Monday, February 20


The dB's
The Ritz
New York, NY
June 12, 1981


The Old Grey Whistle Test
London, UK
July 3, 1981

BIG THANKS to the original tapers & posters, especially lilpanda for superior versions of the NYC tracks. 

I first saw these online at the late & lamented music blog NargoTheBort's Deviant Subculture.

Will often winds up in the center of these old group shots, looking cool.
(Stephanie Chernikowski photo)
SAMPLE: "Cycles Per Second (NYC 1981)"

The Ritz NYC 1981-06-12
01 Big Brown Eyes           
02 I Feel Good (Today)
03 We Should Be In Bed
04 Dynamite
05 Cycles Per Second
06 Death Garage
07 If and When

OGWT London 1981-07-03
08 Cycles Per Second
09 pH Factor
10 Big Brown Eyes

The dB's:
Chris Stamey
Will Rigby
Gene Holder
Peter Holsapple

Wasn’t hard to pick the first music post for the blog. I’m guessing 1981 was a very cool time to be in The dB’s. The debut album was out, receiving rave reviews, and the band played hip places like The Ritz in NYC and at The Old Grey Whistle Test in London. You can hear all this in the short set from The Ritz, which is one of the few soundboard recordings in The dB’s ROIO canon. Judge for yourself, but I think the guys are firing on all cylinders. The OGWT tracks are fun to listen to, but even more fun to watch. Find ‘em on YouTube.


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