Sasha Rubel and Pogo Studio Photographs and Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Rubel Family Photographs and Papers

Local Bands

Recordings



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Collection Overview

Title: Sasha Rubel and Pogo Studio Photographs and Papers, 1974-2005Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/134

Primary Creator: Rubel, Natasha (1964-)

Extent: 1.0 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized in three series: Series 1, Rubel Family Photographs and Papers, 1974-2005; Series 2, Local Bands, 1983-1989; and Series 3, Recordings, 1968-1993.

Date Acquired: 01/17/2014

Subjects: Mabels, Music - United States, Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign, Rock Music

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of audio recordings, photographs, newsclippings, business records, broadsides, correspondence, and memorabilia documenting Urbana-Champaign's local music scene, the work of Pogo Studio, and the musical performances of the rock bands Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets and the Vertebrats between 1968 and 2005.

Biographical Note

Natasha "Sasha" Rubel was born in 1964 in Champaign, Illinois to Lee A. Rubel, a computer scientist and mathematician at the University of Illinois (1958-1993), and Nina Rubel, who worked as a journalist for the Urbana Courier and News-Gazette between 1958 and the 1990s.  Sasha Rubel earned her Bachelor of Science in Art degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 and her Master of Art in Art Therapy from Chicago's School of the Art Institute in 1990.  Growing up in the Urbana-Champaign community during the 1980s gave her many opportunities to attend rock concerts held at Mabel's, a popular venue for local and regional rock bands such as the Vertebrats and Captain Rat, for which her older brother, Mark Rubel, played bass guitar.  When her fake ID no longer enabled her to get into the popular music venues where these local band played because she was considered a minor, her parents would take turns chaperoning her in these bars.  "My dad would do mathematics in the dressing room, smoking a cigar, with napkins stuffed in his ears to block out the sound, oblivious to the hubbum around him.  For me, I loved the music and the crowd. It was electric."  After completing her Master of Art degree, she returned to the Urbana-Champaign community to pursue her career as an artist.

Subject/Index Terms

Mabels
Music - United States
Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
Rock Music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Sasha Rubel

Acquisition Method: Gift


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Rubel Family Photographs and Papers, 1974-2005],
[Series 2: Local Bands, 1983-1989],
[Series 3: Recordings, 1980-1993],
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Series 1: Rubel Family Photographs and Papers, 1974-2005Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Rubel Family Photographs, 1974-1979Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Picture captions written on back of photographs. Pictures include the Rubels' trip to Italy, Denmark, Lego Land, St. Louis, and a car trip back from Williamstown.
Folder 2: Rubel Family Photographs, 1982-1984Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 1 of 2. Picture captions written on back of photographs. Includes pictures of the Bascom Hill Croquet Club, Rubels' trip to Milwaukee, Santa Monica Pier, CA, Venice, CA.
Folder 3: Rubel Family Photographs, 1978-1985Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 2 of 2. Pictures captioned on back of photographs. Pictures include photographs of the Rubel family in Champaign, IL.
Folder 4: Rubel Family Photographs, 1979Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Pictures have been rehoused from original photograph sleeves to better preserve them.
Folder 5: Rubel Family Photographs of the Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets band, 1984-1985Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Pictures include photographs of the Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets band.
Folder 6: Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets Group Pictures, UndatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
One photograph is autographed
Folder 7: Rubel Family newpaper clippings and personal papers, 1988-2005Add to your cart.
Includes a newspaper wedding announcement of Nancy Hermans and Mark Burrill Rubel and a newspaper article on the Rubel Family involvement in a fundraiser for the Champaign County Humane Society.
Series 2: Local Bands, 1983-1989Add to your cart.
Includes newspaper clippings, flyers, memoribilia, and programs for the Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets band as well as the Rock City Rebels band.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets newspaper clippings, 1986-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets flyers, reviews, and programs, 1983-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets memorabilia, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Josh Gottheil newspaper clipping, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Rock City Rebels flyers, reviews, and newspaper clippings, 1987Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Vertebrats t-shirtAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets WristwatchAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets WristwatchAdd to your cart.
Wristband is missing
Series 3: Recordings, 1980-1993Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Pogo Recording Studio flyers, newspaper clippings, and business cards, 1989Add to your cart.
Includes a business card from Faithful Sound Studios. Mark Rubel worked at Faithful Sound Studios before starting Pogo Records.
Folder 14: The Fightin' Illini in Pasadena, Be True to Your School - Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, Pogo Records, 2 copies, 1983Add to your cart.
7" records
Folder 15: Run Rudolph Run, Blue Christmas, Little St. Nick, Jingle Bells Rock - Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, Pogo Records, 2 copies, 1982Add to your cart.
7" records
Folder 16: Worst comes to Worst, Too Late (to change your mind) - Nines, Pogo Records; Can't Think, American Dream - Organ Donor, Engineered by Mark Rubel, 1983; 1982Add to your cart.
7" records
Folder 17: Inside Out, Shakin 209, Everything is Falling - B-Lovers, Engineered by Mark Rubel, Be Warm Soon, You're Not Free, Boy on a Roof - The Outnumbered, Produced and Engineered by Mark Rubel, 1982, 1983Add to your cart.
7" records
Folder 18: Another Face, Look (the other way) - Ack-Ack!, Tupelo Dust, Rock of Graces - Big Daddy Sun and the Outer Planets, 1985, 1980Add to your cart.
7" records
Folder 19: Some Things Never Change, It Should be Alright by Now - The Big Maybe, Future Amnesia, Fuckheads (uncool slamming), Zen Punk - Breeders, 1986-1987, 1984Add to your cart.
7" records
Folder 20: Say Do, Can't Stop - Shells, Today, Looking at You - Reaction Formation, 1986Add to your cart.
7" records
Folder 21: The Holy Dance, Whitefriars - The Arms of Someone New, Jackie's Gone, Diamonds in the Rough (Nineteen) - The Vertebrats, 1984, 1981Add to your cart.
7" records
Folder 22: (Love in the) Twilight Zone, Kidnapped, No girl, Vanessa - The Rocking Clones, 1982, 1981Add to your cart.
7" records
Folder 23: Paint a Pretty Picture, Construction, One Possession, Couples - Last Gentlemen, 1984Add to your cart.
7" records
Folder 24: Bodies in the Backyard, Pretty Mouth, You're Not in L.A. Anymore, Bad Chemical - Firsthingsfirst, 1982Add to your cart.
7" record
Folder 25: Romanticide, It's a Crime - Combo Audio, Goodbye Mr. Policeman, 1 Dead Hippy - Didjits Love Sicle, 1982 and 1989Add to your cart.
7" records
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, undatedAdd to your cart.

Pogo Records.

Side A:

1. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

2. Merry Christmas, Baby

Cassette tape.

Item 2: Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, undatedAdd to your cart.

Pogo Records.

Side A:

1. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

2. Merry Christmas, Baby

Cassette tape.

Item 3: Karen Hellyer, "Peon Queen", 1991 and 1993Add to your cart.

Pogo Records.

Side A:

1. Month of March

2. Can't Figure it Out

3. Peon Queen

4. It Takes Time

5. Courage Song

6. Intergalactic Hitchhiker

Side B:

1. Fly

2. Hangin' with the Boys

3. Sleepy Dawg (Rag)

4. Housework

5. View from a Bridge

6. Watch the Falling

Cassette tape.

Item 4: The Last Straw, 1990Add to your cart.

Pogo Records.

Side A:

1. Scary Thing

2. Lust Again

3. No One in Particular

3. Muleskinner Blues

4. Arkansas Traveler

5. Almost There

6. Old Soul

Side B:

1. Ole Slewfoot

2. Tonya

3. Somewhere Else

4. Last Train

5. Will the Circle be Unbroken

6. The Squawk

7. Common Stompin'

Cassette tape.

Item 5: The New Duncan Imperials, "Loserville", 1993Add to your cart.

Recorded at Pogo Studios.

Side A:

1. Tilt-A-Whirl

2. Loserville

3. Skipper & Prince

4. Ugly Stick

5. If I Liked You

6. Running with a Fork in My Mouth

7. Queen of Venus

8. Shitload of Kisses

9. Today's Tom Sawyer

10. 2 Hearts on the Dance Floor

Side B:

1. It's Not Unusual

2. Turkey Neck

3. Fan it and Cool it

4. Shut Up and Drive

5. Clock in My Pocket

6. Shotgun

7. Kill me Now

8. Boo Boo the Kitty

9. Haircut and New Shoes

10. Jivin'

Cassette tape.

Item 6: Rock City Rebels, for Sasha, UndatedAdd to your cart.

Studio tape

Side A:

1. Virtue (The Waiting)

2. Everyday in a Real Cool Way

3. Flight of the Songbird 1

Cassette tape.

Item 7: Vertebrats, Live at Pogo Studios, August 31, 1992Add to your cart.
Cassette tape.
Item 8: Area, "White Canvas New Hope", 1986Add to your cart.

1. Disappear Here

2. The Blue Spark

3. Crystal

4. Michael Writes his Parents

5. Copper

6. A Fine and Still Line

7. All About Money

8. Parachute

9. Sincerely Charlotte

10. White Canvas New Hope

11. Higher Than Heaven

Cassette tape.

Item 9: The Arms of Someone New, "Love, Power & Justice", 1986Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Silhouette

2. Hollywood

3. No City Fun

4. Next Year in Jerusalem

5. Summer Dress

Side B:

1. Your Evening At Home

2. The Sense of an Ending

3. Believe Me

4. Out Town

5. Everything at Once

Cassette tape.

Item 10: Better Than God, 1986Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Radio Now - The Arms of Someone New

2. Uptown - The Arms of Someone New

3. Radio Bombay - Ack-Ack!

4. Pretty Babies Invade Moscow - Ack-Ack!

5. You're a Good One - Secret Goldfish

6. Big Decline - Secret Goldfish

7. Kingston Town - Pete Govert

Side B:

1. Museum - Nick Rudd

2. Science Dub - Nick Rudd

3. Air to Blade - Tim Hanafee

4. Million Times - Tim Hanafee

5. Disappear Here - Area

6. The Blue Spark - Area

Cassette tape.

Item 11: B-Lovers at Mabels, December 29, 1983Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Unknown song

2. I Want You

3. South Shore

4. Shoot the Moon

5. Between the Space

6. Anytime but this Time

7. Soul Doubt

8. Favorite Matches

9. Unknown Song

10. Unknown Song

11. My Parade

12. Waste My Time

Side B:

1. Three Sisters

2. Unknown song

3. Let's Talk About Gods

4. Cats Away

5. Undertow

6. Faster

7. 28 Days

8. Everything is Falling

9. Out into the Light

10. Talking to Statues

11. Psychotic Reaction

12. When Tomorrow comes

Cassette tape.

Item 12: B-Lovers at Heartbreak Hotel, St. Louis, Fall 1982Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Out into the Light

2. She Really Talks

3. Fire Escape

4. No Last Words

5. Let's Fall in Love

6. Holocaust

7. Between the Space

8. 28 Days

9. Where Do You Come From

10. Unknown song

11. Spark

12. Disarray

Side B:

1. Unknown song

2. Pumping for Jill

3. Last Night

4. Unknown song

5. Heat

6. Soul Doubt

7. Unknown song

8. Stomping All Over the World

9. Waste My Time

10. Unknown song

11. Now and Again

12. Random Words

13. Shakin 209

Cassette tape.

Item 13: The Breeders, "Things Happen", 1985Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Man Who's Not There

2. Conventional War

3. Gone

4. Mental Ease

Side B:

1. Do You Hate Me Now

2. Grey and Red

3. Camera Love

4. Empty Handed

Cassette tape.

Item 14: Captain Rat and the Blind RivetsAdd to your cart.
Cassette tape.
Item 15: Sounds Over Kiddie City, 1982Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Downtown - Mixed Company

2. Speakeasy - Mixed Company

3. Reclaim - Mixed Company

4. P's and U's - Abandon

5. What I Want - Abandon

6. 1-2, 1-2, Abandon

7. Crazy Joe's - Big Daddy Sun and the Outer Planets

8. The Outer Planets - Big Daddy Sun and the Outer Planets

Side B:

1. I Don't Like Memphis - The First Things

2. Bodies - The First Things

3. Water is Water - Tim Hanafee

4. Oceans & Prostitutes - Tim Hanafee

5. Memorial - Tim Hanafee

6. Light at the Crossroads - Little Death

7. Burn Away - Little Death

Cassette tape.

Item 16: The Elvis Brothers, "Adventure Time", 1985Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Burnin' Desire

2. Somebody Call the Police

3. Don't Take My Guns Away

5. Holy Moly

6. Crosswinds

Side B:

1. Count to Three

2. I Wonder Why

3. Akiko Shinoda

4. Chin Up

5. Big Ideas

Cassette tape.

Item 17: The Farmboys, "Ditch Valley", 1985Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Take the Blame

2. Ashtray

3. In Three Days

Side B:

1. Over and Again

2.  Run Away

3. Nothing's Wrong (Tell Me)

Cassette tape.

Item 18: Hot Glue Gun, "Tater-tots", UndatedAdd to your cart.

Side A:

1. Punk Funk

2. So Mean

3. Get Hip

4. Tilt-A-Whirl of Love

5. We Go

Cassette tape.

Item 19: Lonely Trailer, 1987Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Speck Meets Manson

2. Barbed Wire

3. Man with a Broom

4. Why'd he Blow his Brains Out

5. Paint My House

Side B:

1. Speck Meets Manson

2. Gone to Hell

3. Heavy Jail

4. Plane Crash on my Head

5. Blue with Water

6. Touching Dirt

Cassette tape.

Item 20: Mixed Company live at Mabels, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Cassette tape.
Item 21: Mixed Company, 1983Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Downtown

2. Dionysus

3. From the Hip

Cassette tape.

Item 22: Mixed Company, April 3, 1982Add to your cart.

ZBT Dance-a-thon.

Cassette tape.

Item 23: Pete Govert - Nairobi, 1986Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Majengo

2. Rangeland

3. Liza

Side B:

1. Still

2. Lonely Lane

3. Missing Me

Cassette tape.

Item 24: Parkland Camerata Dad's B'Day, 1988Add to your cart.
Cassette tape.
Item 25: Psychedelic Boneyard #1, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Cassette tape.
Item 26: Nick Rudd, "Spine Trail", 1986Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Spine Trail

2. Science Head

3. Museum

4. North to South

Side B:

1. Innocent Green

2. Some Things Never Change

3. Blur

4. Twilight

Cassette tape.

Item 27: Turning Curious, "You're Alive You're Dead", UndatedAdd to your cart.

Side A:

1. Back in Your Time

2. Intangible

3. My Parade

4. Area

Side B:

1. That's Right

2. High Noon

3. Cat and Mouse

Cassette tape.

Item 28: Turning Curious, December 10, 1984Add to your cart.

Side A:

1.Pumphouse

2. Anytime But This Time

3. That's Right

3. Three Sisters

4. Let's Talk About Gods

5. Intangible

6. Undertow

7. Black Crow

8. My Parade

9. Think About You

10. Fire Escape

Side B:

1. Some Things Never Change

2. High Noon

3. Cat and Mouse

4. The Pursuit of Happiness

5. Tightrope

Cassette tape.

Item 29: WeIRD SuMMer, "deja VU", 1985Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Willow Weeps

2. The Hands are Mine

3. Obvious

Side B:

1. A Knight These Days

2. She's Got an Engine Down

3. Get Going!

Cassette tape.

Item 30: Vertebrats I, Dance Marathon, 1982Add to your cart.

Recorded at Mabels.

Side A:

1. Anyday

2. Left in the Dark

3. Try, try Again

4. Turn on Your Face

5. Never Felt Like This Before

6. Jackie's Gone

7. Oklahoma

8. Face Got You Floored

9. Instrumental

10. Johnny Avant

11. Don't Think About it

12. Red Light District of Love

Cassette tape.

Item 31: Vertebrats II, Dance Marathon, 1981Add to your cart.

Recorded at Mabels.

Side A:

1. You're so Beautiful

2. Don't Think About It

3. Put Your Toys Away

4. Everything You Do

5. They Have Never Been in Love

6. Teen Scene

7. Face got You Floored

8. Looking for Another Strike

9. Jackie's Gone

10. Hold on, I'm Coming

11. Burn Center

12. Don't ask Me Baby

13. Tomorrow's Door

Side B:

1. Try, Try Again

2. Left in the Dark

3. Turn on Your Face

4. I Like You

5. Red Light District of Love

6. Anyday

7. Johnny Avant

8. Diamons

9. Secret Agent Man

10. Turn on Your Face - Demo

11. Oklahoma - Demo

12. Everything You Do - Demo

13. Teen Scene - Demo

14. I Like You - Demo

15. Robbery - Demo

Cassette tape.

Item 32: 1 Vertebrats, April 24, 1981Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Diamonds Killed in the Rough

2. Don't Think About it

3. Tomorrow's Door

4. Try Again

5. Never Been in Love

6. Girls of the World

7. The Brat

8. Electric Chair

Side B:

1. Red Light District of Love

2. Secret Agent Man

3. Johnny Avant

4. Anyday Now

5. The Loner

6. California Sun

7. The Last Time

8. This is Not Earth

Cassette tape.

Item 33: 2 Vertebrats, April 24, 1981Add to your cart.

Recorded at Mabels.

Side A:

1. Live Next Door

2. Put Your Toys Away

3. Don't Cry no Tears

4. Lover Please

5. Everything You Do

6. Some Like it Hot

7. Turn on Your Face

8. Jackie's Gone

9. Hearful of Soul

10. Red Hot

Side B:

1. Tammy

2. Teen Seen

3. Robbery

4. How Come

5. Hurricane

6. Strike

7. Almost Saturday Night

8. Don't Ask Me

Cassette tape.

Item 34: 3 Vertebrats, April 24, 1981 and May 9, 1981Add to your cart.

Recorded at Mabels.

Side A:

1. Burn Center

2. Abul and Cleo

3. Get off My Cloud

4. Wanna be Your Dog

5. Hold on, I'm Coming

6. Face Got You Floored

7. Trouble Boys

8. Green River

Side B:

1. Johnny Avant

2. Trouble Boys

3. Feel a Whole Lot Better

4. Teen Seen

5. She's Digging

6. Diamons

7. Anyday Now

Cassette tape.

Item 35: 4 Vertebrats, December 20, 1980Add to your cart.

Recorded at Mabels.

Side A:

1. Powderfinger

2. Put Your Toys Away

3. Everything You Do

4. Sounds of the Street

5. Some Like it Hot

6. Strike

7. Jackie's Gone

Side B:

1. Fusebox

2. Adbul and Cleopatra

3. Lover Please

4. Connection

5. Face Got You Floored

6. Live Next Door

7. Don't Think About it

8. Left in the Dark

Cassette tape.

Item 36: 5 Vertebrats, December 20, 1980Add to your cart.

Recorded at Mabels.

Side A:

1. Teen Seen

2. Hurricane

3. The Brat

4. Red Hot

5. Border Wars

6. Secret Agent Man

7. Diamons in the Rough

8. Burn Center

Side B:

1. Electric Chair

2. Robbery

3. This is Not Earth

4. Once in a While

5. Girls of the World

6. Every Once in a While

7. Trouble Boys

8. The Brat

Cassette tape

Item 37: 6 Vertebrats, February 14, 1981Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Hold On, I'm Coming

2. Robbery

3. Johnny Avant

4. How Come You Don't Like Me

5. Don't Think About it

6. Turn on Your Face

7. Strike

8. Diamonds

Side B:

1. Fusebox

2. Teen Scene

3. Spin Away

4. Red Light District

5. Anyday Now

6. Live Next Door

7. Try Again

8. Hearts in Her Eyes

Cassette tape.

Item 38: 7 Vertebrats, April 5, 1981Add to your cart.

Side A:

1. Live Next Door

2. Don't Think About it

3. Put Your Toys Away

4. Everything You Do

5. They've Never Been in Love

6. Teen Scene

7. Face Got You Floored

8. Strike

9. Jackie's Gone

10. Hold on, I'm Coming

11. Burn Center

12. Don't Ask Me Baby

14. Tomorrow's Door

Side B:

1. Try, Try Again

2. Left in the Dark

3. Turn on Your Face

4. How Come You Don't Like Me

5. Red Light District of Love

6. Johnny Avant

7. Anyday Now

8. Damonds in the Rough

9. Secret Agent Man

Cassette tape.


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