Writer, Guitarist, Punk Rocker

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

Updated 42 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.
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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 managing 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 guitarist.

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

Binky Phillips's cat Monte appreciating himself in a mirror...
Binky Phillips's cat Monte appreciating himself in a mirror...
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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.

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.

 

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