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Happy Birthday Wendy O. Williams

Wendy O. Williams long hairWendy O. Williams (photo swiped from Google)

Happy Birthday Wendy O.! Rocking my world since I first discovered The Plasmatics as a teenager in 1980! I love this picture because it shows a softer side of Wendy. She was always so nice to us kids, so this is how I remember her.  R.I.P. = Rest in Punk! Truly an original. Never again will the world be blessed with such greatness!

Help get the original Plasmatics into the Long Island Hall of Fame:

For more Plasmatics purchase my book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist.” It has a few Plasmatics stories and was endorsed by Stu Deutsch, original Plasmatics drummer:

Music for National Singles Awareness Day

singles awarenessSingles and loving it!

Today is National Singles Awareness Day, a humorous holiday celebrated by those not in a romantic relationship.

But when I hear “singles” I’m not thinking of unpaired people, as a music lover what comes to mind is those 45 rpm records, the little ones. Since I love music so much, I have a 45 rpm spindle (used for singles) tattooed on my wrist, though my wrist is small the tattoo artist had to re-size the spindle in his outline.

So to celebrate records — the little ones of course — I want to share some of my favorite singles I had as a kid and  teenager. And for extra fun, I’m going to post the ones that actually show the sleeve or label. ENJOY, it’s quite the variety. (And some of these I played when I deejayed in NYC!)

GG Allin, Dead 20 Years Today

gg-allin1One of the more respectable photos found via Google Search

Twenty years ago today the music world lost a very disturbed individual, GG Allin. He died of an accidental heroin overdose at the age of 36.

GG’s musical career was off to a promising start, temporarily managed by Dead Boys producer Genya Raven and later went off the deep end with his hard core punk shock rock act defecating on stage (he’d take laxatives before his performances).

Here’s an example of his onstage antics:

GG Allin “Bite It You Scum”

I actually like the high energy music, but not the hatred behind it. It’s probably best that GG rest in peace as he could now be out of his misery.

Here’s a  interview:

GG Allin interview

I don’t know much about him because I wasn’t a fan or a follower. But I do remember seeing the following Jane Whitney video when it aired in 1993, filmed shortly before his death. He always reminded me of a punk rock Charlie Manson.

GG Allin on Jane Whitney

According to Wikipedia: At his funeral, Allin’s bloated, discolored corpse was dressed in his black leather jacket and trademark jock strap. He had a bottle of Jim Beam beside him in his casket, per his wishes (openly stated in his self-penned acoustic country ballad, “When I Die”). As part of his brother’s request, the mortician was instructed not to wash the corpse (which smelled strongly of feces), or apply any makeup. Allin’s funeral became a low level party. Friends posed with his corpse, placing drugs and whiskey into his mouth. As the funeral ended, his brother put a pair of headphones on Allin. The headphones were plugged into a portable cassette player, in which was loaded a copy of The Suicide Sessions. Allin was buried in his mother Arleta’s plot beside his grandparents.

And: GG Allin’s grave is frequently vandalized with urine, cigarette butts, feces and alcohol by fans, an act that is greatly discouraged by GG’s mother Arleta.His tombstone has since been removed because of this.

Here’s some video footage of his funeral (note the man with the brown hat and bizarre mustache is GG’s brother): GG Allin funeral

Parquet Courts

parquet courts

I just heard this band today on Sirius and I’m excited!

This song, “Stoned and Starving” has a very yesteryear authenticity, reminding me of early Modern Lovers.

Check it out:

Parquet Courts – “Stoned and Starving”

Can’t pinpoint exactly which Modern Lovers song it reminds me of though.

Maybe this one?

Modern Lovers – The Old World

Or maybe another. I’ll figure it out, I always do.

Happy Birthday Johnny Lydon (aka Rotten)

Johnny RottenJohnny Rotten (photo swiped from Google)

Happy Birthday to Johnny Lydon!

I never saw the Sex Pistols, but I did see his other band, Public Image Limited.

And I was lucky enough to meet Johnny Lydon, back in the day.

I told this story many times and it’s a very cool story because it was so unexpected.

Christmas Day Night (always something magical about that time, so a few years ago I started hosting parties on that night), 1981, I went with a few friends to see Johnny Thunders perform at the Peppermint Lounge in NYC.

After the show, one of our friends was missing — the guy who drove us in, Steve Miller (from punk band Electric Frankenstein).

Not knowing where to look, we decided it was best to just go back to the car and wait for him.

As we were walking back to the car, we noticed Steve was there and talking to someone. “Who’s that dude?” We all wondered.

As we got closer, one of the guys said, “Holy shit, it’s Lydon!”

I was so young, just turned 18, so I was a nervous teenager about to meet an icon. When we got to the car, I nearly froze.

Johnny Lydon said hello to me first. I just so happened to be wearing a button with his picture on it on my jacket with his famous saying, “Lydon Not Rotten.” I showed him the button.

“God, I’m ugly!” he said.

“No you’re not, you’re cute.”

My friend gave him a lift. And he was so great, talking to a car full of teenagers, answering questions about the Sex Pistols and being so respectful to all of us. I asked him for his autograph but he didn’t feel worthy of giving one. He said, “Here, have a beer instead” and handed me a beer.

When he got out, he wished everyone “Peace and good will.”

What a great person to be so nice to all us youngsters who admired him!

Here is Johnny Lydon’s famous “American Bandstand” appearance where he purposely stopped lip synching and just let the record play. Gotta love the dude! The two songs, “Poptones” and “Careering” are my favorite songs from his band Public Image Limited:

Public Image Limited was so avant garde, nothing like The Sex Pistols punk songs. So buying a Public Image album was a shock, but I loved them just as much, if not more than The Sex Pistols

In addition to the “American Bandstand” stunt, when Public Image Limited performed at the Ritz in NYC, they played behind a screen, causing an uproar with the fans.

And here is the famous “Nevermind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” album in its entirety with Johnny Rotten on vocals (I record I got in the $3.99 bin when I was a teen).


Kill City

I’m such a fan of all Iggy Pop’s solo work and this album has always been my favorite of everything Iggy’s ever done. I had this on green vinyl.

Here it is, KILL CITY, in it’s entirety (because that’s how it SHOULD be listened to — in order!)

And here is a track from the album, “I Got Nothing” covered by D-Generation, who did an amazing job!



Happy Birthday David Johansen!

David JohansenDavid Johansen (photo swiped from Google search)

Happy Birthday David Johansen! From the New York Dolls to the Harry Smiths, David Jo is another artist that can do no wrong musically. He is a chameleon and a genius who never skips a beat in changing with the times.

I have a very funny David Johansen story.

Almost 10 years ago I interviewed him for The Montclair Times entertainment section. His publicity person was dead set on having a particular time to interview because David Jo didn’t want to talk on his cell phone. (Hey, that was A-OK in my book — I hate cell phones too!)

Then, the publicity person sent a B&W photo, which in this day and age didn’t make sense, but hey that’s what we had to work with, so UNFORTUNATELY, because the photo was B&W, not color, we couldn’t put him on the cover of the entertainment section. Instead, a local artist named Cate was put on the cover.

In addition to interviewing him, I met him so many times over the years, by chance, and he was always a great guy, funny and a real gentleman. I was too young to see the original New York Dolls, but I’ve seen their reunion, as well as David Jo doing solo stuff (circa 1982), Buster Poindexter, and The Harry Smiths — all these versions of his talent many times, in NYC, in New Jersey, and even in Long Island.

Whenever I saw him as Buster Poindexter, I always made sure to hop on the conga line for “Hot Hot Hot.” One time I was right behind him, so I grabbed his butt just for the fun of it.

Out of everything David Johansen ever did, I have to admit his solo stuff is what touched my heart the most.

Here are some of my favorite David Johansen songs:





Bohemian Love Pad



David Johansen and THE HARRY SMITHS

On The Wall

Happy New Year From Maryanne’s Jukebox!

Here are some of my favorite songs that were the back drop for ringing in the new year, over the years!

David Bowie – 1984

Prince 1999

Rock Around the Clock – Sex Pistols, Ten Pole Tudor on vocal

U-2 – New Year’s Day

Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis – Auld Lang Syne

Ella Fitzgerald “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”

Happy Birthday Stiv Bators (RIP)!

Stiv Bators is one of my favorite talents ever. Every band he was ever in was gold: The Dead Boys, The Wanderers, Lords of the New Church, and let’s not forget all his solo stuff.

There’s just too many goodies to choose from, but here’s a few of my favorites:


It’s Cold Outside



Russian Roulette








I always love on the A&E show “Actor’s Studio” when the question about the favorite curse word comes up.

Mine is “fuck” without a doubt!

Although I’ve been making a very conscious effort in my later years to be more lady-like and not say it.

But, for old fuck’s sake, I’d like to dedicate this edition of Maryanne’s Jukebox to that cool word!

Looking back, one of the best times I ever had cursing was with my Mom.

One gorgeous summer day, we had lunch together and afterwards decided to go for an automobile ride. It was so pleasant outside, the sun was out, trees were in bloom … I was in a great mood and suddenly got the urge to sing, “Old McDonald.”

Without missing a beat, my mom casually changed the words to “Old Mc Fuck-Face.”

She was always one of the people who could say “fuck” like she was saying “bread.” It was always just a word. Whenever we played Scrabble together, we had no qualms about putting tiles spelling “fuck” on the board.

So, we’re riding around, on a summer day, with the windows open, singing together, “Old McFuck Face had a farm, e-i-e-i-o … with a fuck-fuck here and a fuck-fuck there, here a fuck, there a fuck, everywhere a fuck-fuck … old Mc Fuck-Face had a farm, e-i-e-i-o…….”

“There was a lot of fucking going on, on that farm!” Mom said.

It was all in good fun … fucking good fun!

And here are some of my favorite songs that made damn good use of the word “fuck.”

Enjoy … or go fuck yourself 🙂

Cee-Lo Green

Dead Kennedys

Nouvelle Vague

Sex Pistols

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs

Alanis Morissette

The Who

The Pretenders

Not quite “fuck” but “motherfucker” should count for something (and it is THE DARKNESS — yeah!):

The Darkness

And, last but not least, some savage seduction from:



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