Monday, April 20, 2009

Concert Recommendation: Sickidz Tribute to Lux Interior, Triton, Philadelphia, April 26

It was obvious from watching Mick Cancer when he fronted Pink Slip Daddy that he owed a debt of gratitude to Lux Interior. I have only fond memories of a New Year's Eve bloody nose when my face got in the way of his boot as he went airborne during a Pink Slip Daddy performance at the Khyber Pass. As I learned more Philly music history, I found out that Mick and his first band, Sickidz were friends, not just fans of the Cramps, which Mick documented so beautifully shortly after Lux's death:

Sickidz will be honoring the late Mr. Interior in Philly on Sunday. The event will feature the music of the Cramps, a showing of their infamous concert at Napa State Mental Institute, never before seen video footage and shared recollections.
A memorial service of Crampsong will be performed by The Sickidz.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to in Lux's memory.

Sickidz play Tritone, 1508 South St., Philadelphia, 215–545–0475, at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The A's: Back in Print

Back when radio stations reflected local tastes and interests, there were regional hits. Philly had a string of them, acts who made waves nationally but made a huge splash locally. Before Tommy Conwell, the Hooters and Robert Hazard, there were the A's. Their albums just predated the birth of the CD, and they have never been on CD until now. Get your fix of "A Woman's Got the Power."