'I went out in the cold to get a paper. Pushing every button in the elevator'
If The Student Teachers hadn't actually existed they would probably need to be invented. A teenage, New York band who came together at a John Cale gig in CBGBs in 1976, they went on to play that venue and Max's Kansas City and share bills with Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Iggy Pop, The Cramps, Mumps, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks among others between 1978 and 1980.
Angular, clean-cut and distinctly poppy, they were befriended by Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri, who went on to produce them. There's definitely something of Blondie's early records to their sound, particularly Destri's own distinctive organ swirl. They put out the few records they recorded on Terry Ork, Television manager's label, which also released that band's first single Little Johnny Jewel and the first recorded version of The Voidoids, Blank Generation.
The Student Teachers gigged around New York and gained plenty of press, both in that city but they were also mentioned in the UK press. They called it a day in Halloween 1980. The set of songs they recorded during their time compose a small but neat New Wave legacy which seems to pre-date The Strokes and that whole musical venture that occurred in New York in the early years of the millennium to revivify that sound and attitude.
For more, here's a link to the band's website.