Its been a while…I received news from the doctor that a good deal of the femoral head in my hip bone had chipped away and disintegrated from years and years of rock-n-roll abuse,..stage diving and the like…so anyways..I got the hip of a 90 year old man…and my knees shot too…while Im awaiting surgery I still piddle around on Facebook every day…but I rarely go HERE or my multple Myspace music sites…I am not actively pursuing my musical career though it continues to plod on regardless,..and so do I, though I DO FEEL like a 90 year old man some days…
I am attending a reunion of the MABUHAY GARDEN OP’s (Original Punks)…it was 35 years ago in 1977 that the FAB MAB rose to prominence in San Francisco…a time the first couple hundred of us jokingly christened the “SUMMER OF HATE” as a rebuke of the 60′s hippies and flower childrens SUMMER OF LOVE…I will be performing at the event september 14th and 15th…I will be performing the songs off the CD “ROZZ of NEGATIVE TREND;THE POP SESSIONS”…Now in digital release as “Rozz of Negative Trend;BELFAST COWBOYS;the PoP sessions” or something like that at http://www.cdbaby.com …its worth checking out…9 songs in 19 minutes…I have to refresh myself on these punk pop classics…I wrote them…I remember the chords when I sit with a guitar…Luckily I have a top notch crew led by BOB CLIC of “THE LEWD” backing me on the songs (and their total PRO’s) so I just have to worry bout the words…I will add details to this later but for now I gotta sign off soon
and if your wondering…Im still living happily ever after …marriage has been good for me…I cant imagine facing these health issues alone….my son got his GED and is in portland community College at age 16…JUST LIKE HIS DAD…sweet…he turned out so good..I am prouder of him than anything I ever did musically…parenthood was totally worth it…he’ll be moving on soon..and thats good too…
I think when I really kind of dropped of the map was when our beloved friend Naomi “Svetlana” Levich died of cancer a year ago june…its over a year and a few months now and the loss is still harsh and fresh in our hearts….Ive played EUGENIOS (which expanded) several times over the last year but dont actively seek gigs…we were slated to play the PORTLAND ROCK-N-ROLL marathon but decided not too when we found out the gig was at 8 am….hahaha
more later..I promise…..gotta go take my meds
UPDATE; On march 20th, the first day of spring I took the lovely Catharine Lucinda Hood to be my bride..it has been nearly 2 months and I am the happiest I can remember being..She reached this point in her life journey somewhat oblivious to my rock history but is supportive and is encouraging me to get out and play more often(EUGENIOS again on MAY 28TH.2010..AT 36TH AND S.E. DIVISION) and to continue to persue writing and speaking projects…which I will…
FRIDAY MARCH 5TH AT EUGENIOS 36TH AND DIVISION….details TBA..HOPEFULLY A LIVE WEB FEED
Seattle in pictures
Thru a strange series of events, iniated by bassist PAUL HOOD of the TOILING MIDGETS, I am reunited with NEGATIVE TREND guitarist CRAIG GREY for two shows over the next 2 days..I have 12 hours to learn and relearn 12 songs before the Portland show tonight…and perform then again sommorrow in SEATTLE at the FUNHOUSE..
IT WAS VERY LAST MINUTE, not something planned ..the original singer ran afoul of the law or something, couldnt leave the state of California..how street cred is that?..anyhuzen..the band was in a pinch for someone who could step in in a pinch and carry on the tour dates..here in the Northwest…it was kinda kismet…
SO thats the SKinnY…I am playing with NEGATIVE TREND in Portland…. TONIGHT NOVEMBER13TH at the EAST END WITH toiling midgets,lucky 13s,coco cobra and the killers,
And up in SEATTLE tommorrow NOVEMBER 14TH..at the FUNHOUSE WITH the THUGGS and FEEDBACK SEED
I have never done anything like this before..as part of Litquakes”PORCHLIGHT” storytelling series, I just talked to a packed house,..no band,..no guitar…just me and a microphone telling stories about my past….you can find this marvelouss-ness at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ3ighMoATk about all these little 15 minutes of fame that keep finding me…like the u-tube video made by (now famous) cameraman VANCE PIPER in 16mm which has sparked all this renewed interest in my NEGATIVE TREND era. I should post it here since the genie is out of the bottle and its all over facebook and myspace pages…anyway, my son Mak came with me and I managed to talk about some sensitive subjects with the large crowd there..it seemed less embarrassing..
..I had about 4 or 5 beers in the green room then just went out and talked to the people..about memorizing PENELOPE HOUSTON’s phone number and how it came in handy when I was arrested because they thought my acne medicine (tetracycline) was drugs…about finally finding out WHY and HOW the SEX PISTOLS took such an interest in NEGATIVE TREND…about maks suspension from school..about how my mom could never utter the words PUNK ROCK instead always referring to it as “THIS CRAZYNESS” and about the saga of my famously broken arm…just talking ’bout my life..and people laughed and cheered..it was awesome
I got to meet up with some of my musical contemporaries. ..the lovely Penelope Houston, Hank Rank of CRIME..and spend sometime downstairs in front of the old MABUHAY GARDENS with STEVE DEPACE of FLIPPER and NEGATIVE TREND fame..a great drummer with some great stories and some intertwining history we shared…it was real good to catch up with him and his story of the first time he saw me perform..I apparently I immediately broke the 4 tables in front of stage and pushed people off the chairs and smashed the chairs over the broken tables and sent drinks flying and crashing everywhere..and that was just THE FIRST SONG!!!….good times
Anyhuzen, it was fun and looking back I guess I was a little nervous right before going on…I feel like it was a new dimension to add to my resume..STORYTELLER…I will gladly do it again when asked or when LOVERLEGENDLIAR (the book ) comes out..
Its rare that one of my own songs runs thru my head….usually my mind dwells on campy 70′s music or mid to late eighties femmy new wave emo (morrissey,boy george spandau,human league etc..) or the gals and the folkies (,pretenders,eurythmics,) and once in a while the classics (beatles,stones,bowie,lou,moodys,p.floyd et al) but today for some reason my own damn song was running thru my head…so I played some mix tapes of social distortion,patsy cline,dream syndicate,Sinead,Prokeiov,t.Monk,mancini,mott the hoople,tracy chapman and even george jones , as I painted….My mix tapes TRULY are MIX tapes..anyhuzen…nothing seemed to work…perhaps this will exorcize it from my Psyche…the song is BIG EMPTY ROOM off of 1999 CD “LOVER,LEGEND,LIAR..availible thru CDBABY or Itunes by clicking up in the corner of this page ..there..you see the link…
When I came home…to an empty town..
there was icy stares and glares,..yeah all around me
I saw strangers,who used to be friends
is this the beginning…of the endgame?
since you found me
and you crowned me
king of the losers..beyond the boundary
yeah you found me..
you unwound me..
now Im going to the big empty room upstairs
waiting in that empty room upstairs..
I cant come down..
I cant see straight..
well Ive been this way too long
well you see..
I cant turn my back..
I cant look away..
andl Im not as strong as I should be..
since you found me ..
and you crowned me..
king of the losers..beyond the boundary
you drowned me
and unwound me
now Im going to the big empty room upstairs
I’ll be waiting in the big empty room upstairs
Im gonna see you in that empty room upstairs….
BIG EMPTY ROOM….RRW1998….its under 2 minutes long and features a smoking guitar solo by longtime cohort JIMI HASKETT…and theres even some melancholy whistling at the end..its kind of ode to anyone who has had to accept that thier soulmate ..is gone..a shell.. and is now the soulmate of the manic secretive world of addiction…and you’ll never really know them as they were again..and so you start to let go long before their gone…….its been a decade and I still think of her daily
….hear the music at http://cdbaby.com/cd/rozz the BELFAST COWBOYS was my next musical endeavor as I transitioned out of NEGATIVE TREND in SF 1978…bands were improvising and reforming constantly as the first wave of band were evolving…becoming interchangeable…the SLEEPERS W/ROZZ and NEGATIVE TREND W/RICKY performing on the same bill at the gay community center…THE NEGATIVE DILS ,..and even the NEGATIVE DILLENGERS …containing members of the DILS,AVENGERS, and NEGATIVE TREND…I had done the opposite and put together a band called the BELFAST COWBOYS with three new-to-the-scene-and-gone-just-as-fast members…with the notable exception of drummer BOBBY BARRAGE…who went on to form NO ALTERNATIVE (named after the BELFAST COWBOYS song) with JEFF REES and JOHNNY GENOCIDE….
BELFAST COWBOYS was taken from a song by and obscure english glitter blues act called THE PRETTY THINGS..it was a song off thier album SINGAPORE SILK TORPEDO..There was no significance to it and no one in the band was irish..the band went into peter miller studios and recorded what is now known as “ThE PoP sessions” for 50$ in 4 track….
the 9 song 19 minute masterpiece was never released…and when the BELFAST COWBOYS played live…somehow it became a party band…none of the musicans from the recording played in the live incarnation…instead it was JIMMY WILSEY and DANNY FURIOUS from the AVENGERS,..DENNY DIGREGARIO from TRUE BELIEVERS, myself and a plethora of gorgeous band girlfriends dressed up rockabilly, undulating as (back up singers?) THE BELFAST COWGIRLS….it was a spectacle of massive porportions which culminated with me going directly from the stage to the ER one night LOL,..not so much
the shows were punctuated with mad crazy covers of SLADE,KISS,BAY CITY ROLLERS and the “cowgirls” pouring shots of everclear in little paper mouthwash cups for everyone crowding around the front of the stage…the BELFAST COWBOYS provided a “Lets party,fuck politics” counterpoint to bands like the GERMS and DEAD KENNEDYS ..whom we played with at the infamous DEAF CLUB (a club run by and catering to deaf mutes…who could feel the thudding bass of PUNK music and LOVED IT) in the MISSION DISTRICT………………….BELFAST COWBOYS were a hit…yet none of the material from the “PoP SeSSioNs” was never played at those legendary shows…as heavy and hard as the BELFAST COWBOYS recording was…the live band was a campy lightheaded excursion down memory lane featuring RONETTES songs and a cover of SHAUN CASSIDYS “THATS ROCK AND ROLL”…cmon everybody get down get with it ..LoL
time passed and I was back in Portland..in the early 80′s..When THEATRE OF SHEEP was blowing up….I remembered the demo and what a sonic blast it was…I gave the 4 track master to TOM ROBINSON and had 100 cassettes duplicated of the 19 minute recording…I xeroxed some artwork and put the cassette in PARK AVEUE RECORDS (where a perponderance of the TOS “CATHARTIC AQUACADE” tapes were selling) as “NITECRAWLERS 78″…with no fanfare…sold a few…didnt really think about it again…
Time passed and THEATRE OF SHEEPS zenith neared…and the overwhelming drama of the SUPERNOVA and demise of TOS took center stage and aside from a few cassettes left in a box of memorabilia with a NITECRAWLERS 78 logo on them…the “PoP SeSSioNs” by the BELFAST COWBOYS ceased to exist….
then in 2000 ..this guy from WHITE NOIZE RECORDS started bugging me and coming around….he was a big NEGATIVE TREND,SLEEPERS,UXA,AVENGERS fan…all that old school SF stuff…he kept pressing me for material…I said “I have this”…and gave him a cassette of “thePoP SeSSioNs”….”Its not NEGATIVE TREND..same era though…it was a side project I was involved with…”
well,..he loved it…he thought the material was awesome …and wanted to release it…he kept coming around with grand schemes…and trying to network others from that scene thru me…I got more and more annoyed…I finally told him “Look, Im a suddenly single parent,i cant gig,.got a messy divorce to pay for and rent and bills that are overdue…I want cash…you can have all rights to do whatever the hell you want with it…own every note of every song…but I dont want to wait around for royalties or its just another pipe dream..I got real world problems…gimme cash up front and ITS ALL YOURS”…figuring he would balk and go away…
Surpisingly,.. he eventually did give me $1500, and then another $500 after having me sign several handwritten” uni-bomber manifesto” contracts..to own it outright..and I really didnt believe he would ever get it together and release it …but he did..
“ROZZ & NEGATIVE TREND;THE POP SESSIONS “was released by WHITE NOIZE RECORDS in 2001….and quickly won several pestigous awards and recieved glowing reviews…THE BIG TAKEOVER called it “the 3rd best document of the era” behind two AVENGERS releases…the SEATTLE paper reviewing it along side an REM review…like it was some legitimate punk never-before-heard-of masterpiece….that was the last i heard of it…WHITE NOIZE went underground and i knew I would never see another penny…I was just glad I got some cash up front…
then in late 2007…after finishing dates in SF with THEATRE OF SHEEP “PUNK LEGENDS” tour..I performed the material again with an awesome live band (the guy from WHITE NOIZE had resurfaced and put together) at the GENOCIDE BENEFIT at LENNON STUDIOS…the audience reaction to the anthemic M-16,NO ALTERNATIVE,NEVER SAY DIE, and I WONT BE PACIFIED was overwhelming…and I knew I wanted to get that music out there again
earlier in 2007 I also made aqquaintance with music attorney PETER VAUGHN SHAVER…who begin to help me clear up all my musical affairs…we filed to make all contracts with WHITE NOISE and MABUHAY RECORDS null and void…I regained ownership of this material only in the last several months and am now happy to release it on CDBABY as ROZZ of NEGATIVE TREND; BELFAST COWBOYS …ThE PoP Sessions”……9 songs 19 minutes of over the top punk…availble only as mp3 download…the 1000 CD copies gone long ago…I dont even have one
POSTSCRIPT…I just looked on CD BABY and it (http://cdbaby.com/cd/rozz )is up now..my link there..also I saw on CDBABY there is another cd by a Minneapolis band called “BELFAST COWBOYS…A TRIBUTE TO VAN MORRISON.”..oh great…avoiding one lawsuit and stepping directly into another LoL…my life should be a Movie…a movie titled ALLEY OF THE DOLLS of course…!……please consider adding THE BELFAST COWBOYS (mine) to your digital music collection when it becomes availible april 1st….
THE Mediterranean was a gritty greek cafe and tavern that specialized in cheap beer and low budget greek food..I came upon the place via AL THE ANTI-PAL (allen b. lloyd) who lived at KEARNEY HOUSE and went on to work for THEATRE OF SHEEP selling our buttons and t-shirts…he was also working in the dingy kitchen at the “MED” as it was called…he would get us free or half price pitchers of PABST there before and after rehearsels..or any “occaison”…at the MEDITERRANEAN I became friends with the owner…GEORGE TOULAHOUP-AH OH..PO…ya know…my greek isnt so good…we just called him GEORGE T….the other GEORGE being UGLY GEORGE,..a bukowski-esque drunk who would wax obnoxious at the MED’S open mike POETRY NIGHT…it was a slummy wonderful dive where if you were friends with GEORGE or AL THE ANTI PAL…you never left SOBER or HUNGRY……WALT CURTIS and the local literary illuminatti made the MED bohemian ground zero for the ever unpopular “Poetry”….students, musicans,drunks, berets and mohawks,and petty dramas of the seedy neighborhood locals…As the fledgling bands popularity grew ..and we became painfully aware that most of the BARS in town didnt want us .. the bands following was overwhelmingly underage…I approached GEORGE about doing SUNDAY AFTERNOON UNDERAGE SHOWS and he reluctantly agreed as long as “All the kids are out by 9pm”…we did shows with AL cooking up a spagetti dinner or greek food…and packed the tiny tavern with teens..and 50 cent champagne for the over 21 set..(that got us in trouble with liquor control commission).the stage was tiny..the size of a king size bed which made it very intimate…Jimi went wireless one time and I turned back during a lead to see he had left the packed building and was standing out on the yellow line down the middle of 16th and Burnside…going crazy on guitar…while cars whizzed by both directions honking thier horns and yelling…middle of the fucking street he does a 5 minute solo on “Manilla Romance”....the shows got a buzz and were a blast…for us and our fans..soon everyone wanted to play THE MED…VIOLENT FEMMES,..mini-national acts to numerous to mention..and the kids would come back during the week for falafels and coffee…a business arrangement that suited both of us very well… soon GEORGE would talk over beers about wanting to buy a club .”..a club…JUST FOR MUSIC..no cafe..no noise complaints..”
our shows became relatively hi-tech comparatively as we outgrew the MEDITERRANEAN TAVERN and began to headline STARRYNIGHT CLUB down the street…and our POSTERS would also evolve significantly from those early days the MED….but the half dozen or so memorable shows there (and the simple black and white xeroxed posters)were an important building block in the foundation of the storied history of THEATRE OF SHEEP….and portland rock history as well..
because with the profits of the Mediterraneans surge in popularity,..sooner rather than later GEORGE T realized his dream and opened the famed SATRYICON CLUB at 6th between couch and davis…out of loyalty to us…he tagged THEATRE OF SHEEP to play the very first night…george became famous..the club legendary..and up until he got out..if I showed up there,..he’d give a nod to the bartenders and my drinks were always free..sometimes joining me and my party to talk nostagicly about “the old days” at the MEDITERRANEAN
POSTSCRIPT; as always I would encourage you to support this site and hit the THEATRE OF SHEEP on CDBABY.COM Link (Top right hand of this page )and pick up a copy of OLD FLAMES…or get the original 1984 12 inch 4 song Ep.. only about 20 left..drop me an email if youre a serious vinyl collector
one of the most unique things about THEATRE OF SHEEP was the posters…THIS BLOG TO BE REFORMATTED..but go ahead and have a peek …as it is..I looked at the posters as a chance to explore the creative possibilities…TOS posters were made thru and old fashioned method and a connection with a basement printing shop named HALLENDERS, located underneath historic HUBERS on 4th avenue…our connection there, employee and aspiring musican himself…was DERBY O’DONNELL…DERBY would scout excess paper from other large projects…sometimes in odd sizes..other times we would cut to 11×17…sometimes odd colors and textures…we once did a run of 1300 SILVER LICK AND STICK POSTERS!..unfortunately, we could never find a viable way to properly moisten them…our tongues got tired after a few dozen posters went up..LOL…the first time thru the presses we would do a background color pattern…I was fond of LACE I xeroxed and enlarged to give a snakeskin/fishnet stocking-like image….then let the ink dry….2nd time thru often with another pattern in another bold color..often concentric circles or a different lace pattern….the third time thru was almost always in black and contained the basic information on the show…in some posters we employed a stalinesque tactic when members left the band …we simply erased them and used the same photograph
sometimes the posters came out good..other times too busy..but always unique…the old men who worked with DERBY at hallendar took great pride in being a part of this very alternative creative endeavor and did an awesome job..occaisonally adding a fourth or fifth color.so…anyhuzen…this is just a work in progress…I have a lot more to upload …I know this layout is a bit disjointed but I will get with my website guru (Ericka Meyers) and tidy it up a bit…so enjoy and check back for the finished product…as time permits I shall to chronicle every poster for every show..a daunting task as there were tons of gigs…I couldnt keep up creatively at times…so some were gems and other hastily conceived duds but all were colorful and interesting…so thats it for now…all artwork by rozz rezabek