Greenpoint, October, 2015

Sunday, October 16, 2011

New London Ocks

But where's the Polkabration?
Some years history just goes off the leash. Can't remember who said that, but 1981 was definitely one of those years. Reagan elected president, the release of the Iranian hostages, riots in England, the rise of Solidarity and imposition of martial law in Poland....  And the Reducers play a gig at Baba O'Riley's in New London.

30 years later, the sporadic history tour my brother and I conduct for my nephew and niece continues with a windy picnic at Ocean Beach Park in New London (we could hardly take them to the Dutch Tavern). The "R" may have blown away, but those are the traces of the most recent Reducers gig you are looking at: September 3, 2011. Baba O'Riley's is gone, the El n Gee is gone, Carlo's Restaurant is gone, Pizza, Pipes and Pandemonium is definitely gone, but the Reducers rock on.

Here are they are in 1981 at Baba O'Rileys. Three songs in about six minutes (about average for the Reducers), including a cover of "Roadrunner" by Jonathan Richman:

This post dedicated to all the canvassers from CCAG New London office in the summers of 1981 and 1982. 


  1. But what of Cher (the early years, of course)?

  2. Hi Dave,
    Love the dedication. Just thought of you and Dan's canvassing but I could not remember the name of the group -- CCAG -- thanks for reminding me. I thought of it when I gave a donation to a rain-soaked young woman going door to door for Clean Water Action. Canvassing goes on for yet another generation. I don't think she was having as much fun today as the rain came down and the temperature dropped. But she was idealistic in a sagging economy that had her moving home to go back to school.