by Peter Aaron
I first encountered the Scenics back in the mid-1980s, by way of their two cuts on the soundtrack of the seminal 1978 documentary The Last Pogo. The Velvet Underground influence—always a good thing—was unmistakable, although the mechanized stuttering of “Sunshine World” pointed to an avant sensibility that was outside of rock. (Relating to the former inspirational source, the group released an entire album of VU covers, How Does It Feel to Be Loved?: The Scenics Play the Velvet Underground, in 2008.)
The archival Sunshine World (Studio Recordings 1977-78) came out in 2009, and features the “hit” signature track “Do the Wait”:
The Scenics and special guests TBA will perform at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, on September 27 at 9pm. Donation requested. For more information, call (845) 202-7477 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon/?fref=ts.