Band’s back-in-the-day sound rocks campus

By Cassidy Bickmore


From the nerdy outfits to the dance moves and the song selections, the Spazmatics know how to put on a great show.

On Thursday, Aug. 25, the Spazmatics took the stage behind Ann Barshop Natatorium at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Open to the public, many people came from all over town to be reminded of what it was like to rock the ‘80s. For a moment in time, we were all transported back to the days of big hair, new-wave dancing, big shoulder pads, and skinny ties.

Beginning with the first beat of the Aha song, “Take On Me,” the crowd fervently danced and sang along. New students had an opportunity to meet upperclassmen, with songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” breaking the ice.

Taking cues from some classic ‘80s movies, the costumes worn by the band members are reminiscent of the geeks that made those films fun. There were neck braces, pocket protectors, Star Wars backpack, and safety goggles. These guys are serving up a touch of authenticity and a heavy helping of fun.

The Spazmatics are not just a great band. They are actually a franchise throughout the country.  Chicago, L.A., Austin, San Antonio…. on any given night, there could be Spazmatics bands playing somewhere simultaneously! To maintain consistency, most band members are hired after being referred and must audition to see if they are a good fit. Cashing in on the ‘80s and Reagan-era nostalgia boom, the Spazmatics are the perfect way to forget about the stress we may face today, and slip back to a simpler, nerdier time.

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