CIMMfest Presents:"You Weren't There - A History of Chicago Punk 1977-1984 Outtakes!"
THE CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL MOVIES & MUSIC FESTIVAL: A four-day celebration of movies that are about music, for music, and of music being made. The dates for our 2011 festival are set, and we’re now taking submissions. Visit www.cimfest.org to enter your music-related short and feature-length fiction, documentary, animation and music videos!
Tutu and The Pirates
Tutu & the Pirates, Chicago's first anti-lectual sub-urban insult rock band and perhaps even its first punk band, finally gets its due in its first 17-trak LP compilation of demos (from ’77/’78), practice tapes (recorded at their rehearsal loft “The Placenta”), and live material (from ’78). Formed in 1977 by a cross-section of childhood friends and misfits, the Pirates culled inspiration from The Stooges, MC5, and the New York Dolls, as well as 60s garage and the Mothers Of Invention. Quirky and fearless, these guys made it up as they went along, quickly becoming Chicago’s go-to opening band for the Ramones (five times), the Undertones, and the Pretenders. True to punk credo, they lived hard and played harder, and within a few short years the rot set in and the group disbanded. Yet despite their influence in and on the Chicago punk scene, the legendary Midwestern pioneers of punk never managed to release an album until now. A new recording of "Berlin" proves that even three decades later, they can still rock the fuck out.
The original band lineup included: Li'l Richie Speck - vocals, Jimmy Socket - guitar, Frankie Paradise - bass, Mel Torment - "other guitar," and TuTu - drums
Subsequent incarnations of the band included Abner Normal replacing TuTu on drums, Max de la Living Swing replacing Abner on drums and Budda Slim on keys.
IF YOU THINK REHEARSE MEANS GET ANOTHER HEARSE...YOU MIGHT BE A GOBLIN! Since establishing "The Classic Goblins Lineup" in the mid-1990s, the Goblins have been pushing the limits of pop music presentation. Combining elements of Garage rock, hardcore punk, performance art and vaudeville, they have created an absurd series of concerts, recordings, and video projects ranging from an Egyptian rock extravaganza in an antiquities museum to an elaborate Godrock opera to a pummeling Misfits tribute to their upcoming project, a children's video and album called "Goblin Good Day." The band has nearly 100 obscure releases, including their full length CDs "Millennium," "Goblin Pride," Missing Fits," and "33 1/3 Goodwoodsman Lane." In the tradition of the Residents, the Unknown Comic and Kiss, the Goblins never appear in public without their masks and costumes. All have been fired from jobs for refusing to unmask.
The maybe 5' tall girl with the guitar absolutely shreds. According to her band mates she's the newest member of The Nones. But no one would have guessed that she learned their set in last three weeks.
The drummer and bassist drive. This band is insanely tight. Breakdowns and riffs are hard as hell and just as clean. All this without mentioning the frontman who plays sax, effects his voice and can occasionally be seen on the floor in the crowd with a microphone jammed in his mouth. - Live Review by Brent Day