CMJ Features New Compilation From The Student Teachers – Legends Of Late 70′s Nyc Underground Music Scene

The Student Teachers Talk To CMJ About NYC’s
Underground Music Scene In The Late 70s And
Their New Compilation of Previously Out-of-Print Music CMJ Premieres Free Download Of “Looks” From
The New Release ‘Invitation To … The Student Teachers
The Student Teachers Made A Name For Themselves
As Teenagers Playing at Legendary Venues
Like CBGB’s and Max’s With Artists Like
The Ramones, Blondie and Iggy Pop

Invitation To … The Student Teachers’ is the first-ever re-release of out-of-print albums and singles from the Student Teachers, underground legends of the late 70s NYC underground music scene. The songs were produced by Jimmy Destri (Blondie) and the Student Teachers.In a new interview with CMJ, the original members of the Student Teachers talk about first connecting at CBGBs and starting the band when they were just 16 and 17s year old.

The Student Teachers made a name for themselves as teenagers playing at the legendary CBGB’s, Hurrah’s and many other before-their-time venues . The band had one of the first all-girl rhythm sections in a mixed gender band.

The young band opened for a wide range of future icons on the scene, among them: The Ramones, Blondie,  Iggy Pop, Wayne County, the Dead Boys, The Cramps and The Mumps.

After doing more than 70 gigs in just a few years, The Student Teachers played their final show on Halloween of 1980 and went their separate ways, ending a storied run by the tender ages of 19 & 20.

Featuring 9 songs recorded between 1978 and 1980, ‘Invitation To … The Student Teachers’ is the first ever digital release of rare, out-of-print singles and album tracks, the first ever gathering of all of their studio recordings in one place, and the first appearance anywhere of the previously unreleased track “Second Before.”

All Music Guide calls the new compilation  “a lively and entertaining snapshot of a band who embraced the angular end of the new wave pop sound of the day, but with a fresh-faced confidence that comes from being teenagers.”

Read the full CMJ interview here:

I remember there were two cute girls in the Student Teachers. The group also had the best name between the Sex Pistols and Sonic Youth.”   Richard Hell

“The Student Teachers drove me crazy.”  Jimmy Destri

David Scharff claims that he brought pictures of the Ramones to show me at my office at 16 Magazine after I had seen him snapping away from the front table at CBGBs sometime in the summer of 1977, which I’m sure he did if he says so. Now, looking at the footage, of course I remember them — opening for Wayne (now Jayne)  County, Suicide, the Mumps, Richard Hell and even for the Ramones once!  That the Student Teachers didn’t get an album deal was a miss on the part of the record companies. For a band of 16 and 17 year olds to have gone from being fans to a warm-up act to headliners within 2 years was itself impressive; and of course, like all the CB’s bands, they wrote their own material and sounded like nobody else.”  Danny Fields

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