The Vertebrats. How do I explain the Vertebrats? I came to town here in August of 1980…barely 18…rooming in Allen Hall with my friend Eileen. First night we did some kind of dorm thing and met a girl named Doreen. We went back to her room and l istened to Bowie and the Sex Pistols. I think it was the next night we went to a street dance put on by a frat—–and the band was The Vertebrats. Life was never the same.
The next night we tracked down a couple of fake I.D.’s and went to see them at Mabel’s. I think cover was $3 but it might have been $2. I think we went the next night too. And missed them only a handful of times after that.
Too many anecdotes to recount. Stealing their posters—-we topped our dorm room walls with them—you know, a precursor to all those wallpaper borders. I still have a big roll of them somewhere—-can’t seem to find them.
I feel like I grew up on the Brats and yet they weren’t around that long. Many friends had crushes on the guys. I just had a crush on the band as a whole and besides….I had my eye on this tall, shaggy, blonde guy that worked at Record Service. He was REALLY BAD at flirting. Oh well….it’s a good trait to have in a husband I guess.
My 18 year old self is still in those songs—-along with the 43 year old self too I guess.