The Remains formed in 1964 at Boston University, where all four members were first-year students living in the same dorm (Myles Standish Hall) in Kenmore Square.
They began playing r&b and rock & roll covers, as well as some Barry Tashian originals, at The Rathskeller, a tavern across the square from their dorm. Soon, fans were lining up from Kenmore Square to Fenway Park to see them, and the tavern had to clear out a disused basement to accommodate the crowds.
The band made a couple of hard-edged garage-pop records in the vein of early Beatles, and their final single, Don’t Look Back (1966), was covered by Robert Plant on his 1990 single, Hurting Kind (I’ve Got My Eyes On You).
The Remains supported The Beatles in 14 cities across the US and Canada on their 1966 tour but broke up shortly after the tour.
Drummer Chip Damiani died on 23 February 2014.
Vern Miller Jr.
Rudolph ‘Chip’ Damiani