CLASSIC RUINS Lassie Eats Chicken lp/cd 1986/2006
Room Starts Spinning / I Can't Spell Romance / He's Got It / Roman Fingers / Rocco's Wake / Geraldine I Need Money / Labatt's / Response & Sustain / You're Aces With Me / Let's Get Dull* / The Madison / Record Time / Down & Out / This Means War / Hedda Humma / Ruins Cafe / Hurt That Way / I'm A Wimp / How Do You Know?
Produced by Classic Ruins & G. Hookailo except * produced by Classic Ruins & J. Dufour & ° produced by F. Rowe.
Classic Ruins: F. Rowe: vocals, guitar, harmonica / C. Biancucci: bass guitar / P. Nardone: drums + B. Borgioli: guitar, vocals / T. "TK" Keenan: guitar / K. Glasheen: drums / Randall: bass guitar.
Formed in 1978 by Frank Rowe (ex Baby's Arm) and Billy Borgioli (ex Real Kids), Boston's Classic Ruins were rootsy rockers "with proto punk and garage undertones". If they sound like they share the same sensibility as the Real Kids it’s probably because their original line-up included half of that band. F. Rowe, however is the main man of the band (with C. Biancucci on bass and P. Nardone on drums), and has proved as enduring an artist as Beantown compatriots Willie Alexander and Jeff Conolly. The Classic Ruins recorded their first single “1+1>2/ Nyquil Stranger” in 1980 on Ace Of Hearts records( Infliktors, Neighborhoods, the Lyres...).The band moved later to Throbbing Lobster records for their first LP “Lassie Eats Chickens” followed in 1989 by "Ruins Café" another lp on the french label New Rose. 2006 saw the 20th anniversary of "Lassie Eats Chicken" with the album being released on CD for the first time with eextra cuts (buy it here!).
Ex-Commandos/Ballbusters guitarist Jeff Crane was added on second guitar. The band is still alive today, "playing their garage punk as if on stage at the Rat".
Billy is still playing with the Varmints & a new cd is due soon!
Carl Biancucci is also playing with the excellent Jumper Cables : check their Myspace , this guys know how to rock !