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Nashville Rock Post 1978 Part 4

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Here it is: the final installment of Soulfish Stew’s look back at Nashville Rock Post 1978. If you’ve missed the first three posts, here are the links:

Part One
incudes: Jason and the Nashville Scorchers, The Dusters, Practical Stylists, F.U.C.T., Questionnaires, Dave Cloud, and Cloverbottom

Part Two
includes: The Shazam, No Art, 69 Tribe, Walk The West, Chip and the Chiltons, White Animals, and the Young Nashvillians

Part Three includes: Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks, Jack, Shadow 15, Government Cheese, The Movement, Crop Circle Hoax, and The Enemy/Royal Court Of China

First up in this last part of the series:


Wally: Lambchop – From the first moment I saw this band (opening for Superchunk at the long paved over Pantheon) I knew they were different. Most rock bands usually don’t take the stage with seven people unless they’re playing early 70’s style Southern rock. Maybe it was because I was ready to rock out to Superchunk because Lambchop really bored me. I saw them again a few months later and I got the same blah feelings. First impressions are sometimes everything, because I’ve still not come around to their sound. They’ve made a fairly good sized dent in the music world and won critical acclaim across the globe, but they just don’t do a thing for me besides put me to sleep. I called up DD Blank for his take on the band and the idea that leader Kurt Wagner is some sort of genius and I got the following response. I guess I’m not the only one, but surely a few thousand Lambchop fans can’t be wrong.

DD: Lambchop – ZZZZZZ…

Best Years: I guess there’s no time like the present

Wally: Raging Fire – Melora Zaner was so dreamy! The ep Family Thing is one reason why I’d never get rid of my record player. That Pristine Records release has to be on the shortlist of all time great Nashville records. If I’m not mistaken, Rick Champion even managed them. Their live shows did indeed rage with fire behind the guitar twirling antics of Mike Godsey. Second release Faith Love Was Made Of on Neo Records was not as good a record and like most bands that never make it big, Raging Fire smoldered out.

DD: Raging Fire A Family Thing EP was a blistering moment in Nashville rock history. It was all over the college charts at the time and with good reason. It was fresh, cool, and rocked like a mother. Find a copy of it today. Melora Zaner, Lee A. Carr, Mike Godsey were great parts to a great band. They were another band that never got as far as they could have in the right situation.

BEST YEARS: 1984-1988


Wally: Clockhammer – During the late 80’s and early 90’s this jazz metal Black Sabbath wannabes band seemed to open every show I attended. I admired the heaviness of their unmelodic tunes that represented a darker underbelly of the city, but I especially liked the king hell bashing of drummer Ken Coomer who later went on to fame with Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and is currently with Swag. Their cds that came out on First Warning (I don’t know if both of these were with Coomer who is reported to have said a reunited Clockhammer sounded like “watered-down Kansas”) were steady sellers when I worked in the record store biz. They probably still are.

DD: Clockhammer – I would never include these guys in a top 20 list, except
perhaps top 20 bands for which I never understood the popularity. I
suffered through them at least once before a Firehose show and that was
enough for me. However, they seem to have a fanatical following and a
former Wilco member drummed for them at one time, so maybe there is
something that I am missing.

BEST YEARS: 1990-1992

Wally: P.M.S. – January 86 I got to see a last show at Cantrells, before it mutated into Panana Reds or some other tropical named hellhole, by the Circle Jerks. The opening act was PMS who were young high school age kids. They were probably terrible, but I was young and thought they were great. There might have been twenty punk kids in the place slamming to them, but it was transcendent. I especially loved it when the singer pretended to hang himself with the microphone and screamed out, “You bet this son has an attitude problem!” Later, after the Circle Jerks, we went to Wendy’s to eat and there was PMS at the next table. Through eavesdropping we figured out they were from Brentwood, probably some super rich kids, and that thought cracked us up.
One of the top twenty bands in Nashville post 1978? Not to most, but they always will be to me.

DD: P.M.S. – They were the first hardcore band that I ever saw live followed closely by the Circle Jerks. I was one about 30 kids at that show. They proved that there was nothing to worry about at a punk show in Nashville except that it might rock!


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DD: Mr. Zero Lee A. Carr – on guitar and a rapper? I didn’t know what to make of this at first. It’s too bad that terrible cover versions of Mr. Zero have taken over the “modern” rock airways. These guys were actually fun and you didn’t feel like they hated for you to listen to them like their current clones.

Wally: Mr. Zero – Well, Lee wasn’t doing the rapping, but he was doing the playing. After playing with The Enemy and then Raging Fire he was one of the pioneers of rock and rap with his band Mr. Zero. They were the only one’s doing this stuff back then. They were true innovators and like most innovators, they were long gone before the civilization known as metal rap came to fruition. These guys were incredibly fun live. They were a party that knew no boundaries specializing in setting the roof on fire. The only possible recorded taste comes from their successors (I believe there’s a connection) the Hard Corpz. Sadly Lee A. Carr passed away a few years ago to little notice in the Nashville rock community.


Wally: Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams – A certain age. A certain generation certainly remembers the Panicmobile, an old junky spray painted car that would always be parked outside their gigs. Late 80’s punks with a soft chewy center, they put out one intoxicating lp titled Will Work For Food that featured off beat ditties galore. The most memorable Glass Onion show for me was one where the guitar player was an hour late. The crowd was getting angry and restless when word got around that he had arrived. The crowd’s anger disappeared as he appeared wearing a life preserver borne on the shoulders of friends. I wonder if they got their name from the Sylvia Plath book or from the song by Nashville’s Tom Fitzgerald which probably got its name from the Sylvia Plath book.

DD: Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams – A great name and fun songs made
these guys a delight for the few years that they were around. “She Just Said No” plays over and over in my head every time I get dumped


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DD: Bill Lloyd – He came from Bowling Green, KY to give us hours of enjoyment time and time again. Popster, rocker, country superstar. Bill can do it all and he still does everyday. A city treasure!

Wally: Bill Lloyd – Don’t forget about the December Boys or Sgt. Arms. Nashville via Bowling Green, he is a ubiquitous part of this town and a heck of a nice guy. I miss talking to him when he would come into Phonoluxe though I don’t miss the work of being a record store clerk. He has played with everybody in all styles. How can you not love somebody that could write a line like “There’s a hole in my heart the size of your Jacuzzi”?

BEST YEARS: 1985-present

By my count, and DD’s the math professor (not me), that’s 28 groups we’ve appraised and found worthy. I’m sure we’ve come nowhere near satisfying the reader’s own choices so let us know who you’ve dug over the years from the fair city on the bank of the Cumberland. Just off the top of my head, let’s see there was Rumble Circus, Factual, Dessau, Grinning Plowmen, Jet Black Factory, Guilt, Tomorrow’s World, Word Uprising, Dr. Gonzo, the Boilers, The Claimstakers who were great, Thee Phantom 5ive, Dragula, Valentine Saloon, the Tennesse Walts, Brad Jone’s Dig Mandrakes, Will Rambeaux, Cruel Blue from the ‘boro, The Wrong Band, Tim Krekel and The Sluggers, The Nerve, Basic Static, Teen Idols, Rednecks In Pain, Lust, Simmonz, In Pursuit, Lambchop, Little Saints, The Thieves, John Jackson and the Rhythm Rockers, Burning Hearts, Freedom of Expression, De Novo Dahl, The Exotic Ones, The Creeping Cruds, Ted Lindsey and the Democrats, Electric Boys, Purple Giraffes, Luxury Liners, Who Hit John, Riff Rath, F Particles, Jonny Master and the Beta Klub, Idle Jets, Bare Jr, Will and the Bushmen who were incredible…can I revise my list? See what I mean? All of this was off the top of our head’s and merely scratches the surface of the great amount of rock and roll Nashville has produced. We didn’t even begin to really examine the 90’s in any real detail, which has seen a boom in talented acts. So, if you’ve been a resident of Nashville for the last 27 years DD and I don’t want to hear any complaining about how bad the music scene was because it just isn’t so.

Let me know who I missed.

This thrilling drama was first performed at Soulfish Stew.

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  • Steve

    Jet Black Factory rocked. I would love to have some info on them and what became of them. I have 3 of their albums (gotta love eBay). I never got to see them play live, but I love the music. Good stuff.

  • Jet Black Factory were the closest of any band to making a the summary list. I liked their dark sound, but I never had of their records or got to see them live so they only made the wrapup list at the end. If you google Lance In Iraq you can see what former Jet Black Factory guitar player, Lance Frizzell, is doing in Iraq with the 278th.

  • Kath

    I was the co-founder of the Fireplace Whiskey Journal (one of Nashville’s first music zines), and had to laugh when I saw the little cartoon Lee drew on your blog! Lee drew all the funny cartoons for the FWJ and he is sadly missed by all the FWJ crew.

    I would like to help round out your summary about Mr. Zero. The connection between Mr. Zero and the Hard Corps was Kelly Butler, Lee’s cousin. Lee and Kelly were the “Terror Twins” of the Gallatin scene back then. Kelly was really the driving force behind both Mr. Zero and the HC. He managed to get the Hard Corps signed to the startup label Interscope Records (they’re doing pretty good now!). The Hard Corps were tremendous live, but not as fun as Mr. Zero in my estimation. Mr. Zero also included the unpredicable Grandmaster E on vocals. I have a cassette tape of an old demo of Mr. Zero somewhere…

    Your blog is a great trip back to a wonderful time in my life! Thanks for doing it.

  • Joe

    Wow.. thanks for the trip (down memory lane). In the mid to late 80s. I survived my college years at TTU in Cookeville by listening to RVU (had to hang out the window naked with aluminum foil covering my body to get it but it was worth it). Future councilman Adam Dread and all of the great music.

    The live shows: Mostly at the Cannery. I also saw Jason at Cat’s in ’85 and at Rites of Spring in ’86. The Metro, FWJ, seeing Bill Lloyd at almost every show I went to… Walk the West all ages at the Cannery – kids hanging all over the amps. Warner Hodges guesting on Honkeytonk Women at lots and lots of shows… Dusters, Webb, Will and the Bushmen, Raging Fire, In Pursuit, Marty Stuart opened a benefit for the old Elliston Place club at the Cannery… punk rock chick do-si-do-ing… only in Nashville only at that moment in history…

    Thanks again….

    I still have a number of old Nashville vinyl albums… just need a turntable…

  • Kristi

    I agree with Joe; thanks for the “trip (down memory lane)”; found this blog accidentally while trying to see if I could get some online info to fix a date for the X show at the Exit/In in the mid 80’s. I think that the Exit/In was actually “closed” then, but they held a few shows (and one of Rick’s “Alternative Jams” was held there when it was officially “closed”). I didn’t find what I was looking for, but got much more than I expected.

    The early 80’s were a great time to listen to local bands in Nashville, and to see some of the best bands out there—seemed like “everyone” wanted to play “the Country Music Capital.” Cantrell’s was a dump (particularly the bathrooms), but for a time there was almost always something going on there worth checking out. My most distinct memory of the place itself is of its dark red women’s bathroom (painted that way in honor of some Valentine Day show/party) and a lingering memory of there almost always being some kind of water leak (roof/bathroom/both). The “scene” was so diverse. There were great local and regional bands, and some of the coolest bands in the country passed through town during that time. The 1983 Alternative Jam sticks out in my mind as representative of the variety: Factual, Oh Ok, The Young Gray Ruins, and Jason and the Nashville Scorchers (I think there was another band, but I can’t recall it). A little something for all tastes and so much energy we could dance long past the point of exhaustion). The Cat’s Last Chance show was like that; the parking lot hummed w/ it, and it spread out into the street.

    Sometimes the crowds were small, like the Circle Jerks’ show that was mentioned (I am thinking it was snowing or something that night). It was same for The Gun Club, who played the night after some “big” band (The Bangles, I think) that drew a huge crowd b/c they were getting mainstream radio play but whose show lacked the intensity/rocking quality of The Gun Club show the next night. I was trying to remember, but I think that Raging Fire played one of their first shows that night when they opened for The Gun Club. Unlike the “big” name band that played the night before, that show rocked (a clichéd description, but I’ve never been able to accurately explain the kind of out-of-body-while-still-being more-completely-present-in-your-body-than-you-have-ever-been or the being-completely-connected-to everyone-on-the-dance-floor-while-your-are-dancing-alone experience of a good show; so “rocked” it is). The kind of show where you got lost in the music, and you ended up sitting at Mac’s at 2:00a.m., having a beer or some eggs (or both), talking about the show and wishing that it could have gone on forever.

    Although I think “Raging Fire” were originally named “Ring of Fire” (for some “strange” reason much of my memory of the 80’s is a bit fuzzy in terms of dates and names, but my memory of the music is crisp). Rick Champion did manage them; in fact, Rick along with Gigi Gaskins were “Pristine Records.” Ever since I read the blog I have really been missing my copy of A Family Thing. I envy those of you who still have a copy of the EP and would be very grateful to anyone who has transferred theirs to MP3 if they could hook me up with any or all of the songs(klhavens@comcast.net). I actually think about the title song a lot and long to hear it. Melora was fantastic on stage, and she did a killer (slow/sexy) version of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds done Dirt Cheap” that remains one of my favorite all time covers.

    I hadn’t forgotten all those memories, but I certainly enjoyed reading about so many of the bands I saw back “in the day” and remembering (with a bit more clarity and certainty) shows and places

  • Wow, what a treat. My friend, Gigi, sent me your blog and, again, what a nice treat. Great memories from a great time of N’ville muic. For the record; ‘Raging Fire’ was originally ‘Ring of Fire’–named after the Johnny Cash song; we had to change the name after an Atlanta band with more ‘legit’ music business connections began using the same name. We thought about just refusing, but there were several legal considerations. The Atlanta ‘Ring of Fire’ came from the former ‘Brains’ leadman, who had a record deal, and there were some other considerations as well. Hey, whoever put this all together–good job and thanks again for the flashback. It may sound corny, but those really were the days. I lived on Compton Ave. and there were at least 10 bands that lived/practiced up on that upper corner of Compton for a while–it was a great time to “be alive and be in Tennessee…” Go figure…

  • t.c gann

    Finally a little recognition for Nashville music scene from back in the day,The Cannery,Pantheon,elliston place,etc. its good to here that someone remembers!Kelly B,(mr. Zero,hardcorps etc.) lives in Boston now building guitars(he hates it there lol) and well poor Lee A. Carr blew his brains out with a shotgun,we had all been friends since middle school kelly and lee were cousins btw.we all garaged out in Gallatin Tn. where a great deal of these ideas for Mr. zero’s fusion of rap and metal,came to light over many late night “cutthroat monopoly games.Those heddy days of our youth,the clubs and the commaraderie of the bands and the fans;all congregating till 3 at The Gold Rush after the nights work was over. I hefted many a cabinet and drumset and many a beer back then,and having class or work within 2 hrs of leaving there.God we had fun!I just found this sight like others by accidenmt and man im having brain cramps from all the memories that are flooding my skull!Bill LLoyd,Jet Black Factory,the fire and marty stuart drunk as hell in macks at 3 a.m railing about “the school of country music”leaning over my booth his hair falling in my eggs! i’m going upstairs to find that vinyl and play i’ll smile for the memories are sooooo sweet and maybe ill shed some more tears for those of us that we lost along the way. Those were some of the best years of our lives without a doubt I have so many storiesto tell my kids (mostly when they are adults lol)about those days;how it started,who was there,and why it died away like all things do rightly or wrongly,it was a refuge for all hippies,goths,rednecks,black,white we were all there we were all on the same page,i still go down to west end now and again to look around, ill get a pint at sherlock holmes’ pub and I ache with nostalgia like seeing an old girlfriend after some years and just,remembering.thanks for the site and the memories this was an unexpected suprise.

  • Andy Martin

    Great to see some of my favorite bands listed here: Cloverbottom, Factual, David Cloud, Clockhammer, Dessau, etc. I was a founder and drummer (yes, we drummers find things too) of The Wrong Band way back when. Ric Harman, Mike Rosa, and I had a reunion down at Taste of Tokyo about a month ago when Ric moved back from NY. Mike’s playing Rennaisance music. I’m playing in a cover band called The Rhythm Kings (we’ll be at Big River Grille this Saturday 8-20-05 at 2nd and Broad) and a jazz band called Blue Planet. Ric is taking great pictures and getting back into Nashville. Craig Powers (guitar player) and Dwayne Rice (keyboards) are missing in action. Also, great to see Rick Champion’s name up there. He and Bryan Talbot, my old dear friend were a huge part of the new Nashville sound which lives on today. Be well. –AM

  • roark

    Great names on here but we are missing a lot of great bands from the late 80’s early 90’s. Spider Virus!!!!! Lopybogomy (can even remember how to spell the name), End of Existence, Boneyard, Stupid Americans & Armpit Goatee. The clubs were the Abyss, Pantheon, the Cannery, (upstairs was beter than downstairs), hot beer, smoking pot in the parking lot. Great times!

  • spaz

    I stumbled on this blog while looking up old nashville bands and was having a great time until i read that my old friend Lee Carr had kiled himself like so many of Nashville’s gifted and unique musicians/characters. It must be something in the water. I’ve got a few old tapes and some vinal but it would be great to get ahold of more. My ipod could use alot more quality music

  • jo

    Hey everbody—I’m Lee’s little sister…if anybody has any photos, recordings etc of anything Lee was involved in could you please email me?
    Thanks, your kind words are appreciated.

  • jo

    The site won’t let me leave my email address, but it is [removed]

  • Joe


    I am going to look through my box of memories and see what I have. I am sorry for your loss, and thankful for the great memories Lee helped to create for many of us.


  • Jason

    Wow, what a trip! Let’s see what I can add from my experiences circa 88-90 era.
    I played bass in a short-lived thrash metal band named Corinthian at this time. All the while going to local shows mostly at Sals ; Douglas corner ; 328 ; the cannery etc..
    Some of the bands I can remember are F.U.C.T. ; Stupid Americans ; Excruciating Pain ; Alien in the land of our Birth ; Wishcraft ; Caustic Solutions ; Rednecks in Pain ; OCB ; Transgression (a band out of Indy my cousin fronted) I’m sure I’m missing a few. The band I was in got alot of help from some of these bands. Played a handfull of shows locally. Good times, thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  • Hey Jo,

    Your e-mail address is missing – I do have MP3’s (WMA’s actually) of the Raging Fire stuff, so leave me a note in my guestbook if you’d like them.

    – Elle-Emme

  • Steve, Dave Willie from Jet Black Factory (along with Mark Medley from Raging Fire) started a great band called Nine Parts Devil that was our local band during the big swing-meets-punk-rock movement in the nineties – they had these great shows at two little weird bars in nashville: victor victorias and the gaslight lounge. I especially remember that they had a song called “Jesus on Bourbon Street.” Also, they would do a cover of “Be Like You” – the song from “The Jungle Book” — and I just found this site:


    He’s done a version of it with his new outfit as well, it would seem! (The first song under the MP3 section). This one’s a little slicker and prettier than the Nine Parts Devil one, which was more raucaus and tongue-in-cheek.

  • Wow…the heart melts, the eyes moisten.
    The summer of 1980 was truly the best of the first half of my life.

    Although I grew disenchanted and scattered beneath the weight of too many unfulfilled musical desires, I had true respect for those who maintained focus and carried the torch.

    For those unaware, Robb Earls (Actuals/Factual) built on his original visions and is active today: http://soundvortex.com

    For anyone who remembers the short-lived, highly experimental band X-04, here’s what co-founder/leader Tim Wilson is up to: http://tim.mackandtim.net/

    Love and cheers to all from that era; it was the greatest.

  • Mark

    Anyone remember Triple X? I think i have a old cassette tape with acouple of tracks by them on it. My Uncle (stage name “Ron Bon”)used to be a “vet” of the local Nashville metal scene. He sang for Bonzai who had Kenny Earl(“Rhino” of Manowar fame) playing drums and the bass player for Intruder(Todd?). I remember that Sal’s had a battle of the bands one year and Bonzai came in 3rd i believe(Triple X won). Man what memories! Mike Easlo and Lust. Simmons Brothers. i saw Transgressor(pre-Intruder)open for Megadeth at the old Music Row Showcase club. I’ll pst more memories later.


  • Everyone Ya’ll are talking about are going to be playing in Sept at Ellistoninthe80s (myspace group) street-party/reunion and benefit for a moratorium to protect iconic Nashville music venues.
    Some are listed, and there are a couple of sickly-sweet surprises in store- 80 80’s bands, two days, all Nashville…

  • cd

    I was the drummer for Mr. Zero.

    I had no idea that Lee had killed himself. Actually, I had heard rumours, but never believed them. The Gallatin rumour mill churns madly.

    I lost touch with those guys quite a while back. I had seen Kelly’s rommate a few years ago, and one of his cousins with whom we used to hang out – he actually worked at a hardware store near my home; but I never saw Kelly or Lee, or Grandmaster E. since the early 90s.

    I see that T Gann posted on here. If that is who I think it is – I know you. You used to come with us on shows.

    I’m still stunned. I don’t know what to say.

    For nostalgia’s sake, and for those who don’t remember … the Mr. Zero lineup was Grandmaster E., Machine Gun Kelly, Lickster Lee and Slick Chris. What a riot! Four bottles of Boone’s Farm for everybody in the van and a six-pack or two of Busch.

    We had a lot of fun.


  • Many people don’t know, but Lance served in Iraq.

  • Tom Der

    Wow! Speaking of having memories come flooding back. I also accidentally came across this site doing some archival research for an upcoming project. Interesting to see peoples recollection of those years and I must say all seem pretty accurate as to what was going on.

    The scene Rick Champion mentioned on Compton Avenue was truly unique and in fact what created some of the magic of the time. During those years there were so many band members and support folk living in roughly 4-5 houses within 30 yards of each other.

    Interesting to hear of the reunion show coming in September. It had crossed my mind to try to do a similar sort of event after attending another Eliston Square “reunion” show 4-5 years ago(?) that was really, really, underwhelming and seemed not to do the whole scene or time much justice.

  • RB

    Slick Chris?

    What happened to CW? You’d think that you had the W removed like a broken down monte carlo.

    I just found a tape(yes, a tape)(whats an MP3?) of a couple of band geeks playing a drum battle.


  • Durb

    Hey, thanks for the info on the band Raging Fire. I still have on vinyl “A Family Thing” and “Faith Love Was Made Of.” I got hooked on their music when I was going to grad school in M’boro, but lost track of the band when I left Tennessee for Georgia, and thus never did hear when the band called it quits. In the winter of ’89 after I moved back to start a new job, WRVU was still playing a song “A Desire Scorned,” “A Desire Spurned,” or something along those lines, and I could have sworn it was Raging Fire–or at least it sounded like Melora Zaner. Anyway, never have been able to find that song anywhere or even mention of it. Does anyone out there know the answer?

  • cd

    By-Tor, you’ll be interested to know, those very same battle drums have just recently been donated to my nephew who is now studying music, also.

    What ever happened to the family truckster, I wonder?

    You can still reach me the same old way. I live near there.

    On other notes, since having first discovered this blog, I have been digging through old 4-track tapes. Discovered the “masters” of the Mr. Zero demo. I can look fondly back on the memories of this time period, remembering mischevioulsy how we were banned from Cookeville, TN, etc., but I think I’m going to burn this tape! Yikes! I’m not sure I want to remember it that way! “Come in the place, kickin over chairs, people get mad … we don’t care!” ~ Grandmaster E.

    One of the coolest finds is the Enemy demo. Wow.
    “Jesus Rides a UFO” is still one of the best songs ever. There are other gems on that cassette, too.

    Does anybody remember ‘Rosco’ the dog from Compton Ave.?

    ‘Snow Dog’

  • Glad to run across this blog while working on my book/film project. Check out our site at http://www.thatdevilmusic.com and if anybody has info on Nashville rock circa 1976-2006 please get in touch. Full details on the project and a band list that we’re putting together can be found on the site. Nashville rocks!

  • Wow, i ran across this site looking for old nashville bands. I was in the Army and hanging in Nashville from Jan 88 through 95. I saw them all. I have so many flyers from Elliston and the Cannery. I only wish my scanner was large enough, maybe Ill have to digitize them.
    Anyway, Does anyone remember the None For The Sun series at Exit/In and Elliston Square? My and my buddy got in a fight with 6 skinheads at that show! It was soooo fun!

  • Bobby

    This brought back a lot of memories. I’ll have to add Zero Hour to that list.

  • Lotsa names here I haven’t seen in a while. I’m in Atlanta these days. Just booked the reformed Vietnam (remember them from the Alternative Jam in the ten behind Cantrell’s?) into an art/music place I’m involved with, Eyedrum. Any of you doing any sort of weird shit and who might want to play in Atl, drop me a note via my current band’s website – z-axis.org

  • Hi there,

    Mike Arnold here from the Podcast, CONCERT BLAST!

    I also played with many of these bands in the 80’s as Mike Arnold and the Music City Rockers.

    I didn’t know that Lee Carr took his own life.
    That is so sad. When I hear Rap music with a Rock flair, I think about how he invented it in the mid to late 80’s. I actually told him once that he was trying to invent music without an audience. He was definitely more creative than I would ever know.

    Lee would always come to our gigs and we would bring him on stage to sing and play various Classic Rock hits. His favorite to perform with us was Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane”.

    May he Rest in Peace.

    Mike Arnold

  • Durb, Yes, “A Desire Scorned” was indeed Raging Fire.

  • Wow, what a great trip down memory lane. I lived in Nashville from 1985-2000 and remember many of the bands mentioned, and I spent much time on Compton Ave. I’m married to John T., a former member of Nine Parts Devil (I saw them mentioned here) and we were very good friends with Lee Carr back in the day. We were absolutely devastated to hear the news of his death. Such a wonderful, talented, goodhearted, vital, creative person. I just can’t believe he’s gone.

    Lots of the bands mentioned here have myspace pages and you can hear their music there. Raging Fire has a brand new page up, so check it out!

    I had to immediately put “A Family Thing” on MY myspace page. It’s such an awesome song.

  • Derek

    I spent a few months in Nash-Vegas during the mid-80s and was blown away by Raging Fire. I also remember the Way Outs (the guitarist went on to brief fame with the Black Crowes). Another cool band I caught a few times were The Mystery Girls (a wild, NY Dolls-type band years before the LA glam crap). What a cool time! Thanks for the memories!

  • Derek

    I spent a few months in Nash-Vegas during the mid-80s and was blown away by Raging Fire. I also remember the Way Outs (the guitarist went on to brief fame with the Black Crowes). Another cool band I caught a few times were The Mystery Girls (a wild, NY Dolls-type band years before the LA glam crap). What a cool time! Thanks for the memories!

  • Thanks for the trek down memory lane. I had forgotten all about many of these bands but spent my angsty youthful days going to see them followed by lazy hours in dragon park. I left Nashville in 1987 and now have no connections there but I look back fondly on my teenage years and my first apartment right off Elliston Place.

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  • amie

    Lee was talent of Nashville back in the day.Kelly and Lee should have made it into the bigtime (well,Kelly kind of did)My heart was crushed when I found out about him taking his life seeing as I grew up with him and Kelly (and Doyle,Junior)Kelly continues his love of music in Boston creating unique guitars at First Act.
    Lee was trapped in a rock stars body before the world discovered him and I will forever miss him.As tortured as he was,he was the sweetest soul and had an amazing sister who stood behind him no matter what.My heart breaks for her broken heart…I love you ,Pyloo and I miss you terribly Lee!

  • amie

    Jo…didn’t mean to leave you out!I remember you always wanting to be in the middle of things but you were so little!I know Lee was such an icon but to you he was just the oldest and got to do everything!I have 1 photo of Lee in hollywood…where he was meant to be,but I think Kelly is who you should go to for music.Sky knows where….love you kiddo…Amie

  • Wow…just came across this blog on the heels of a Jason and the Scorchers reunion show, where I ran into so many old friends…well, my heart is just full of love for those amazing days so long ago. We were spoiled rotten.

    I was involved in the scene tangentially for many years and my ex played guitar in Stone Deep with Kelly. As fate would have it, years after they broke up, I was at a Titans game with Bruce Fitzpatrick and we bumped into Kelly. He inrtoduced us to his girlfriend (also named Kelly) and then when she went to the restroom, told us he was using the jumbotron to propose to her during the third quarter. No lie.

    They were sitting a short distance away, so Bruce and I got to watch the whole thing unfold. It was really beautiful, big smiles and lots of joy. They have had at least one child and are doing great the last I heard.

  • Interesting that this entry is still drawing comment after two years… If the URL thingy works it should take you to a site I’ve been fooling around with for a while. Lots (more than lots) of 80’s Nashville music and Zines from the back of my closet, along with stuff others have contributed. There’s a response form on the page if you have a question or a request. Would enjoy hearing from anyone with a connection to those days. Particularly you, Rick Champion…


  • The 80’s Music Man

    Wow, still no mention of Davis Deluxe. Davis Deluxe was probably the best reviewed Nashville Pop/Rock band of the early eighties. 4 of their singles made Billboard and Robert K. Oremann called their first single “the best rock-a-ballad” he’d ever heard by a Nashville band. They released recordings on Atlantic and Apple and at one point had some of the most famous Nashville super pickers ever in the band, including Kenny Buttrey and Bucky Barrett. If you’re going to do it, do it right. Be thorough. Oh, and where’s The X-Rays also?

  • cd

    Best-reviewed?!? meh.

    Robert K. Howeveryouspellhislastname never gave anybody a bad review. He gave Mr. Zero a great review … I probably have a copy of it in mothballs somewhere. Who cares about reviews?

    Go dig up some Davis Deluxe and you will see why there is no mention of them here.

  • tracey

    hi im interested in old pics and recordings of mr zero…”grandmaster e” is my husband…i would love 2 surprise him

  • Franklin

    I worked at 91ROCK,coproduced Local Heroes & the 1st 91ROCK benefit show. We also did a show live from Cantrell’s on Thursday nights (the people at ‘RVU called it “Live at the Dive). Also worked with the Wrong Band. Ric Harmon has passed away but happy to say that Dwayne Rice and Craig Powers are alive and well in Cheatham County and Texas respectively. Thanks to Allen for keeping this alive at nashville80srock!