In April 1985, I got a phone call from Dan Williams, my collaborator in the group 11,000 Switches. He said, “Man, turn the radio to WAIF, I’m doing a show.”
I found my radio speaking with a new voice. At its most challenging, it had previously palpitated with the soothing strains of O.T., WGUC’s echt-serious Music of Our Time, New Wave with Michael Riley, T-Bone, Greg Doll, Craig Kelley and others on WAIF and Free Jazz on Miles Ingram’s No More White Gloves. But here was something that incorporated all of that yet added silly novelty numbers, Progressive Rock, Zappa, homemade electronic music, No Wave and Industrial.
After Dan left in 1987, I continued as sole host through 1990 when I was able to bring in Chris Lockhart, Mark Milano and Iovae to provide relief in the long, late-night time slot.
Art Damage presents the last shows at Northside’s Art Damage Lodge Friday and Saturday, featuring performers like Wolf Eyes side-project Stare Case, Drainolith, Hearts of Palm, Ryan Jewell, The Gospel of Luthor the Geek and many others.
Go here for Uncle Dave Lewis' full feature story on Art Damage and its spinoff creations, plus details on the weekend's shows.