Category Archives: Madness

The Night Nurse

Amy “Night Nurse” Wachtel

My friend Amy (featured in Chanel Bonfire) was the midwife for my introduction to the Boston music scene and, according to Mother, to my “fucking rock-n-roll lifestyle”.  We met at BU and even though we both left, Amy for Emerson and me for my job at the nuthouse aka home in Belmont, we’ve remained friends all these years.  Amy was interning at WBCN while she was at BU and took me to every club and concert she could get on the list for.  She introduced me to Oedipus, the world’s first punk rock dj and through him and his show, Madness and my other lifelong music friend, sax player, Lee Thompson.  Amy’s never left the music scene.  She lives in New York now and has a regular reggae show on Radio Lily which broadcasts live from Miss Lily’s Variety and Bake Shop and Melvin’s Juice Box at 130 W. Houston St. (at Sullivan) in New York City.  Check the schedule and go see her!  Or listen on line or download a podcast.


Monday Morning Madness!

Mr. Lee “Kix” Thompson striking a moody pose in a call box.

If it is true, as the song said, that “music saves the mortal soul”, then I have many bands to thank for saving mine, including: T. Rex, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Elton John, Human Sexual Response, and Madness.  Lee and I met at WBCN in Boston on Madness’ first trip to the States and, as you’ll see in the book, he almost lost his sax to my mother’s insanity.