Telling the Story of The Ravyns

RavynsAs anyone familiar with the Baltimore music scene in the late 1970s and 1980s knows, the NFL Ravens were not the first group to adopt Edgar Allen Poe's famous poem as their moniker.

Formed as a local "supergroup" from two other well-known Baltimore bands of the late 1970s, Climbadonkey and Hollins Ferry, the Ravyns achieved some measure of national success in 1982 when their song, "Raised on the Radio" was included on the soundtrack of the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Soon after signed to MCA Records, the band released one album nationally in 1984.

Unfortunately, a lack of promotion on the part of MCA resulted in mediocre sales, which meant no second MCA album, which eventually led to the breakup of the band.

Still, the Ravyns were one of the best bands ever to come out of the Baltimore area.

They were my favorite local band, and I went to see them perform in the local clubs almost every week. I wrote about them twice in the Loyola College (now Loyola University) newspaper, The Greyhound, and later wrote a feature story on Rob Fahey for The Evening Sun (published here for the first time ever!)

I've reproduced those stories here, as well as a few other relics from the good old days...

 

The Lost Rob Fahey 1992 Evening Sun Feature

I started working at The Sun in 1990 as a copy editor and page designer for what were then the county editions (the "zones" as they were called in house), but was dying to write about rock bands.

Trouble was, there was legend J.D. Considine of the morning Sun did not like anyone else at the paper writing about rock music, and had little use for the local band scene. The Evening Sun, was a bit more accomodating, though it, too had a music critic in Nestor Aparicio. But Nestor left in early 1992, creating an opportunity.

I convinced the Evening Sun features editors that a feature on Rob Fahey would be a good idea, partly because of his success with The Ravyns, but more so because he had just released his solo album "Breaking and Entering" with backing band the Pieces. They agreed, so I set up an interview and arranged for a photographer to go to Rob's house.

But the story was never published because the very week it was to run, the poohbahs on Calvert Street merged the content of the morning and evening papers (the actual closing of the Evening Sun came several years later). I am publishing it here for the first time, along with the photos that were shot to go with it.

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The First Greyhound Interview: The Ravyns in 1983

I had become a Ravyns fan in 1982 after winning a year of free admission to the legendary Parkville nightclub Maxwell's, where the band played regularly.

A friend of mine at Loyola College, Sue McIntyre, who had followed the band for years, helped me to get in touch with the band for an interview with Rob anf Kyf. The funny part is, I was more nervous for that meeting than with anyone else I ever interviewed, including such luminaries as Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak. First time, you know.

I created a double-page spread in The Greyhound, the Loyola College student newspaper. It was the first of several features I would do on local bands for The Greyhound, and the beginning of a decades-long friendship with the band.

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