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WITR, Backseat Sally, The Press Tones, Delroy Rebob, Cappy & The Frenchmen (l-r)

WITR, Backseat Sally, The Press Tones, Delroy Rebop, Cappy & The Frenchmen (l-r)

 

The rarer shorter red cable Delroy Rebop button.

The rarer shorter red cable Delroy Rebop button.

Buttons seemed to be a cheap and easy way to promote bands and causes back in the day, and here’s a few from the collection. The top left is from WITR and reads “Rock N Roll Party,” although I can’t remember if that was a show, or just a promo button from the station. To the right of that is a Backseat Sally button, though the colors seem to have faded over the years. In the center is a Press Tones button, a personal favorite, as I always like the deco style text. I would have worn it to the reunion, but I just uncovered it the other day. Bottom left is a Delroy Rebop button, with an image of a microphone. Last time I saw Del was in NYC many moons ago. Finally there is a Cappy and the Frenchmen button, and though it didn’t scan too well, it reads “Th – Th – Th – There’s a Thing” across the top, a reference to a song of the same name, with “And It’s Called Rock’N Roll” across the bottom. Just to the right of the WITR logo on the button you can make out “89.7 fm”, and at the end of the word “Frenchmen” is a picture of the Eiffel Tower.

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  1. Brian Goodman’s avatar

    For the TRUE hardcore Delroy Rebop fan!
    There were 2 buttons!
    The 1 pictured has the red ribbon all the way to the bottom of the button BUT there was a 2nd that has a shorter red ribbon!

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  2. joe hendrick’s avatar

    wow!! 2 buttons!! I know I have a Delroy Rebop button. I’ll have to look around

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  3. Jlaben’s avatar

    Thanks for including a Cliches button, Santa.

    I actually saw one on a young lady at the reunion show.

    I wasn’t wearing one but I was wearing my Cliches underwear.

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  4. joe hendrick’s avatar

    I found 2 Delroy Rebop buttons

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  5. Simon Ribas’s avatar

    Couldn’t find a Cliches button (or a sticker), but I still have to mill through some stuff.

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  6. Tony’s avatar

    Simon, do you miss France?

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  7. fred pratt’s avatar

    True hardcore Delroy fans, I believe the button with the truncated red microphone cable came first, and that the flaw was “corrected” with the second printing, turning the short-corded buttons into an instant collector’s item.

    Press Tones, I really enjoyed watching the video of you at the reunion.

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  8. Simon Ribas’s avatar

    I miss the guys from the band, and knowing Bill passed away hurts.

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  9. Brian Goodman’s avatar

    Simon,
    driving by Captains on Monroe isn’t the same!

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  10. Simon Ribas’s avatar

    no kidding – it as just bulldozed to make way for a mall.

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  11. Brian Goodman’s avatar

    What! last time I went by it look like a ghost town but was still there

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  12. Simon Ribas’s avatar

    well, that ghost town stretch has been leveled, and a nice new strip mall is going in. take a swing by and see.

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  13. Stan the Man’s avatar

    And the Pittsford Deli-Gas station that Jason worked at is finally getting it’s do-over… probably turning into a Hess or Mobil Mart. Simon, didn’t you work there as well back in the day? It was owned by the Captain’s folks, wasn’t it?

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  14. Simon Ribas’s avatar

    Yep. Owned by Rob Taksen. And I worked there too. Rob was a good egg.

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  15. Stan the Man’s avatar

    Used to stop by there to get “gas station” treats for the kids. Sadly missed!

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  16. DJ Thurmie Thurm’s avatar

    I wish I had a button that said… these comments are boring me to death.

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  17. Chaz’s avatar

    WHAT WAS THE DEAL WITH DELROY REBOP??? Listen : I remember that band was like a J Geils (and Stones, Faces R&B) bar band wit lots of connections to the “new wave” bands the played Scorgies. they were TOTALLY GREAT. Maybe the best rock and roll band then aside from snot boys New Math. Who was the Cuban lead singer who would twirl his micropnone and stand on tables.! They were tight. I saw them once at the pitiful Mason Jar. they were 100% percent rock and roll. I would love to know more about those guys. they were the real deal. (the Bowery Boys were the real deal too but thats another thread)( what was the deal a-meal with DelRoy Rebop?

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  18. Brian Goodman’s avatar

    Chaz,
    There were U of R guys!
    My dad knew them and hooked my high school band up with them.
    I had been seeing them at Scorgies and The Mason Jar & on campus.
    They did originals, Stones, Elvis Costello and so on!
    They were all great guys also!

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  19. Drew Townson’s avatar

    I still have that Delroy Rebop button!

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  20. Brian Peterson’s avatar

    Delroy Rebop was an awesome band! And ditto on them being a great bunch of guys!

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  21. Kathi Watkins’s avatar

    Wow! I have the Delroy Rebop button with the red ribbons! Saw them at the Four Fathoms in Medina, 1982. Got to dance with the singer. Saw them again at GCC. They were AWESOME!

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