Category: Flashback

flashback with Hal B. Selzer

From 1996 to 1998, the flashback column was a regular weekly feature in the East Coast Rocker written by Jersey Shore musician/songwriter/producer/columnist, Hal B. Selzer. The success of…

flashback: CRYSTAL SHIP

In the early 80s, there was a band that dominated the club scene like no other. In the heyday of the Jersey circuit, their record of prominence over…

flashback: THE MESSAGE

Back in 1980, a band was forming that would end up in the charts in Europe in 1996. The band was called The Message, and not only did…

flashback: FAITH HEALER

If you listened to WSOU in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, you are probably familiar with the music of Faith Healer. Besides being in heavy rotation on…

flashback: FATE

One of the first big bands on the Jersey Club scene was Fate, which toured the circuit in the early days of the scene’s development. Back in the…

flashback: FATHER FOX

“We were playing a gig at a college in New York, for a black crowd. They were chanting ‘We don’t want your music,’ and they set up a…

flashback: FLA

FLA… not only an abbreviation for Florida, but one of the Jersey circuit bands in the ‘80s that played all the top clubs. The band was formed by…

flashback: FRANKIE & THE KNOCKOUTS

In the early ‘80s, you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing the Top 5 hit “Sweetheart”, or the Top 20 songs “You’re My Girl” and “Without You.”…

flashback: KINDERHOOK CREEK

One of the famous names from the heyday of the Jersey club scene is Kinderhook Creek. The band had a nine-year run of success, not only playing all…

flashback: MONROE

Along with Twisted Sister, one of the best-known “glam” type bands on the circuit in the early ‘80s was Monroe. While almost all of the bands from that…

flashback: NORMAN NARDINI

It was in the late ‘80s, and as usual, the Stone Pony was packed. On stage was a skinny, grimacing guitar player, clad in a funny hat and…

flashback: PRETTY BABY

One of the wild nights on the Jersey shore scene back in the late 1970s and early 1980s was at the Union Jack in South River, where the…

flashback: RAZOR SHARP

“We were getting airplay on WSOU and WDHA, and we did a live interview on WSOU,” remembers drummer Billy Orrico. “We did okay. It was tough for an…

flashback: STARZ

In the mid-‚70s, two aspiring musicians met at Rutgers University, and formed the basis for what would be Starz, a group that went on to record nine albums,…

flashback: STRAIGHTFACE

Straightface was originally formed by vocalist Joe Zetti, and guitarists Thommie Gwynn and Steve Mazza. They were playing together in a group called Last Call, but when the…

flashback: THE CLUB HEYDAY

If you regularly read Flashback, you might have noticed how many of the bands chronicled talk about the heyday of the Jersey club scene. In the late ‘70s…

flashback: THE COURTEOUS DRIVERS

The Courteous Drivers were a band that utilized a unique blend of “long form” rock, by bands such as Pink Floyd, and turned that trademark sound into a…

flashback: THE NERDS

Everyone who knows the Jersey club scene knows who The Nerds are. But not many people know how they started, or how they developed into what they are…

flashback: THE ODYSSEY

One of the legendary clubs that was a part of the Asbury Park scene in the 60s and early 70s, a scene that was the spawning ground for…

flashback: WOLVZ

In the mid ‚80s there was a burgeoning heavy metal scene in South Jersey/Philadelphia area. Bands such as Cinderella and Britny Fox made a big impact on the…

flashback: COLONY

Back in the mid-1970s, there was a band at the Jersey Shore that grew to become a household name in that part of the state. They were called…

flashback: BOYSTOWN

All over the world, wherever the popular American TV show “21 Jumpstreet” is playing, people are hearing New Jersey’s own Boystown. Boystown was one of the top original…

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