Saw today over at Magic Tramps.com this sad news of the passing of another member of the 1970's NYC rock scene:
Guitarist Nicky Martin of the underground 70's rock group Street Punk has passed away on August 15th after a long illness. No further details are available at this time.
Nicky Martin (Guitarist - Street Punk)
"High On Rebellion - Inside The Underground at Max's Kansas City"
by Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin
Street Punk was a band for the early seventies. Back then it was all this glitter stuff, this androgynous stuff going on. When the Dolls were dressing in drag on stage, I went on stage in blue jeans and whatever leather jacket I could borrow from one of my friends. And just a few short years after that, that was the Ramones' uniform. Nobody back then was dressing that way. And Street Punk, although not a punk band per se certainly had the attitude of a punk band. They came out later when they really didn't much of a shit about what anybody thought. We were a reckless lot. Just the name Street Punk brought the word punk into the public consciousness. It had never really been used from a musical point of view before that.
I was addicted to heroin at the time. We had very little direction. After Kiss was signed to Bill Aucoin Management, Gene Simmons made an appointment for Street Punk, because he thought we were great. We had talent. We went into Bill Aucoin's office and we were offered more money as a salary than Kiss but there was already dissention in the band and it just fell apart.