I'll go see STOP anytime, anywhere, because not
only do they play the best rock & roll around, but they remind me of what
the Ramones could have become if Johnny ever learned to play the guitar.
You see, twenty years after the Ramones re-invented
rock & roll with their tidal wave of sound, and fifteen years after rap
music pushed the boundaries of pop even further, I am missing the sound
of lead guitars.
Enter Mickey Leigh and STOP. Mickey is one of those
singers and lead guitar players that works for me. Part Pete Townsend, and
the other part Joey Ramone (Mickey is Joey's real brother), STOP combines
the best moments of punk -- great three minute songs with the explosive
lead riffs and great passionate vocals.... Yeah. I love that. STOP is the
closest thing I've seen to Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers. If this
was 1976, STOP would be playing double bills with the Dead Boys. If this
It's funny, but I hardly listen to any music made
past 1979. It wasn't a conscious move, I just haven't heard much that equals
The Stooges, The Dolls, Thunders, Voidoids, Ramones, Velvets, or any of
the other great stuff that I love.
Then Mickey gave me his tape. We've been friends
for a long time. I saw him when he had his band with Lester Bangs, I saw
him after he broke with Lester and formed the Rattlers, I've seen him play
throughout the years and have always been a fan.
But I really wasn't expecting STOP to be as good
as they are. I guess I just got cynical. But when I put the tape on that
Mickey gave me, I couldn't stop playing it. I even used it to seduce a new
girlfriend. She was one of the rock & rollers who missed the Seventies and
was caught in the same Velvets, Stooges, Punk groove as me.
But when she heard STOP -- not only did she fuck
me -- but insisted I make her a tape. Like me, she wasn't looking to add
anything to her record collection. So I thought it was the best testimonial
for a new band that I've ever heard -- the music compelled her to wild sex
(believe me, it wasn't me, I was too tired) and then called me until I made
her the tape.
Of course I said I'd make her one, and then forgot
all about it.
We broke up soon after she got the tape. Such is
life. But I still have my copy -- I can still stand outside Coney Island
High -- in a leather trench coat -- a dinosaur peering from the shadows
-- whispering "Pssst, hey, you want to hear what it sounded like when
rock & roll was still dirty?"
by Legs McNeil
Fans of STOP (or anyone curious) can hear a series
of TV promos the band recorded for Nickelodeon's "Angry Beavers"
and "Hey Arnold" shows. You can catch them mostly between 7:30
p.m. - 8:30 p.m. between June 15th-26th.
Listen to a 500k AU sample from "Jerk" from the "Never"
on Smut Pedlurz Records.
Vocals/Guitar: Mickey Leigh
Drums: Pat Carpenter
Bass: Stephen Sane
Never - Smut Pedlurz - 1995
July 9 - Max's Kansas City - NYC
CONTACT: STOP 150 Burns St. #1D, Forest
Hills, NY 11375.
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