UXA and MX-80 (SOUND) playing in Berkeley circa 1979.

I remember when opener THE JARS’ 45 came out a year or two later – it was all over Berkeley, with posters, window displays and so on. The Jars! Now-forgotten local heroes, but the impression I got at the time was they were the biggest thing going in the New Wave. Then I heard the single, and it was total blandoid surf rock. Check it out here.

Here’s a piece I wrote about record shopping in Berkeley back in 1981.

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