The Schemers thus notched a 10-point victory in the eyes of the five judges who were Oedipus, the program director of WBCN; Elliot Easton, guitarist of the Cars; Joyce Kulhawik, entertainment reporter for Channel 4; Mike Howell, writer for Boston Rock and the Phoenix; and Dick Wingate, the Epic Records A&R chief who signed Til Tuesday to an Epic contract after the latter won last year's Rumble.
Nevertheless, this year's Rumble was so competitive that it made a subsequent set by national rock star Joan Jett seem like an afterthought. Sadly, it was thanks to Jett's late-arriving antics that each Rumble set wascut to 25 minutes with no encores. That was almost as inexcusable as the shamelessly overhyped videos of the 'BCN discjockeys that filled the Metro's big screen all night. Really, guys, someone should have cut it out. It was the only bummer to an otherwise exhilarating final.