Maxwell’s Memories: Personal and The Pizzas

[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: Personal and The Pizzas

On August, 8 2011 – The Personal and The Pizzas rocked Maxwell’s in Hoboken.

Personal and The Pizzas Hoboken NJ Maxwell's

Here’s the band’s description as found on the interwebwhosiewhatsie:

“Personal and the Pizzas are from Hoboken, NJ and claim to exist exclusively on a steady diet of Pizza and Beer. More specifically, Benny Tudino’s giant slices and Budweiser tall boys. They like the music of the Stooges and the Ramones. They also like to watch Jeopardy for educational purposes. Their appearance and attitude towards life is that of the slimeball/greaser type. “One Stooges Riff + One Ramones Song + Really Dumb Words.”

Personal and the Pizzas Lineup:

  • Personal: guitar and vocals
  • The Pizzas: bass, drums, backup vocals

This show took place the night before Hurricane Irene was set to “destroy” Hoboken and the city was a ghost town. Many businesses in town were hunkering down but Maxwell’s stayed open and the show went on. The crowd that braved the storm was hepped up and ready for some stoooopid. It was one heck of a fun show, featuring such hits as “Brass Knuckles,“ “I don’t feel so happy now no more,” “7.99 for Love” and “I Can Read.” Their sentiments, “RIP MAXWELLS. Chains about to stat swingin!! Knuckles flyin.” Thank youse very much. Pop you in the mouth, 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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