1988

Elizabeth Fusco of Misfit Toys stands outside the Electric Banana, usually the only source of light at night on this otherwise sleepy stretch of Bigelow Blvd.  Misfit Toys hailed from the D.C. area and brought their unique brand of progressive rock and power pop here on two occasions.  Courtesy of Ed Fusco.


The Damaged Pies' first show at the Banana on 12/8/88.  Courtesy of Steve Bodner.


1/1/88 – The Violators
1/2/88 – Johnny Rhythm & the Dimestore 45’s
1/7/88 - Doomwatch
1/8/88 – Black Heart
1/9/88 – Thick As Thieves
1/11/88 - Goo Goo Dolls (set list) * Gang Green
1/15/88 – The Violators
1/16/88 – Misfit Toys (set list) (listen) * The White-Outs
1/17/88 – Thrashathon Five * Doomwatch (set list)
1/22/88 – Bad Checks * Fourth World
1/23/88 – Six Gun Jury * Thick As Thieves
1/24/88 – School of Violence * Bird of Prey * Eviction
1/28/88 - Sex Bats
1/29/88 – Thin White Line * Fourth World
1/30/88 – King Face * The White-Outs * Andrea Doria
1/31/88 – Exploited * Half Life * Eviction

2/5/88 - Young Caucasians * A.T.S.
2/6/88 - His Boy Elroy
2/7/88 - Hand of Doom (set list) * Necropolis (set list) * Lethal Dose * Thrashathon * Disrespect * Eviction (set list)
2/10/88 - Zoetrope * Heathen * Eviction
2/11/88 - The Secondhands (watch)
2/12/88 - 63 Eyes * Thick as Thieves
2/13/88 - The Violators * Sex Bats
2/14/88 - Saints Warriors * Eviction * Death Mass
2/18/88 - Thick as Thieves * Andrea Doria
2/19/88 - The Croakers * They Say Then
2/20/88 - The Croakers * New Day
2/21/88 - Battered Citizens * Best Defense * Direct Action * Half Life
2/25/88 - Thin White Line * Flexibles
2/26/88 – Violators * Next Doors * Thin White Line
2/27/88 – Xanax * New Direction * Andrea Doria
2/28/88 - Sinister * Raunch * Hatred

3/4/88 – DT & the Shakes * Pleasure Heads * Bone of Contention
3/5/88 – Crow Flies * The White-Outs
3/6/88 – Disrespect * Eviction * Doom Watch * Department of Corruption * Atrocity
3/8/88 - The Exploited * Half Life * Hand of Doom
3/10/88 - Thin White Line
3/11/88 - Andrea Doria
3/12/88 - Sex Bats * 4th World
3/13/88 – Necropolis * At War * Primal Scream * Blessed Death
3/18/88 – Crow Flies * Bone of Contention
3/19/88 – Little Wretches * They Say Then
3/20/88 – Wreckage * Death Mask * Hand of Doom
3/25/88 – Trash Bats * Andrea Doria * Pleasure Heads
3/26/88 – Hard * New Direction * Premonition
3/27/88 – Doom Watch

4/1/88 - Blue Freeze * The Eels
4/2/88 – Pleasure Heads * Ricko & the Rockets
4/3/88 – Monstrosity * Hand of Doom * Purposeless Existence
4/6/88 - Infectious Disease * Travesty * Kruxter
4/7/88 - Fourth World
4/8/88 - Trained Attack
4/9/88 - Tyrant Swing * The White-Outs * Hungry Bill
4/10/88 - Life Sentence * Necracedia * Eviction
4/14/88 - A.T.S. * Fleming, Opie, Koenigsburg, & Dispirito
4/15/88 – Spuds
4/16/88 – Kingface * Crow Flies
4/17/88 – Kingface * Half Life * Crow Flies
4/21/88 - Thin White Line
4/22/88 - The Outlines * They Say Then * Operation Ivy (set list) (listen) * Hand of Doom
4/23/88 - Original Rabbits
4/24/88 - Dag Nasty * Mind Over Four * Eviction
4/27/88 - Crumb Suckers * Doomwatch * Necropolis
4/28/88 - Pleasure Heads * Johnny Rhythm & the Dimestore 45's
4/29/88 - Original Rabbits * Diamond Haze
4/30/88 - Thick as Thieves * The Libertines

5/1/88 - Pestilence * Travesty * Disrespect
5/5/88 - Johnny Rhythm & the Dimestore 45's * Little Wretches
5/7/88 – The Original Rabbits * Rick O. Band
5/8/88 – Deathmask * Sinister
5/10/88 - Half Life * Eviction * Barbed Wire Dolls
5/13/88 – H.R.
5/14/88 – Damage * Hand of Doom
5/15/88 - Charlie X * Shape of Rage * Travesty
5/20/88 – Johnny Rhythm & the Dimestore 45’s
5/21/88 – The Eels * Pleasure Heads
5/22/88 – Hand of Doom * Holy Cross
5/25/88 - Gang Green * Goo Goo Dolls * Eviction
5/26/88 - Johnny Rhythm & the Dimestore 45's
5/27/88 - 11th Dream Day * The White-Outs
5/28/88 - French Letters * Thick as Thieves
5/29/88 - Doom Watch * Sinister
5/30/88 - Half Life * Battered Citizens * Goon

6/1/88 - The Brood
6/6/88 - Doomwatch * Eviction * Castle Blood
6/9/88 – Psycho * Travesty
6/10/88 - A.T.S. (set list) * Active Ingredient * Rick O.
6/11/88 – Bashful * French Letters
6/12/88 - Agnostic Front * Nausea * Necropolis
6/16/88 - Anti-Heroes * Half Life
6/17/88 - The Little Wretches * Bone of Contention
6/18/88 - A.T.S. (listen) * Daylights
6/19/88 - U.K. Subs * Broken Bones * School of Violence * Eviction
6/23/88 - Andrea Doria * 4th World
6/24/88 - Rick O. * Dr. Bob's * Blue Freeze
6/25/88 - French Letters * Pop Defect * Libertines
6/26/88 - Black Orchards * Blue Blue * The Garden
6/27/88 - Zoetrope (set list) (listen) * Doom Watch * Dream Death

7/1/88 – Active Ingredient * Fuse Box
7/2/88 – Trained Attack Dogs * Pleasure Heads
7/3/88 – Goon * Horang * Death Mask
7/7/88 - JFA * Shape of Rage
7/9/88 – Active Ingredient * Sad Motion
7/10/88 - Token Entry * Direct Action (listen) * I.D. Under
7/14/88 - Andrea Doria
7/15/88 - Living End * New Direction
7/16/88 - Night Wind
7/17/88 - Infamous Bastards * Vampire Lezbos
7/18/88 - Wreckage
7/22/88 – Indian Rope Burn
7/23/88 – Marley’s Ghost * The French * The Letters
7/24/88 – War Zone * Half Life * Barbed Wire Dolls
7/29/88 – Tim Allen * Scott Bruce * Keith Leslie
7/30/88 – The Dogs (set list) (watch) * The Jiggers * The Void (watch)
7/31/88 - Cryptic Slaughter * Hand of Doom 

8/4/88 - New Direction * CK-57
8/5/88 - Cousin It * Barbed Wire Dolls * Fusebox
8/6/88 - Crow Flies * The Eels
8/7/88 - Direct Action* Half Life
8/11/88 - 51-50 * School of Violence
8/19/88 – Lost in Eden * Extension 37
8/20/88 – No Mind * The White-Outs * Hungry Bill
8/21/88 – Hand of Doom * Travesty * Sinister * Sonic Plague * Lost Generation
8/25/88 - Mentors * Coven * Hand of Doom
8/26/88 – FEK-EMG * New Direction * Giant
8/27/88 – Active Ingredient * Fusebox
8/28/88 – AC * Death Mask * Sacred Hate

9/2/88 – New Direction * Andrea Doria
9/3/88 – Fourth World
9/9/88 - The Farmers * The Tails
9/10/88 – Active Ingredient * Andrea Doria
9/11/88 – Misconduct
9/16/88 – The Cynics * Half a Chicken
9/17/88 – Coffin Break * Barbed Wire Dolls * Cousin It
9/18/88 – Wehrmacht * Eviction * Travesty * Hand of Doom
9/23/88 – Active Ingredient * New Direction
9/24/88 – Paradise Lost * Fourth World
9/25/88 – Death Notice * Misconduct * Barbed Wire Dolls * The Plague
9/29/88 - Social Distortion * Half Life
9/30/88 – Lawrence Beall & the Sultans * Fusebox

10/1/88 – Piece of Wood
10/2/88 – Blessed Death * Holy Cross * Sinister
10/6/88 - 4th World
10/7/88 – White-Outs * Bone of Contention
10/8/88 - Crow Flies * Active Ingredient
10/9/88 - War Zone * Barbed Wire Dolls * Riot Club * Death Notice * Mike Bohem
10/14/88 - Paradise Lost * Porn Orchard
10/15/88 - New Direction * Fusebox
10/16/88 - Goo Goo Dolls * Talesyn * Riot Club * Death Notice
10/21/88 - 4th World * Next President
10/22/88 - Pleasure Heads * Travesty
10/23/88 - Idiot Club
10/27/88 - Morticia * Johnny Rhythm & the Dimestore 45's
10/28/88 – 4th World * Next President
10/29/88 – Pleasure Heads * Travesty
10/30/88 - All

11/4/88 - Iodine Raincoats * Johnny Rhythm & the Dimestore 45's
11/5/88 – Next President * Hungry Bill * Barbed Wire Dolls
11/6/88 – Goo Goo Dolls * Tough Guns * Misconduct
11/11/88 – Crow Flies * Cousin It
11/13/88 – Excommunicate * Decadence * Sathanaf
11/17/88 – Government Issue * Half Life * Sinister
11/23/88 – Decadence * Taursyn
11/25/88 - DRI * Holy Terror * Eviction * Seduce
11/26/88 - The Guilt * CK-57
11/27/88 - Half Life

12/1/88 – Anvil * Lord Liege * Sathanas
12/2/88 – Barbed Wire Dolls * Frank Allison & the Odd Sox * Pleasure Heads
12/3/88 – Furnace * Prom Sluts
12/4/88 – Good Earth * Johnny Frisbee & the Hacky Sacks * Second Hand
12/6/88 - Yo La Tengo
12/7/88 - Nuclear Assault * Seduce * Travesty
12/8/88 - Damaged Pies
12/9/88 – Bye-Bye * The Guilt
12/10/88 – New Direction * Stinging Rain
12/11/88 – Tough Guns * Lloyd Poole
12/13/88 - Death
12/15/88 - Death (set list)
12/16/88 – Nixon’s Head * Johnny Rhythm & the Dimestore 45’s
12/17/88 – D.T. and the Shakes * Pig Farm * Bone of Contention
12/21/88 - Frank Allison & the Odd Sox * Barbed Wire Dolls * Pleasure Heads
12/23/88 – The Cynics * The Good Earth
12/31/88 – Half Life * Barbed Wire Dolls * Riot Club * Lethal Dose

List last updated 1/11/18