Hi-Techs - Early 80s Band from Rochester, New York

Hi-Techs post card that came with the Archive Records 45 "Boogaloo Rendezvous" & "A Woman's Revenge"

HERE'S PAUL DODD'S RECOLLECTION taken from his BLOG.
I think it was actually 1979 when we put the band together with Martin Edic who we had met behind the counter at Record Theater in Midtown Plaza. Martin bought a bass for our first rehearsal. He had never played. We were asked to record a track for an album that Tom Kohn and Marty Duda were putting out called "From the City That Brought You Absolutely Nothing." Needless to say I never cared for that title.

We recorded in Robert Marsala's house. He was the bass player in my previous band, "NEW MATH." Duane Sherwood played synthesizer swooshes. Martin was an active bass player. Peggi played sax. We all liked dance music and pop. Ned Hoskin joined on guitar, not lead, rhythm. We were Hi-Techs, an already dated concept, no "The" in the moniker and we insisted on the dash. We played fast. We had our own sound, kinda like a toy band.

We played around town and quite a bit in Buffalo where we met Paper Faces and Tony Biloni. Archive Records released two of our singles. One of them, "Screamin' You Head" got pretty popular at Danceteria, a New York club. We played a gig in a TV studio with Ozzy Osbourne that was produced by the old Channel 31 (the video is below).

Peggi Fournier sang and played soprano sax and Farfisa organ, Ned Hoskin sang and played guitar, Martin Edic played bass, Paul Dodd played drums.

 

HI-TECHS RECORDINGS

Hi-Techs released one song for the local compilation LP, "The City That Brought You Absolutely Nothing" and two 45s on Dick Storm's "Archive Records" label.

Two of the tracks below are from recording sessions at PCI Studios produced by Dwight Glodel and were never released on vinyl.

HI-TECHS GIGS are listed below.

Pompeii - Hi-Techs track from "The City That Brought You Absolutely Nothing" LP

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Pompeii | Hi-Techs track from "The City That Brought You Absolutely Nothing" LP 1979 | Download

Boogaloo Rendezvous From Archive Records 45 1980

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Boogaloo Rendezvous | From Archive Records 45 1980 | Download

Subscriptions - From Archive Records 45 1980

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Subscriptions | From Archive Records 45 1980 | Download

Hi-Techs 45 single release, Screamin' You Head From Archive Records 45 1982

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Hi-Techs 45 single release, Screamin' You Head From Archive Records 45 1981 | Download

Hi-Techs 45 single release "A Woman's Revenge" From Archive Records 45 1982

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Hi-Techs 45 single release "A Woman's Revenge" From Archive Records 45 1981 | Download

Hi-Techs - Illustration - Unreleased track from 1981

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Illustration | Unreleased track from Hi-Techs 1981 | Download

Hi-Techs - Incoming Mail - Unreleased track from 1981

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01. Incoming Mail | Unreleased track from Hi-Techs 1981 | Download

Martin Edic, Peggi Fournier and Paul Dodd of the Hi-Techs backstage at Scorgies in Rochester, New York

Martin Edic, Peggi Fournier and Paul Dodd of the Hi-Techs backstage at Scorgies 1980 in Rochester, New York.

Tom Kohn at the Bop Shop took the photos below at a Hi-Techs recording session WCMF's downstairs studio.

Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

  Peggi Fournier playing Farfisa organ with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Peggi Fournier playing Farfisa organ with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Martin Edic playing bass with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Martin Edic playing bass with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Ned Hoskin singing with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Ned Hoskin singing with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Paul Dodd playing drums with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Paul Dodd playing drums with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Ned Hoskin playing guitar with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Ned Hoskin playing guitar with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Debra Lary watching Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Debra Lary watching Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Larry Luxury performing with Vores and Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Larry Luxury performing with Vores and Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Larry Luxury performing with Vores and Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Vores from Buffalo performing with Paul Dodd on drums from Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

Vores from Buffalo performing with Paul Dodd on drums from Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York

HI-TECHS PERFORMANCES

WITH
VENUE
DAY
DATE
RECORDED
NOTES
Scorgies
Thursday
4/10/1980
We have cassette of show.
New Math
Scorgies
Friday
4/25/1980
We have cassette of show.
New Math
Scorgies
Saturday
4/26/1980
Record Archive
Saturday
5/31/1980
We have cassette of show.
Press Tones
Scorgies
Friday
6/10/1980
We have cassette of show.
Targets, Vores, The Most
Penny Arcade
Monday
6/30/1980
Bowery Boys
Scorgies
Thursday
7/3/1980
The Stains
Gables
Thursday
9/18/1980
Paper Faces
Scorgies
Friday
10/10/1980
Vores and MX-80
Schuper House (Buffalo)
Wednesday
10/29/1980
MX-80
Scorgies
Thursday
10/30/1980
Nona Hendryx and Zero Cool
Penny Arcade
Monday
11/10/1980
Paper Faces
Scorgies
Saturday
12/13/1980
  Scorgies Friday 12/19/1980    
New Math and The Cliches
Triangle Theatre
12/31/1980
Triangle Theatre
Wednesday
12/31/1980
We have cassette of show. New Years Eve.
New Math
UR MDC Dining Hall
?
1/23/1981
Control
Scorgies
Saturday
1/24/1981
Gables (Buffalo)
Thursday
2/5/1981
We have cassette of show-3 sets (3rd set with Duane and Dale)
Paper Faces
Scorgies
2/20/1981
We have cassette of show (both bands).
Scorgies
Friday
3/6/1981
We have cassette of show.
Scorgies
Saturday
3/7/1981
We have cassette of show.
Scorgies
Thursday
3/19/1981
We have cassette of show.
We did a version of 96 Tears with Dale Mincey who played with Paul in New Math
Press Tones
Scorgies
Tuesday
4/7/1981
Second Division
Scorgies
Saturday
4/11/1981
Rumours
Friday
5/8/1981
Vores and Bulletproof Claudia
Scorgies
Saturday
5/16/1981
Parliament Lounge
Friday
6/12/1981
Der Fuhmens
Scorgies
Friday
6/19/1981
We have cassette of show.
Paper Faces
Scorgies
Saturday
6/20/1981
We have cassette of show.
Ozzie Osbourne
Channel 31
?
?/?/1981
We have cassette of show.
Hi-Techs performed about 2am live on Channel 31 after Ozzie Osborne. Ozzie and his roadies were getting drunk after their performance and we had to wait for them to break down their equipment.

 

Peggi Fournier and Paul Dodd disbanded Hi-Techs and formed PERSONAL EFFECTS in 1982.