Friday (June 13) at LanaLou’s (362 Powell Street) marks a rare chance to catch Danny Shmanny of 1980s Vancouver punks the Spores flexing his vocal cords on-stage, when he fronts Bones in the Hallway, a tribute to legendary Toronto band the Forgotten Rebels.
“Darryl Stapleton of Full Leather Jacket called me up and said that they wanted to do a whole night of five bands, and they were going to do Teenage Head,” Shmanny told the Straight. “He asked me if I wanted to sing, and I said, ‘Not only do I not know a single song of theirs—the words or anything—but I’m not really into them.’
“And then,” Shmanny continued, “I foolishly said, ‘If you ever do a Forgotten Rebels tribute, count me in,’ so he got right back to me and he held me to it!”
At least one Forgotten Rebels song, “I Think of Her”, was already in the Spores’ repertoire, Shmanny said, “but we’ve got six songs by them and maybe one bonus song that I haven’t asked them about yet.” Bones in the Hallway also features Randy Bowman (Subhumans, Scramblers) and Aging Youth Gang’s El Furioso (aka Gnash Rambler) on bass. Other bands on Friday’s bill include Sex Beat (a Gun Club tribute) and Huskee Dudes.