Bill Goffrier: Wichita Punk Godfather
Bill Goffrier helped launch a new wave of independent Wichita music in 1979 with his band The Embarrassment. Despite coming from the Midwest at in the pre-Internet era the band managed to earn airplay in Boston and turn the ears of the members of R.E.M.
The band broke up in 1983 but has reunited several times across the decades while Goffrier has gone on to play with Big Dipper and, more recently, with his wife Karlee. Here’s Goffrier performing on The Embarrassment’s seminal single “Sex Drive.”
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