Below we see a clip from 1989 (taken, evidently, from a video collection called “Hard & Heavy Vol. 5”), which finds the original line-up of the Lunachicks discussing their origins and their debut album, Babysitters on Acid. I’ve discussed the mighty Lunachicks a couple of times here before (notably here and here), but they were a great band and a force to be reckoned with.
Beyond that fabled show of theirs opening up for the Rollins Band at the late, lamented Marquee (wherein Murder Junkies drummer Dino Sex got the tar beat out of him for exposing himself in front of the ladies in question), I saw them once or twice at CBGB and again opening for the Buzzcocks at, I think, Irving Plaza. They were always fun.
I also vaguely remember somehow ending up in the First Avenue apartment of guitarist Gina Volpe after one event or another. I was with two friends of mine, and one of them had become acquainted over the course of an evening with someone who knew Ms. Volpe’s roommate or something…. it was one of those iffy sorts of things. In any case, I suddenly found myself sipping beer in the kitchen of a Lunachick (I remember the band’s signature surreal and slightly scatological artwork being all over the walls) and feeling a bit self-conscious about it (especially, as I believe a member of my party was behaving in a slightly undignified manner at the time). If cloudy memory serves, I remember apologizing on behalf of my gaggle of idiots, professing my adoration for Babysitters on Acid and hitting the bricks with haste in order to avoid getting beaten to a bloody pulp for one affront or another. Ahhhh, youth.
Anyway, whilst watching this clip, I started trying to guess — where are they sitting? Surrounded by mangled, re-purposed metalwork, are the Lunachicks sitting in The Rivington School? Or might they be within the confines of The Gas Station? Or is that at some random playground?
Weigh in, L.E.S. zealots.
Lastly, here’s Babysitters of Acid. Play it at someone you hate.