Rockin' Brunswick

Rockin' Brunswick

Rockin' Brunswick - DP and the Greys - "Bombs" (4 of 12)

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DP and the Greys were a talented, diverse band.  Danny Petroni was one of the few musicians in the New Brunswick scene at the time who had released an entire album.  And he did it himself, independently!  In that way, Danny was way ahead of his time, anticipating a DIY mentality would become the norm, especially as the music industry shifted and record companies collapsed.

Speaking of DIY and independent releases, the complete Rockin' Brunswick DVD is now available. Or you can stay tuned here for the ongoing episodes.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Rockin' Brunswick - Jigs and the Pigs - "Daddy" (3 of 12)

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Jim Wood (of my upcoming movie The Front Man) loves the intro to this piece from Rockin' Brunswick.

“Uh, the song “Daddy,” is really about my father”.  Classic Jigs.  Also a heartfelt song.

Jigs grew up near me in a family of 12 kids, 6 boys and 6 girls.  Many of them are musicians.

They were an amazing family, an inspiration to a lot of us in our hometown.  But no doubt there were a lot of challenges in a household that big.  Jigs’ mother, Phyllis, wrote all about it in her book, When You Come to the End of Your Rope, There’s Hope.

Jigs’ father, Sal Giglio, died last year around Christmas time. As Jigs put it, his father “pulled off the perfect death” - at home, with an opportunity to say goodbye to his family.  He will be missed.  A sad occasion, but also the first time in years all 12  Giglio “kids” were all together.  I had the honor of taking this photo of the entire family.

Stay tuned next week for more bands from Rockin’ Brunswick.
The DVD of the complete movie is also available here!

Rockin' Brunswick - Jigs and the Pigs - "Let Go" (2 of 12)

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Joe (“Jigs”) Giglio lived across a small park from me growing up and we were best friends in grade school. 

Jigs' first single "Reason I Rock" was a hit in New Brunswick, NJ and set the tone for a lively rock and roll scene there in the '80s.  His band, Jigs and the Pigs, was one of the most popular at the time and they featured prominently in my first documentary Rockin’ Brunswick.

We played the movie up and down the East Coast on public access television (the YouTube of its day).  Rockin' Brunswick became very popular.  We knew we were on to something when Jigs started getting recognized walking around Greenwich Village in New York City.

I invite anyone familiar with those days to share their stories in the Comments below.

Keep an eye out for more videos each week from Rockin’ Brunswick.
The DVD of the complete movie is also available here!

Rockin' Brunswick - Crossfire Choir - "Left Behind" (1 of 12)

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I grew up near New Brunswick, New Jersey and a lot of my buddies were in bands.  But I wasn’t a musician; I was into making films.  The best way for me to participate in the music was to make music videos.

New Brunswick in the 80’s had an amazing music scene, especially with Rutgers University in the mix. Bands everywhere and lots of places to play. A champion of the music was WRSU DJ, Matt Pinfield, who later became famous on MTV and commercial rock radio. Rockin’ Brunswick was all about that scene.  It was my first documentary.

I shot it all in one summer and then went back to the University of Michigan where I used the school’s equipment to learn how to edit video and put the movie together.  Editing became a lucrative skill.  I discovered it was much more useful getting me jobs on my subsequent travels than my English Lit degree.  

This opening piece is by Crossfire Choir.  They came up from Florida to be near New York, discovered New Brunswick and took the scene by storm. They got their big record contract with Geffen and toured with Culture Club, and Thompson Twins.  But like most rock and roll stories, it did not end happily, and there were many rumors as to why...

Over the next few weeks we’ll post more videos by Crossfire Choir and the other bands in Rockin’ Brunswick and tell more of the back story, so stay tuned.


 The DVD of the movie is also available here!

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