[Continuing the ongoing Maxwell's Memories feature here on Hoboken411. Paying tribute to bands that came and played at the legendary Maxwell's at 1039 Washington Street - which is closing for good on July 31, 2013]

Maxwell’s Memories: The Neanderthals

On October 24, 2009 – The Neanderthals, who their website described them as “Four numbskulls who claim to be real Cavemen! They dress up in leopard skin furs and play silly looking longhorn guitars to get their trashy sound. When asked to describe their “music” one dimwitted member explained “Duh, I dunno it’s just rock’n'roll.”

The Neanderthals play Maxwell's in Hoboken NJ

“Their “music” actually is a primitive stomping rock ‘n’ roll reminiscent of 60′s garage frat-rockers The Sonics and The Trashmen with a little Chuck Berry and Link Wray thrown in. They sing about girls in hot rods and monsters in spaceships. No poetic introspection or post modern angst here.

Rumor has it that the members include guitarist Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets) and singer Johnny Rabb, who’s usually too drunk to give coherent interviews, but is a wild showman who has been known to disrobe onstage when gotten too excited!

So there you have it. If wild guitars, stompin’ beats and wildmen dressed like The Flintstones playing real rock ‘n’ roll rattle your primordial bones then a Neanderthal show promises to be the most fun you’re likely to have this millennium.”

The Neanderthals delivered at Maxwell’s!

And they delivered! “Lurch” was especially memorable. They opened for the legendary Trashmen, making their first trip ever to the NYC Area. Once they hit the stage, it was so crowded I was gaspin‘ for air and the camera was rendered useless. Dang. As a thousand monkeys working at a thousand typewriters once wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times.” Papa-ooma-mow-mow, baby. Good times.

About Maxwell’s Memories

Maxwell's Memories in Hoboken NJ Knights of the New CrusadeMaxwell’s Bar officially opened back in 1978 by the Fallon family, and was converted from a “workers tavern” (for nearby Maxwell House coffee workers), into a “Bar/restaurant.” After the original members of The Bongos rehearsed some material in the back-room (which at the time was unused), “live music” began to catch on, and Hoboken was beginning to become inviting to both musicians and artists. Maxwell’s was also even believed to be the first restaurant to offer a “Sunday brunch” in town.

In the mid-90′s, due to some ownership re-arrangements, Maxwell’s was briefly a micro-brew pub, trying to capitalize on that fad, but quickly reverted back to a standard comfort food bar/restaurant and music venue in 1998 – and had remained that way ever since.

Despite apparently being named the number three “rock ‘n’ roll club” in America by Rolling Stone magazine in 2013 – Maxwell’s announced their abandonment of the property (and Hoboken), effective July 31, 2013.

Maxwell’s Memories is a collection of previously unpublished photographs and videos of various bands and acts that performed on the famous local stage.

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