09/18/81 - NYC, NY @ New Pilgrim Theatre
Date: Friday, September 18th, 1981
City: New York City, NY, USA
Venue: New Pilgrim Theatre (Music For Millions Festival)
Hard Work [I Don't Want to Push It]
Where the Red Fern Grows [I Dreamed I Dream]
The Burning Spear
Loud & Soft [The Good & The Bad]
She is Not Alone [early version]
Richard Edson returned to the band on drums.
Show is finally available on the excellent SONIC YOUTH EP expanded reissue.
Greg Bullock writes: I think also on this bill were hardcore bands The
Nihilistics and the Misguided. There was also another
"noise band" (as we used to call them - ha!) besides
SY. Could have been Rat At Rat R or Live Skull as both
were getting started at that time. Now that I think of
it, must have been Rat At Rat R.
I'm thinking this must have been the gig because it
was at a theatre of some kind, complete with seats
bolted to the ground a la a school auditorium or
old-style movie theater. An unusual venue for a punk
rock show. There were maybe 20-30 people there. Could
have been fewer.
I was big into hardcore at the time and I remember The
Misguided being very Hardcore. The bass player from
The Nihilistics threw up on stage between songs. My
buddy and I were very impressed by this. Later found
out he could vomit at will and threw up at every gig.
Ha ha. There were other bands on the bill--Y Pants
apparently, though I have no memory of them
whatsoever--but I can only remember these few.
Anyway, SY was quite a spectacle because they had
about 20 guitars, all very beat up and funky-looking
and a chick bass player. They played so loudly and so
brutally that some people--including me--left the
theatre and waited in the entryway/foyer area outside.
Little did we know it was the beginning of such a
creative and influential band that would be around for
the next 20+ years.
Anyway, if you can confirm that this is in fact the
correct line-up you may want to add the The Misguided,
The Nihilistics and Rat At Rat R to the list of other
performers. Just in case any of the other two dozen
people that were there decides to stop by and
Rat At Rat R?
Have any information on this show? E-mail me!
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