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I took the train to Portland this weekend for my mom's 80th birthday celebration (and my dad's 83rd). The good news this week was that the test my dad got for the health problem I mentioned recently (without giving any details, nor will I now) returned results that were a vast relief to one and all. Other than that it was just a fun weekend of drink, food, and football (on TV), and watching the stormy weather outside. The train ride was great, although I worried that mudslides might get in the way. No such bad luck.

The Sunday Oregonian had an article about an all-female Portland punk band called the Neo Boys that was around from 1978-1983. I don't remember ever hearing of them, even though I lived in Portland in 1983. It's an interesting article, and one of the things that jumped out at me was the penultimate paragraph, which mentions none other than Lesley Reece, who apparently wrote the liner notes for the retrospective collection of the band's music that will be released on Oct. 15. The funny thing is that I'd completely forgotten that when I first met Lesley she was the bassist in a punk band called something like Eighteen Helicopters. Well, I had a bit of a flashback, I can tell you that.



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Sep. 30th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for your Dad's splendid test results!

I'm grinning at the flashback, too.
Sep. 30th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
The flashback was to Victor's basement recording studio in whatever year that was. 18 Helicopters (if I'm remembering the number correctly) hired him to record a song, and I believe this was their reggae version of "Nazi Punks Fuck Off". This was how Lesley came into our circle for a while and eventually ended up writing for Apparatchik et al. I've often thought about those recording sessions, but I'd completely forgotten that Lesley was in the band. But there she was, squirreled away in a hidden part of my memory, smoking a cigarette.
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