BAGS and OFFS, live at Club 88 in Los Angeles, March 1979.
BAGS and OFFS, live at Club 88 in Los Angeles, March 1979.
March 1979 at The Deaf Club, San Francisco. Easy to imagine going to at least ten of these gigs.
Yet another bit of gold mined from Jon Behar’s Waitakere Walks blog. Punks invade the San Fernando Valley, circa 1978.
My 11th birthday party was happening the day of the Shock/Go-Gos gig. I was raging hard in San Jose, CA with Steve McWilliam and Ted Earle when I could have been 6 hours south of there pogoing like a maniac.
“There was absolutely no way that bands like the Bags, Germs or Screamers would have been signed to
a major label. I still don’t hear anything quite as confrontational as “We Will Bury You” or “Richie Dagger’s Crime” on the radio, no matter what people say about punk being mainstream
nowadays. One thing that will never come into fashion is challenging the expectations of the average consumer.”
Agony Shorthand interview with Alice Bag.
Interview we did with Alice Bag on our ancient Agony Shorthand blog is linked to here.
Here’s a strange little collage piece of 1978-79 Los Angeles punk rock at The Masque, featuring all your faves like The Bags, Germs, Controllers, Go-Gos, Black Randy & The Metrosquad, Weirdos, Screamers, X, Eyes, Dils, Flesh Eaters, Dickies, Skulls and so on.
Taken from an early Flipside fanzine.
Just received one of those newfangled cassette-transfer contraptions in the mail recently, one of those things that lets you take ancient cassette tape recordings and transfer them into new, improved digital versions. Even figured out how to use it. Just in the nick of time, too – I mean, I have a garage full of 1980s mix tapes, live show recordings, and radio shows I once did in college moldering and decaying. Another year or two and they’d be sawdust. This post is the first of several rescue/reclamation projects.
On June 14th, 1989, a 21-year-old version of me did his final “White Trash” radio show on KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara, CA, as he graduated from college that very week. It was taped, and after festering in aforementioned garage for 24 years, was transferred this evening and uploaded for what interested parties there might be to then download and listen to. Having listened to the tape for the first time in at least 20 years before digitizing it tonight, it naturally brings forth much embarrassment – so please humor me and let me add a few careful disclaimers in case you wanna listen to it (and you should – the music is smokin’).
After doing a radio show at KCSB for four years, and having had access to all the records in their library (and being a rabid music hound/record collector of the most obsessive order), I got to be fairly knowledgeable in the limited punk rock/heavy underground rock genres I’d permitted myself to like. My dismissive, albeit very studied, insecure cockiness is on display in this show. I’m not sure I’d actually like this DJ right now as a human being if I was hearing him on the radio for the first time. Though I love every song I played in this, “My Top 40 favorite songs of all time” show, I can’t believe how dudely it all is. For the 1989 version of me, it was all dudes, all punk, all raw and all aggressive. The only chicks allowed were those rare cool ones from The Bags, The Avengers and Sonic Youth. That’s it. The Fall sucked already, and The Lazy Cowgirls were the best live band in the world.
It’s also preposterous that someone with such a limited musical life experience and frame of reference could even deign to determine a 40-greatest-songs-of-all-time list. As you might expect, approximately 37 of mine came from the 1980s. One of the highlights/lowlights of this show is the recording that starts the show, a nervous, mealy-mouthed 16-year-old me doing a “guest DJ” slot on KFJC (on the “Ransome Youth Show”) in 1983. Then the 21-year-old me mocks him mercilessly, with all the wisdom and experience that 5 years of perspective and deep life experience brings.
Now that I’m doing a fake radio show podcast here in 2012/2013 – Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio – I was startled to see some identical on-air back-announce mannerisms crop up from ‘89 that mirror the blather I’m doing today. Hopefully you’ll enjoy forty dudely 70s/80s songs from the likes of The Pagans, Mudhoney, Black Flag, Scratch Acid, Die Kruezen, Electric Eels and more. I have even worse shows sitting in the garage ready to be rescued and maybe even posted at a later date.
Download “WHITE TRASH” Radio, June 14th 1989, KCSB-FM
Going to guess at this being a 1978 show, as by 1979 I don’t think you’d have seen The Germs fourth on the bill, playing just after Arthur J and The Gold Cups. Any Masque vets in the audience who were pogoing their brains out at this show?
This is a photo of ARTHUR J & THE GOLD CUPS live in Los Angeles at the Masque 1978, taken from a very early issue of Flipside. They never recorded, but they frequently turn up in descriptions of wild Masque life.
Description of the band, courtesy of Stompbeast blog:
Depending on who you talk to this was a pioneering “punk rock big band” who was 20 years ahead of its time or a “godawful” absurdist joke. Name came from an amalgam of infamous local haunts for male hustlers: Arthur J.’s was a “big chicken hawk hangout” on the corner of Highland and Santa Monica Boulevard; The Gold Cup was “a sleazy coffee shop” located on Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas near the punk club THE MASQUE and its attendant squatter’s tenement THE CANTERBURY and was the subject of the scum-punk song “Trouble at the Cup” by DANGERHOUSE RECORDS chairman Black Randy. Considered by some to be the house band for The Masque, as it first emerged out of jam sessions at the club. The club’s owner BRENDAN MULLEN played drums. Quasi-Gold Digger backup singers wearing cowboy hats and toy pistol holsters dubbed The Cupcakes. Aptly named frontman Spazz Attack (a.k.a., “Craig Allen Rothwell”) was known for successfully executing 360 degree flips in the middle of a song. He playing Devo’s famed Booji Boy mascot (“a bizarre adult infant freak with pre-adolescent sexuality and Yoda-like wisdom”) in the band’s videos for “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Peek-a-boo” and later was a dancer on David Bowie’s 1987 Glass Spider tour. (Rumor was he was coached by dance guru Toni “Mickey” Basil.) Lead guitarist Geza X known for his art-damaged surf guitar and trumpeter Hal Negro known for being a trumpeter in a punk band. Famed for its Cuisinarty mixing of influences: name-checking ORNETTE COLEMAN (whose song “Themes from a Symphony” they covered), Sun Ra, George Clinton and James Brown along with the New York Dolls, T.Rex and The Sex Pistols. Also may have pioneered the hipster practice of the Ironic Cover Song: from the Green Acres theme to the “Cal” Worthington used car commericals. Evolved into the pioneering LOUNGECORE band Hal Negro and the Satin Tones, with the Cupcakes evolving into the Playboy Martinet-aping Punk Bunnies.