Journalism MIA

By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 21, 2011

The Wild Turkey Band


An event taking place at the Met, on Main Street in Pawtucket, has caught your superior correspondents' attention and transported us back to the old Providence of over 30 years ago. That would be the Wild Turkey reunion shows that begin this evening (Wednesday, November 23) and continue on Friday and Saturday.

It was a different time: before the Internet, before cable television, before humans learned to walk on their hind legs. Well, maybe not that far back, although, if you did want to see people scampering about on all fours, the State House and the original Lupo's on Westminster Street would have been prime viewing spots. On any given evening back in the late '70s, one could pop into Lupo's or the original Living Room (right across Westminster Street) or walk two blocks to the original Met Cafe, to hear some of the best music anywhere. Seldom did it cost more than two dollars at the door.

Among the great homegrown bands of that era was the Wild Turkey Band (soon to morph into the Hometown Rockers). They played weekly and built up a large and loyal following. Of course, the pleasures of a night at Lupo's those days involved more than just the great music. Perhaps you would run into some of the other Luponian regulars: the late downtown legend, Jeff Thomas, a pirate in pajamas, or Craig Suide, the daytime cook at Lupo's who sewed his own dramatic costumes.

Despite the fascinating conversations one could eavesdrop on, you could tell by the beer-stained floor that this was not the Algonquin. The ladies room had shower curtains for partitions and the men's room featured a wooden trough for a urinal. No one waited for the circus to come to town because it was already here, taking up residence at Lupo's.

You can get a pretty good idea of what this was all like in Jim Wolpaw's 1991 film, Complex World. For those who remember, we highly recommend the Wild Turkey shows at the Met this week. We will never get back there again, but the music might get us close.


Yes, we have one of those super-duper giant flat-screen televisions in the Boom Boom Room at Casa Diablo. We don't watch much, since we are still miffed that our suggestion to produce a "Real Housewives of West Warwick" show has seemingly fallen on deaf ears. But this weekend we did have an opportunity to see a couple of interviews that we found encouraging.

On Channel 10's Sunday morning 10 News Conference, Jim Taricani and Bill Rappleye had Rhode Island's Attorney General, Peter Kilmartin, as a guest. The AG's knowledge and willingness to answer questions was heartening and we got the feeling that the office is in good hands. An impressive performance indeed.

Later on Sunday, your superior correspondents watched 60 Minutes, which included a segment on Christine Lagarde, the Head Ramrod of the International Monetary Fund. She is also brilliant but, add to that, charismatic and steely. Once again, an impressive performance. Somehow, amid all the bad news and disappointment in those in leadership positions, it is heartening to see people who we sense are up to the job.

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