A VC sets me thinking about music in Boston with his reference to Jonathan Richman's The Fenway. In a happy coincidence, Sara Lovering has a recent photo of the Fenway Victory Gardens. I'd also throw Jonathan Richman's "Government Center" onto the short list of good songs about Boston because if I worked in Government Center I'd want someone to write a song to make me feel better. I've been thinking of writing a short essay on songs about Boston, so anyone who knows a song about Boston, please feel free to leave a note in the comments section. I'm also willing to consider albums named after places in Boston, but The Dogmatics Thayer Street (and yes, that photo was taken on Thayer Street) is the only one that comes to mind. Perhaps A VC ran into some of the Kenmore Square punks name checked in one of my Dogmatics favorites, "Hardcore Rules," while he was in school.
The Dogmatics bring me to my other music news because a friend of mine is releasing two CDs this month. Charlie Chesterman and his band The Legendary Motorbikes will be playing a record (I still call them records and no one will get me to change my mind on this) release show at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on April 23rd, beginning at 9 P.M. The Lizard Lounge is a great place to see show and I'm sure the band will be in top form. As an added bonus, Orange Nichole and Ray Mason will play opening sets.
Why do the Dogmatics bring me to Charlie Chesterman? Because The Dogmatics covered a song written by Charlie, "King Size Cigarette", which was done by Charlie's pre-Scruffy the Cat band, The Law. The Legendary Motorbikes re-recorded "King Size Cigarette" for the benefit CD A Place to Call Home, which I believe is still available.