I have recently become a big fan of The Senders with their bluesy mix of garage and 50’s rock n’ roll. Philippe Marcade (whom you may know from Please Kill Me) co-founded the group with ex-boxer Steve Shevlin in 1976, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Senders were beloved fixtures of the New York punk scene performing at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s with the likes of Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers (JT even played guitar for a few of The Senders early gigs.) as well as The Cramps and are something of a hidden gem, as the band has never quite broke into the mainstream.
The Senders recorded Bill Allen & The Backbeats’ “Please Give Me Something” in 1980 for their debut Mini LP, Seven Song Super Single on Max’s Kansas City records. Phil playfully channels Bill Allen’s deep rockabilly vocals on those verses while Steve Shevlin’s sinister bass groove, along with Wild Bill Thompson’s surf tinged rhythm & blues guitar and Marc Bourset’s washy one-two punch deliver a heavier and more dangerous take on the original. The Senders’ live show energy really comes through in this recording, as well.
The Senders’ Seven Song Super Single is rare but copies can be found on Discogs and Ebay. The Senders’ Back To Sender Revisited, is also available for download on iTunes and on CD at Amazon.com. And if you enjoyed Philippe Marcade’s stories in Please Kill Me, be to sure to look for Phil’s book, Punk Avenue: Inside the New York City Underground, 1972-1982, available May 2, 2017 from Three Rooms Press. In the meantime, check out Legs and Gillian’s Vice interview with Philippe about his summers in Provincetown, MA with photographer Nan Goldin and John Waters’ Dreamlander Cookie Mueller.