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Suburban Wives Club, 1982
Cherie Rumbol, bass
Ann Francis, drums
The Blame formed in '78 or early '79 and played into
'81. We did covers of the Clash, the Police, the B-52's, the Talking Heads,
Elvis Costello, the Ramones, the Cars, Gang of Four and even the A's
"Parasite". By the end we were doing around 16 original songs a night.
The lineup was Glenn Redcay on bass and vocals, Guy
Debris on guitar, Steve Patton on drums, and me, Jeff Coleman, on guitar,
keys and vocals. Late in 1980 Steve bailed and was replaced by Blair King on
drums and vocals.
The single was recorded by the original lineup early in
1980 at Atlantic Sound Productions in Marietta. It was one of those "500
records for $595" deals, which included 8 hours for recording and mixing
both sides — generous!
One highlight of our career was playing CBGB twice —
on Sundays, when they would have a dozen bands or so file through. Still, it
was a thrill, even though we drove home that night in sub-zero weather in my
panel truck without any heat. (Kept warm for a while with blintzes.)
Normally we played a place in Lancaster called the Back
Room, which we "owned" for a couple of years. The Back Room became the
Chameleon before Rich moved into his larger digs. We did play the Village
once or twice, one time following a "male review" show, which was about the
strangest gig ever. Played the Silo in Reading, which was a disaster — it
was too early there for new wave/punk.
We shared the bill with the Sharks once or twice. There
was friendly competition between us in Lancaster, but of course, the Sharks
went on to rule central Pa. for a while. They had a hit with a song I wrote
called "You Make Me." It earned me about $50 from airplay around here.
The Blame never made the jump into the club circuit due
to lack of a PA and lack of management skills. But we did sell all our
records, and were the punks in town for a while. Bill Nork and I
formed the Fender Twinns after the Blame broke up.
— Jeff Coleman