Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lou Miami and the Kozmetix - 1982 - Fascist Lover 7'' (US)

Lou Miami and the Kozmetix - 1982 - Fascist Lover 7'' (US)
Lou Miami (1956 – August 1995) was an American punk musician based in Boston, Massachusetts. His group, The Kozmetix, was popular on the local scene and released two EPs. He combined a rough punk sound with a glam-influenced choice of clothing.

As was typical for many punk bands at the time, the Kozmetix regularly played at The Rathskeller, the Channel, Jonathan Swifts, Cantones, and Spit as well as New York venues such as the Peppermint Lounge, and the old Living Room in Providence, Rhode Island. Lou Miami and the Kozmetix also regularly played the Inn-Square Men's Bar in Inman Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In The Kozmetix, Miami was the lead singer, Jack Rootoo played lead guitar, H.P. (aka Helen Privett) bass guitar, Dolores Paradise organ, and Laural Blanchard drums.
During the band's touring years of 1979–1981 the Kozmetix line-up was Miami on vocals, Rootoo guitar, Bill Norcott on bass and Melody Chisholm on drums. Norcott and Chisholm were previously members of Phobia. This line-up had a regular Monday night gig at Cantones for two years, as well as appearing at numerous clubs in the Boston area. The group was managed by Joan Martin.
Their first single "Fascist Lover" b/w "To Sir with Love" was sold in a white plastic cosmetics bag that mimicked a Lord & Taylor shopping bag. "Fascist Lover" contained the lyrics, "A fascist lover that made my mother, and then my mother made me." Their album Lou Miami & The Kozmetix was produced by Ann Prim and Karen Kirby, both from the Boston based band November Group.
On their second album, Rituals, the band consisted of Miami, lead singer; Rootoo, lead guitar; H.P., bass guitar; Laurel Blanchard, drums; and Toby Ingalls, rhythm guitars. Additional musicians used were Chris Spedding and Kristi Rose.
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JAM said...

wow...i grew up near boston, bought this single when it came out, still have it in the plastic bag. always been a favorite, can't believe you posted it!! great blog!!

gorehound13 said...

i hung out in the original 1970's boston scene.i recorded lapeste,unnatural axe,thrills, etc.
i formed my own band The Transplants and our 1st gig was at a show lou put on a The Modern ?Theater

JAM said...

oh man, i used to go see la peste, loved them (some of peter dayton's solo stuff was ok too). and unnatural axe "man i don't want to be" is one of my all-time fav punk singles. used hear all this stuff on oedipus saturday overnight show "nocturnal emissions" on wbcn. lots of great college radio in boston back in the day, "late risers club", etc.