NEGATIVE APPROACH, live (full set and goofin’ interview!) in 1982 on the “Why Be Something You’re Not” cable access TV show.
I thought these guys were amazing at the time, especially live. 25, 26 years later I feel very distanced from their theatrics and hate-vibe sound, but I can still appreciate it at some neanderthal gut level. I wrote a piece about my 21st century thoughts on the Laughing Hyenas on my old Agony Shorthand blog here, which you can read if you have a couple minutes.
Meanwhile, there’s this digitized tape for you. You ought to hang around through the interview(s) with the band on this thing – they’re completely comic and nonsensical and full of quotables. I’ve been using “Joe Mama Angie Daddy” on unsuspecting rubes for years now!
Playground / 7 Come 11 / Sister Come Sh*t In My Mouth / Gabrielle / Stain / That Girl / Chuck’s Jism / Hell’s Kitchen / Love’s My Only Crime
John Brannon obviously brings the same sort of intensity to his current burger-flipping job as he did to the LAUGHING HYENAS, NEGATIVE APPROACH and others. I know I’d keep my order very, very simple with him.
Teenage Mark Arm, reviewing the first NEGATIVE APPROACH single in Attack #8, early 1983.
John Brannon from LAUGHING HYENAS, scanned out of Conflict fanzine #48, 1988.
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