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There are at least five bands called Pylon…
1. An influential post-punk band from Athens, Georgia, United States
2. A rock band from Wakefield, England
3. An electronica producer from Poland
4. A space rock band from Finland
5. A Doom Metal band from Switzerland

1. Pylon (US)

Pylon is an Alternative Rock band which formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 1978. For most of the band’s career, they consisted of Vanessa Briscoe Hay (vocals), Randall Bewley (guitar), Michael Lachowski (bass) and Curtis Crowe (drums). The group released three albums, “Gyrate” (1980), “Chomp” (1983) and “Chain” (1990).

All four members of Pylon were art students at the University of Georgia in Athens. Guitarist Randall Bewley and bass guitarist Michael Lachowski began playing music and attempting to form a band in 1978. They practiced in a studio in downtown Athens which Lachowski rented from Curtis Crowe, upstairs from the current location of the Grill on College Avenue. The room was lit by a single 40-watt light bulb, so the band referred to it as the “40 Watt Club.” Crowe soon joined the band as a drummer. On February 14, 1979, the three held auditions for a singer. Vanessa Briscoe (now Vanessa Briscoe Hay) was chosen. The group was named for a novel by William Faulkner

Pylon played their first live show at a party on March 9, 1979. Members of The B-52’s attended Pylon’s third show. Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson of the B-52’s were particularly supportive and helped promote Pylon’s music in New York City, getting them a gig at Hurrah. Soon Pylon opened for Gang of Four in New York. Pylon’s debut single, “Cool,” appeared on DB Records in early 1980, and received many positive critical reviews.

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  • letsbolt

    So your head keeps shaking cause your arms are shaking And your feet are shaking cause the earth is shaking And your head keeps shaking cause your arms are shaking And your feet are shaking cause your earth is shaking So your head keeps shaking cause your arms are shaking And your feet are shaking cause the earth is shaking And your head keeps shaking cause your arms are shaking And your feet are shaking cause your earth is shaking [2]

    31 May 4:26am Reply
  • joemcmaster

    Criminally underrated.

    27 May 6:38pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    весьма неплохая группа, чем-то похожа на devo, в любом случае послушать стоит

    9 Mar 10:23am Reply
  • mapref31n106w

    So your head keeps shaking cause your arms are shaking And your feet are shaking cause the earth is shaking And your head keeps shaking cause your arms are shaking And your feet are shaking cause your earth is shaking So your head keeps shaking cause your arms are shaking And your feet are shaking cause the earth is shaking And your head keeps shaking cause your arms are shaking And your feet are shaking cause your earth is shaking

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • zhelnerovich

    http://www.last.fm/music/Pylon/+images/78022098

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mapref31n106w

    Don't rock & roll. No Now rock & roll. Now Hey kids ...

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • RetralJ

    Whoops! I bought a CD by Wakefield Pylon not Athens Pylon

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • rocketbrother19

    deerhunter brought me here. i don't regret

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Anira_Sugar

    riotsssss girrrrrrrlssssssssssssssssssssss

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • flashbleu

    K

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • RussellChap

    K

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Ithil_pl

    They should change their name to Additional Pylon

    16 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Nanninanni

    Well, this is awesome.

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • carljung

    Check out Supercluster, Vanessa's other project.

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • carljung

    Note that the featured tracks chosen by the artist, could not have been chosen by the Athens, GA Pylon. They appear to be one of the other Pylon band selections. Beware.

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • gaz_

    can't believe I'd never heard of them a few hours ago. Deerhunter's cover had me investigate. What a pair of great albums.

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Socax

    k

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • unspeakablerx

    vanessa briscoe is so hot, physically and auditorily

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
  • niemozliwiak

    STop It! Love the scene of Uma Thurman's dance in Motherhood

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
  • dropacid

    Discovered them many years ago through REM's Dead Letter Office. Love them

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
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