1975 - Put out ads in public places to form a reggae band. Answered by
Cormany - got together, might've brought my friend Tim on guitar.
2nd Rehearsal - met Marc Campbell who wrote simple yet compelling
songs. In subsequent rehearsals I brought my guitar friend Artie who
other people liked better. This formed the nucleus of what was to
Had a native American drummer who has cerebral palsy but could still
up a storm! Marc got smitten by the punk rock explosion of '75 and
integrated rock into our fledgling group of reggae songs. Marc then
a gig at a party for a debut. Artie had his Moserite and I had a red
Farfisa combo-compact and beige Wurlitzer EP.
We had a series of gigs where Artie, Jon and I started writing songs as
well as co writing with Marc doing lyrics.
Early 1976 - the native American left the band to be replaced by Al (d.
1997), who could also do backing vocals. Started getting some
Boulder, CO and played local clubs, one of the only all original bands
Live April 1977 Denver (opening for The Nerves)
Played a poetry festival including Allen Ginsberg and performance
Boulder's famous Tulagi's nightclub and continued to play around
during 1976 and '77 at improbably named clubs such as Funky Butts and
1977 - Ramones, Ray Manzarek's Nite City and Runaways come to Denver.
Colorado's only "punk" band, The Ravers opened up for Nite City and two
Ramones shows at another oddly named club, Ebbets Field in the heart of
downtown Denver. That was the name of the baseball stadium the Brooklyn Dodgers
played in prior to their moving to Los Angeles. The Ramones were loud
fast. At the time I never heard anything like them before. I added
Melodica to my repertoire. I also co-wrote a song with Marc that would
later become the basis for the Nails' "Transcontinental Ska".
May 1977 - went into a Boulder 4-track studio, Mountain Ears Studio, to
record a nine-song demo, three songs of which later came out on the
are Punks" EP on the Screwball record label.
June 1977 - played big performance in Denver sponsored by Wax Trax record store with The Nerves from Los Angeles, a
band which contained Peter Case, later of the Plimsouls and an
solo artist and Paul Collins' who formed a band called Paul Collins'
(actually the Beat but he had to distinguish himself from the English
We also played our final Boulder show before moving to New York City
I'm from anyway) at a school auditorium (Free School -ed.) with another local band called Driver. All through this popular period one of the Ravers'
Eric Boucher who later formed the Dead Kennedys and became Jello Biafra...
Summer 1977 - Played CBGB audition night to get into their rotation
we did but not easily. We also played Max's Kansas City and blended in
with other NY bands. Unfortunately there was a glam-type band called
playing around so we changed our name to The Nails (supposedly
our then manager, now an attorney in the metro SanFran area.)
The Nails, known as The Ravers back then, were the pioneers of Rocky Mountain punk. We walked it like we talked it. And we still do. The other Colorado punk bands were a bunch of pussies who ended up opening health food stores and internet businesses. The Nails kicked ass back then and we kick ass today. The Nails was the only significant rock band to ever come out of Colorado. Name another one and I'll suck your cock/cunt.
Instead of spending $100 for a copy of "Cops Are Punk" send the money to me. I'll put that C-spot to good use. I'll give it to "Meals On Wheels" or an animal rescue shelter. Buying old punk records for inflated prices is the antithesis of what punk was all about. No more heroes!
Marc Campbell - lead singer of the Ravers/Nails - September 2000