Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Sunday, January 18, 2009
What we have here is the debut 7" from The Breakouts released in 1979. They were a SF area punk band that bridged the gap between the original SF punk scene and the burgeoning hardcore scene. Basically that is all that I know, besides that they played with my friends The Faction at some shows. They released one more single, then a cool 12" Ep in 1983. From that Ep the song Junkies would later be covered by GBH on their Punk Junkies album. That is how I found out about this awesome band. I will post there second single and their Ep after I get back from breakfast on the Santa Cruz wharf. The weather has been in the 70's and just amazing. Ahhhh California, ya gotta love it!!!!
BUT, the reason for the post is that I am looking for Zero Hour by The Avengers. I cannot find this for sale (though I am still looking damnit!), so I reaching out to the world to see if someone has this. Please!!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
On a side note, I met the drummer Mad Dog Carla at a show in Orange County around '97 or so. We were supporting The Crowd that night. Carla was/is a complete nutter and then some. Either that or something of the chemical variety was going on. Anyways she was alot of fun to hang out with, and totally blown away that I knew who she was.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Ahhhh East LA Plugz. The first Latino punk band. Played many early gigs with the likes of X, Fear, Go Go's etc. They released two albums, and had songs appear on the Repo Man soundtrack. Charlie Quintana would go onto drum in Social Distortion for their Sex Drugs and Rock N Roll album. Best version of La Bamba since Richie Valens did it way back when. This was released on Slash Records
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Here is the debut single. I might post the SF Underground 7" too. Not sure yet. Anwyways some good ole SF punk! Again as I stated in my other post, Mike Fox would start Code Of Honor as well as one of the best record labels ever Subterranean Records.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Dirk Dirksen, the godfather of San Francisco punk rock and the often abrasive ringmaster of the North Beach punk emporium Mabuhay Gardens, died unexpectedly in his sleep Monday night. He was 69.
Mr. Dirksen presented acts such as the Dead Kennedys, Devo, the Ramones, Flipper, the Mutants, the Nuns, Black Flag, the Go-Go's and literally thousands more in the 10 years he operated the Broadway nightclub, fondly known as the Fab Mab.
Mr. Dirksen, who called himself "the pope of punk," was known for peppering audiences and performers alike with abuse and insults.
"I'm sorry to see you're that easily pleased," he told the crowd at the end of one band's performance. "You should try and show some intelligence and sophistication and not just accept any slop that's thrown in your trough."
He turned to the musicians, who were trying to stalk off the stage, thinking he was not going to let the band have an encore.
"I'll give you one," he said, "but only because the next group is an absolute pimple in the armpit of progress. Now everybody, please pay attention because it's time to play 'People Are Stupid.' "
"He was super obnoxious onstage," said Penelope Houston of the Avengers. "He would stand there with that little dog under his arm, being a target for whatever they wanted to throw. At the same time, he loved all those people. In a way, they were his family."
The dog's name was Dummy.
Mr. Dirksen once estimated that his nose had been broken seven times during his years as a nightclub impresario.
Among the highlights of the Mabuhay's annual calendar was always his birthday celebration, where each year he dreamed up a different mock torture for himself -- flogging, beheading, etc. One year he had himself burned at the stake.
Mr. Dirksen, who operated the Dirksen-Malloy Productions video firm since leaving the nightclub business in 1984, also worked with the children in the Mission Recreation Center, across the street from where he lived, teaching cooking and helping resolve disputes. He hosted the various Mabuhay reunion events, including a Fillmore Auditorium show last April with members of the Dead Kennedys, the Mutants and Flipper, or the Contractions' recent reunion at the Café du Nord. Only last weekend, he attended the show by the Mutants at Lennon Studios.
Born in Braunschweig, Germany, in 1937, he followed his father, a professor of aerodynamics, to this country in 1948. The family eventually settled in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey. He served in the Army as a public relations expert and made his show business debut in 1957, producing an all-night live television remote from a Wilshire Boulevard auto dealership featuring neophyte and amateur entertainers called "Rocket to Stardom." An unknown Lenny Bruce once appeared on the 12-hour weekly broadcast.
He attended San Jose State but dropped out to open a surfing business in Santa Cruz. He worked as a producer on an ABC-TV series about surfing and served as tour manager with acts such as Ray Charles, the Supremes, Iron Butterfly and the Doors. He also managed the 1968 presidential campaign of comedian Pat Paulsen.
He moved to San Francisco in 1974 and, two nights later, stumbled into the Mabuhay Gardens. He started presenting late-night events at the club featuring Les Nickelettes, an all-female guerrilla comedy troupe. Whoopi Goldberg made an early appearance at the club.
When punk rock emerged on the scene, Mr. Dirksen immediately began to book the unruly bands. He presided over his impolite empire with an enduring patience and a sly smile. Robin Williams once described comedy hell as "opening for the Ramones at the Mabuhay Gardens."
"He was a father figure to me and a lot of other punks," said Kathy Peck of the Contractions. "Louie of the Vktms said we thought he hated us, but he loved us."
Mr. Dirksen produced the recent video documentary on the Mutants and had been involved in video production since leaving the Mab, including a long-running, late-night San Francisco cable access show called "Cosmos S.F."
He underwent heart surgery in 1990.
He is survived by his longtime partner, Damon Malloy, and two sisters, Molly Dirksen of Bethesda, Md., and Theodore Ernst-Dirksen of Los Angeles.
OK HERE IS A REQUEST. I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THE REZILLOS SINGLE I CAN'T STAND MY BABY B/W I WANNA BE YOUR MAN.......DOES ANYONE HAVE THIS AND WOULD THEY BE SO KIND TO HELP ME OUT??????????
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Here we have Rose Of Victory's Suffragette City single. This was done I think when Blitz was splitting into two (Ha ATV references) and possibly as a Blitz single first. Well I like this one as well as Second Empire Justice by Blitz Mk ll, This does not get a lot of love out there so I thought I'd post this.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009