Albert was a punk when punk was not only uncool, but a little dangerous
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Patrick Hans “Pat” Albert, an important figure in establishing the Nashville rock scene that flourished in the 1980s, died Sunday, Dec. 3, after a short battle with cancer. The longtime local musician and master motorcycle mechanic had moved to Auburn, Ky. Visitation is today, Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m. at the Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin, and from noon-1 p.m. before services on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Williamson Memorial’s website has additional details, including directions for making a donation in lieu of flowers.
Decades before Nashville became known nationally and internationally for top-grade rock and punk bands, Albert co-founded the hardcore outfit Committee for Public Safety. As he described it to Tracy Moore in her exhaustive 2006 cover story on our city’s Reagan-era rock, Music City was not exactly hospitable to its nascent punk scene. “Back then,” he said, “if you saw a guy walking down the street with a mohawk or a leather jacket, you’d pick him up before some Lynyrd Skynyrd fan hit him with a beer bottle.”
All the same, the up-and-coming rockers were passionate about their work. “We’re just telling the truth, and people just don’t want to hear it ’cause they’re scared,” Albert told the rock scene newsletter Nashville Intelligence Report before CPS’ debut gig in 1982. “The people here, their musical taste is what they’ve learned from their older brothers.” As reported in a 1984 guide to the music scene published by the Vanderbilt student mag Versus, CPS broke up in 1983, but their presence played a big role in convincing iconic bands like Black Flag and Minor Threat to add Nashville to their itineraries. Nashville80sRock.net’s music archive includes a couple of CPS recordings, including a live bootleg from a 1983 benefit show titled 41 Minutes of Fury….
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