Never Found in the '80s – 'Urgh! A Music War' Week
It was in the summer of 1985 when my friend John and I took our seats (folding chairs) at a local art gallery to take in the concert movie Urgh! A Music War. Released in 1982, Urgh! featured several acts from the alternative, New Wave, punk music scene of the late '70s and early '80s, ranging from well known artists such as The Police, The Go-Gos, and Devo to lesser known acts such as The Alley Cats and Skafish.
I got my first glimpse of some pretty damn good bands that were never found in the 80s by the American public. So, this week I will be featuring five Urgh! artists who should have been found.
The Fleshtones formed in Queens, New York, in 1976 and they have a rather fun '60s influenced garage band sound. MTV historians may recognize the lead singer/harmonica player Peter Zaremba as the host of IRS Records Presents: The Cutting Edge. He and the only other remaining original member, Keith Streng, continue with the band today.
So enjoy The Fleshtones’ contribution to Urgh! A Music War, it’s a song called Shadow-line (To J. Conrad) off their 1982 release Roman Gods.
A new Fleshtones album is expected to be released early next year.