This one goes out to Emily and The Trade- marks!
Emily- Sylvain Sylvain Sylvain Sylvain
The Sixteens- The Sweet The Collection
Greater Threat- Greg Pope Fanboy
All My Love Always- Dead End Kids Breakout
I Can See- SVT Extended Play
The Hard Way- The Sonics This Is The Sonics
Boomerang- The Paley Brothers The Complete Recordings
Voice Of America- The Front Lines Where Do We Go From Here? EP
^17- Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
Phenobarbital Love- The Chevelles Rollerball Candy
War On the East Coast- The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers
Can't Erase This Feeling- Warm Soda Symbolic Dream
And So It Goes On- Beagle Sound On Sound
Fragile- Wire Pink Flag
*Thirteen- Big Star #1 Record
*Fourteen- The Vandals Look What I Almost Stepped In...
*Fifteen- Eater The Compleat Eater
*Sixteen- Iggy Pop Lust for Life
*Seventeen- The CRY! Dangerous Game
*Eighteen- Rome Eighteen
*Nineteen- Tegan and Sara The Con
R-I-G-H-T-S- The Fleshtones It's Super Rock Time!
It's Up To You- The Trademarks Take It Magazine Flexi Disc
Dose Of You- Nick Lowe Labour Of Lust
Lead Me To It- The Grip Weeds How I Won The War
No Regrets- City Limits Dancing In The Heat
The Rumble Under My Hood- The Rubinoos The Rumble Under My Hood
>Seventeen- Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols
Money Talk- The Negatives Shake Some Action Vol 3
I'll Get You Back- Arlis Titan: It's All Pop!
Love Will Lead the Way- Wyatt Funderburk Novel and Profane
Girls Aren't Just Girls- Z-Cars This Is Z-Cars 7" EP
Sixteen Blue (Outtake-Alternate Vocal)- The Replacements Let It Be
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*SacroSet: Songs About Our Teen Years
>Power Pop Prototype: 1977
As readers of this blog know I was not popular in high
|Disclaimer: No one was|
murdered at my prom
The first meeting that fall was at this especially mean girl's house and I think everyone had the same question: why is Rick Love here? For the first time I was with the popular crowd and it didn't feel right to anyone, especially me. Luckily the chair of the prom committee was a girl name Lauren who, despite being
I put my finger to my tongue
And I taste vagina
I licked Betty Ford's boots (it's true)
She wore 'em all over China
|Human Sexual Response|
I wonder if they got their shirts the same place as Peter Dayton?
That was the last prom committee meeting I attended-somehow I was never told where or when subsequent meetings were held. After talking to Trademarks keyboard player Jack Moran at a show I passed along his information to the prom committee and that was it. I didn't hear anything again until after Christmas when Lauren told me the The Trademarks were going to play our Junior Prom! Needless to say, I was shocked- by that time I figured the prom band would be a bunch of longhairs playing stuff like "Dazed And Confused," the guitarist busting out his violin bow in the 17th minute. (Seriously, has anyone EVER successfully danced to "Dazed And Confused?"). But no, we had The Trademarks and they were AMAZING!
The prom was at Christo's in Brockton, Mass and the first
person my girlfriend Gina and I saw when we walked in that night was Jack Moran- not only did he remember who I was but he told me I looked great. (Nice of him to say, but I've seen the pictures and I have to disagree- top hat and tails on a shy 16 year old is not a good fit. As you will see, the suit was wearing me). The Trademarks on the other hand looked incredible in matching suits that they changed at each break! They played originals, including "Magic In Her Eyes," which several of us knew as I'd convinced some friends to buy their single (shown at the top of this post) along with "It's Up To You," featured on tonight's show. Knowing how important familiar music is at a dance, they also played a great selection of 60's rock and roll covers- Beatles, Stones, Dave Clark Five, Paul Revere and The Raiders and more. Even the teachers and chaperones seemed to be loving it.
The Trademarks were super tight and their vocal harmonies were perfect but the best thing about the band was the way they engaged the audience- energetically jumping around the stage while making eye contact with each of us. The Trademarks were the greatest band in the world that night. Don't believe me? Check out this clip of them playing in January 1981, five months before our prom:
That video was recorded in an empty studio, now picture them playing in front of a few hundred sex crazed teenagers at a prom.
The Trademarks were not to everyone's taste of course, I
And okay, here are the prom photos (sigh):
|Why yes, I am wearing white gloves, why do you ask?|
|A walking stick, naturally, completes the ensemble. (I love the look she is|
giving me, no wonder she went home at 11:30.)
|No one warned me about "Top Hat Hair"|