Friday, February 21

CBGB dB's - Jan. 1982

The dB’s
New York, NY
Jan. 16, 1982

audience recording (sound quality range: VG to VG+; the usual crowd noise is evident since it’s a club show, but it’s more fun than distracting)

I've had this artwork for years, but only just noticed what
the clever (and unknown) creator did with the letters on the awning...

YESIREE THANKS to the original taper, dclubok for the original share & edarthur for the re-up.

ROB SEZ: The namesake band for this blog has been unfairly overlooked lately, so here's a post to get them back in the spotlight. Although a recording of this show has circulated for years, give the sample a listen and see if it doesn't sound like an upgrade. I totally re-tracked it and did some subtle eq work to bring out the best of this first-generation tape. As always, enjoy!

SAMPLE: "We Were Happy There (CBGB 1982)" 

Early set:
Artwork included in DL, per usual
1.  Black and White
2.  Living a Lie
3.  Ups and Downs
4.  I Feel Good (Today)
5.  Amplifier
6.  Soul Kiss
7.  pH Factor
8.  Ask for Jill
9.  We Were Happy There
10. Bad Reputation
11. Happenstance
12. Neverland
13. banter / Black Sabbath tease
14. If and When
15. Tighten Up
16. Molly Says

TT: 50 mins. 46 secs. (Set 1)

Although CBGB is no more, the famous awning
is now on display at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame
Late set:
1.  (I Thought) You Wanted to Know
2.  The Fight
3.  Big Brown Eyes
4.  Purple Hose
5.  She Might Call
6.  Judy
7.  Storm Warning
8.  Hey Baby
       (Alex Chilton cover)*
9.  The Summer Sun
10. Living a Lie
11. In Spain
12. Excitement

13. Everlasting Love
14. Get Down Tonight (WR vocal)
15. Let’s Live for Today

*see explanatory note about this song at THIS blog post

TT: 54 mins. 21 secs. (Set 2)


The dB’s:
Chris Stamey – guitar & vocals
Peter Holsapple – guitar, organ & vocals
Gene Holder – bass
Will Rigby – drums


  1. This is one of my favorites, but jeez, I hated CBGBs...what a dump

    1. Glad you like it, lucky.

      I felt the same way about The Milestone Club in Charlotte -- but then they closed it, and the warm glow of nostalgia made me forget how butt-ugly it was...


  2. Ugly, smugly, it was the real deal....

    1. Not to get TOO philosophical about it, but perhaps "ugliness" is sometimes a sign of authenticity??

      Nah ... just enjoy the darn music!