Saturday, December 11, 2004

The Worms

Last August, I mentioned my despair over losing a Joey Miserable and the Worms tape.    

If you missed that, here's what you need to know:  The Worms were a kickass NYC bar band in the 80s. I used to catch them over at Nightingales (2nd Avenue and & 13th Street) on a regular basis with my bud Jeff. They played everything from funk to surf to rock to rap to rockabilly. They were major players in the New York roots rock scene. 

These guys would blow the roof off the dump every time we saw them.

I posted my lament, ended up hooking with Dave Arbiter, who graciously lent me all of his Worms recordings. I have a pal over at Park Avenue Audio, who converted all of the analog recordings -- tapes & LPs -- into digital.

No label ever owned these. The band put them out themselves. But for the internet, these recording would be lost forever. For your listening pleasure, Joey Miserable and the Worms (my favorite cuts are 7, 1, 2 and 6).

Live at Nightingales

01 Hangin Out for Your Love.m4a

02 Worm Opus (Can You Sing).m4a

03 Too Much Hate.m4a

04 Pitch A Ball.m4a

05 Bad Habits.m4a

06 Never Too Drunk To Funk.m4a

07 Buddy Bug (Milo Z).m4a

08 She's Alright.m4a

09 Feel the Rhythm.m4a


I could not figure out why they never scored a major recording contract.  Nightingales saw a parade of bands that later went on to greatness -- Blues Travellers, Spin Doctors, a bunch more. Despite being great, The Worms never made it big.

The Worms never got the recognition they deserved as a band. Their members managed to crank out quite a few discs, If you like the Worms, checkout the solo projects:

  • : Look at Me I'm Cool!
  • : Little Big Man
  • : Live & Bumpi'n
  • : Basic Need to Howl
  • : Bug Bite Daddy
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    You're a good man charlie brown.

    Posted by: Marc Brazeau | Dec 13, 2004 5:16:37 AM

    I can't believe this is here -- I spent many a drunkin night dancing to The Worms! I remember always being in there face about when they become famous! Too bad it never happened -- they are as good as many out there, and certainly as good if not better than those Nightingale bands listed above! Any more recordings out there?

    Posted by: Craig | Mar 12, 2005 2:30:07 PM

    What about "Bloodshot Eyes"???

    Posted by: Craig | Mar 12, 2005 2:33:04 PM

    Thank you SO MUCH for this. I have no idea what triggered it, but the other night I was thinking about this awesome band. I did a Google search and ended up here. Reading the comments reminded me that I have a JM&tWs album stuck in a box somewhere and that the guys in the band signed the album sleeve. So I dug it up and, if you're interested, you can see their handiwork here:

    Is it possible this was the Worms' last performance at Nightingales? I just have the very vaguest recollection of the evening (big surprise there).

    Posted by: Angela | Mar 28, 2005 4:16:11 PM

    What about Pooper Scooper? I have their first LP, but would love to have some digital music from them.

    Posted by: Peter W | Jun 17, 2005 6:05:30 PM

    This is why the Internet is so fvcking great. I spoke to a friend...reminisced about going to see these guys...googled their name...and found your files.

    Thank you so much for bringing back great memories.

    Posted by: Murf | Jun 29, 2005 12:27:45 AM

    You are great. I have been loooking for these for the past year or so. I found a Vinyl copy in a rare record store in chicago but have not owned a turntable in years.

    These are great Memories.

    Posted by: BillMcG | Aug 3, 2005 9:31:17 PM

    Great to see that you've put this stuff online. Craig, thanks for reminding me about "Bloodshot Eyes" I had completely forgotten about that song! So many great songs.

    Posted by: Dave Arbiter | Aug 19, 2005 11:21:47 AM

    Believe it or not, JM & The Worms have an international following! I worked in Manhattan in 1986/87 (I'm an English guy of a certain age) and sharing an apartment on East 17th meant that I could stroll down to Nightingales to catch them.

    Really loved 'Bad Habit' and always thought that it had the sound of a hit single so am really pleased to see that among the shared selections. Did anyone ever record them live ? They were absolutely great every time time that I saw them and always seemed able to get an audience going.

    Having dusted off some 21 year old memories, I've just ordered all of the featured solo albums from Amazon. Are any of the guys from the band still active and making music ?

    Best wishes from across the Atlantic

    Posted by: Nick Eaton | Aug 6, 2007 7:05:44 PM

    Here I am, 3 years later, finding your post about the Worms.
    I have the album (an LP, not a tape) that has Pooper Scooper, No Soul, etc. I found it on the internet--a vinyl place that had a lot of copies for not much $$$. Don't remember the site now, but it was fairly easy to find. (Apparently there were a lot of copies of it.) I have it digitized...would you still want it? It's got some surface noise, but is very listenable.
    BTW, "Joey" is still making music and is living (and surfing) in NYC. And Nightengales is still here, only they've turned it into some trendy bar with a neon sign and sofas..

    Posted by: allie D | Feb 23, 2008 10:20:30 PM

    Thanks for posting these tracks!
    The former members of Joey Miserable & the Worms can mostly be found on MySpace.
    Milo Z, Simon Chardiet, Jerry Dugger are still based out of NYC, Hollie Farris was last seen playing with the JB's at James Browns funeral performance. Jono Manson is alive & well in Arizona. John Chapin, last I heard was running loose in the Midwest some where.
    There is also a Joey Miserable & the Worms tribute page on Myspace.

    Long Live the Worms

    Posted by: Jake Marley | Apr 24, 2008 3:23:06 PM

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