From "Checkin' in with The Atlantics' axeman Fred Pineau":
In '75 I put together a band called Bonjour Aviators that included one of the drummers from the '60s hard rock band Blue Cheer. … Another Aviator was Kim Preston, who (along with Jon Butcher) was one of the few black rock performers in Boston at the time. Kim grew up in NYC, and his best friend was Richard Lloyd of Television. We were beating our heads against the wall since there was still no place to play in Boston, but then Kim told us about two NYC clubs that were showcasing original bands, CBGB's & Max's Kansas City. Richard got us a gig at CBGB's opening for Talking Heads.
No one had been signed yet in '75-'76, the scene was still pretty underground. Then we went back to open for Television.
We began playing a lot at both NY clubs, staying at either The Chelsea Hotel or Terry Orks' loft, he was Television's manager. One night in February we were at Terry's loft and his heat had been turned off. We burned everything that we could find in the fireplace, and when we ran out of chairs and such, we tore the wooden mantle surrounding the fireplace off the wall and burned that! Ah, the life of a suffering artist! In the end we got to hang out and play with a lot of the great bands who would shortly define music moving forward. It was at Max's that I met John Cale - I'd been a huge Velvet Underground fan from 1967 when I purchased their first album. It was not a good interaction, he was a real dick and I told him so, but it was still cool on some level to have met him.
When The Rat opened to original bands I was down there talking to Jimmy Harold (the owner) the first week. He booked us to play a Saturday night - we were the only act and had to do three 50 minute sets, but he paid us $75.00! We released one 45, "The Fury In Your Eyes," and our highlight was unquestionably a weekend bill with Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, also at the Rat. It was a wild and wooly ride, but both nights were an insane success. We lasted a year longer and then I joined Third Rail (with Richard Nolan) for about a year.