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The Blowtorch. A politically-minded rock band that played on the bar at Hooligan's, made friends with Billy Bragg and gigged in London.


The Blowtorch posters by Eric Beaumont (the hand drawn versions) and Bobby Tanzilo (cut and paste), submitted by Bobby Tanzilo:

The Blowtorch at Hooligan's (April 26, 1986), Spruce Goose (May 14, 1986), Landing (June 4, 1986) and Cafe Voltaire (June 8, 1986)

The Blowtorch are coming. OK.

The Blowtorch at Cafe Voltaire (August 17, 1987) A tribute to Bobby Short perhaps?

The Blowtorch at Cafe Voltaire (August 17, 1987) A different version, same gig as above.

The Blowtorch at the C-Club (Friday)

The Blowtorch at Cafe Voltaire (June 8, 1986) Free South Africa!

The Blowtorch at Cafe Voltaire (June 8, 1986) The Russian version poster for the same gig.

The Blowtorch at Club de Wash (September 21) Nice graphic.

The Blowtorch at Hooligan's (April 26, 1986)

The Blowtorch at Hooligan's (April 26, 1986) The better poster. On the bar!

The Blowtorch at the Landing (July 28)

The Blowtorch at the Landing (July 28) Better Red Than Not!!! Quite a lot of political info stuffed into this version.

The Blowtorch at the Landing (December 23) "Capitalism Kills" (Does that mean they didn't charge $3 at the door?

The Blowtorch at Papagaio (June 11) $1 off pass.

The Blowtorch at Club de Wash (September 21) With the Squares.

The Blowtorch at the C-Club (November 23, 1985)

The Blowtorch at the C-Club (Fridays)

The Blowtorch at Cafe Voltaire (September 8, 1985)

The Blowtorch at Green Tree Pub (November 13)

The Blowtorch at the Kodric's (May 11)

The Blowtorch at the Junction (August 5)

The Blowtorch Drawing by Robert Risko.

The Blowtorch at the Underground (December 9, 1984)

New Musical Express (NME) ad for The Blowtorch gigs in London (1987)

Milwaukee Sentinel article on The Blowtorch at Papagaio (April 25, 1986)

The Milwaukee Journal article on The Blowtorch by Dave Luhrssen (November 14, 1986) Bobby explains the photo with the article, "...that's a picture of Her Majesty's Secret Service on what looks like the roof of Teddy's. I probably had that in there because Kevin Roderick, Riccardo Fernandez and Ed Spangenberg later joined The Blowtorch. I think we opened the show this was taken at. Mike Koch still plays with Eric sometimes and with Joe Vent. Jeff Villwock and Kevin and Finger are still in town. Tim Pierce has flown the coop, as has Ricky. I can't remember who that guitar player is..


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