A welcome return for Golden Oldies here on Don’t Dance Her Down Boys and the first band to be featured are Pylon, the Athens, Georgia new wave band that were a huge part of the Athens post punk scene.
Pylon formed in 1978 when guitarist, Randell Bewley, bassist, Michael Lachowski, and drummer, Curtis Crowe, came together to form a band after meeting as art students at the University of Georgia. Vocalist Vanessa Briscoe, also an art student at the university, was chosen after the guys held auditions for a singer.
Pylon’s brand of post-punk, raucous music won them famous fans like Gang of Four, Mission of Burma, Talking Heads and the B-52s who helped the band promote their music across America. REM drummer, Bill Berry, described Pylon as “the best rock n roll band in America”.
While the thundering bass of Lachowski and jangling guitar of Bewley were certainly catchy, it was, without a doubt, Briscoe’s vocals, that veered from sweet and docile to raw and dominant in a heartbeat, that made the band. This can be heard best in the band’s most recognisable song ‘Stop It’. In the call “No rock n roll now, no rock n roll now” I hear the yelps of Karen O and the squeals of Allison Wolfe.