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The Atlantics

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There are several bands that go by the name of The Atlantics.

1. The Atlantics were an Australian surf rock band in the early 1960s and arguably Australia’s most successful of the genre. Most well-known for their classic hit, “Bombora”, their later recordings such as “Come On” are examples of 1960s garage rock. They were the first Australian rock band to write their own hits. In 2000 the group reformed with three of the original members, and they are still actively releasing new material and performing live.

2. The American powerpop band was formed in January 1976 by guitarist Tom Hauck and bass player Bruce Wilkinson, who were two students at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. Erik Lindgren, a mutual friend, introduced them to drummer Boby Bear and lead guitarist Jeff Lock. To complete the lineup Bruce recruited singer Bobby Marron, a friend from his hometown in New Jersey. The Atlantics played their first gigs in the spring of 1976 at The Rat in Kenmore Square and at a concert at Tufts University with Willy Alexander and Foxpass. In May of 1976 they scored the opening slot for the Ramones, who were playing two nights at The Club in Central Square. It was one of the Ramones’ first Boston appearances, and the shows helped establish the Atlantics as one of the leaders of the emerging punk/new wave movement in Boston.

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