The Assassins

    The Assassins; circa 1989

   The Assassins had been playing full-time for three years when this mean photo was taken. The band had made a name for itself up and down the East Coast and had shortened the name from "Jimmy Thackery and the Assassins." The band shown cut one record, the well-received Cut Me Loose, (.aiff sound download; 560K) which propelled the band to some small-scale national attention, and a 1989 Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) "Wammie" award for best blues artist/group. Never mind that the record was pretty much straight ahead rock'n'roll; we'll take it.

   Personnel (from left) are: Brian Alpert (drums), Jimmy Thackery (lead guitar, vocals), Wade Matthews (bass, vocals), Tommy Lepson (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), Bruce Harrison (keyboards, vocals) and Alex Holland (saxophones, vocals).

   Would you want your daughter going out with any of these guys?

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