"They were either the best band you've ever heard or the worst. It depended on the night."
"I was a grad student at U. of M in A2 1975-'84 and used to see posters for DAM around town all the time…They would play at places like the Second Chance on Liberty St., as would Mitch Ryder, Sonic's Rendez-vouz Band, or the Rockets, all of whom had members from earlier more famous Detroit bands (Stooges, MC5, Detroit Wheels). I loved the sound of their couple of local hits, though, which fit in well on the college station in between X and Replacements cuts. In a good record store in a far away town (Rochester NY), I stumbled onto a DAM best hits CD just a few years ago and it is really worth having (DAM Live, by Fan Club, Division of New Rose records, FC 050). Sure enough, the radio songs I remembered from A2 were there (a single ca 1980: Nancy Sinatra's Boots on which Niagara really sneers up a great female power trip, b/w Nov. 22, a disgusting piece about Kennedy's head blowing up and all that. I like to play those on Nov. 22 along with some Avengers songs with the same themes. Most of the rest of the 11 tunes have a great tuneful/scary garage band sound.
---John in Denver
"I was in a
band called Screaming Urge in
"I was a big fan and saw
Destroy All Monsters at least 50 times during that era, as I lived between
"I have seen Destroy All Monsters more times than I can count and they were either the best band you have ever heard or the worst, it depended on the night. Niagara was alot like Joey Ramone and stayed close to the mike...Niagara still is local (Detroit area) and is a pretty big time artist getting big time $$$ for her paintings."
"I saw Niagra and Ron and Dennis and Larry a number of times, usually on a twin bill with Sonic's Rendezvous or The Mutants or something like that at the Second Chance. They were always incredibly loud and depending on the night - engaging or abrasive. Niagra was always "bored" and was an interesting performer."
"I recall seeing
Destroy All Monsters when they played at either Brown's or Major Chords in