Old School Cool

Old School Cool
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The Bands
As if they need any introduction.....
A.T.S., the long-time, category-defying band that appeared a whopping 94 times at the Electric Banana from 1985-1999, including the final show there.  They call their music "Post Punk No Wave Art Punk CowPunk Indie Alternative Power Twang Rock and Roll."  In their hey-day, they toured extensively throughout the northeast, including playing the legendary CBGB's, and received airplay on college radio stations (back when that was a big deal) in 13 states.  A.T.S. ended a long hiatus from recording with their Watering the Plants CD in 2016 (with SPUDS' Tim Pollock on sax) and the digital EP Alternative facTS and other True Stories in 2017.  Previous albums on CD include Armadillo Serenade (1990), the ambitious 50-song double-CD Sepco (1992), Blood Drive (1994), and Axe of Free Will and other victimless crimes (1995), the latter two produced by the legendary Kramer (not the guy on Seinfeld) and released on his national label Shimmydisc.  A.T.S. has opened for fIREHOSE, MC50, and Mission of Burma, inter alios, and is the go-to band any time the early Pittsburgh punk scene is commemorated, having appeared at Repunk3 in 2016 and Bananastock in 2018.

SPUDS (Special People Under Doctor's Supervision), the favorite sons of Lawrenceville whose unique brand of rock-n-roll was once described as "anthems of the unhip" by the local media.  SPUDS are known for their off-the-wall humor and wild stage antics, including famously performing in their boxer shorts.  Regardless, they're dead serious about crafting catchy songs, which can be found on their albums Through the Ears (1988), Aw, Mom (1991), Good Eatin' (1994), and Cheaper Than Therapy (2000), garnering airplay on some of the more enlightened commercial radio stations in Pittsburgh back in the day.  By our count they played at the Electric Banana 36 times from 1983-1999.  SPUDS have opened for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, They Might Be Giants, Adrian Belew, and the Smithereens, among others.  More recently their annual Thanksgiving week shows at Moondog's in Blawnox have evolved into a popular local tradition.

Check them out on video:  Kip's A.T.S. playlist  * SPUDS @ The Rex in 2009

The Venue
The Strip District Terminal sits on five blocks that once constituted the hub of the city's wholesale produce industry.  Today the structure is "being rejuvenated for purveyors of good vibes, fresh eats, craft drafts and everything in between to create a whole new destination in the Strip."

The Charity
With locations in the South Side and the Mon Valley, Life'sWork of Western PA "partners with people with disabilities, people with other barriers and young adults to pursue their hopes and dreams through strengthening workplace abilities, building life skills and developing meaningful relationships."

The site boasts the web's most comprehensive gigography and discography of Pittsburgh's venerable punk rock club and its bands.  It was created by music geeks for music geeks.  It has been entertaining and informing dozens for over one twentieth of a century.

The Facebook event page is here.

A.T.S. performing at Bananastock in 2018.  Courtesy of the Gothees.

Courtesy of Evan Knauer. 


Page updated 9/17/20
Links last checked 9/16/20