Johnny Lunchbreak

After an obscure acetate turned up in Connecticut in 2004, Zero Street Records issued a 300-copy limited edition LP of the complete works of Johnny Lunchbreak. The non-album was a mélange of post-Velvets New York mixed with the upturned collar of the Modern Lovers’ New England. Oddly enough, the band was shooting for the Bee Gees. That Lunchbreak LP was perpetually on our office turntable during the spring of 2007, needle drop, flip, needle drop, flip, over and over. A few months later, we had the original tapes, a stack of unpublished photos, and one of the five lunchboxes the band made during its brief existence. Johnny Lunchbreak existed for less than two years and played outside of Hartford, Connecticut, exactly once, and yet somehow, their priority was merchandising.

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