|History of the Fallen Angels and Atomic
the summer of 1985, after returning from living in San Francisco,
I ran into Jacqui Daccardi and we started rehearsing some
of my songs. I knew Jacqui from about 1980 and she had a perfect
pitch voice that sounded a bit like Ronnie Spector. .She also had
a quintessential NYC sense of humor , was a great flirt and she
looked great in a little black dress that she always seemed to be
We played Folk City in February 1986 with Ross Owens playing some guitar
and harmonica and in the spring after playing 'Speakeasy' a band began
to take shape.
The song '12th Gate' was recorded here.
Bonnie Burns, a wonderfully talented singer and songwriter had just come
back from living and playing the streets of Europe --and Belgium
in particular --and wanted to sing someone elses songs and
stop playing guitar.I thought she was crazy. She was the most talented
singer I had met and I thought she could have ridden the wave of
female singer songwriters that was emerging at the time. (listen
to Ophelia and you might get it)
But she was not interested.
first we played Jay Byrds Snap Cafe at the Speakeasy where
Fred Kuhn was the evenings pagan host and later we got gigs
Devereaux. From this scene I met up again with Steve Witt, Paul
Clements,,Norma Jean, and Tom Napoli whom I used to spend Monday
evenings with from 1979-82.
On Monday nights all of us would move from one hootenany or open mic to
another. At one point, perhaps this was about 1980, there was Folk City,
the Dugout, Mills Tavern and the Bitter End.
At the Snap Cafe we met many others including Bill Ring, Peter Pasco
,Constance Taylor, David Indian, Rae Monroe and Michael America as well
as passing Jack Hardy ,Rod McDonald, Suzanne Vega, Cliff Eberhardt and
Two groups evolved out of this scene.
One was the acoustically oriented,harmony driven, and comically twisted
Fallen Angels; also called the Drag Queens and maybe some other
The other was the electric band sound of the Atomic
Bomb Babies - named after the song I wrote of the same name.
Fallen Angels,obviously, played the folk clubs , and our best gigs, perhaps,
occurred at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass.
(You can listen to Triptych which was
recorded live right there and then)
Some of those songs have been preserved on the Fallen Angels recording.
Atomic Bomb Babies played CBGBs,Wetlands, Lauterbachs, McGoverns
as well as other places, too, that are long gone.
Both of the groups shared the same personnel; Bonnie Burns, Jacqui Daccardi
and Eddie Watkins, Mike Vega and Edward Bridge.
Bass players came and went and included Ira Levy, Jesse Simpson, Jon Rogers
and Kimberly Jean and David Ruderman.
John Pendley occassionally played the keyboards.
For a few weeks, before he helped form the Klezmatics, David Licht played
drums with us.
Both groups played around from 1986 to 1992 and then tapered off when
I started spending more and more time in Europe where I was enjoying myself
more and more playing the streets and clubs.
I went to Europe at Bonnie Burns suggestion in the summer, I believe,
of 1989, where she joined me for a few weeks, playing the streets of Antwerp,
Munich, Berlin and the famed Melkweg club in Amsterdam.
For what happened after read
'about Ken Post' >>>