Of course I didn't make it despite my best efforts. I was delayed by an extended meetup with some writing co-horts elsewhere, but I got to talk to a lot of the Open City folks at the Park Bar before Doggy Style. So I had "Localism" on my mind all night.
Fortunately, I had a little local in the video mix for the evening. It probably depends a lot on your age, whether or not you remember these guys, but Figures on a Beach were kind of a big deal in the 80s in Detroit. They were signed to Sire records (in the Depeche Mode heydey) and were included on the first Sire compilation CD "Just Say Yes" with their song "No Stars."
Naturally they faded away, a bit of a one-hit wonder, although I still have their EP "Swimming" which is pretty great. And man, did I have a new wave crush on the lead singer.
Anyway, "No Stars" made an appearance at Doggy Style tonight and in the spirit of "Localism," let's celebrate one of Detroit's few New Wave breakout bands, Figures on a Beach.