Georgia Music

Vanessa Briscoe Hay 18 October, 1955

Vanessa Briscoe Hay, a founding member of the influential Athens band Pylon, is born in Atlanta, Georgia. Briscoe Hay, bassist Michael Lachowski, guitarist Randy Bewley and drummer Curtis Crowe were all students at the University of Georgia when they formed Pylon and played their first live gig on March 9, 1979. Members of the B-52s were in attendance, and they long championed Pylon and helped introduce them to the New York new wave scene. Pylon released two critically acclaimed albums, Gyrate (1980) and Chomp (1983) before disbanding in 1983; the group reformed in 1989 and recorded its third and final studio album, Chain, before breaking up again in 1991. Select reunion performances in 2004 and 2005 led to a series of Pylon shows over the next four years, but the chain was broken permanently in 2009 when Randy Bewley unexpected died of a heart attack. In 2014, with the blessing of her fellow founding members, Briscoe Hay began an all-Athens tribute band, Pylon Reenactment Society, that has played locally and nationally. In summer 2016, Chunklet released the double live album, Pylon Live, a recording made at the band's "final gig" at the Mad Hatter in Athens in December 1983. Zoe Camp of Spin writes that the album "provides a much-needed reminder of Pylon's understated genius - not just as a live act, but as unparalleled, influential alt-rock progenitors."

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