Pylon PhotoFORMED: 1978, Athens, GA

This Athens, GA band's approach was unique, if a little skewed, although they turned out to be one of the most enduring influences from the early-'80s scene there that spawned the B-52's and R.E.M. Forming while students at the University of Georgia, Vanessa Briscoe's growly (never sweet) voice gave the band its edge, while the cracking rhythm section of Curtis Crowe (drums) and Michael Lachowski (bass) laid down miltaristic beats reminsicent of Gang of Four. Guitarist Randy Bewley was sprung from the same mold as the B-52's' Ricky Wilson. The mix was seductive and danceable. Gyrate for DB in 1980 had college radio buzzing and the dancefloors hopping with the song "Cool." A U.K. EP, Pylon!, followed. The double A-side single "Crazy" and "M-Train" widened their audience, and the album Chomp contained more singature tunes in "Beep" and "Yo-Yo." In 1988, five years after their breakup, DB released Hits and the band found themselves opening dates of R.E.M.'s Green world tour. It was the fellow Athenians' way of saying thank you for the inspiration.The band also toured the cities where they were most beloved -- Atlanta, New York and San Francisco. They recorded Chain in 1990, but Pylon let the reunion idea go when it was decided amongst themselves that their time had passed. They appear in the documentary film Athens, Georgia: Inside/Out. With Bewley's decision to leave the lineup, however, Pylon again called its quits, playing their final show at Athens' famed 40 Watt Club on November 22, 1991. ~ Denise Sullivan, All Music Guide