Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam
Nick Marocco & Eddie Spaghetti
"All I had known about The Supersuckers before seeing them live was their song “Evil Powers Of Rock n Roll” in Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder (PS2), I love that tune. Then I saw them live for the first time at The Magic Bag in 2009. There was only about 50 people in the  place but they played like it was packed! Their shtick of the self proclaimed “Greatest Rock N Roll Band In The World” isn’t far from the truth, they are like Thin Lizzy with a more punk rock side, dueling guitars and a bass wielding front man (Eddie Spaghetti, here to rock your asses steady) , I’ve always loved their tongue and cheek humor in their lyrics and their live performance, they are a killer band that I always tell people to check out, they wont be disappointed." - Nick Marocco (Owner, Bluesairmen Guitars, (Garden City, MI) Drummer for Dark Avenger)

SUPERSUCKERS will be in Toledo, tonight April 30th at Frankie's Inner-Cityand at the awesome Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, Friday May 1st! 

Get the hell out and see the "Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World!'

From their press release:

If you’re new to the world of the Supersuckers, here are the basics: The band formed in Tucson, AZ in 1988, with Eddie and “Thunder” along with original drummer Dan Seigal and guitarist “Rontrose” Heathman. Seigal left in 2005 and Heathman was with the band until their previous album, barring a brief replacement by Didjits/Gaza Strippers frontman-guitarist Rick Sims.

After relocating to Seattle, the band signed to Sub Pop in 1992, the height of grunge. With cowboy hats in place and an unshakable rock ‘n’ roll demolition attitude, the band was out of step with grunge, yet their hard hitting, tongue-in-cheek attack was the perfect foil for the Sub Pop gang. The classic hard rocker Smoke of Hell set the pace for their work with the label.

In ’97, they surprised pretty much everyone with Must’ve Been High, a left turn into country that featured Willie Nelson on a cut. They stayed that course with Steve Earle & the Supersuckers, an EP pairing country’s most punk singer with rock’s most country punkers.

A leap to Koch International yielded Evil Powers of Rock ‘n’ Roll in ’99, while Sub Pop issued the best-of How the Supersuckers Became the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World. In 2003, the Supersuckers form their own label, Mid-Fi, and release a series of live and studio albums throughout the remainder of the decade.

Jason Osburn is a Kimchi and craft beer fueled artist, graphic designer, chef, daddy, and writer. (not necessarily in that order) He’s worked in and around the music industry in Detroit and Nationally for the better part of 20 years. 



This morning (April 29th, 2014) Old Crow Medicine Show announced the release of their new album, Remedy. It will be out July 1st, 2014 on ATO records. 

Old Crow Medicine Show embodies the true style of an American rambling string band. They began by busking on street corners of New York state and through Canada. Their travels led them to Boone, North Carolina where Doc Watson discovered them playing in front of a pharmacy. Mr. Watson invited them to play at MerleFest which immediately launched their professional career and popularity. It wasn’t long after that they relocated to Nashville to take up residency at the Grand Ole Opry, entertaining the audience between shows.

Kevin Hayes - Guitjo and Vocals, Cory Younts - Mandolin, Keyboards, Drums and Vocals, Critter Fuqua - Slide Guitar, Banjo, Guitar and Vocals, Chance McCoy - Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Vocals, Ketch Secor - Fiddle, Harmonica, Banjo and Vocals, Gill Landry - Slide Guitar, Banjo and Vocals, Morgan Jahnig - Upright Bass
The band has since sold over 800,000 albums, toured the world, been regular guests on A Prarie Home Companion, and played major festivals such as Coachell, Bonnaroo, Cambridge Folk Festival (UK) and the Newport Folk Festival. They have four full length albums: Old Crow Medicine Show and Big Iron World, produced by Dave Rawlings, Tennessee Pusher, produced by Don Was, and Carry Me back, produced by Ted Hutt. Their upcoming album Remedy is also produced by Ted Hutt. Ted is the original guitar player and one of the founding members of Flogging Molly. Ted left Flogging Molly to become a full time producer and has since produced albums by The Gaslight Anthem, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Bouncing Souls, Chuck Ragan, Jesse Malin, and Lucero among others. 

In 2011 Old Crow Medicine Show joined Edward Sharpe and the Magentic Zeros and Mumford and Sons for the inaugural Railroad Revival Tour. The musicians traveled between shows across the American Southwest in a dozen or so vintage train cars from the 1950s and 1960s. Emmett Malloy (The White Stripes under Great White Northern Lights) directed an excellent road movie/concert film documentary of this excursion in, Big Easy Express (2012), which won a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video in 2013. http://www.bigeasyexpress.com/

In 2013 Old Crow Medicine Show were inducted as members of the historic Grand Ole Opry and had their iconic single “Wagon Wheel” receive the RIAA’s Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies.

Remedy is now available for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon, and on the band's website.

Old Crow will also be hitting the road this summer in support of the new album including a may 30th date at Meadow Brook Music Festival supporting The Avett Brother. You won’t want to miss those two amazing acts on stage together.

If you can’t make it out to see them live, Old Crow Medicine Show will be performing on the A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION 40TH ANNIVERSARYCELEBRATION on July 4th & 5th. The band will play several songs. Other performers include: Iris Dement, Stuart Duncan, The Wailin' Jennys, Robin & Linda Williams and many more. Check the Prairie Home Companion website for program air times.

Jason Osburn is a Kimchi and craft beer fueled artist, graphic designer, chef, daddy, and writer. (not necessarily in that order) He’s worked in and around the music industry in Detroit and Nationally for the better part of 20 years. 



The Bob Seger System at our farm '70.

We can't wait to buy a copy of Tom's book! He has the bet shots of anyone in the rock photography business....just the best....Tom is Detroit Rock n Roll

April 29, 2014 – Rochester Hills, MI – Entertainment photographer Tom Weschler has started an IndieGoGo campaign to fund production of a fine-art photo book exhibiting Detroit’s vast rock ‘n’ roll and entertainment history.

Weschler, who has been doing live-music photography since the 1960s for artists such as Bob Seger, has compiled exclusive live photos of Detroit’s entertainment industry dating back to 1964.

THE WHO @Grande Ballroom summer '68

The book, set for a summer release, will include photos of notable artists and bands spanning four decades, including The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones, and many more, performing at local venues around the Metro-Detroit.

The IndieGoGo campaign has a goal of $68,000, and the campaign includes perks for donating to production. Some of these perks include assorted prints from the book, posters, and even a day with Tom Weschler for a tour of Detroit’s landmark concert locations.

Brad Finegan
Marketing Specialist | Primeau Companies

1878 Star Batt Dr. Bldg 2E
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Phone: (800) 647-4281
Fax: (248) 289-1869

Retro Kimmer is a talented and widely-respected writer, show promoter and multi-media event designer. Kimmer's blog, Retrokimmer.com,  is about pop culture and it's evolution into today's hottest trends. She loves blogging about rock music, art, scandals, crime, stars, books and history. Kim's energy  is both engaging and entertaining to her readers



"Motown was about music for all people - white and black, blue and green, cops and robbers. I was reluctant to have our music alienate anyone." - Berry Gordy

Having grown up in the metro Detroit area, I had heard of the Hitsville museum but never visited. Hitsville is the original home of Motown Records and the very famous Studio A. Most of the original Motown artist recorded there. Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, just to name a few.

These and countless other international stars got their start on their road to fame in this small unassuming converted house on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit less than 5 miles from downtown. I like Motown music, but I am a rocker at heart.

However, one of my son's biggest idols is Stevie Wonder, so we decided to take him on a field trip to Hitsville USA. To my surprise the visit turned out to be far beyond my expectations. The feelings that transpired when I walked through the doors are difficult to describe. Reading about it just doesn't do justice to this Detroit gem.

The admission for the one and a half hour tour was only $10.00. The tour sparked the realization of the immense impact that Hitsville and Motown Records had on the world. We are talking about the late 1950's and 60's, during a time of a segregated society when Barry Gordy, an African American man, left his secure job at Ford Motor Company to pursue his dream. He borrowed $800 to start his recording studio / label.

Within six years, his company was generating $20,000,000 per year. That in itself is amazing. What business even today has that kind of growth rate? At that time, Barry Gordy's company became the largest African American company in the country and according to some accounts, the largest in the world. When we toured the house, we stood in the small recording room that produced over 100 top 10 hits within 10 years.

Today, the museum represents so much more then just great music. People come from all over the world to visit including many famous musicians of all genres, such as Paul McCartney, who claimed to be "moved by the energy in the building."

The visit to Hitsville USA was a completely different experience for me than for my son who is an aspiring singer. He was fascinated with everything he learned about Stevie Wonder and the other great musicians. For me, I learned so much about what it means to have the faith, courage and drive to pursue a dream.

The Hitsville USA museum isn't only for Motown lovers. This landmark represents so much more. This is a place for all people who need to be reminded that their daydreams about leaving their jobs during insecure times to pursue a passion can become a reality.

This is a place for musicians of all genres. It is a place of musical inspiration to those who put in endless hours into the labor of love composing the right blend of lyrics and melodies with the goal of having their songs become hits.

This is a place for all those people who have experienced struggles and setbacks and need to be reminded of what faith, courage and drive is all about as they pick themselves up, dust themselves off and continue on.

Because the experience was so inspiring to me and also because I’m sure I missed some things, I plan to revisit Hitsville USA museum in the near future. I also plan to bring some friends along to share the experience. At some point I would love to meet the man who represents so much to all types of people, "white and black, blue and green, cops and robbers”~ Mr. Berry Gordy.

Jackie Wallace



In 2013 Matt Austin released the EP ‘Matt Austin' and supported acts such as
Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Uncle Kracker, Aaron Lewis, Josh Gracin,
 Charlie Worsham, Chase Rice and Jerrod Niemann.

Matt Austin grew up in the Detroit downriver area. His father played guitar but it wasn’t until his uncle from Texas moved to Michigan that he showed any interest in music. He was inspired first by blues guitar greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix

Austin’s Detroit music history really starts with a band called Bridgewood. They had a modicum of success, opening for acts such as Vince Neil, Trapt and Sponge. Then he was invited to join a group with Charlie Grover from Sponge, and Cheyenne Goff from Bliss 66. Donnie Patty from Bliss 66 came on to play bass and Paper Street Saints was born. Paper Street Saints became one of the most notable acts in Detroit and opened for acts as large as Bon Jovi in sold out arenas.

“After all of my history playing
rock music, I have now grown
 in to the artist that best fits who
I am and it shows in this record,”
 - Matt Austin
Still wanting to front his own band he formed the self-titled Matt Austin Band. He again achieved a fair amount of success, performing live on Fox 2 Detroit and opening for National Acts such as Tesla, Def Leppard and Styx. But something was missing and in the summer of 2011 Matt discovered New Country. He was transported back to the feelings he had as a young boy and was immediately hooked.

Austin has assembled a band of all stars on stage. Ken Kudsin (drums) and Tommy Furbacher (guitar) hail from Panic Trigger and Soul Circus. Their rock backgrounds bring an edge to Austin’s live show. Shance Carlisle (Bass, vocals) comes from a background of hip hop, rock and soul. He is the “fire cracker” on stage and is full of energy that comes out in his playing. Matt’s right hand man on and off stage is Kyle Palermino, on backing vocals and lead guitar. Shance and Kyle played together supporting Detroit rapper HUSH.


Matt Austin has a very busy weekend. He will be appearing on Fox 2 news Friday morning, performing Friday night with Montgomery Gentry at The Sound Board, then Saturday night at Royal Oak Music Theater with Jerrod Niemann.

Along with releasing his new EP ‘Matt Austin’, 2013 found him supporting acts such as Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Uncle Kracker, Aaron Lewis, Josh Gracin, Charlie Worsham, Chase Rice and Jerrod Niemann.
Go towww.mattaustinmusic.com for more info.

Jason Osburn is a Kimchi and craft beer fueled artist, graphic designer, chef, daddy, and writer. (not necessarily in that order) He’s worked in and around the music industry in Detroit and Nationally for the better part of 20 years. 



Our favorite of Detroit's metal bands is nominated for a DMA this year! What makes this band so great is their style and energy. They are good musicians..a lot of metal bands suffer in that department and opt for making large noise and calling it "metal". Not Chrome Mollie..These guys are GOOD and we are proud to support them tomorrow at the DMA's...

CHROME MOLLIE…has a new album "ALL OR NUTHIN" going to press next week!

"ALL OR NUTHIN" was recorded over a five-month period in fall/winter of 2013 at Metro 37 Studios in Rochester, Michigan, mixed and mastered by Kevin Sharpe, Ryan Arini, and Chrome Mollie.

All or Nuthin’ will be released in late April/early May. The first single Down Low will be available soon at iTunes. All or Nuthin’ will be available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Chrome Mollie shows, and at www.chromemollie.com

CHROME MOLLIE…formed in 2009, the Chrome Mollie boys set out to write & perform a pure unadulterated brand of hard hitting Detroit style rock. Seasoned veterans of the Detroit/Flint music scene, the members of Chrome Mollie are taking area stages by storm!

Supporting national acts such as Y&T, Bulletboys, Kip Winger, Stryper and George Lynch just to name a few! Make sure you check out their live show, as every set they perform is full throttle from start to finish!

All or Nuthin’ Track Listing:
1. Loud And Clear
2. Aint No Doubt
3. Freight Train
4. Down Low
5. Straight For The Heart
6. Shake It
7. All In The Name Of
8. Spread Love
9. Free Me
10. Writings On The Wall
11. So Special
12. Where’s The Dog

Chrome Mollie online:  

Retro Kimmer is a talented and widely-respected writer, show promoter and multi-media event designer. Kimmer's blog, Retrokimmer.com,  is about pop culture and it's evolution into today's hottest trends. She loves blogging about rock music, art, scandals, crime, stars, books and history.


This week, Sheldon and the gang (including me) will be attending the Detroit Music Awards, where Sheldon will be presenting an award as usual. Therefore, our broadcast will feature music from this year's DMA nominees.

To listen to the show this and every Friday at 6 PM EDT, go to http://www.tunein.com and type WCXI in the searchbox on that page.

Join us for live chat during the show in our facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/rockandrolllawyer

Posted by Cheri Clair 
Booking Agent/Promoter
Lincoln Park, Michigan  
Creative Director, Publicist RocknRoll Lawyer Show https://myspace.com/cheridetroitmusicannex 

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'If Egyptian Lover spawned a love child with Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn, the result would be Carjack.' - MetroTimes Detroit
With the Detroit Music Awards quickly approaching I decided to write about a lesser known category but one of my favorite acts, Carjack, whose video “Theme 2013” was nominated for Outstanding Video - Independent Budget (Under $10,000).

Why? Carjack and this video, is everything that relates to my growing up in my generation in and around Detroit. The combinations of music styles, technology, complete disregard for what others think, love for robots, kung-fu, graffiti, drum machines , skateboarding, do-it-yourself-with-what-you-have-to-work-with, RAY GUNS, distorted guitars and effects pedals… you get the idea.

'Carjack: Sounds like the Stooges played through an Atari. What's not to like?'
- MotorCityRocks.com
'THEME 2013' was recorded & performed by Lo-Fi Bri aka Carjack. Filmed and Edited by Mike Rozman. All on screen performances, skateboarding, robots & kung fu by Lo-Fi Bri (Carjack). Filmed as a two-man crew all throughout Detroit and Hamtramck Michigan. Carjack landing sequence filmed in Ferndale, MI. Dedicated to all the Graffiti Artists involved in the Detroit Beautification Project and those who choose to create music & art in the city of Detroit.


TYREE GUYTON heidelberg.org 
STEVE & DOROTA COY hygienicdressleague.com/ 

Carjack by Chris Lawrence Photography
We filmed this as a two man crew with no budget what so ever and are really proud of what we created. - Carjack  

Carjack is the brainchild and alter-ego of Metro Detroit musicphile and home-recording-mad-scientist Lo-Fi Bri. He’s also a successful photographer and you’ve definitely seen his work in local publications, i.e. the 2014 Metrotimes ‘Best of’ cover. Keep your eye out for the next Carjack show and best of luck to him!

Find out more about CARJACK

Jason Osburn is a Kimchi and craft beer fueled artist, graphic designer, chef, daddy, and writer. (not necessarily in that order)
He’s worked in and around the music industry in Detroit and Nationally for the better part of 20 years. 




Creativity to Feed the Soul. Art to Nourish the Hungry.

An evening of art, community and philanthropy. Be the first to view a new exhibit by local artists Nancy and Jason Unger, while enjoying food, drink, music and conversation.

The artists will offer a piece to auction, with proceeds benefiting Gleaners. Additionally, 10 percent of any art sales from the show will be donated to Gleaners.

Abundant Fields Unger & Unger PhotoMore on Nancy and Jason Unger: A long-time collaborative pair, Nancy and Jason Unger have been working on a body of new work that celebrates their need to find beauty in their surroundings.

They have taken images from their lives, their neighborhoods & experiences, sometimes fantastic and sometimes mundane, and turned them into multi-dimensional works of art. This new series will premiere at Studio D in Birmingham, MI for a night of creative energy that will benefit hungry neighbors in metro Detroit. MORE INFO HERE


Thanks for all your support... saw you listed him as one of the top Detroit drummers on your blog a while back... I really appreciate you getting behind Detroit music like you do and helping to make people not forget Detroit and it's music of past and present.

Muruga is also opening for Melvin Davis on May 3 but this is the show we are pushing the most as it's the bands headlining show but Spyder will also be at the Davis show which is way cool. Also, the Cosmic Hoedown Band have a new record coming out soon "Changing the Sound of Your Room" and we will all be at the Detroit Music Awards as Muruga has a couple nominations and the band was nominated for Outstanding LIve Performance which was a HUGE honor. THANKS AND BLESSINGS! 


April 23, 2014 (Brooklyn, NY)  

The Standells are excited to announce the kick-off of their much-anticipated Tour spanning 18 cities across    The United States.  The band, best known for their 1966 hit “Dirty Water” and remembered by many as The Godfathers of Punk Rock, recently released their newest album BUMP. The Standells released a string of snotty, aggressive garage singles in the mid to late 1960s, which are now rightly regarded as proto-punk classics. Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White, Why Pick On Me, Riot On Sunset Strip the songs of The Standells have been covered by everyone from Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and U2 to Spacemen 3, Minor Threat and a million 77 punk bands as well as many subsequent scene bands.

The group was formed in 1962 by keyboardist and lead vocalist Larry Tamblyn. Larry created the name from "Standing" around booking agencies trying to get work. Today, the Standells consist of original members Larry Tamblyn (lead singer & keyboardist), John Fleck (bassist), Mark Adrian (guitarist & co-lead vocalist), and veteran drummer Greg Burnham.

Their first hit single on Tower Records "Dirty Water" reached #11 on the Billboard charts, #8 in Cashbox, and #1 in Record World. Other chart records include "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White", "Why Pick On Me," and "Riot On Sunset Strip.” which is featured as the kick-off song in the new Rhino Records boxed CD set Where the Action Is.

Dirty Water is listed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped Rock & Roll. A biography titled Love that Dirty Water The Standells and the Improbable Red Sox Victory Anthem is currently available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Target and in other retail outlets.



4/27   Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC                                                    
4/28   Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC                   
4/29   Black Cat, Washington, DC                                            
4/30   BB Kings, New York, NY                    
5/2    Open Arts Stage, Bordentown, NJ       
5/3    The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ      
5/4    Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA
5/5    Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
5/6    Cafe Nine, New Haven, CT
5/7    The Brickhouse   Dover,NH
5/8    Lovin' Cup, Rochester, NY
5/10  Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
5/11  The Magic Bag, Detroit, MI               
5/13  Mayne Stage, Chicago, IL      
5/14  Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI    
5/16  Knickerbockers, Lincoln NB  
5/18  Herman’s Hideaway, Denver, CO
5/21  Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, NV



The Fillmore Detroit  
Door: 6:00 PM | Show: 7:00 PM
2115 Woodward MAP
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 961-5451

General Admission tickets are $20 and are available to the public. 
Tickets are on sale for general admission! LiveNation.com




Our pal, Josh Daunt of WJRT Channel 12 sent this in today and it is so good we had to share...


(04/18/14) - "Never had more fun, it was a complete ball," guitarist Wayne Kramer says with a smile as he reflects on the studio experience of recording his new free jazz album Lexington, which is being released on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 19th.

"It all came together really easily and really naturally. This is not the kind of music that I want to tell people what to play. I just kinda want to give them a sketch, an outline and then let them play it how they feel it. This is feeling music, it's natural feeling music."

ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

While the legendary guitarist from Detroit band MC5 may have set aside his rock n roll past for this project, he certainly kept his roots close to home when choosing the musicians he worked with. Some of the Detroit musicians Kramer brought in for Lexington include former Motown session trombonist Phil Ranelin, multi-instrumentalist Ralph "Buzzy" Jones, percussionist Brock Avery and bassist Bob Hurst. But his primary support came from an old friend, Dr. Charles Moore, whom Wayne has worked with for decades, since Moore arranged the horn parts on the 1971 MC5 album High Time.

"We've been playing together for a long, long, long time. And it turns out that here we all are living in southern California. Dr. Moore had been out here since the late '70s, and there was a few other great Detroit musicians out here. It was just a natural fit."

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Bookies was a gay club as far back as my dad could remember. The neighborhood had really gotten bad. Around the corner was a disco. DJs and discos were everywhere and clubs didn't want to book live bands. Bookies was one-of-a-kind club, it was the only club that had live punk. The neighborhood was rough so we parked between the two bars in the security lot.


The parking lot had half as many people partying as the club. The line was always out the door. The wait was long but entertaining because the crowd outside was as interesting as the bands on stage. Black leather was the common denominator among the club goers, more than the bleached hair, torn jeans, high tops, fishnets, leather pants, pointy toed boots.

Through the doors of bookies it was a big Native American bouncer was rumored to carry a gun. They collected money at the door and checked IDs. Inside the club was very dark but you could see it once had been nice.

  Whipping Boy Wash. DC

The high black diamond talk cushioned booths were the only place where doing lines was publicly ignored in Detroit. I long bar I'm one wall, the bartenders where from the day shift gay bar. The music they played before the show was always so new. 


Bookies with the first place you'd ever hear anything. I heard the cars there before they got airplay. Bauhaus, 999, The Police, Susie and the Banshees. I loved to dance before the show.

In the basement was the restrooms. They were brightly lit long bathrooms with little dressing stations. That's where I would pierce peoples ears with safety pins. You could listen to the bands through the floor, the stacks of blank the stage rumbled all the way down to the basement.

Upstairs in front of the stage it was loud between the stacks. It felt intimate. It felt as if Johnny thunders was standing there singing to me in my living room with 100 other people crushed against me. sweat and leather.

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