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HISTORY

The Schemers was a Providence, Rhode Island hard rock band that existed between 1979 and 1987 recording on Big Bubble Records.

The band's first live show was a support slot for Sam & Dave, and they also supported Jerry Lee Lewis, Ramones, Tom Verlaine and Dead Kennedys.

The Schemers were the winners of the 1982 WBRU Radio Rock Hunt in Providence, R.I., and then the 1984 WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble, in Boston, MA.Their hit single, "Remember," was the number 1 song on WBRU for over 10 weeks in early 1982. The Schemers never gained the national popularity of such other Providence bands like TheThrowing Muses, Belly, The Talking Heads, or John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.

Band members from the original lineup included Jimmy Berger, Rene Blais, Emerson Torrey, and lead singer and song writer Mark Cutler.

Cutler announced his decision to leave the band in 1986, but continued to play with the band in 1987 for their remaining live commitments, the band finally splitting up in January 1987.

Mark Cutler later founded the nationally recognized rock band The Raindogs who recorded on Atlantic Record label, Atco Records, with former Red Rockers rhythm section Darren Hill and Jim Reilly (of Stiff Little Fingers), and Celtic fiddle king Johnny Cunningham, formerly of Silly Wizard. Emerson Torrey joined the band after original guitarist Ty Avolio left in 1987. Cutler also went on to play in Men of Great Courage, the Tiny String Band, Dino Club, and Forever Young.

The Schemers only album was released in 2004; Remember compiled their earlier recordings as well as ten new recordings.

The band reformed several times for live performances, including shows in 2010 with Cutler, Berger, and Torrey joined by drummer Bob Guisti and keyboard player Dickie Reed

Above information taken with kind courtesy from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Schemers

 

CONCERT WE PRESENTLY KNOW ABOUT

DATE VENUE MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
November 13, 1982 The Living Room, Providence Payolas The Schemers          
December 11, 1982 The Main Event, Providence Hi Beams Make  The Schemers YES      
June 3, 1983 The Living Room, Providence The Schemers     YES      
June 12, 1983 The Living Room, Providence The Schemers     YES      
July 21, 1983 The Living Room, Providence The Schemers     YES      
May 25, 1984 The Living Room, Providence Wire Train The Schemers   YES      
December 25, 1984 The Living Room, Providence The Schemers     YES      
December 31, 1984 The Living Room, Providence The Schemers MX   YES      
January 17, 1987 The Living Room, Providence The Schemers Rash Of Stabbings          
November 6, 2004 Living Room, Providence Neighborhoods Mike Gent The Schemers YES      

 

 

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