happened on the same night that Chappo, after finishing off their first number, spied a patron in the front rows, grumbled out, “ho’s got the nicest suit on tonight?’ and
promptly unloaded his glass of whiskey onto this poor soul—aah, the gentle graces of the British! The third British act hitting the area was maniac throwback Dr. Feelgood. Andy Warhol turned out for local lads opening the for Dr., The Ramones, local Sweet imitation Nazi-rock fourpiece. This punk group draws upon such niceties as distortedly high volume, feedback, and a sense of bad taste, and other trix as they slammed their way through nearly all originals, none longer than 21/2 minutes duration. Tom Verlaine of local band Television was spotted with pad in hand obviously nicking lix from Wilco. Both The Ramones and The Feelgoods are building their careers on a calculated cult following; however, The Ramones are just a wee bit more demented than Lee Brilleaux of the ‘Goods’ openly phallic stage goofs. Cries of ‘turn it down’ permeated the Ramones’ set and thoughts of ‘sick Slade’ and ‘demento-Quo’ filled this writer’s mind. However, with all their drawbacks, The Ramones seem likely to break through if repeated touring and heavy ABC promo ensues. This band has what it takes in these changing and difficult times to make meaningful
impact. However, it was Dr. Feelgood who took the honors. Wilco Johnson, marionette-like axeman was in a particularly fine fettle, zooming and strutting about the stage, chopping out his Dave Edmunds-style rockabilly/blues lix. In their first-ever NYC appearance, the group weaved their way through short crowd-pleasing tunes like ‘Goin’ Back Home’, in which Brilleaux, terribly soiled sportcoat and all, went to his knees, then his back for an electrifying harp solo; other faves were ‘Another Man’, `Dontcha Just Know It’. ‘She Does it Right’ and ‘Roxette’. Plagued by sound problems, the Feelgoods brought down the house anyway. Even tho’ it is reported that the Feelgood management is not all that thrilled with the push/sales that CBS are garnering for the band, they gave it their all and we will be more than happy to see them back soon. Wilco Johnson during the last number, pulled off nine Pete Townshend ‘haymakers’ in succession which topped off their entertaining set—needless to say this brought the stiff Line audience to their feet . . . ’til later .. .