Tuesday, February 6

Method Actors


After posting the CYHSY tour dates below, I thought once again (as I often do) of how much that band reminds me of an Athens act from a quarter-century ago. Method Actors were among the post-punk and early new wave bands that included Talking Heads, Television, and Athens comtemporaries Pylon and (to a lesser extent) The B-52's. They debuted in 1979 and released a string of LPs until 1984, garnering ample critical praise.

Jon from Underneathica has mentioned them on more than one occasion (e.g., here) and done a better job than I could ever do given my limited exposure to Method Actors material. I know they began as a duo and eventually grew into a larger outfit, with additional members joining the fray over time. The New York Times called them "more interesting than Pylon" and the UGA student newspaper hilariously called them "the most pretentious band since creation." The latter sounds not unlike reaction to a certain Brooklyn/Philly band with a lengthy name, no?

Method Actors - Do the Method
Method Actors - Dancing Underneath
Method Actors - No Condition
Method Actors - All Tomorrow's Parties
[VU cover]

I'm not aware of any Method Actors releases currently in print, but I'd give a big wet kiss to anyone who'd reissue their material. They do, however, have a MySpace page (!!!). Lead vocalist Vic Varney does continue to maintain a web presence where he has available music he has been working on. I understand he remains in the Athens area, but I imagine some of my Classic City readers can elaborate on that.

If there are any Method Actors historians out there, please do update the Wikipedia entry. It's barren, and it seems they deserve more attention than the current single line. Trouser Press has a decent biographical write-up on the band and discography.

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8 Comments:

Blogger AmyMeacham said...

The Method Actors were absolutely amazing live!

7:05 AM

 
Blogger Rich said...

I bet. I guess I may have to buy their albums on vinyl at some point and convert them to digital files. I really wanna hear more.

10:23 AM

 
Blogger samantha fay said...

did they cover these guys in Athens: Inside Out? cos i know i've heard of them before.

10:52 AM

 
Blogger Rich said...

I know one of them is interviewed on the DVD. But I'm not sure if they're in the film. Don't remember that they were.

11:12 AM

 
Blogger Sloan Simpson said...

Rich I've got one record of theirs (Luxury) on vinyl. I'll rip it and shoot it to you tonight. Since it's OOP and all.

1:30 PM

 
Anonymous mike turner said...

hey rich,
actually hhbtm is in talks with the band about reissuing some method actors. i have all their recordings, and it's all really great. i even have a two camera bootleg video that's totally nuts. mike

7:25 PM

 
Blogger Rich said...

Mike, that's great news. Please do keep me informed. You know I'll order those goodies.

11:27 PM

 
Blogger jon manyjars said...

Hey Mike Turner, that's terrific news! I have suggested the Method Actors to two different labels that specialize in reissues, but never got much of a response. They deserve a decent retrospective!

8:53 PM

 

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