The Click was Lincoln’s premiere new-wave bandage of the aboriginal ’80s, carrying catchy, danceable, keyboard-rooted tunes in alive shows agitated by the daring, arresting performances of accompanist Sara Kovanda.
The Click was, those on the arena at the time believed, the bandage best acceptable to breach out of Nebraska and “make it.”
“The bandage had aggregate activity for it — the songs, the aing musicianship, the damaging alive performances, the ‘look’ — they had it all in spades,” writes adept Nebraska artist Jeff Runnings of, best famously, For Against.
“Why didn’t they t fire? Acceptable catechism and one that is adamantine to figure. Being land-locked in Nebraska was a audible liability. … The Click was too aboriginal to acquire the allowances of the US indie characterization signing frenzy. That aeon gave us some abundant bands, but the majority didn’t appear aing to the acute energy, confidence and talents The Click possessed.”
Runnings’ autograph comes from the album of the new CD “Flood,” that compiles all of The Click’s recordings — a brace of EPs (1982’s four-song “Fraction” and 1983’s five-song “Wampum”) and 12 added songs, seven recorded alive in a flat in 1982 and bristles on a home multi-track recording in 1984.
Remastered by Click guitarist Rick Morris, “Flood” sounds as basic now as the songs did aback in the ‘80s — active and danceable, with Sara Kovanda’s vocals amphibian and diving aloft the beat, guitars and keyboards.
While actually of its time — it’s instantly identifiable as jailbait or new beachcomber (pick your admired business term) — the disc preserves the music of one of Lincoln’s best-ever bands.
Formed out of the backward ‘70s new beachcomber bandage The Specs, which additionally included Matthew Sweet, The Click brought keyboardist/singer Kovanda and Morris calm with bassist Steve Warsocki and bagman Tim Drelicharz from the Omaha bandage The Rebates.
After a few name changes, including a attempt with Dick Tracy, The Click started arena shows at places like the underground area The Hall, The Royal Grove, Larry’s Showcase and abnormally The Drumstick, area the bandage became weekend headliners and opened for the brand of Ministry, Romeo Void, The Embarrassment and The Professionals, which featured ex-Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones. (They were decidedly acceptable that night.)
The Click played Omaha and ventured to Lawrence, Kan., and Kansas City, but never played further than 300 afar from home. The accumulation disbanded in 1983 and has alone appear calm already since, for a July 2009 appearance at the Joyo Theatre.
There are no affairs for any approaching alliance shows. But there are a brace celebrations of The Click and old-school Lincoln jailbait set for this weekend.
From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, there will be a “Flood” CD absolution alert affair at Gallery 9, 124 S. Ninth St. Click associates — acceptable Kovanda, who still lives in Lincoln, and Drelicharz, who lives in Omaha — will be at the affair that will affection a slideshow of Click accompanying pictures.
On Saturday, Gray’s Keg Saloon will host a night of archetypal Lincoln jailbait with Sacred Cows, Domestica, Red Max, Skidtard and Wendy’s Lost Boys. Showtime is 7 p.m.
“Flood,” as able-bodied as antecedent Lincoln jailbait compilations, and the book “The Complete Capitol Punishment: A History of Nebraska Punk, 1980-84” will be accessible at both events.
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