July 2020 Podcast (S2, E9) – The Akron Sound

This month’s podcast features an interview with author and archivist for the Akron Sound Museum, Calvin Rydbom. A professional archivist by day, Calvin’s 2018 book, The Akron Sound: The Heyday of the Midwest’s Punk Capital, is a superb account of the Akron/Kent music scene from the mid 1970’s to the mid 1980’s when the Rubber City took center stage in the burgeoning punk and new wave moment with artists and bands enjoying recognition from Northeast Ohio to the United Kingdom. While a few bands and artists like Devo, The Waitresses, Rachel Sweet and the Rubber City Rebels signed with the major labels, other bands such as 15-60-75 AKA The Numbers Band, Tin Huey, the Bizarros, and the Action are fondly remembered and their members are still making great music today.

Calvin and I discuss just what exactly the Akron Sound is, some of his favorite bands and artists, and the origins of the Akron Sound Museum which is located in the Bomb Shelter on Bank Street in Akron.


“Animal Speaks” – 15-60-75 AKA The Numbers Band
From the 1976 album Jimmy Bell’s Still In Town on Water Brothers Records

“Cuyahoga Creeping Bent” – Tin Huey
From the 1977 EP Puppet Wipes on Clone Records

“Truck Stop Queen” – Rachel Sweet
From the 1978 album The Akron Compilation on Stiff Records

“Lady Doubonette” – Bizarros
From the 1977 split album with Rubber City Rebels From Akron on Clone Records

“Child Eaters” – Rubber City Rebels
From the 1977 split album with Bizarros From Akron on Clone Records

“Jocko Homo” – Devo
From the 1977 single on Booji Boy Records

“Laugh” – Hammer Damage
From the 1979 single on Broken Records

“Waves of Disgust” – Chi-Pig
From the 2004 album Miami on Chi-Pig Records

“Go Ahead and Kiss Her” – Unit 5
From the 1981 album Scared of the Dark on Clone Records

“Radio Music” – The Action
From the 1979 single on RadioGram Records

“Russia Rocks” – The F-Models
From the 1981 single on T.M.I. Products

“Pipeline” – The Walking Clampetts
Unreleased track

“Swinging and the Supermarket” – Trudy & The Trendsetters
Unreleased track

“Cincinnati Stomp” – Teacher’s Pet
From the 2008 compilation Teacher’s Pet on Smog Veil Records

“Hideaway” – Color Me Gone
From the 1984 album Color Me Gone on A&M Records

“Yankee Wheels” – Jane Aire & The Belvederes
From the 1978 single on Stiff Records

“I Know What Boys Like” – The Waitresses
From the 1982 album Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful on Polydor Records

“My City Was Gone” – Pretenders
From the 1984 album Learning to Crawl on Sire Records

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