Chrome Dinette a San Francisco synth band from the early 1980s or right about when I was tuning into music. In 1982 they put out a 12” single (Robot Love and Can’t Live Without You) and tried to get a record contract. When the label didn’t come, the band broke up, never to be heard from again.
Chrome Dinette played Berkeley's long-gone Key Stone theatre, which I consider whenever driving along University Ave towards campus and my parent's house. It was a big night when the band in town, across the bay, no ID for alcohol. Robot Love a pretty good song, too, which holds up even now : there are traces of the Police's Zenyattà Mondatta or the Comateens. But I was too young for permission to concerts so I listened to my friends' enthusiasms (they being sophomores and juniors in HS). Getting older couldn't come fast enough.
And now, thx to the Internets, I can listen to Chrome Dinette again. The music hasn't changed, either, but everything else has.
Sonnet, Friday night: "This is the centre of excitement. 45 York Avenue, rock'n out."