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World Inferno Friendship Society Played Asbury Lanes; Or A History Lesson On Paul Robeson

Chris Rotolo June 21, 2012 Live 1 Comment

Last Thursday Jack Terricloth and his ever-changing backing band of Cabaret-loving Punks ventured from their Brooklyn-based homestead to Asbury’s premier 10-pin penthouse and music locale for a one-off showcase of champagne-drenched ragetunes that poked and prodded the proverbial bees nest (“Tattoos Fade”), swirling mosh pit inciters (“My Ancestral Homeland, NJ”), crowd surfing anthems (“The Brother Of The Mayor Of Bridgwater”), and an ode to “Paul Robeson,” a true Garden State renaissance man who was the only the third African-American student in the history of Rutgers University in 1915 where, despite racist teammates and opposing programs, he starred for four seasons as the only player of color on the Scarlet Knights football team, earning All-American status in his senior season.  Robeson worked his way through college as member of an off campus signing group and eventually graduated from Rutgers in 1919 as the class valedictorian.  He would eventually play two seasons of professional football for the Akron Pros and the Milwaukee Badgers before turning to the stage and an acting career during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 30s.  Robeson eventually transformed into a human rights activist, using his stage and singing performances as a platform to induce conversation about various topics including the Spanish Civil War.  Robeson was an active orator during World War II and the Cold War where he was eventually black listed by the government, went on a book tour, announced his support of Marxism, and retired to Philadelphia where he eventually passed away in 1976…

And the show was great too.

The things you learn at a Punk show.

Setlist:
Tattoos Fade
Brother of the Mayor of Bridgewater
My Ancestral Homeland, New Jersey
I Am Sick of People Being Sick of My Shit
Everybody Comes to Rick’s
Jerusalem Boys
The Politics Of Passing Out
Paul Robeson
The Apple Was Eve
“M” Is for Morphine
Let’s Steal Everything
The Disarming Smile
Thumb Cinema
I Wouldn’t Want to Live in a World Without Grudges
Addicted to Bad Ideas
Cats Are Not Lucky Creatures
So Long to the Circus
Only Anarchists Are Pretty
Heart Attack ’64

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Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May of 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in both Journalism/Professional Writing and Communication Studies. He's held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet’s Arts & Entertainment section as well as Consequence of Sound (http://consequenceofsound.net).

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