For a few years I was working on this Philly Punk gigography covering the years 1977-1987. I cut off at 1987 because the music diversified so much after that that I thought it would be too much plus, I moved in one direction while others moved in another direction even though all the music could be considered Punk in some form at least. I haven’t been able to finish it because of Covid and the library being closed for a while and also, I wasn’t able to pay for newspapers.com the last several years. Most of what I have listed is from old flyer, fanzines, websites and newspapers. I only did newspaper research for Hot Club and other venues up to summer 1978. So, there is two years of research needed between summer 1978 and 1980. And, then for Omni’s and Ripley’s in the early 1980s. I also added the pre-Punk stuff from Stooges, MC5, New York Dolls, Velvet Underground/Lou Reed, Patti Smith and a few choice others like Hawkwind with Lemmy and Roxy Music that I thought were good influences for Punk.
Fade To Black and Savage Silence are the same band. They changed their name for reasons I can’t remember. Robin Grey became Robin Graves when she played bass for Serial Killers and the drummer on the Fade To Black tape was Miguel Gonzales who was the original drummer for Sadistic Exploits in 1980-1981.
Thanks for the tape files Brett Noise Addiction II
Walter Lure – guitar/vocals, Joey Pinter – guitar, Tony Coiro – bass/vocals, Charlie Sox – drums
Walter Lure is most well known for being a member of Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers from 1975 to 1977, plus re-union shows in the years after. In 1978 and 1979 he played in The Blessed with future D Generation member Howie Pyro. That band released one single before Walter left. In 1980 he started a band named the Heroes with his brother Richie Lure on guitar, Billy Rath, from Heartbreakers, on bass and Billy Rogers, who backed Johnny Thunders in the 1980s and Dee Dee Ramone in the 1990s, on drums. The Heroes lasted until about 1983 but never released anything. It was during this time that Walter wrote many of the songs that would be played and recorded by the Waldos for their Rent Party CD released in 1994. It should be noted that in 1978 Walter recorded two songs, with friends, that he wrote for the Heartbreakers and these songs were released as a single in France under the band name The Heroes in 1983. Joey Pinter and Tony Coiro played in the New York Punk band The Knots who released one single in 1980. Tony Coiro also played bass backing up Johnny Thunders and in a couple Heartbreakers re-unions during the 1980s. Charlie Sox played in a new line up of The Blessed who released a 12″ep in 1985. In the early 1990s The Waldos played often in Philadelphia and always at J.C.Dobbs. The songs Glad To Be Alive was an unreleased Knots song. The version of Stand By Me was sung by Tony Coiro and wasn’t recorded in a studio before he died in 1995.
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