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Lou Miami & The Kozmetix

Lou Miami (1956–1995) was a punk musician based in Boston. His group, The Kozmetix, was popular on the local scene and released two EPs. He combined a rough punk sound with a glam-influenced choice of clothing.

As was typical for many punk bands at the time, the Kozmetix regularly played at The Rathskeller (the Rat), the Channel, Jonathan Swifts, Cantones, and Spit as well as NYC haunts such as the Peppermint Lounge and the old Living Room in Providence RI.

Lou Miami and the Kozmetix also regularly played the Inn-Square Men’s Bar in Inman Square, Cambridge. Many Harvard Law students of that era proved to be among Lou’s biggest fans.

On The Kozmetix, Miami was the lead singer, Jack Rootoo played lead guitar, H.P. (aka Helen Privett) bass, Dolores Paradise organ, and Laural Blanchard drums.

During the band’s touring years of 1979–1981 the Kozmetix lineup was Lou Miami on vocals, Jack Rootoo guitar, Bill Norcott on bass and Melody Chisholm on drums. Bill and Melody came to the Kozmetix from their previous band Phobia. This lineup had a regular Monday night gig at Cantones for two years as well as appearing at numerous clubs in the Boston area. The group was managed by Joan Martin.

In a clever bit of marketing, their first 45 — with “Fascist Lover” on the A side and “To Sir with Love” on the B — was sold in a white plastic cosmetics bag that mimicked a Lord & Taylor shopping bag. It contained the memorable line “A fascist lover that made my mother and then my mother made me!” Their LP Lou Miami & The Kozmetix was produced by Ann Prim and Karen Kirby both from the Boston band November Group.

Lou Miami died in Los Angeles in August 1995. Jack Rootoo (aka Richard “Rick” Galivan) died in Massachusetts on June 13, 2008.

Please enjoy these two video clips of Lou Miami and the Kozmetix. The first is “Fascist Lover” from 1982 at The Channel in Boston. The second is a cover of “To Sir With Love” from 1981 at the Channel.