Crabbie's greatest hits are all in this red reprint issue. Send stamp or $1 to La Palabra NJ 319 8th St. Apt. 4R Jersey City, NJ 07302
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Music just may be NJ's biggest export. Not only do we have a history of producing a huge amount of successful and awesome (not always both) artists, but also so many genres. if you open-minded to different styles of music, wake up! It's right in your backyard.
Jersey City/Hoboken - Nancy Sinatra - "Bang Bang(My baby shot me down)"
Newark(Down Neck) - Connie Francis - "Lipstick on Your Collar"
Teaneck - Ricky Nelson - "Lonesome Town"
East Orange - Dionne Warwick - "Anyone Who Had a Heart" she supposedly nailed in one take, in the same session which also brought us "Walk on By"
Tenafly - Lesley Gore - "You Don't Own Me"
Passaic - The Shirelles - "Mama Said" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" which was also covered by a Jersey boy and his pals from
Newark - Frankie Valli - "Cant Take my Eyes Off of You" also covered by his Newark neighbor Gloria Gaynor and by another girl from around the way in
South Orange/Maplewood - Lauryn Hill - "Every Ghetto, Every City" a real Jersey anthem
South Orange - The Fugees - "How Many Mics?" supposed they were originally guided by Ronald Bell of
Jersey City - Kool and the Gang - they may have been "Hollywood Swinging" but they were New Jeru through and through
Plainfield - Parliament - "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off The Sucka)" P-Funk started out as a doo-wop group in the back of a barber shop in good ol' Plainfield aka P-Funk
East Orange - Naughty by Nature - "Feel me Flow" they were mentored by their fellow Illtown royalty up next
East Orange/Newark - Queen Latifah - "Just Another Day" and reppin the ladies and the Jersy streets in her video "U.N.I.T.Y."
Newark - Redman - "Jersey Yo!" holding down Jerz for over 2 decades, he can still kick and ill "Freestyle Freestyle" not feeling him? "Whatever Man"
Paterson - Just Blaze (producer extraordinaire of) - "Exhibit C" - Jey Electronica and "Song Cry" - Jay-Z
New Brunswick - Cymarshall Law - "Run This Town Freestyle" I love when rappers take the beat to a shitty pop-rap song and make a way better song out of it
Paterson - Frankie Ruiz - "Esta Cobardia" born and raised in Paterson, he late moved to Puerto Rico and became one of their biggest Salsa artists
New Brunswick-ish - The Sirs - "Break My Heart..."
Jersey Shore? - Big Wig - "Alone in New Jersey"
Lodi - The Misfits - "Skulls" a beautiful love song
East Brunswick - Catch 22 - "Keasby Nights"
Elmwood Park - Adrenanlin O.D. - "Suburbia" go hang out at the Livingston Mall
Asbury Park - Fury of Five - "Takin' Respect" it's not where you're from it's where you're at... that is, except for the purpose of this mix...
Island Heights/Toms River? somewhere down the f'n shore- OS101 - "Pizzacore" nothing goes better with pizza then beer so "Fill it Up" with OS101's predecessor Hogan's Heroes
Bridgewater - Vision - "Two Wishes"
New Brunswick - Lifetime - "Turnpike Gates"
Basking Ridge/New brunswick - The Bouncing Souls - "Quickcheck Girl" ECFU!
Jersey City - Apefight - "I Wish I Was Your Bike Seat (Daniell's Song)" adorably raunchy
New Brunswick - The Gaslight Anthem - "The Navesink Banks" insert comments here
Red Bank - Count Bassie - "Red Bank Boogie" a jumping Jazz uplifter, unless you'd rather feel "Blue and Sentimental"
Hoboken - Yo La Tengo - "Night Falls on Hoboken"
Friday, May 2, 2014
Monday, December 31, 2012
Fritch Clark is a 48 year old 3rd generation New Bruswicker, who claims he's a shy guy. But when I broke out the recorder he talked and talked and talked and didn't seem shy at all. When he talks about music and the
"scene" he gets all gitty and smiley. Fritch made a rad movie call “The Last Bastions of Rock” that you should definitely check out. If the interview doesn't read like a normal interview it’s because Fritch talked for 64 minutes and I talked for 2. Thanks Fritch. I appreciate the time you gave me. New Brunswick
LP: How did you get into music?
F: I would listen to RSU to hear about football and stuff and heard music that the big radio stations weren't playing. In the 70's it was all Led Zeppelin and I could never be that cuz they were just so good. It wasn't till I heard The Ramones and I was like, these dudes are kinda geeky, I'm geeky, I could do this. The music’s not great and I can strum along to it. They were a real people's band. College radio has gotten me into a lot of bands. The first big concert I went to was Kiss and I knew I was never gonna be that. That's why I loved The Ramones so much. It was cheap to go and you could see yourself doing that. In 1978 I saw a band named The Dead Kennedy's in
and I just got it. The best music I've ever heard in the worst place possible. Trenton Calhoun Street in . I remember going back to school and seeing kids in their Bob Seager shirts and just being like you don't get it. You don't know what you're missing. I had DK and Black Flag shirts. I got it right away. This was before the internet so you would show up and put your name on a mailing list and get flyers in the mail. The 1st I heard of The Court Tavern, it was across the street and Joe's (The bartender) grandfather owned it. It was called Joe's bar. Well I would go out, because in those days 18 was the drinking age. High schoolers went to the bar and drank. Can you imagine drinking at 18? Trenton, NJ
LP: Legally you mean? I knew plenty of high schoolers who drank.
F: But I would come here because my mom said she knew the owner. But Bobby's father owned it by then, not Joe Zimmerman (the guy my mom knew). I would come here because people were accepting. You know when you walk into a bar and everyone turns and stares at you?
LP: You mean you get the record scratch reaction when you walk into the room?
F: Yeah, well that didn't happen here or the Melody. Nobody really gave a shit. They were busy doing there own thing. So
New Brunswick became my home base but there was another place, The Dirt Club in that I also liked. It was owned by Johnny Dirt, who just recently passed away, and it was an old house (Johnny lived upstairs), just a blue collar bar that had original bands. This guy would tend bar in a leather jacket and boxer shorts. Back then The Court, The Dirt and Bloomfield were the only places to see original music. Everywhere else had cover bands. These places had REAL music. City Gardens
LP: There's a reason why people come here (The Court) the beer is cold, the music is loud and people want to fucking hang out. Do you consider yourself a filmmaker or was this the best way to tell your story?
F: Oh yeah, I a filmmaker. I started as a kid making Super 8 films by myself, and then in 1990 I made 16 mm film projection in the
Rutgers film co-op. I learned a lot from Alan Igrin at Rutgers. He was my mentor.
LP: Was the footage in the documentary all yours?
F: I was lucky to get a lot of photos of from different people and Darrell, from Channel X in
Piscataway, gave me a lot of footage. PCTV (Piscataway TV) was big for me because that's where I learned about video(ED's note- Filming and making a film involves film. The actual thing known as film. Video is a tape. Completely different medium here, especially in those days). But yeah, that's a lot of my footage. Around 2001 the Melody closed and I saw a flyer that said Come Save The Court Tavern, because the city wanted to redevelop this area. I went, along with about 500 hundred other people, to the city hall meeting and I taped it. It was the most important thing I've ever filmed. I just wanted to document stuff that was happening to the places I loved. I walked by the Melody for years (when it was closed) on my way to work and the day they razed it I filmed it. I just wanted to show how the city changed from when I knew it in 1980.
F: The Court started by Bobby Sr. having Bobby Jr.’s friend’s play. See the mural on the wall downstairs with the fingers in his ears? That's Bobby's father. He didn't understand any of that, but he still gave opportunity to the kids. Jim from The Smithereens gave Bobby that gold record and that meant a lot to Bobby Sr. The main thing about the movie is, it’s a family run bar. It's like a town center. It's pretty amazing that in the worse parts of
, the best music came out. I really wanted to make this documentary, but it had to be good because people from New Jersey would see it, and show about the Bobby’s, Jr. & Sr., and the music that came out of it. Brunswick was a special place at the time. The Court, the Melody, the Roxy, Patrix. New Brunswick
LP: The Bowl-O-Drome. The Underground. That was under the hotel right?
F: Yeah it was. I just wanted to show that you need to show love to places that support live, original music. Even though this place is a dive bar, it's still got a lot of love. It's run like a dysfunctional family. Everyone can agree on one thing and that's We need a place to play.
LP: Awhile back while prowling on MySpace I found the map of the
bars on your page. I showed my parents and they were all smiles being like I remember The Underground, I remember Bowl-O-Drome. Is that who this film was made for or was it more the younger kids to try to educate them? New Brunswick
F: I wanted to make the movie for everybody.
has a great musical history. We can go way back, the guy who wrote the music for The Charleston came from New Brunswick . New Brunswick music didn't start in the 80's and stop in the 90's. It's always been here and will always be here. It might be different now the in the 80's with all the clubs but I'm not gonna compare this decade to that decade. The movie gave me a chance to give back. I feel very blessed to have been a part of this great scene. I was never in a band, but I lived in these clubs. They gave me, and a bunch of other people, a place to go and a place to feel comfortable. It also gave me a chance to interview some people I would have been to shy to talk to otherwise. I'm kinda of a dork. New Brunswick
LP: Most musicians are dorks to. That’s the great thing about music, these guys aren't some athlete who's all big and crazy fast, these are regular guys.
F: I could have just made the movie about The Court but I really wanted to show all of
Jersey's great music. These were the clubs I went to and that's what I wanted to show. I also went to a lot of basement shows. Basement shows will live for ever here in . So many huge bands have played basements here in NB. New Brunswick
LP: I think that's why I like playing the Court so much is because it's like playing someone's basement.
F: I also wanted to make this movie as a thank you to the owners of these clubs that allowed me to see shows. I would have gladly paid more money then I had to, to see these bands. That's happening now. You're seeing bands that maybe 20 years down the road you can say I seen them at The Court. I bought a shirt from Marc Echo when he was a student here. You never know who these people might become.
LP: Do you think it was better being in a band back when? Ya know when people had to come to your shows to see you or better now with how easy it is to get your music to the public?
F: AHHH, it's just different now man. It was a special time. Handmade flyers and records. Buying merch directly from the band.
LP: Did me and my generation miss something special? It's never gonna be like that again. I feel like I missed something.
F: You're just realizing that the bands you love now are big time bands. The Descendents, Sick of It All, The Bouncing Souls, and bands like that, they all played places like The Court and
before they got big. Ten years from now you might be saying "I saw those guys at The Court" when the next band from here get famous. Did you miss something? Well you missed that time and place but you're here for the next time and place. You're a part of it now. What's going on now you're a part of. City Gardens
LP: Just being in a band I feel like I missed out on something. To be able to play at maybe The Court and The Roxy on the same night or just get on more shows in general. I don't know. I just feel like it will never be like that.
F: It won't be like that. A lot of people at that time lived in
. The Bouncing Souls had a house, Inspecter 7 lived here. You could drink a lot at any bar and just walk home. That's one thing I do miss is being able to pop in and pop out of a lot of shows on any given night. New Brunswick is like that now. I really like The Asbury Lanes. I feel like they get it. Asbury Park
LP: Why did you make this movie?
F: I felt it was my civic duty to do this movie. I wanted to give back to the bar owners and bands that gave me so much. I wanted to make a positive piece explaining why all these places were so special. Not everybody got to know Jonny Dirt, Randy Now and Bob Sr. I wanted to get on record what these owners had to say about that time. I wanted to show people these owners because not everybody knew these people.
in general just has a great history of music, movies and art. I just wanted to show that. We're not The Sopranos and New Jersey strerotype. Jersey Shore
LP: What do you think was the decline of the "Rock Club" as we know it?
F: There were a lot of factors. Drinking age had a lot to do with it. People started suing also. Some kid got hurt at
and sued. I came from the Old School. If I got hurt doing something stupid my father would say "You deserved it”, these kids weren't like that. There were some owner disputes, like at the Melody. Plus people grow up. They get jobs and start families. It was the right time for it and people took advantage of it. City Gardens
LP: There's a small window for things like this. For a band, a movie, a comedian, a "scene" even. You never know, the window could re-open.
has a great history of music and that's what it's about. Music is in the last place you look. Like love, you don't go looking for love it just finds you. New Jersey
LP: That's a great place to end it. Do you have any thank yous?
F: Court Tavern, Rest in Piece Jonny Dirt, Che Fontaine from Born Reckless.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Last year we inducted 6 members onto the Alco-Hall of Fame for it's inugural class. This year we elected 4 men and 1 team of legendary boozers. Here is the Alco-Hall of Fame Class of 2012:
Alfred Manuel Martin Jr. - “Billy” b.1928-d.1989
Drinking buddies with Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and many other teammates along with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Got into a massive brawl with teammates (including Mantle, Ford and Yogi Berra) sticking up for Sammy Davis at The Copacabana after somebody was yelling racial slurs at Sammy. Billy will go down in advertising history as one of the pitchmen for the legendary “tastes great/less filling” Miller Lite ads of the 1970’s. He died on Christmas day driving drunk near his home in
. Binghamton, NY
Earnest Hemmingway- “Papa” b. 1899-d.1961
Notorious for making fun of his fellow writers who sought help with their alcoholism, Hemmingway said to F. Scott Fitzgerald (After Scott told Earnest that “alcohol bested him”) “Take your balls and throw them in the sea-If you have any balls left.” It was once said that "His drinking would have killed a less tough man." Drank in the hospital after a WWI injury, moved back to Europe during prohibition just to drink, drank on the front line of WWII when he was covering it, drank while on Safari in Africa, drank in Cuba while writing some of his best known works, created a drink while be drunk in Florida (A Papa Doble is a Daiquiri with double the amount of rum and none of the sugar) and spent some of the last years of his life drinking on his yacht while sailing the Caribbean. Known as a messy drunk, he was told by a doctor to stop drinking to save his liver, advice he ignored. He drank to alleviate pain from a bunch of random injuries (it’s suspected that most were caused while drunk) and penned most of his greatest works under the influence (he supposedly wrote standing with a pen in one hand and a drink in the other). He died from a self inflicted gunshot wound after a forced 3 month abstinence from alcohol.
Herbert Walton Gleason Jr. - "Jackie" b.1916-d.1987
Raised by a "Hard working, hard drinking" Father (that left the family when Jackie was just 10) and an "I drink because I buried my child" Mother (who fell further in the bottle when Jackie's old man left), Jackie was born with booze in his blood. Jackie's father would take him to see the pictures on Saturday, but only after a stop at the speakeasy. It was on these Saturdays where Jackie fell in love with alcohol and the stage. On of Jackie's first gigs gave him free booze and it was here that he learned people laughed when he got drunk. Only problem was Jackie never remembered his act, because he was blacked out, but he did entertain the crowd. Once Jackie started making some money he felt it was his duty to pick up tabs and buy rounds. And his daily routine of shooting scenes, going directly to the bar, closing the bar, going to after hour parties and showing up on time the next day were legendary. He created many drunkard roles on "Cavalcade of Stars" including Joe the Bartender, Rum Dum and Reginald Van Gleason III, who loved booze and the high life. Drank on set, in front of the camera, on The Jackie Gleason Show. A lover of drink, food and smoke (he smoked close to 5 packs of cigarettes a day) he also wrote some original songs and released a few albums.
Oliver Reed - "Ollie" b.1938-d.1999
He got drunk, got naked and wrestled a dude on the beach in front of a fire in the movie Women In Love and no one questioned his manhood. That's how much of a tough guy Reed was. Got into a bar fight that resulted in 63 stitches in his twenties, beat Lee Marvin in a drinking contest, and once threw up on Steve McQueen after an all night pub crawl. Almost fought Letterman when he wouldn't stop asking questions about his drinking, had a glass of whiskey poured over his head by Shelly Winters on Carson, and tried to kiss a feminist writer on an English TV show after saying "C'mon big tits, give us a kiss" - all while being stinking drunk. There are also tales of him and 36 friends drinking 60 gallons of beer, 32 bottles of Scotch, 17 bottles of Gin, 4 crates of wine and a bottle of Babycham in one sitting. He claims he drank 106 pints over two days before marrying his wife. Died at 61 of a heart attack one day after downing 3 bottles of Rum. To see some of his antics YouTube this dude.
New York Mets
Pitcher Bobby Ojeda said "We were throwbacks. We were gimmie a steak, gimmie a beer, gimmie a smoke and get the fuck outta our way.” To me baseball and booze goes hand and hand and the 1986 Mets would have agreed. Pretty much the whole 25 man roster, excluding "The Kid" Gary Carter who didn't partake much in the drinking, loved to party down. They had a fridge stocked with booze in the clubhouse and often times the trainer would come into the locker room for a day game after a night game to find half a dozen players sleeping face down on the floor with crushed beer cans surrounding them. The trainer would wake them, give 'em a B12 shot, a couple of aspirin, a couple of cigarettes, a drink or six and send to the shower to get ready for first pitch. They were also known for drinking at a working class bar in
Queens named Finn MaCools where the owner once joked that the Mets singlehandedly keep him in business in 86'. All this is enough to make them Alco-All Star's. What gives these guys legendary status is the plane ride home from Houston. After a grueling 16 inning back a forth brawl of a baseball game, the Mets finally had one more run then the 'Stros. Now it was time to celebrate. Even Carter enjoyed his share of Champagne. The problem was the game lasted over 4 hours and the plane was ready to leave. This meant most of the celebrating happened on the plane. Most times the players, manager, and coaches were the only people on the chartered flight. However, the Mets front office allowed players wives to travel with the team. This meant that they stocked the plane full of 3 times the amount of alcohol that would normally be on the flight. Let me tell you, the Mets made them pay for that decision. The team drank every last drop of alcohol, along with eating all the steak and lobster and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage on the plane. From what I understand it was one of the wildest parties ever. When they landed they looked like hell and "The Straw" poured a bottle of Andre champagne over Mayor Ed Koch's head. Legend has it that Keith Hernandez didn't sleep after game 7 of the World Series until after the parade 2 days later. "You don't win a World Series drinking milk" is what Hernandez said of the 1986 season