Daily Archives: September 8, 2009
The Stompers story begins in the fall of 1977 when friends Sal Baglio and Mark Cuccinello decided to start a band. Stephen Gilligan and Dave Friedman, the only people to respond to an index card posted on a music store bulletin board seeking musicians, arrived a short time later. On November 7, 1977, the musical neophytes played their first gig in Beverly, Mass. While rehearsing at the Cambridge Complex in 1977, The Stompers met a guy who looked like Elvis Presley and sounded like Tennesee Tuxedo. Always in sunglasses, be it indoors or out, he was truly The Goomba From Another Planet; going by the code name: Lembo. Peter Lembo became manager of The Stompers on the very same Monday night that he stood in front of the stage at The Rat and booed the band. (True story)
For the next three years The Stompers rise continued. Their die-hard fans followed them everywhere. The band played in every college, roadhouse, nightspot and concert hall in New England, consistently packing them in. The still unsigned group was also invited to share arena stages with many national rockers. A tour with the mighty J. Geils Band in the winter of 1980 certainly helped increase the bands popularity by playing in front of 20,000 people a night, something for which The Stompers have always remained grateful. Touring with The Beach Boys was also a most significant co-billing, as Brian Wilson had been one of Baglio’s life-long influences.
From 1981 through 1986, readers of The Boston Globe voted The Stompers the Number One Band in New England three times and in the top three the other years. Mind-boggling indeed when you consider the competition of the era, as many locals had already gone on to national success.
Please enjoy The Stompers:
There have been no updates thus far over the Labor Day weekend as to the details surrounding Sarah Palin’s guest speaking appearance at the CLSA forum in Hong Kong on September 23rd. We still do not know if the event organizers believe that the quitting ex-governor of Alaska actually has something meaningful to offer this group of investors or if her invitation is actually some sort of practical joke. The safe money however, is on the latter. Stay tuned.
Nonetheless, we have learned that the verbally challenged Republican is offering to have dinner with the highest bidder at a charity auction. The opening bid for this gastrointestinal disaster is $ 25,000.00 and the unlucky winner will have to foot the bill for travel to Alaska. This sure seems like a hefty price for a helping of Palin’s famous word salad. Perhaps there will also be a side dish of chop suey in honor of her friends in the neighboring country of Hong Kong.
In honor of the troops, please click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along to the parody.
Downtown song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUSYb3igXzI
(sung to the Petula Clark song “Downtown”)
When she’s not home cuz life is making her lonely
Know where Palin goes? – Hong Kong
She’ll have to hurry just to avoid snow flurries
And she hates the snow – Hong Kong
We all knew she would lose it staying in Wasilla City
Standing on a sidewalk like a hooker that we pity
Sarah’s a flooze
The lights are much brighter there
She can take a bath with bubbles, and do up her hair
She’ll go Hong Kong, things’ll be great there in
Hong Kong – she’ll do some face paintin’
Hong Kong – she’ll even buy some new shoes
Up above ground she’ll order champagne around two
And “go with the flow” – Hong Kong
Then Sixpack Joe will know some places to go
And she’ll buy new clothes – Hong Kong
She thinks she’ll be a shining star just like a super nova
But does she know that she’ll explode; stardom will be over
‘fore it begins?
The heights are much higher there
All the intensity doubles as will all her fears
Down in Hong Kong – she’ll be uptight alright
Hong Kong – without a clue that night
Hong Kong – Palin is no sacred cow
She’ll never find somebody kind that understands her world view
Someone who has got a clue not someone like the First Dude
She’ll see that life is not fair
She will leave town on the double, she’ll get out of there
No more Hong Kong, she will escape those shores
Hong Kong – She’ll head right out the door
Hong Kong – she’ll head straight back to Mat-Su
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong