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Biography

The GREEN STREET STATION was a local bar in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston Massachusetts. Owner Doug Mellon inherited it and decided to add live rock shows. The bar was named after the Orange Line's Green Street Subway stop *which had formerly been elevated and was "modernized" in the early 1980's.

MANY local New England bands played at Green Street, for example the Lemonheads, Big House, the Neighborhoods, Hullabaloo, Stop Calling Me Frank, the Well Babies. The legendary late show producer/promoter Billy Ruane hosted many nights at Green Street Station. National bands also played at the club, Nirvana played there when they were just starting out. Gwar put on a massive performance. HR played there.

The Green Street Open Jam Band was organized by the late Joe "Joey Ray" Coughlin in the mid 1980's. They played various nights of the week before becoming the regular Sunday review. Joe was a masterful guitar player, often teamed with Ian "Rock God" and famed for playing Blue Oyster Cult like leads in a punk rock/garage rock venue. Many performers came in and out of the loosely affiliated group.

This effort led to the formation of the eventual house band SALVATION NAVY and then eventually Doug Mellon's concept band BIG DADDY KOOL & THE J.P. FLAMES (later the D-Cups).

Coughlin, FrankD & Jeffrey Gagnon decided to try audio documenting some of the experimental noise going on, Pimento Vanity Tape & Gag Reflex label was formed, of which only one release seems to exist - GREEN STREET SESSIONS, Volume 1, which was a DIY Cassette album from 1987.

Videographer Arthur recorded many live shows in his extensive history of Boston Rock series.

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