Click on the song titles to hear music by The Memos, Phase II and Variety.
Welcome back to a new month of music. This month we are going back to late 1982 and early 1983 to what i like yo think of as our “Hamburg” period. We were raw and still learning how to be a band but full of energy and willing to play anywhere, anytime and with just about anyone. We had come out of the summer of 1982 with a booking agency and a few places that we played regularly like “The Raft” & the “The Thunderbird” as opening acts for some of Boston’s more popular bands. We filled in some gaps by still getting our own gigs at local bars like “The Mason Street Lounge” and “EM’s”. We are going to hear some tunes from both of those types of gigs this month. It is amazing what playing with a superior sound system will do for a band as I’m sure you will notice the difference.
Live at “The Thunderbird Club” in Tyngsboro, MA.
Stray Cat Strut-
Nobody I know-
Rehearsal from the basement of “Caron’s Liquor Store” in Lawrence, MA. We recorded just about every rehearsal in some for or fashion as was our practice going back to 1977. Surprisingly, this is the only one that survived. Only the lead vocal microphone was plugged directly into the tape machine so backing vocals can be heard in the distance from the speakers of the PA.
(I wish I was) Joey Ramone-
Spend some time-
Whole Lotta Love-
All that i Care(partial) original of Dana’s in a small club
You can’t be in love with me-
Below you will find assorted videos on You Tube for The Memos, Phase II, Variety and Kangaroo Kourt
TV news story about a popular club The Memos used to play frequently, featuring an interview with Dana and music clip.