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The Optic Nerve

The Optic Nerve
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Garage rock band from New York City, NY formed in 1985 by leader Bobby Belfiore along with Elan and Orin Portnoy and Ira Elliott. Elan and Ira left to be full time Fuzztones, and Tony Matura was brought in for the lifetime of the band on guitar and vocals. Drums were handled by Frank Manlin, Greg Clark and Ken Anderson during the Optic Nerve’s duration and Tom Ward played bass. The band disbanded in 1988.
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The Optic Nerve — Penelope Tuesday / Here to Stay The Optic Nerve — Penelope Tuesday / Here to Stay
(State THS-022, 2005/2015, 7")
The Optic Nerve — Lotta Nerve The Optic Nerve — Lotta Nerve
(Get Hip GH-1015CD, 1994, CD)

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