Two bands that made quite a splash on the local scene in the '80s are planning reunion shows over the next two weekends.
First, the Hysteric Narcotics -- a band at the forefront of the first Detroit garage rock revival (with some pyschedelia thrown in for good measure) -- will be presenting a reunion show this Saturday, February 6th, at Paychecks in Hamtramck. The catalyst for the event is a Hysteric Narcotics anthology CD that features mostly unavailable recordings -- "some cuts out of print; some never-before-released; some studio outtakes; some live cuts. All of them recorded between 1983 and 1989," according to the reunited band's press release. The CD will be available at the show. Also on the bill will be DJ Jim Shaw spinning his favorite records and former Gorie, Dollrod and current Readies leader Danny Kroha making a guest appearance. The band had a slightly revolving lineup that included nine different members during its time together, but we know for a fact that drummer Chip Sercombe (currently of the Fondas) will be on hand, since he's the one who sent the press release. Other Hysteric Narcotics over the years included Dave Feeny, Mike Murphy, Jerry Barterian, Sean Curran, Mark Niemenski, Tom Nieminski, Keith Soucy and Larry Ulrich. Expect most of, if not all of, them on hand for a rockin' good time. So to repeat: The Hyseric Narcotics. This Saturday. At Paychecks in Hamtramck.
We also recently heard from local rocker -- and former CREEM Magazine T-Shirt chick (see below) -- Beaux Mitchell, who's reviving her popular '80s rock group, the Roomates, for a show a week from Saturday, Feb. 13, also at Paychecks. The Roomates started out as an all-female band (which Beaux, who won several Metro Times Music Awards back in the day, formed after being inspired by singing background vocals for Nikki Corvette in Nikki & The Corvettes) but was a co-ed unit by the time the group was opening shows for national bands and headlining their own nights in local clubs ranging from Bookies to Lili's during the decade that gave rise to (ugh!) MTV. Not sure how many original members will be on hand; it's impossible, of course, for the Roommates' powerhouse drummer -- the late, great Steve Sortor, best known for his time as the skinsman for the much-lamented Mutants -- to be there ... but we know for a fact that original Roomate Sarana Verlin will be performing with Ms. Mitchell, who will be front-and-center for the festivities. Four other local reunited bands are also on the bill that night -- Natasha, the Earthworms and Treatment Bound. Should be quite the night for reminiscing and musical memories.