The Neighborhoods are a Boston rock band formed in 1978…..who earned local fame by playing regularly at Boston venues such as The Rat….while winning the WBCN Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble in 1979….after beating out La Peste, Mission of Burma and others…..as their 1980 debut single, “Prettiest Girl”, was a local hit. The band broke up for a short time between 1980-1981….but reformed in 1982 with bassist Lee Harrington….and went on to release 5 albums between 1984-1991. In 1987 they opened for David Bowie on his Glass Spider tour at Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough, MA….and later toured with the Ramones in 1987….Cheap Trick in 1990….and Tin Machine in 1991.
In 1992 they decided to disband….and played what was supposed to be their farewell show at The Rat….. when a recording of that show was released in 2010….as a double live CD with Brad Whitford of Aerosmith….while being guests on 2 songs. Whitford had produced the band’s 1990 and 1991 albums. The band reformed in 2003 with three original band members including David Minehan, Lee Harrington and Johnny “Rock” Lynch….and they continue to play shows today.
In 2005, the band was inducted into the Boston Music Awards Hall of Fame….and in 2006, their song “Parasite” was featured on the Guitar Hero 2 game and soundtrack. The band is currently working on a new studio album at David Minehan’s Woolly Mammoth Sound Studios in Waltham, MA. As seen in this video herewith….Minehan is interviewed during the USA Network television special Boston Rocks….which is followed by The Neighborhoods performing “Just Ask Her”.