N.F.The band, Pylon, formed in Athens, Georgia in 1979. I assume that you moved to Athens, Georgia, to go to college; so can you tell me about how the band, Pylon, formed? Were there common musical influences that brought the band together?
V.B.H. The band was initially formed by Randy Bewley in the fall of 1978 with his roommate Micheal Lachowski as an art project. He convinced Michael it would be a good idea and they set out to choose instruments, learn how to play them, and write songs. We were friends in art school at UGA in Athens and went to a lot of the same parties. There was a local record shop, Chapter 3, within just a few blocks of the art school, that brought in all the latest things from New York, San Francisco, London, Germany. They gave parties and brought in bands, like John Cale and the Cramps. And we had the B-52s, the worlds best party band, just starting out. Atlanta was one hour driving distance away, with bands like the Brains, and a stopping place on tour for a lot of bands we wanted to hear, like the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie and Elvis Costello. All these things were kind of swirling around.
So, Randy and Michael were practicing the same riffs over and over together in Michael’s drawing studio in downtown Athens in the fall of 1978 and early 1979. Curtis Crowe, another art student – and the one that they sublet the space from- was living upstairs in a loft that was jokingly called the 40 Watt Club, because it was lit by a lone bulb hanging from a wire in the ceiling.
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