Back in the first few years of this century, Miami was blessed by an Argentine/Cuban punk band that combined Rolling Stones worship with Ramones-ish power pop. They called themselves Corky, because they thought having a band name was retarded - so they named themselves after Corky, the lead character's name in the TV show"Life Goes On."
After a while, they got very popular locally - and decided to shed their retarded name for the more serious nom de guerre "The Getback." While this name allowed the Argentines in the band to allow themselves to take themselves more seriously, it worked a little too well. Life caught up with most of the quartet as they graduated college and got serious dayjobs - save for singer Jose Flores who grew out his moustache, joined the Crumbs and developed a lounge lizard/miami bass alter ego .
As the band members now reside in different cities around the world, they celebrate miami reunions with a recording session or a local gig - and Saturday night's fiesta at Sweat Records promises to be another in their series of fun filled pogo-dancing affairs.
Here's a video of The Getback's upcoming record "Mean To Be Mean" which will be released on local label Livid Records in the coming months. It's a bit mellower and more introspective than their previous tuneage, but it is reminiscent of a Ramones ballad on one of their 80s albums.