LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 29: Michael McManus of Pagan Babies, The Heels

Michael McManus/July 3, 2013

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Michael McManus of the ’80s Philadelphia hardcore band Pagan Babies. They talk about Mike’s upbringing and discovery of punk; the early shows he went to at Love Hall, Abe’s Steaks, the Crypt, etc.; hanging out with Bob Mould and talking wrestling; forming the band and putting out an EP on Kevin Seconds’ Positive Force records and an LP on Hawker; almost playing wiffle ball with King Diamond (okay, not really); touring the US in a deadly-hot van; the demise and temporary resurrection of the band; playing with the hardcore band The Heels; playing the Ruin re-union show; and Mike’s abiding love of HC. Mike rules! Spend some time with him.




Joseph A. Gervasi

Joseph co-owns DiabolikDVD.com, programs films and events as a founding member of Exhumed Films, and is a freelance writer, reviewing films for Cinedelphia. Joseph was a founding member of the Cabbage Collective in Philadelphia and Orgasmic Productions in NJ, organizing DIY hardcore punk and spoken word shows. He also "sang" in The Orgasmic Toilet Band (TOTB). He edited NO LONGER A FANzine (NLAFz) and co-edited the later stages of Philly Zine. Gervasi co-conceived The Valerie Project with Greg Weeks.

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