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Krystyna & Steven Silva

Krystyna was my best friend and roommate in Boston, then LA, then LA again…

Steve Silva & Krystyna Burzminski - Los AngelesThis photo was taken at my Going Away Party, when I left LA, to move to Florida. (Yes, I know I am all over the place, with my posts today!)

I think I met Steven Silva a few times in LA, but I didn’t know him as well as Krystyna did. (I know he is friends with Jeff Thomas too.)

Rumor has it that Steven played with the infamous Boston Band, Thundertrain, back in the day, but that was definitely before any of the days that I lived out there.

Although….my Diary says that I did see Thundertrain once, back in my Boston (Part 1) days.

I know Krystyna loved Thundertrain so perhaps that is why she is so happy to be in this photo?!


Boy Crazy

My friend/roommate, Krystyna, sent me this card when she found out that I was lusting after an 18-year-old boy, when I was 22.

Krystyna and I had met Gary and his friend (Mark?) at The Troubadour and we had spent quite a few weekends talking with them in the front bar. Gary and Mark were in a band together (of course) and I remember that Gary was really tall and had really long reddish-brown hair, which was a departure from my usual dark hair fixation. Gary and I did a fair amount of flirting, but I kept teasing him and giving him a hard time, because he was so young.

One night Gary “announced” that he was taking me home with him, and he dragged me outside to his sports car. He told Krystyna that he was taking me with him, and she should drive my car back home!

Sadly, that night never went any further than a 3:00 am swim at his apartment pool (fully clothed of course!)

The above story came to mind, because I’ve been watching the Bravo Show Fashion Hunters and I even met Karina Lepiner (one of the cast members) when I was in New York, because she was the one who sold me a Chanel bag at her store.

In last week’s Fashion Hunters Show, Karina and pals go to a Runway Show where one of their newest consignors (a young boy), is walking. In another of the show’s scenes, we find out that Karina is married, and has two children, which is something we never expected. Especially so, after seeing her hug all the young boys, backstage at the Fashion Show, while breathlessly announcing: “I am so Boy Crazy!”

Hooray for Karina! I agree with her!

Christian Louboutin Silver Stud Pumps

Since I never wear high heels (because I am already tall enough, at 5’10”), the craziest looking stilettos always catch my eye.

Sweet Jesus! These are no exception. They are Christian Louboutin 120mm studded Silver Pumps.

Which brings me to a funny story about Silver High Heels…

I’ve already mentioned how memories from the past will all of a sudden come rushing back to me, when someone else is telling a story or talking to me about a similar experience.

I’m getting ready to see Comedian Bill Burr in New York City next week, so I’ve been watching some of his comedy bits on YouTube.

I watched several videos of his “City Tours” and while his tour of New York was hilarious, it was his Tour of Boston that jogged my memory.

I think it is in the Boston Part 2 video where Bill talks about going into the Combat Zone and points out a club that he used to hang out in.

The Combat Zone in Boston was never a good place to be in (especially at night). When Bill mentioned the Combat Zone, that sparked a memory of a photo I have of a sign that says: “You are now entering the Combat Zone – You Have Nothing to Fear BUT Fear Itself.”

Then, out of nowhere, another Boston memory pushes its way back into my head.

My friend Krystyna had a pair of Silver High Heels that I absolutely adored. Since I would never think of wearing them out at night, I would clomp around our apartment in them and pretend I was wearing them out in public. One night, Krystyna and I decided to go get Chinese take-out for dinner. The only place (apparently) that had such food, at that time of night, was in the Combat Zone. So, we got in my car, with me wearing jeans and the Silver High Heels, and we drove my 1966 Mustang straight to the Combat Zone, where I got out of my car, (in the jeans and Silver Heels) and marched right into the restaurant, to pick up our food!

I thought I was really stylin’ wearing those hot Silver Pumps to pick up our Chinese take-out.

Little did I know that the Combat Zone was also host to pretty much every strip club in Boston!

So, my big adventure, of wearing the Silver High Heels, out into the world, didn’t so much as raise an eyebrow.

Jeff Thomas & "7"

Steve Thorsen, Jeff Thomas & Phil Provost - "7"

“7” Flyer – (Defacement done by Krystyna, for some reason!)

This is my friend from Boston, Jeff Thomas – and some of his many “7” bandmates. I hope Jeffy forgives me, because I promised to write this blog post well over a month ago and am just now getting around to it.

I thought I had met Jeff during the second time I lived in Boston (Boston Part 2) BUT, in reading through an older diary, I realized that I had actually met Jeff during the first year I lived in Boston (Boston Part 1), when I just happened to go to a club that his band Slash played at. I vaguely remembered meeting him that night, since at that time, I wasn’t really hanging out at rock clubs, so being at one kind of stood out in my mind. But when we finally did meet, for “real”, in early 1980, neither of us remembered that first meeting, from two years previous. Plus, I think Jeff was wearing spandex pants that first time I met him, although he swears that isn’t true!

Funnier even still are the photos in this post…they were all taken during my “Boston Revisited” Tour, although I knew both Jeff and Jane during Boston Part 2. (Yes, confusing even for me!) I will add their photos to both Image Galleries so they are represented equally for those two times I was in Boston.

And even funnier than that….Jeff and I talked on the phone about a month and a half ago and he said he would mail me some of his CD’s and since he doesn’t have a computer yet (WTF?!) I told him I would mail him some photos. We got each others mail on the same day, and each of our envelopes to each other, contained the same photos, from 30 years ago. That was pretty freaky!

Phil Provost, Rick Delano, Jeff Thomas & Jane (Balmond) Mangini - "7"

Where’s my Photo Credit?!

But, what I came to find out, after opening his “7” CD, was that Jeff illegally used my images for his CD liner with NO photo credit! He “violated” my copyright! Ha ha! Oh well…They were pretty crappy photos anyway since I just happened to have my camera with me that day, and they were rehearsing in this god-forsaken place that had no air conditioning.

I find it amusing that I have hundreds of images, of bands I didn’t really know, yet I hardly have any images (and no “pro” images) of my very good friends, who were in bands. What a bad friend I must have been.

I have so many memories of hanging out with Jeff…he was one of the few people we knew, who had a car in Boston, and he was the only person who didn’t drink or imbibe, in any way, shape or form, so he was always sober enough to drive us all home.

My Bud – Jane (Balmond) Mangini – Keyboard Player extraordinaire

As I said above, I (re)met Jeff, in early 1980, and I liked him, but Jeff was crazy ga-ga in love, with my best drinking buddy friend, Jane. When Jeff and I talked on the phone recently, I read him some stories out of my Diary from back then, and apparently one night, when he was giving me a ride home from the club, I started “bitching” about guys in general, saying I was “done” with them. When we reached my apartment, Jeff got out of the car and told me that I “needed a hug” so he picked me up and started twirling me around! That made me crack up and got me out of the bad mood I was in!

Jeff didn’t remember that story, until I brought it up again, and then it came back to him. Every time I have a conversation with someone from the past, one of us always says something or remembers something that triggers a memory in the other person. The most ironic thing is the last entry in my diary, from that second year in Boston, is with me being pissed off at Jeff, for chasing after Jane, and dissing me in the process!

Eventually Jeff and Jane were in a band together (the band’s name was “7”) which is where the rehearsal photos in this post come from.

When I came back to Boston in the Spring of 1981, I remember Jeff was the first person I met up with. I think all our other friends were working, so I remember Jeff and I walking from Kenmore Square to the house he was renting in Brookline. I think I’ve already said that certain music or certain songs remind me of very specific parts of my life. I will never forget, that Jeff played Prince’s new album Dirty Mind for me, as soon as we got to his house. I fell in love with that album and I still remember how that music moved me, to this day.

Rick Delano, Jane (Balmond) Mangini, Jeff Thomas - "7"During that same Boston trip, Krystyna and I disappeared to New York for a long weekend, and when we came back to Boston, is when I met Mark Normand and a bunch of other people. I remember that at the end of that week, Jeff had a huge party at his house, that I think I invited three different guys to. Didn’t know which one I was really interested in, (and Jeff was probably in that “mix” as well) so I thought I would see how the night went.

I ended up leaving with Mark Normand and his friend Kevin, and I’ll never forget Krystyna and Jeff, hanging off the balcony, calling me a “trampoline” as I walked away, into the night! Ha ha (Trampoline was a ridiculous word that my gay friend Tony came up with, for people who “bounce around” from one person to the next.) In my defense, I never had this many guys around, at any given time. My Mother had just passed away and I think I was looking for a “distraction” from the pain.

I did come back to Boston again, that same summer, (one loses track of just exactly how many times I went back to Boston) and during one of those trips, I remember Jeff, Jane, Krystyna and the other guys in the band, drove me to the airport to go home, and we tried to get Jane’s dog Max, through the airport as a “seeing eye” dog! No one was buying that, because Jane’s dog Max didn’t behave very well.

Jane (Balmond) Mangini, Max the Dog, and a bottle of wine

Jane (Balmond) Mangini, Max the Dog, and a bottle of wine

Jeff eventually moved out to LA at around the same time Krystyna did. They both lived with me, for awhile, at what I am now going to start calling the “Commune House”, in Manhattan Beach, since so many people lived there, or stayed there, at any given time. It was like the “Halfway House” for all recently relocated people from Boston.

I did find some other hilarious photos, from Easter Sunday at that house, that has me, Jeff and Krystyna in them, as well as my cat and a rabbit. (I have no idea who owned that rabbit!) I still have to scan those images in, so it will be awhile before they are online.

Jeff and I talked on the phone about some of the stuff we remembered from those days in LA and some of the stories he remembers never happened at all (or they only happened in his mind! ha ha) and the other stories…well, they’re not “fit” for a family blog, such as mine is! Let’s just say that those memories are best left, just between the two of us.

At one point, Jeff ran a “Jam Night” at a local LA club and Krystyna and I were bored, so we thought we would go torment him. We dressed up in strange outfits and wore wigs (I think mine was blonde) and we pretended to be French. I say that we had Jeff fooled, ’cause he came up to me and started hitting on me. Jeff swears that he knew it was us all along! Yeah, right!

I do have photos of Jeff at my LA going away party, so he actually lived in LA a lot longer than I did. I did see Jeff one other time, when a band he was in, played here in Florida. It might even have been the weekend that Kevin and I got married, so I know we didn’t go to a bar, but I think we met up with Jeff during the day, to say hi.

Jeff Thomas and Rick Delano - "7"

Don’t give me “that” look Buddy!

Following this post are two of my favorite songs of Jeff’s. One is She Rips the Bone, which I have heard about a gazillion remakes of (but I still love it) and the other one is Break the String.

When I listened to the CD’s that Jeff just sent me, I was instantly transported back to that Summer of 1981, and that hot, sweaty rehearsal space, where I first heard, Jeff, Jane, Rick and Phil rehearsing those songs. It really is amazing how music makes such a powerful impact in our lives.

Enjoy the songs and I will be adding more to the Jeff Thomas and “7” listening Library soon!

MUSIC: Listen to She Rips the Bone by Jeff Thomas

MUSIC: Listen to Break the String by “7”

Some Like it Punk Fashion Show Video

Video footage, by Jan Crocker, from the Some Like it Punk Fashion Show, March 1980, at Spit Nightclub in Boston (video shows the incorrect date.)

If you look really hard, I show up in the video shooting photos backstage and off the catwalk.

Click here to view my Photo Gallery from this Punk Fashion Show

Some Like It Punk Fashion Show

Some Like It Punk Fashion Show - Spit Nightclub - Boston, MA - Photo by Mj Wilson PhotographyBack in March of 1980, I was hired to photograph a Punk Fashion Show at Spit Nightclub, in Boston, MA.

My friends Jeanne and (Rude Boy) Andy, were models in the show and my roommate Krystyna did makeup for the show.

This was my favorite photo, because I love the look on the faces in the crowd when Jeanne and her friend came onstage in underwear.

It was a pretty wild night at one of Boston’s most popular clubs.

I actually ended up using these Fashion Show images for a Music Video I created for Skin Tight by the Peter Dayton Band. As I was uploading my video to YouTube, I found actual video footage, from this same Fashion Show!

The video footage is a lot “racier” than my images are and makes this look more like a soft-core “porn” Fashion Show, rather than a Punk Fashion Show! Nonetheless, the footage is interesting and Krystyna and I even show up in it, at different intervals. (Don’t blink or you’ll miss us.)

I’ll add a link to the video footage from this Fashion Show as well as a Gallery of my images below. I couldn’t find all the negs so most of these were scanned from contact sheets, hence the weird look to some of them!

I also love the photo below, which shows my friend Andy, smack dab in the middle of all the models! (Seems he was always fighting to get in that spot!)

Some Like It Punk Fashion Show - Spit Nightclub - Boston, MA - Photo by Mj Wilson Photography

Photos from “Some Like It Punk” Fashion Show – Spit Nightclub – Boston, MA – 3/19/1980

Click the image below to read an article on the LA Punk/New Wave Music Scene that used two of my images from this Punk Fashion Show as illustrations.

Whip It Article about Punk / New Wave Music Scene in LA - Images by Mj Wilson

Click here to watch the video of this Punk Fashion Show (Video by Jan Crocker)

The Boston Years: Part Two

Images from the second time I lived in Boston and all my crazy musician and club friends. Seemed that every night was just another excuse to party!

Check out the Images below.