Writer, Guitarist, Punk Rocker

Roosevelt Islanders: Almost a Legend, Binky Phillips Is Still Rockin' Punk

Updated 22 weeks ago David Stone
Binky Phillips, whose new album"Established 1972 NYC" is soon to be released, with a friend.
Binky Phillips, whose new album"Established 1972 NYC" is soon to be released, with a friend.
Photo credit: MyLesPaul.com

John "Binky" Phillips, Punk Rocker, author of My Life in the Ghost of Planets: The Story of a CBGB Almost Was, Roosevelt Islander, never quit collecting guitars or making music. Now, he has something new to say about what's old...

When CBGB at 315 Bowery was the East Coast center of the punk music universe in the 1980s, venue for the Ramones, the Patti Smith Group, Talking Heads and Blondie, Binky Phillips with his band, The Planets, burned bright in the middle of it, fighting for time on stage, rubbing shoulders with legends while somehow managed not becoming one himself.

"I was like Zelig," Phillips said, referring to Woody Allen's movie character Leonard Zelig, who was routinely witnessed standing right beside to the next person singled out for fame.

"It's you," he says, demonstrating pointer slipping past him to the next punk guitarest.

He's fortunate to have a steady sense of humor and love for music that stays afloat.

Binky Phillips cat Monte appreciating himself in a mirror...
Binky Phillips cat Monte appreciating himself in a mirror...
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

These days, Phillips shares his Manhattan Park apartment and its spectacular down river views with his collection of classic guitars and, a true Roosevelt Islander, with Monte, a tabby he rescued one cold, rainy night in Motorgate.

In the 80s, he played in the band. And became an historical witness. His Huff Post articles chronicle the high times of New York hard core punk, its sources and future.

Part of that future extended its string or rock and roll into this week.

"We made a record," he wrote to friends in an email, this week.

"Splitsville Or Bust, the first single off the forthcoming album, Established 1972 NYC by Binky Philips & The Planets," he told us, is ready to play on Spotify.

Or, drop me an email (davestone13@gmail.com) and I'll send you an MP3, too large to attach in this article, you can load straight into iTunes.

For the record, pun intended. Splitsville or Bust is clean, clear rock and roll. It'll remind you of a couple of bands you might've heard of: The Who or The Kinks, depending on how you line up your favorites.

Phillips hopes it will wet your appetite for the soon to be released Established 1972 NYC, maybe pushing him out of the Zelig Zone at last.

Time for pizza, great Italian food at Michael Angelo's, Astoria's best, now delivering on Roosevelt Island with DOORDASH.
Time for pizza, great Italian food at Michael Angelo's, Astoria's best, now delivering on Roosevelt Island with DOORDASH.
Click4Ad
Comments powered by Disqus

Assorted Ideas

Photoville NYC 2019 Open

Photoville NYC 2019 is open as of yesterday, September 12th, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The weather wasn’t perfect, but the rest of the weekend should…

Continue reading → Photoville NYC 2019 Open

The post Photoville NYC 2019 Open appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

RIOC punts on safety

RIOC punts on safety for residents and visitors. Recent incidents expose indifference, incompetence and failures in responsibility. Public safety is a core responsibility, but RIOC…

Continue reading → RIOC punts on safety

The post RIOC punts on safety appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

Danny Simmons Alone Together, New Paintings

Danny Simmons Alone Together collects recent paintings by the abstract expressionist whose complex, subtle works defy an ebullient personality. Simmons is an artist worth discovering…

Continue reading → Danny Simmons Alone Together, New Paintings

The post Danny Simmons Alone Together, New Paintings appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

Bogdan Matei at Gallery RIVAA

Bogdan Matei at Gallery RIVAA, Roosevelt Island, Poses and Imaginary Objects, September 7th to October 6th, 2019 On September 7th, Roosevelt Island’s Gallery RIVAA welcomed…

Continue reading → Bogdan Matei at Gallery RIVAA

The post Bogdan Matei at Gallery RIVAA appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

PSD flunks on bikes

PSD flunks on bikes and does so in spectacularly bad fashion. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Public Safety Department takes a hands-off policy toward dangers…

Continue reading → PSD flunks on bikes

The post PSD flunks on bikes appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.