Tuesday, October 6, 2009

AOS: The very first show

Well, my plan to post the NMSU experimental music tapes from the early 80's fell through as my cassette deck bit the dust this weekend. Luckily, David sent me a little surprise in the meantime that can fill the gap while I work on a replacement. This is a video of the very first A.O.S. show. I had no memory that this video existed. David dates it as 1988, but my memory says it would be summer of 1987 (my memory is often wrong). I'm only sure about a couple of things from the show. 1) It was windy and very, very hot; and 2) I had the worst drum monitor ever and couldn't hear a thing. A.O.S. has quietly moved up the Pen & Mallet charts and Rip It Up is now the most popular album posted here, so maybe some of you will enjoy this blast from the past.

Sound quality is pretty variable, but a few songs sound alright. This is really all about the images. While watching, dig the vintage skaters in the background, the big hair, our low-budget equipment, and the really bad audio/video sync. The first song is 667, one of the band's more popular numbers that we never managed to record (although a cover version by Mr. Vague's old band The Young Pros is floating around, and I may post it if I can get permission).

Update: David (bass) found a newspaper ad for the show. Turns out it was April 25th, 1987. Click for a closer view. I am a little baffled by the "Aussie" theme, I must admit. Opening for the best "Tan-Woman" contest...good time slot to assure somebody shows up. =/;^)


Φ said...

I remember this show!

Thank you for posting this.

icastico said...


Did you see yourself in the crowd?

I did (right at the end).

Φ said...

Oh, no! My secret identity is compromised!

Didn't Caterwaul headline this thing?

icastico said...

I believe this was the one Caterwaul headlined, yes. An Amnesty International Benefit iirc.

Anonymous said...

Level 4 AOS trivia.
We had no Bass in those days so Dave tuned a Gibson SG guitar down a perfect 5th.
The On-Stage monitors went off completely during our sound check and did not return.
We stunk up the place so badly that day my girlfriend broke up with me. (I later married her for while just to get even.)
That band shot is from a year later. We played 2 Amnesty shows as AOS.
That shot may be from an article pushing the Live @ the Pit concert series I forget.

Anonymous said...

It was the 80's.
Crocodile Dundee was like a god to the frat boys.

icastico said...

MT is correct. Picture is from the show at the PIT. Coming soon. Now if we can convince Lamb to digitize the video...

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