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the Princess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-04 01:28 AM
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1980's NJ bar and Band scene - were you there???
I grew up in NJ. I was 18 in 1978 and the bar and live band scene in NJ was hot. I spent most of my 20's (the 1980's) in a bar listening to a cover band. Anyone else been there - done that? Here are some of the bars I used to frequent and some of my favorite bar bands from the 1980's.

Bars in NJ:

The Colonels Garter (my FAVE)
The Playpen (or pigpen)
The Fountain Casino
The Main Event
Emmetts Inn
The Tiger's Tail


Bars on Staten Island:

The Factory - became Snoopys
The Rock Palace



Fave Bands:

Dreamer
Jetta Madge
The Rockids
The Good Rats
Baby Blue


I'm just reminiscing here and wondering if anyone who reads here was also in any of these old bars or knew any of the bands.

I miss the good old days! *sigh*
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:21 PM
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1. I was.
Think "Blackfoot". ;-)
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ocean7 Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-08-07 09:15 PM
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2. bands
Yeh I remember those days some days i dont lol---- I was with The Rockids my brother was the lead singer-- so much simpler then- didnt die from sex-no dui- it seems that our world has become laws and taxes - we are lucky that we lived then
G
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beastofburden Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 10:17 AM
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6. Rockids
So what ever happened to the Rockids. I remember a song that was written by Pepe Marchello of the Good Rats for you guys. I think it was called 'Rockids". Do you have any MP3s of your original material? Who were you in the band? I remember Candy Kiss, Summer Love, She's a Cartoon, any more?
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Silentpete Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-27-07 12:25 AM
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16. Song
It was called "Never Too Old To Rock And Roll"
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trigger Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 06:42 PM
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19. Rockids
Some Rockids stuff



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GeordieA Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-31-07 06:41 PM
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10. Rockids
Hey I think I still have one of the Rockids 45's somewhere in my basement. I think one side had a song "She's A Cartoon". I am sort of fuzzy on where I got it but I seem to recall my mother brought it home from work. She was a waitress and I think she worked with a woman that was a friend there who's son was on the Rockids. I might be wrong though it was a long time ago.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-11-07 06:31 PM
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3. Anyone remember "Stinger," the Blues Brothers tribute band? n/t
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-19-07 03:17 PM
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4. I was 5 in 1978, so I missed it by a few years.
Even though they weren't from Jersey, The Hooters performed at my high school before they hit it "big".
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beastofburden Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 08:29 AM
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5. 80s Bands
Do you remember the Final Exam, DIzzy Duncan's or The Arrow Lounge? Loved all those bands. Spent too many a drunk'in night at all these places.
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GeordieA Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-31-07 06:36 PM
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9. Final Exam
I was there. I practically lived at the Final Exam. I also spent a lot of time (and money)at Governors, the Lighthouse, Mothers, the Chatterbox and Stone Pony. I remember seeing Trigger, White Tiger, Twisted Sister, Joe Savage, The Moderns, The Nines, etc.
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ncrainbowgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-31-07 08:55 PM
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12. Welcome to DU, GeordieA!
:hi:
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Hollywood_Zack Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-27-08 02:13 AM
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25. Oh yes! looking back now..
Yeah, we worked at all those places. I remember we were off one night and went out to see Twisted Sister I think the FINAL EXAM.

I was playing Dee at a game of Table Top Asteroids between sets.

Anyone been to Zaffy's? Me, Sambora and the Woodbridge rockers used to go there and the Colonel's Garter all the time (locally)

Riffs,

Zack

http://www.vidiLife.com/video_play_818190_Def_Leppard_M...

http://www.myspace.com/hollywood_mark
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TriggerGal Donating Member (220 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-04-08 07:27 PM
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30. Check your myspace !!
I sent you a message there!!
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TriggerGal Donating Member (220 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-31-08 05:13 PM
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26. TRIGGER
For anyone who ever saw or heard Trigger ... BIG NEWS!!

There's a TRIGGER board on starzfancentral.com:
http://starzfanzcentral.yuku.com/forums/22


AND ... there is also now a Trigger Tribute page on myspace!!
http://www.myspace.com/thetriggertribute


Richie (and Kim) are there.
We're working on getting Tom & Derek there.

Sadly, Jimmy Duggan passed away - December 16, 2001.

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jazzi79 Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:59 PM
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7. Cover bands
I was there too!  They were the "good old days!" 
Many good times in the Garter.  The beer bar and all the
great bartenders?  Does anyone remember the band Trigger? 
How about Close Encounters?  One day disco, and the next day
"New Wave." The Touchables were my favorite!  It
sure is nice to remember the fun, and very carefree times.  
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GeordieA Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-31-07 06:45 PM
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11. Trigger
I remember Trigger. My friend Eric McConnell was friends with the band and made a British Invasion bumper sticker for them. i also have their Album in the basement.
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Hollywood_Zack Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 06:51 PM
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14. TRIGGER!... I how I remember those days!
I remember TRIGGER too! I used to do all the lighting for them.

here's what I still have on my ANVIL Tour case from the 'FUN' Days:

Mark 'HOLLYWOOD' Zack




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Fancifulactor Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-22-08 07:56 PM
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21. Without a doubt
Those were the wonder years.
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TriggerGal Donating Member (220 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-04-08 07:26 PM
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29. Be sure to check out ...
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TriggerGal Donating Member (220 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-29-08 02:35 PM
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34. TRIGGER!
Zack ...

Trigger (the official myspace page) can't request link as your friend - please request the friend link instead.

http://www.myspace.com/triggercasablanca
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TriggerGal Donating Member (220 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 11:52 AM
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35. Trigger's NEW & OFFICIAL myspace page
Zack,

Tried to invite you to the NEW & OFFICIAL Trigger myspace page.

Please send a friend request.

www.myspace.com/triggercasablanca

Old friends are being located - or showing up on there own.

Dennis even showed up there!
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TriggerGal Donating Member (220 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-08-09 08:59 PM
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37. Reunion
Will we have the pleasure of seeing you again - at the Trigger Reunion??

I hope so!




http://www.triggerrocks.com

http://www.myspace.com/triggercasablanca

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trigger Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 06:40 PM
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18. Trigger Bumper Sticker
Here is the artwork for the bumper sticker


The same image was used on the 45 for Needles and Pins. The Union Jack is upside down, what did I know I was a kid.
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Hollywood_Zack Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-27-08 02:07 AM
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24. I had dozens of these 45's!
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trigger Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 06:48 PM
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20. More Trigger Stuff
I've posted a bunch of this stuff on the Starz message board they have a great tread on Trigger. But I'll post some stuff here, if you like it, I'll post some more. Enjoy.

First LP

Back of the first LP

Second LP

Back of the 45







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Hollywood_Zack Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-27-08 02:01 AM
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22. Simply AWESOME TRIGGER COLLECTION!
WOW!

What a nice TRIGGER collection! I wish I had all the old stuff and where did it go?

Here's something some of you may find interesting:

http://www.vidilife.com/video_play_818190_Def_Leppard_M...
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TriggerGal Donating Member (220 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-31-08 05:14 PM
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27. TRIGGER
For anyone who ever saw or heard Trigger ... BIG NEWS!!

There's a TRIGGER board on starzfancentral.com:
http://starzfanzcentral.yuku.com/forums/22


AND ... there is also now a Trigger Tribute page on myspace!!
http://www.myspace.com/thetriggertribute


Richie (and Kim) are there.
We're working on getting Tom & Derek there.

Sadly, Jimmy Duggan passed away - December 16, 2001.
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TriggerGal Donating Member (220 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-29-08 02:32 PM
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33. Trigger
The OFFICIAL Trigger myspace page is up and running.
- Music
- Pics
- Blog
- Link to Message Board

Come on over!!!

http://www.myspace.com/triggercasablanca

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TriggerGal Donating Member (220 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-08-09 08:57 PM
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36. Trigger REUNION
Yes ... you read that right!

Derek, Richie and Tom got together the other night and decided that they will have a reunion!!

While still in the planning stages, they say they are planning for some time in the Summer (2009).

Additional information will be posted on:


http://www.triggerrocks.com (yes, a Trigger website!)

and

http://www.myspace.com/triggercasablanca





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Silentpete Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-27-07 12:17 AM
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15. GET LIT
Hi Zak...We worked together a few times and Ocean 7 I would Like you to drop me a line...I fish a lot in So Jersey,manage a marina and Captain a 39 Tiara...Perhaps you could roll down here to Cape May County and we could fish together.Who remembers the GET LIT t-shirts? Have you guys checked out the Good Rats Myspace?
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Hollywood_Zack Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-27-08 02:05 AM
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23. GETLIT- Send me your INFO BRO...


If you're on MySpace lookup:

http://www.myspace.com/hollywood_mark

Riffs,

Zack

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jhain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 09:22 PM
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8. Beru Revue!! n/t
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smokey nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 11:47 AM
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13. I was way too young to enjoy the bar scene, however my older sister
was not and she got so frustrated of having to ask me for her Good Rats tape that she gave me my own as a Christmas present.
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jonzarra Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 10:17 AM
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17. RE: Jetta Madge
I was a guitar player in the band back in 1981 for a few months.

I am the third one down to the right. I wish I still had hair like that.


I was great back in the ol' days.

Johnny Z
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-01-08 08:08 AM
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28. The Walt Whitney Band
Sadly, defunct right now. But I used to follow them like a groupie. Best R & B I've ever heard for a local band.

Shout out to Walt, Maria, Alpha, Ellen, and Patrick!
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-11-08 11:10 AM
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31. I was.
I was working for Twisted Sister and then Blackfoot.
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BooMoon Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-11-08 09:10 PM
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32. wow mothers, dirty nellys, the soap factory, the towpath!
twisted sister, white tiger, the ummm the e-walker band... lead singer looked like jim morrison. saw him playing acoustic in one of the spirits bars in bayville
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TatonkaJames Donating Member (502 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-18-09 11:50 AM
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38. Mother's, Dodd's - Wow, flashback
Used to see Pure Prairie League at Dodd's in West Orange, and many bands at Mothers in Wayne.
Yep, some great memories from back then.
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cdenvee Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 03:08 PM
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39. NJ Club Days! Late 70's, Early 80's
Hi, just say your message... I was there! My favorite (and
still is) was Twisted Sister, Dreamer and The E. Walker Band.
I'm friends with the lead singer and just built him a web
site. It's www.raydahr.com. There are songs, and youtube
videos, etc. on his site. He does an acoustic gig here and
there. You should check it out...

My favorite clubs were the same as yours, but I have to add
Mother's, The Final Exam, Creations....

I am currently working on my own website about these glory
days... it is going to be www.clubdaze.com. I had started it,
and then built one for my friend, so I'll be picking up on
mine again soon.

Check out his though. The E. Walker Band was in EVERY one of
those clubs during those times so I'm sure you'll remember!

Take Care!

Deb
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