Monday, January 3, 2011

The White Animals Play 688 Club, Atlanta, Circa 1986

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Here's a video from roughly 25 years ago, featuring ’80s Nashville rock mainstays The White Animals tearin' it up in Atlanta. Says YouTube user thelizardmenband: "A good friend of mine shot this video for a class project and he never got around to doing the final edit. Hence the incomplete songs." It's always good to see local bands packing out-of-town shows, and come to think of it, JEFF the Brotherhood held it down in Atlanta on New Year's Eve with Heavy Cream, and a bunch of locals anchored NYE shows in other cities: The Features, The Greenhornes, Those Darlins, The Black Keys ... anyway, here's our own Jim Ridley from way back in 2001, on the occasion of a WA get-back-together-for-a-minute show at Exit/In:

Many a Nashville adolescence was forged to the sound of the White Animals, who effectively ruled the city’s club scene of the early 1980s. Before indie rock was a term, much less a genre, the Animals had their own DreadBeat label in 1981, and on it they issued six LPs of frat-friendly power-pop, punked-up covers, and dub reggae. They also were one of the first independent acts to get a video in regular rotation during the early years of MTV. But all that remains secondary to the influence they had on a generation of Music City teens and Vandy/Belmont kids, for whom the Animals were a local link to the college-rock revolution of the Reagan years. Animals Kevin Gray, Ray Crabtree, Steve Boyd, Rich Parks, and Tim Coats went their separate ways in 1987, but in recent years they’ve come together every summer for mobbed reunion shows at the club that served as their home base, the Exit/In. If you grew up in Nashville between 1981 and 1987, chances are you’ll be there this weekend—doing an earthbound pogo to “Don’t Care” and “Ecstasy,” or a modified skank to the inevitable 20-minute rendition of “Gloria.” Who says you can’t go home again?

Speaking of Nashville in the '80s, let's watch that Nashville New Wave news program — anchored by Channel 4's Lonnie Lardner — again.

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