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Score!!! Remember these? They were prizes given out at fairs in the early 1980s. Teenagers would spend upwards of $20 trying to win one.
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A very young Me at Erl records with Dave Erl popping his head from behind me. 1989-1990. I can’t even begin to explain how important this place was to so many of us growing up and living in Albany NY. So many friendships were born here, so many bands were started at this place. It was a very important part of the punk/alternative community in Albany.
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Erl Records store front-Madison ave Albany NY. This store is one of the top two record stores I’d ever set foot in(the record vault in sf being the other). I walked into Erl in 1989 and immediately fell in love with The place. After talking to the owner for a while I’d realized we went to the same high school, we’d even rode the same bus, and I’d throw shit in his Afro. I bought so much of my early collection here. These guys introduced me to crossed out, man is the bastard, carcass and even persuaded me to buy the first Nirvana 7” there. Death metal and hc would come in used, and these guys would save it for me in a drawer without me having to ask…the mighty save drawer. They held some great in stores there as well. This place was short lived.
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As Jim macnaughton often says about shows we played…” I have no recollection of this”. The abyss was a short lived club in Albany ny. They finally got busted for drugs after a year or so. We’d book hc shows there during the late afternoon, evenings, and the people running the place would be rushing us out to make way for a Rave happening in a few hours. Many times the crowds would overlap. We lost many a friends to the rave scene because of this place in the 90’s.
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I love this flyer…theres a great story behind it. This show was frightening. We (DOF) were on a small northeast/Midwest tour that had 9 shocks terror joining us for a few days. This gig was at speak in tongues in Cleveland. What I do recall when looking out into the crowd when we were playing was a dude running around the pit with a huge log. I looked back down at my guitar, and then back up at the crowd again. This time there was a guy with an axe chasing around the dude with the log in the pit.
After we played , 9 shocks took the stage. I was manning my distro table. My friend Simon came over and was talking to myself and my pal Mark Telfian. Suddenly some Cleveland dude came over bounced a beer or soda bottle off Simons head. He was yelling about integrity(the band). I got him to chill out, and back off. Simon said something else to him, and the guy charged my record table, jumped up on top of it, and continued yelling, screaming, spitting and swinging at Simon. Nine shocks finished the set and I approached Wedge(drummer) and asked him to get these guys to chill if he knew them. At this point there were a bunch of other Clevo dudes sorta flexing, and acting like none of us were getting out of there alive. Wedge introduced me to the crazy dude… Who as it turns out was an ex integrity member who was pissed over a song they gave Simon or something. We later became friends. He’s a sweet guy.
We stayed at wedges house that night, and he started selling us records out of his collection.
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Great bday gifts I received last week. As you can tell by my love of sweatpants, I’ve given up on life and will no longer leave my house. Instead I’ll hang around in my Tankard or Green Dragon sweats, listen to music, drink beer, and wipe my hands on those sweats.
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My buddy Greg found this and reminded me of this show. This show was supposed to happen at a club in the Albany area…but due to double booking or something, we found out the day of the show that it wasn’t gonna happen at the club. We had it at the house we lived in. My friend Matto ripped down basement walls, and we did it down there instead. It was our last week at the house, so we destroyed it with 150 punks and metalheads at our last show.
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Great gig we played at abc no rio. We did a long weekend of shows with Mk ultra, and Hail Mary in the north east. We heckled Mk ultra pretty brutally at this gig(or at least frank the vocalist). Fun days…
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What i recall about this:
Artie Phillie booked this show.
Pretty sure he lost his mind during the gig.
Def a very weird Long Island show.
We used to play with lots of shitty bands.
I Can’t remember the actual act of playing.
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