The Shirts is a band from New York that was founded in 1975. The face of The Shirts was singer Annie Golden. The other members were Artie Lamonica (guitar and vocals), Ron Ardito (guitar and vocals), John Piccolo (keyboards), Bob Racioppo (bass and vocals) and John Criscione (drums and percussion). The band's music is often reckoned to punk .

The Shirts, derived from two cover bands, from 1975 had great success with their performances in the New York club CBGB and made their record debut in 1976 with three songs on the compilation album "Live at CBGB", released by Atlantic Records. Their career came in a true momentum after singer Annie Golden played a role in the successful musical Hair. The Shirts got a record deal with Capitol Records in 1978. The first, self-titled, album includes the hit Tell me your plans. Also Laugh and walk away, from the second album Street light shine from 1979 a hit. After the unsuccessful third album Inner Sleeve from 1981 the band split up. In 1994 he was a one-time reunion on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of CBGB. In 2003, the band reformed in a modified occupation, where Golden, now a successful actress on Broadway, was replaced by keyboardist/singer singer Caren brass and Kathy McCloskey. In 2006, released a fourth album in this occupation, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.

Ron Ardito died in January 2008 of cancer.


  • 1978 The Shirts
  • 1979 Street Light Shine
  • 1980 Inner Sleeve
  • 2006 Only the Dead Know Brooklyn
  • 2010 The Tiger Must Jump

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Tell me your plans 1262 - 1046 1239 1451 1279 1732 1817 - 1833 1949 1681 1762 1691 1676

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