This is a photo I took of THE DUST DEVILS live at CBGB in New York City, May 1993. They were opening for Claw Hammer, The Unsane and Rocket From The Crypt. That’s Matador Records head and Conflict editor Gerard Cosloy playing bass there on the right, which surprised the hell out of me when he stepped on stage. 

Dust Devils were awesome, by the way, but on the decline a bit….their 1991 show at the 6th Street Rendezvous in San Francisco floored me, but they were flattening out a bit by this time.


Courtesy of my pal Chris, here’s a long-tail band from the CBGB golden era in New York circa 1976-80 called COME ON. Barely documented before their recent CD on Heliocentric (one 45 and that’s it), Come On musically straddled the Talking Heads-era NYC, the no-wave scene and the you-can’t-get-funky late 70s/early 80s rhythms of the Bush Tetras, ESG and Liquid Liquid.

The CD’s got its up and its downs; the live stuff veers a little too forward into what we now call overt “math” rock to no apparent purpose nor end. The singer’s often a dead vocal ringer for The Undertones’ Feargal Sharkey. And yet there are some stunners here that you know would have had your rump in the door and your feet on the floor. Makes it once again all too clear how New York was bursting at the seams with creativity and vision during this era.

This track’s called “See Me” and was a demo; very indicative of the collection so if ya like this you’ll like that.