HI-TECHS: EARLY 80’S BAND FROM ROCHESTER NY
HiTechs’ Ned Hoskin – guitar and Peggi Fournier – soprano saxophone, 1980
By 1979, I had left “
New Math,” Peggi Fournier was playing with The Targets, and Martin Edic was working behind the counter at Record Theater in Midtown Plaza. I was working downtown too, at Carey Studios, and I spent many a lunch hour in the record store where we decided to put a band together. Martin bought a bass for our first rehearsal, an instrument he had never played. He called “the plank.”
We called ourselves “Hi-Techs.” We all liked dance music and pop. 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.” I never cared for that title. We recorded “Pompeii,” a song that Peggi wrote, at Robert Slide’s parent’s house. Robert was the bass player in New Math. Duane Sherwood added synthesizer swooshes to the 4-track recording. Martin was an active bass player and fun to play with. Peggi sang, played soprano sax and Farfisa organ.
Ned Hoskin – guitar/vocals,Peggi Fournier – saxophone/farfisa/vocals, Paul Dodd – drums, Martin Edic – bass. Hi-Techs promo photo for promotional postcard. Photo by Linnae Fischer.
As Martin remembers it, “We were at a party at Karen’s on Park Ave. Ned Hoskin was there, I knew him from grade school, and he was wearing a Sex Pistols button which surprised me.” He said he was playing guitar so we invited him to join us. ” Ned played rhythm, not lead, and we became a four piece. Ned liked The Clash and Bruce Springsteen. He wrote and sang ernest, working man anthems. His reggae tinged “Right To Be Free” was one of our most popular songs.
Hi-Techs performing at Scorgies in Rochester, New York
We played around town and quite a bit in Buffalo where we met Paper Faces and Tony Biloni. Richard Storms released two of our singles on Archive Records. The second one, “Screamin’ You Head” got pretty popular at Danceteria, in New York and the band attracted the attention of Cachalot Records. We performed at Rochester’s Channel 31’s TV studio, the same night Ozzy Osbourne played there, one of his last gigs with guitarist Randy Rhodes. The video from that night is featured below.
Hi-Techs backstage, Martin Edic, Peggi Fournier and Paul Dodd
HI-TECHS STUDIO RECORDINGS
Hi-Techs “Screamin’ You Head,” A side of Archive Records 45 recorded by Dwight Glodell at CSE Audio 1981.
Hi-Techs “A Woman’s Revenge,” B side of Archive Records 45 recorded by Dwight Glodell at CSE Audio 1981.
See Kevin Patrick’s review of this record on
So Many Records So Little Time
Hi-Techs “Boogaloo Rendezvous,” A side of Archive Records 45 recorded by Dwight Glodell at CSE Audio 1980.
Hi-Techs “Subscriptions (Are My Prescription),” B side of Archive Records 45 recorded by Dwight Glodell at CSE Audio 1980.
Hi-Techs “Incoming Mail” recorded by Dwight Glodell at CSE Audio 1981.
Hi-Techs “Illustration” recorded by Dwight Glodell at CSE Audio 1981.
Hi-Techs “Pompeii” from the LP “The City That Brought You Absolutely Nothing” 1979.
Hi-Techs promo shot by Linnae Fischer
Hi-Techs performing in the back room at Record Archive on Saturday May 31 1980
Peggi behind Farfisa at Record Archive in 1980
Tom Kohn, from the Bop Shop, took the photos below at a Hi-Techs recording session in WCMF’s downstairs studio.
Peggi Fournier playing Farfisa began with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York. Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York. Peggi Fournier playing Farfisa organ, Paul Dodd on drums (not my own), Ned Hoskin on guitar and Martin Edic on bass. Ned Hoskin singing with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York. Ned Hoskin playing guitar with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York. Martin Edic playing bass with Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York. Paul Dodd playing drums with 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. 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. Debra Lary watching Hi-Techs in WCMF studio, Rochester, New York.
First Hi-Techs recording session 1999. Line up included Paul Dodd on drums, Duane Sherwood on synth, Peggi Fournier on Farfisa and soprano sax and Martin Edic on bass. The track Pompei was recorded here and released on From the City that Brought You Absolutely Nothing.Photo by Robert Marsela
Poster for Hi-Techs and New Math at Scorgies in Rochester, New York on 04.25.1980 and 04.26.1980.
Poster for The Targets, Vores, Hi-Techs_and The Most at Penny Arcade in Rochester, New York 06.30.1980
Poster for Hi-Techs and Bowery Boys at Scorgie’s in Rochester, New York 07.03.1980
Poster for Hi-Techs and Paper Faces at The Masthead n Buffalo, New York 07.14.1980. This was Hi-Techs first gig in Buffalo and the fist time we heard Paper Faces, a life changing experience.
Paul Szp’s poster for Paper Faces and Hi-Techs at The Masthead in Buffalo, New York 07.14.1980.
Poster for bands playing at Gables in Buffalo New York featuring Hi-Techs and Stains (with future drummer for 10.000 Maniacs) on 09.18.1980. Alex Chilton, The Vores, Terry Sullivan and the Enemies all played here on different dates.
Poster for Hi-Techs and Paper Faces at Scorgies in Rochester, New York on 10.10.1980
Poster for Hi-Techs, The Vores and MX-80 Sound at Schuper House in Buffalo, New York 10.29.1980
Poster for MX-8 Sound with Hi-Techs_at Scorgies in Rochester, New York 10.30.1980
Poster for Hi-Techs and Nona Hendryx at Penny Arcade in Rochester, New York 11.10.1980
Alternate poster for Hi-Techs and Paper Faces at Scorgies in Rochester, New York 12.13.1980
Poster for Hi-Techs and Paper Faces at Scorgies in Rochester, New York 12.13.1980
Poster for Hi-Techs and Chesterfield Kings at Scorgie’s in Rochester, New York 12.19.1980
Poster for Hi-Techs New Math and Clichés at Triangle Theater in Rochester, New York 12.31.1980. Don’t know who made this poster for Ted Boylan Productions.
Poster for Hi-Techs and New Math at UR 01.23.1981. Someone at UR made this poster.
Poster for Hi-Techs_with Control at Scorgie’s in Rochester, New York 01.24.1981. Someone in Control designed this poster.
Poster for Hi-Techs at Scorgie’s in Rochester, New York 03.19.1981
Poster for HI-Techs and Prestones at Scorgies in Rochester, New York on 04.07.1981
Poster for Hi-Techs and 2nd Division at Scorgie’s in Rochester, New York 04.11.1981
Poster for Hi-Techs with The Vores at Scorgie’s in Rochester, New York on Friday 05.15.1981 and Hi-Techs with Bulletproof Claudia on Saturday 05.16.1981
Poster for Hi-Tech at Parliament Lounge 2620 W. Henrietta Road in Rochester, New York 06.12.1981
Poster for Hi-Techs with Der Fuhmens at Scorgie’s on Friday 06.20.1981 and Hi-Techs with Paper Faces on Saturday 06.21.1981
HI-TECHS GIGS THAT WE CAN REMEMBER
VENUE WITH DAY DATE Scorgies Thursday 4/10/1980 Scorgies New Math Friday 4/25/1980 Scorgies New Math Saturday 4/26/1980 Record Archive Saturday 5/31/1980 Scorgies Press Tones Friday 6/10/1980 Penny Arcade Targets, Vores, The Most Monday 6/30/1980 Scorgies Bowery Boys Thursday 7/3/1980 Masthead, Buffalo Paper Faces Monday 7/14/1980 Gables, Buffalo The Stains Thursday 9/18/1980 Scorgies Paper Faces Friday 10/10/1980 Schuper House, Buffalo Vores and MX-80 Wednesday 10/29/1980 Scorgies MX-80 Thursday 10/30/1980 Penny Arcade Nona Hendryx, Zero Cool Monday 11/10/1980 Scorgies Paper Faces Saturday 12/13/1980 Scorgies Chesterfield Kings Friday 12/19/1980 Triangle Theatre New Math, Cliches Wednesday 12/31/1980 UR MDC Dining Hall New Math Friday 1/23/1981 Scorgies Control Saturday 1/24/1981 Gables, Buffalo Thursday 2/5/1981 Scorgies Paper Faces Friday 2/20/1981 Scorgies Friday 3/6/1981 Scorgies Saturday 3/7/1981 Scorgies Thursday 3/19/1981 Scorgies Presstones Tuesday 4/7/1981 Scorgies Second Division Saturday 4/11/1981 Channel 31 WUHF Ozzie Osbourne Tuesday 4/28/1981 Rumours Friday 5/8/1981 Scorgies Vores Friday 5/15/1981 Scorgies Bulletproof Claudia Saturday 5/16/1981 Parliament Lounge Friday 6/12/1981 Scorgies Der Fuhmens Friday 6/19/1981 Scorgies Paper Faces Saturday 6/20/1981
When the Hi-Techs disbanded in 1981 three of us formed Personal Effects. Here is a link to
Personal Effects Posters.
Promotion post card for Hi-Techs. Included in copies of their first 45 on Archive Records. L to R Ned Hoskin, Peggi Fournier, Paul Dodd and Martin Edic. Photo by Linnae Fisher. 1980