Paul’s Boutique (20th Anniversary Edition) – “THE SGT. PEPPERS of hip hop”

June 10, 2009
Where I check in with members of 1.6 band to discuss the cultural significance of Paul’s Boutique. I say that Paul’s Boutique and the cultural reverberations from Paul’s Boutique made possible nothing less than the presidency of Barack Obama. Really.
Not familiar with 1.6?
1.6 band is getting ready for a few reconciliation shows. I will be at the june 19 show in nyc. come on down.
1.6 Band reuniting – playing DC, WFMU & Cake Shop (dates) (REPOSTED FROM the Brooklyn Vegan)    


It’s a common tale of post-hardcore life: Four young, angry men form a band. They write songs, break strings, and pop blisters playing the deafening music of youthful discontent, traveling the country one dank, cat-hair-filled basement at a time. Then they break up and get real jobs. Years later, some Europeans e-mail them looking for leftover T-shirts and the spark is reignited. This isn’t exactly what happened to 1.6 Band, but it’s pretty representative. And now, thank god, the New York quartet has hit the reunion stage of their careers. Back when Long Island was still raging against George Bush Sr., 1.6 Band was the East Coast’s answer to the Minutemen–using head-spinning rhythms, shouted vocals, and flinty guitar to bring politics down to street level. -[DC City Paper]

1.6 Band have lined up a few appearances to test out those reunion waters. After a June 17th show in DC, the band will head back north to play WFMU‘s The Pat Duncan Show on the 18th before playing a final show at Cake Shop the next day withMemories From The Space Age and Tournament.


1.6 Band came up in the early 90s NYC hardcore scene, formed by Kevin Egan in the wake of the collapse of Beyond (a band whose other members included Tom Capone & Alan Cage of Quicksand, and Vic DiCara of 108Burn, & Inside Out). Beyondreunited in 2006.

In 1.6 Band‘s short lifespan (1991 – 1993), the band released a few 7″s (including a split with the mighty Rorschach), appeared on some compilations (with the likes ofNation of Ulysses), and released an LP, all of which was compiled for a 1995 compilation on Gern Blandsten entitled Broke Up.

Tour dates below…

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1.6 BAND – 2009 TOUR DATES
June 17 Velvet Lounge Washington, DC
June 18 WFMU Jersey City, NJ
June 19 Cake Shop NYC, NY


One comment

  1. I would have to agree with mike.6 on this one. I think you like the beastie boys a little more than most.

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