WFMU had a successful benefit at the Westbeth Theater thanks to Stereolab (and in spite of the glares from Paul Simon's musical's crew whom we were interrupting for the show), but started to overstay our welcome during our next show there in 1997. After a bill of Chris Knox (Tall Dwarfs), Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), Tuli Kupferberg (the Fugs), and the Lynnfield Pioneers pushed the venue's security overtime hours past midnight, the fact that the Bunnybrains were going on at 1am and looking like they were gonna stay a while was getting Music and Program Director Brian Turner dirty looks from everyone at the theater. The employees tolerated the Bunnybrains hurling full cans of beer into the audience then utilizing the building’s beer-soaked floors as a makeshift slip-and-slide, but when the 'brains started an endless noise jam in front of a film screen where hott xxx chick/dog action was being projected, Turner was told to yank the plug. He didn't. And we can't quite remember another rock show ever happening at the Westbeth since.
Illustration by Peter Gallagher