The Rocket Notes, 1979 – early 1980

Posted: October 6, 2011 in The Rocket

Notes I took while researching Seattle’s Rocket.

Oct 1979

Nov 1979

“Heart put Seattle on the map [as a] recording town and it’s been…off ever since. Seattle has nothing to be ashamed of in the quality of its musicians….it blows your mind, [what’s] happening in the music [scene.]”  She also talks about the wide array of local styles and variety of talent levels.

Kay Joslin (Contributing Writer), “Homegrown Guide to the Puget Sound,” 5.

Dec 1979

(Musicians classified section starts to appear)

Jan 1980

(Note that the Enemy shows up in these early issues)

“The large record company commercial radio stranglehold on American musical tastes will most likely continue into the ’80s and beyond.  There is, however, a growing distaste for the entertainment corporations which may manifest itself as increasing support for a cottage recording industry.  Punk and disco took us two baby steps away from superstar worship and towards a curiosity about unknown artists while the industry, sluggish to respond to trends, promotes and packages them to an unrecognizable pulp when they finally sink their bucks in.”

“…sophisticated recording studios will start cropping up in more and more places.   Accessible technology is a key phrase for the future of recorded music with the small label and independent artist playing a larger role in our cultural lives.”

“Forty-fives have made a comeback because small-time bands can put them out without the paternal presence (and the money) of a record company.”

Karrie Jacobs (Senior Editor), “Music 1980: Packaging a Diverse Decade,” 8.

Feb 1980

Mar 1980

“…that interplay of hate, sex and violence that drives the latest wave, leave that to the Enemy.  Their most recent 45, “Trendy Violence/Bang-Bang You’re Dead,” crackles with nasty energy like pavement against your cheek.”

“Trendy Violence,” by lead singer Suzanne Grant, begins with overlapping voices, an actual recording of the Enemy being attacked by Seattle police atop The Bird, an early punk club.  Grant suffered a broken arm.”

Robert Ferrigno (Editor), “New Enemy Single Hits Home,” 19.

April 1980

Talks about the opening of The Gorilla Room, as an all-ages, non-alcoholic club in the Pioneer Square area.  It opened its doors on March 14, 1980 with a show featuring Psycho Pop [sic] and the Refuzors.

(Noticed Cross showing up as a contributing writer as well as Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows).

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