A modicum of praise for Los Angeles’ SIN 34 in NO MAG, circa 1982.
Sin 34 (whom the editors of Dynamite Hemorrhage have a bit of a guilty-pleasure soft spot for) were the perennial opening band on hardcore bills all over LA and the San Fernando Valley in the early 80s. Members later went on to Painted Willie; Dave Markey became an infamous underground filmmaker and was putting out We Got Power fanzine around the time of this review as well.
I wrote a review of Dave Markey & Jordan Schwartz’s “WE GOT POWER” book of early 80s Southern California hardcore punk photos and essays on my Hedonist Jive blog. Come on over and read it!
The Hedonist Jive on “We Got Power”
This morning I listened to a podcast version of a old KXLU show from 1988 hosted by “Adam Bomb” in LA, whom I believe was actually Pat Hoed from the band The Nip Drivers. He “interviewed” ANARCHY 6, the best phony hardcore punk band of all time, which featured the Redd Kross McDonald brothers ripping it up Circle One/Suicidal style.
The interview wears thin pretty fast, although they said some pretty great stuff. They were playing the tiny Anti-Club later that night, and mentioned that it was “the first Gary Tovar show ever held at the Anti-Club”. Tovar and his Goldenvoice concerts were putting on mega-spectacular hardcore shows at the time at the huge Olympic Auditorium and sometimes the Santa Monica Civic.
They also opined that “you have to look fast to be fast”, and so to play hardcore, you’d better cut your hair, hippie. To the best of my knowledge, the show at the Anti-Club that night was the only show the band ever played, and I actually drove down w/ my cousin from Santa Barbara and went to it. It was hilarious.
The band backing up the McDonald brothers were Phil and Dave from SIN 34. They played about 15 minutes, skanked a bunch on stage and in the pit with the rest of us, and at the end Steve McDonald’s bandana was torn from his head and his long hair came spilling out. They kept making jokes I didn’t understand about “breaking Julie out of jail” (Julie being Julie Lanfeld of Sin 34). And they did the song you see here, their only documented online performance, from the movie “Lovedolls Superstar”. Totally, totally ‘core.