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ITEM — cassette: C 37627 Identifier: C 37346 - C 37816

People In Stores, 5/29/1981. Digital

Scope and Contents

People in Stores (aka PiS) was a Boston-based band from the formative post-punk era of the early 80s. The band performed in the Boston area and elsewhere in New England from 1979-1983. PiS had a uniquely strange and intellectual approach to the crafting of a pop song. Band members were co-founders with other Boston bands of Propeller - the artist-run collective record label. The band recorded a single, an EP and contributed to the Propeller Records compilation tape during its recording days.

Live performance recorded at Jonathan Swift’s in Harvard Square in Cambridge on Friday 29 May 1981, performing with Mission of Burma.

David Drucker - guitar, vocals

Karen Gickas - drums, vocals

Ken Travers - guitar, vocals

Sev Coursen - alto sax, percussion

Justin Burrill (Wild Stares) - guest bass

*Note: For set lists, click "Expand All" below.


  • 5/29/1981.

Conditions Governing Access

The Freedman audio collection is largely inaccessible due to ongoing preservation work. However, digital access copies of some tapes are available; please contact the Loeb Music Library for questions about access.


1 audiocassettes

General note

Side 1 (Note: Previously recorded content can be heard in the first few seconds of the recording):

00:18-02:08 - Don’t Really Lie (Travers) vocals: David Drucker

02:48-06:28 - 54-81 (Gickas) vocals: Karen Gickas

06:35-09:00 - White Funk (Drucker) vocals: David Drucker

09:20-11:30 - Peeping Tom (Travers) vocals: Ken Travers

12:05-15:40 - I Turned You In (Drucker) vocals: Karen Gickas

16:05-19:35 - Factory (Travers) vocals: Ken Travers, David Drucker

20:20-23:45 - Let’s be Creative (M. Cudahy) vocals: David Drucker, Karen Gickas

23:45-25:20 - long break / tune up

25:20-27:25 - Metaphor (Drucker) vocals: David Drucker

27:35-30:10 - Live in A Dream (Travers) vocals: Karen Gickas

30:20-33:00 - Cheap Detective (Travers) vocals: Ken Travers

33:00-33:20 - End of first set - ambient crowd noise

33:21 - Previously recorded content on tape

General note Side 2:

00:45-02:38 - She Shakes Me (Travers) vocals: Ken Travers

02:43-04:52 - War at Home (Drucker) vocals: David Drucker

04:57-09:04 - In Reverse (Travers) vocals: Karen Gickas

09:17-11:28 - Vacation (Travers) vocals: Ken Travers

11:34-15:45 - Cat and Mouse (Travers) vocals: Karen Gickas

15:50-18:25 - Science to You (Drucker) vocals: David Drucker, Ken Travers

19:00-22:38 - Factory (Travers) vocals: Ken Travers, David Drucker

22:54-25:18 - Mannequin (Travers) vocals: Karen Gickas

25:37-27:38 - Metaphor (Drucker) vocals: David Drucker, Ken Travers, Karen Gickas

27:35-30:10 - 54-81 (Gickas) vocals: Karen Gickas

32:00-35:05 - Cheap Detective (Travers) vocals: Ken Travers

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