Ed. note: Shortly after we posted about Nitro’s “Long Way From Home,” we got an e-mail from our Anono-Critic that opened with the following line: “I was at the filming of that Nitro video.” His tale of Washington Square Park debauchery–complete with thong sighting!–follows (and if you have any similar video-shoot tales, Nitro or non, feel free to drop us a line):
In the summer of 1989, Your Correspondent was besotted with Nitro, as were two of his friends. One day the following autumn, YC and Friend 1 were sitting around in the downtown NYC apartment they shared. Friend 2 called them: “I think Nitro is playing in Washington Square Park.”
We two beat the hastiest goddamn retreat over to the park: indeed, the O.F.R. quartet was playing a full set under the arch. They played the entire album, plus a shrieky rendition of Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (we accosted Angelo afterwards; he remarked in his nasal, WisCAHNsin/ChiCAHgo bray “yeah they’re our fayyy-vrittt band”) and a slow blues, during which a generously endowed woman emerged from the audience to make out with Gillette and have her bethonged behind fondled and then exposed to the audience by the singer.
There is no doubt in my mind that the three of us were the only folk present–save Nitro’s “people”–that had any idea who in God’s name they were. It was fucking great.