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CD $12.00

07/20/2004 655036001622 


In 1978, everybody was in a band. As a backlash against disco, the eclectic underground new wave movement exploded in all directions. From poetry to punk, hardcore to art rock, all were unified by energy, excess and a contempt for the ordinary. The Revelons were pivotal to this exciting time, their angst-ridden poetry set to melodious, hard-driving rhythms. Band leader Gregory Lee Pickard’s vocalizations have been described as “rival[ing] David Bowie or David Byrne,” his delivery characterized as “unhinged and intense,” and his use of abstract, poetic lyrics positioned as a link between Tom Verlaine and Patti Smith. Over a period of six years, the Revelons recorded and headlined at such infamous night spots as CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, The Mudd Club, Danceteria and Hurrah’s. Ever changing and exceeding limits, the band’s personnel often included Fred Smith of Television, Jay Dee Dougherty of Patti Smith Group, with guest appearances by Steve Bray of Madonna, the Uptown Horns and other renown players of the time. 
Herein are recordings compiled from numerous sources and incarnations that reflect the band’s evolution, including commercially released material, studio sessions, live performances and three newlyrecorded tracks especially written for this album.  
“The Revelons are enthralling onstage. Lead singer Gregory Pickard burns with an unhinged intensity that would rival a Bowie or Byrne.” —New Musical Express, 1980 
“New York’s best underground band” —Playboy, 1981 
• New York’s seminal new wave band featuring members of Television and the Patti Smith Group 
• Available on CD for the first time 
• Includes cuts from ORK single and 2x5album 
• Three newly recorded tracks