Monday, July 27, 2009

Underdog - True Blue


Original New Beginning Record Underdog E.P. promo poster

Went to see Underdog play this past Saturday in Asbury Park, New Jersey at the Asbury Lanes. They've been doing two back to back shows at the Asbury Lanes once a year, every year for the past few years now. As always, Underdog sounded great and Richie's voice was just as powerful and on point as ever.

At the end of the night I ran into an old friend named Jon LeVine who went to my high school and graduated about four or five years ahead of me. Jon was one of the original punk / hardcore / straight edge guys in my town, did a fanzine called Faith and his involvement goes back into the early to mid 80's.


Underdog, all photos from various City Gardens shows, all photos by: Ken Salerno

At some point around 1988 when Jon was headed off to college, he sold my friend Tony and I and few records and gave us a handful of other things. I remember buying both the Crippled Youth 7" and Underdog 7" from him and probably paying about $5.00 a piece for each. One of the things Jon threw in was this New Beginning Records promo poster for the Underdog 7", which I always thought was awesome and have held on to ever since.

Seeing Underdog on Saturday and then coincidentally running into Jon at the show, who I originally bought the Underdog 7" off of 21 years ago got me thinking about this poster and inspired me to do a little Underdog dedication entry. So here's the poster and here's a few great Underdog pics from none other than DCXX's favorite photographer, Ken Salerno. -Tim DCXX





7 comments:

the mosher said...

I AM DOWN WITH THE FUNKY SHIT.

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Anonymous said...

How about a Richie or Russ interview?
I tried to go Friday, but when I got there it was sold out.

Billy said...

Those were the days...I stuffed every single copy of that record.

FreddyAlva said...

You guys should profile Jon Levine's FAITH fanzine, his "Blastin'Out of NJ" comp. tape was a big influence on the New Breed comp.

kaprookie said...

Underdog! One of my faves forever from that mighty era.

Brushback said...

Billy stuffed the records, Bessie and I made the poster. I had to make the dotted background (lower half of the poster) by hand with a pen, one dot at a time, because the original background was all black and the printer told us to change it because the ink coverage would've been too heavy.

"Those were the days" indeed...