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..
….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….
.THIS is culled from a series of posts on THE REZABEK LOG around the time of his 9/13/2008 appearance…the sequence of events starts with a phone call at 2 pm
well ..Im scrubbing all my barb-b-que and party plans to go catch ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO’s act tonight…alejandro is part of the musical clan of PETE ESCOVEDO,SHEILA E.(escovedo),Javier Escovedo… its a musical family ..a musical franchise..I met AL in the SF77 PUNK onslaught when he was in the band called THE NUNS…he breifly managed NEGATIVE TREND and was always one of the nicest guys around…
he was at the helm acting as NEGATIVE TREND’s manager,..when we shattered MABUHAY attendance records in our first headline gig with THE NUNS and AVENGERS on the bill…467 people in the small club…it was a record that wouldnt last as BLONDIE,IGGY (w/BOWIE on keyboards) ,NICO and DEVO all packed out the famed club later
..my name came up last night backstage at ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO’s SF show …and PAUL DRAPER (of SLEEPERS fame) mentioned that we had been in touch since the PUNK PIONEERS show a couple months back…AL gave DRAPER his number and told me to call him and get on the PEST LIST…Paul called me in portland and said Al would be up tommorrow..which is tonight…at the ALADDIN THEATRE
So…I guess Im gonna doll up and make the scene tonight….rock-n-roll…its funny coz I just saw AL on the TONIGHT SHOW with JAY LENO and told a girlfriend watching with me that he was a friend of mine…I kind of think she was thinkin’…”Yeah…Sure..”…she will certainly be impressed when we get in for free, I thought…little did I know just how gratiously ALEJANDRO would roll out the welcome mat .
Got my son off to his friends for the evening…said my “Im sorries” and cancelled out on two social events last minute … I havent seen ALEJANDRO (except on TV) for over 30 years…he’s a PuNk LeGeNd.no contest…and who knows when I’ll see the busy rockstar again…that takes precedent over local activities….
6PM that evening…Talked to ALEJANDRO and its all set..his band goes on at 915pm…Time for me to wash my 5 dollar footlong down with a pale ale..and get dressed up for the rockstar-way-o-life…and meet my date for a Rocktail before the show at the adjacent bar PAOLA’s
LATER ..sometime after midnight…After our lengthy backstage reunion Al said goodbye and got on the tour bus towards SEATTLE….The show was a blast…not only did ALEJANDRO give me 2 shout outs from onstage …One was an interesting ancedote about my days in NEGATIVE TREND that I hadnt heard….
its seems that after the SEX PISTOLS backstage riot of january 1978 ALEJANDRO recieved a call from uber-promoter BILL GRAHAM “Are you NEGATIVE TREND’s manager?” he asked…
When ALEJANDRO answered in the affirmative… a FURIOUS and agitated BILL GRAHAM demanded “where do I send this bill for 5,000 dollars…I had to have the building sandblasted to clean up thier mess… ” ALEJANDRO said he had thought GRAHAM was calling to offer NEGATIVE TREND a gig…LOL.
later in his set …he also talked of the backstage showdown where ALEJANDRO ,Pistols svengali MALCOLM McCLAREN, and RORY JOHNSTON (SEX PISTOLS TOUR MANAGER) were pushing our amps up the.ramp onto the stage at WINTERLAND…..as BILL GRAHAMS goony musclemen were on the other side trying to push the amps back down…..hearing your name mentioned on stage in an ancedote by a PuNk LeGeNd like ALEJANDRO….well,..I was just giddy
I had never heard of this before… at that point me and my band mates had already went into riot mode BACKSTAGE at the PISTOLS gig, and the whole scene became a 3 ring circus…that was then,this is now…anyhuzen…alejandro did the ESCOVEDO name proud and put on a totally incredibly awesome show that included elements of all his era’s…but he will always be most famous for starting the “AUSTIN SOUND” …long after his punk rock days with the NUNS..
he was incrediblely humble and made me and my date feel like his honored guests backstage …spending an hour with us before giving in to his manager and going outside to talk to the fans…sign some autographs..I gave him a copy of LOVERLEGENDLIAR and THEATRE OF SHEEP”OLD FLAMES” and he gave me a vinyl copy of his new double album “real animal”.
..on the way out,..as we walked slowly down the long stairway out the back of the nightclub…we stopped on the stage for a moment…We talked about the old days and who was where and who was alive and who was dead and who was still strung out and who was happy and who was bitter..we said our goodbyes as we stepped outside and I saw FRED “NOIZE”SEEGMULLER waiting with some of the fans…another PuNk LeGeNd..what a night
.it was an awesome reunion..havent seen Al for 30 years…He told me he was at the THEATRE OF SHEEP show in SF in 1984 but didnt connect with us …he is a true artist and has never stopped playing and touring….visited with his MERCH guy ANTHONY … also a familiar face…he had backed MARY MONDAY in different incarnations of THE BITCHES and THE STREET PUNKS..
One of my clearest memories of ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO back in the day was his shoes..all the punk rockers in SF were dirt poor but AL always had on the sharpest looking shoes,..beatle boots,cockroach killers, snakeskin..he always dressed sharp and had impeccable taste in fine shoes…So I was excited to wear my new FLUEVOG’s …and as expected he had pointy stylish oxblood shoes to match his vest…but for once I didnt feel outclassed..
.It was sure good to catch up with ALEJANDRO saturday night..he has lived quite the life…I asked him about DENNY DIGREGARIO and he had an interesting story…after battling demons for years in the TRUE BELIEVERS with AL,..it seems DENNY went to a monastary in north carolina to become a greek orthodox monk…right before he was to take his vow of silence he made one last trip back to AUSTIN to see the guys…he was last seen in a monks long robe..giving AL and the band blessings with one hand and a bottle of tequilla in the other…he is still wandering lost in AUSTIN somewhere apparently…thats DENNY.. the genius behind the punk merry pranksters quasi gang known as the WHARFRATS
ALEJANDRO lost the mother of his children in 91,..he played the DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION recently and was chagrined when the NEW YORK TIMES published the top ten songs on PREZ BUSH’s IPOD…AL’s song CASTANETS was among them…so he stopped playing that song..but now he’s playing it again coz BUSH IS ON THE WAY OUT…
AL talked of the difficulty he has had in the music industry due to his mexican heritage…his albums have always been ROCK,.. but because of his name his CD’S have been categorized as WORLD BEAT,LATINO,ROOTS and FOLK narrowing the scope of thier availibility…a subtle form of racism he has had to endure and rise above over the years
saw local gadfly TRES SHANNON (owner of VOODOO donuts and the host of KAREOKE FROM HELL band) at the show…I always like TRES…He put THEATRE OF SHEEP on a bill with MEN AT WORK,and TOMMY TUTONE at BERBATI’S which was a gas of a gig…TRES tracked me down in the balcony and congratulated me “wow, you got mentioned between songs twice,I guess you and Al have history?”
Yes, ALEJANDRO and I have history..and even though its been decades since weve talked..it seemed seamless…we talked of DIETRICH, CRAIGATIVE TREND,DEBISOU, JERI AND JANEY(the tiny twins from madison) WILL,micheal BELFER,PENELOPE,GREG LANGSTON,WILSEY,the sad state of THE NUNS these days (that dead horse is now just a pile of pulp) and he gave me more tidbits and insights into the whole SEX PISTOLS fiasco at WINTERLAND…30 years later after the fact
right after that he ended up in NEW YORK at the chelsie hotel..with SID and NANCY down the hall…he has a song called CHELSIE HOTEL that chronicled that crazy time..another great song he had was SISTER LOST SOUL which is a paen to all of those people from the scene who have died…JEFFREY LEE PIERCE of GUN CLUB and WILL SHATTER (negative trend) in particular…great tune
AL told me he came close to dying himself and was hospitalized for 2 years on and off …like many from that era he battles HEP C…he now leads a chaste life and has foregone even an occaisional beer for vitamin supplements and dried cranberries and healthy munchies of all sorts…he looks great…he is almost 10 years older than me but still touring and recording constantly..it was inspirational….and uplifting…he is a remarkable artist others could learn from..
he now shares a manager with the likes of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN…so expect to see alot more of ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO in the future..check out his music and his blog at http://www.myspace.com/alejandroescovedo
the late BRUCE CONNER took this one iconic shot back in 77 or very early 78 and it has graced several books,exhibits and magazine covers spanning 3 decades……first publised by VALE (Re Search) in SEARCH & DESTROYmagazine it will probably be the most famous photo of me ever taken,…even though you cant see my face…..
PS…the meat hook hanging from a belt is an underappreciated fashion accessory that never quite caught on.. LOL
heres another BRUCE CONNER shot that won many prestigous awards including ART FORUM magazine ROZZ of NEGATIVE TREND..”suspended animation” BRUCE CONNER (RIP)
OH…and then theres theres the perched atop the speaker shot…I guess all BRUCE’S pictures have been beri-beri good to me…theres 1o or more in the MABUHAY GARDENS PHOTOBOOK he produced shortly beforehis death…I went and saw an exhibit of 16X20 INCH prints of these pictures at the BARBARA GLADSTONE GALLERY in NYC in JAN2005ROZZ “ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND” …by BRUCE CONNER
correct me if Im wrong.. but I think Im perhaps the FIRST and LAST rocker to adorn my body with MACHINIST TAPE…take that IGGY POP!…and the TARGET on my chest…that is either really CHEESY ..or pure unadulterated “accidental genius”..
most recently one of BRUCES “ROZZ” photographs appeared in ART LTD. magazine…..his wonderful work is the gift that keeps on giving…though he made alot of money off pictures of me…I always felt enriched that he captured “the moments” of my life visually …fine compensation..and just as they live on after his death…they will perhaps retain thier iconic status ,..long after my mine too…theres now a permanent museum exhibit…wow…
this is an excerpt from THE REZABEK LOG from back in october 2007…I had hastily signed with a new record company MABUHAY RECORDS..and we put a very raw punked out version of THEATRE OF SHEEP back together to go down and play 3 dates in the Bay area…after the trip,..the deal fizzled..and as quickly as I had signed with Mabuhay we were off Mabuhay but we did have this trip which was one of those magical convergences of old friends and became a pivotal life changing event….INSANE JANE,MISS KITTY,BUD,JIMI,SVETLANA,DEBISOU and I bonded to forever become “the third Tier inner circle of the loyal benevolent order of PsYcHoBiTcHeS and PuNk LeGeNds”….we had a blast on the “tour” and have become even closer friends since…That trip (thank you ted) became one of the high points of my life and cherished memories I will carry to my grave…The concerts were set to coincide with PUNK ROCKS 30th anniverary…Ironically..it had been 30 years since I had seen Debisou, when we lived in the NEGATIVE TREND apt.on PINE ST in 1977..the first show was awesome but few people there, the second show was terrible..and the third show I was an honored surprise guest on the GENOCIDE benefit.. and I absolutely KILLED to a packed house….while half my band was drunk on a plane getting diverted to seattle….I’ll explain how that worked later LOL
414 the MIGHTY PUNK LEGENDS arrive..
we picked up KGO newstalk radio (a 50,000 watt station out of SF)as we came out of the siskyous into redding..the pimp van ran charmingly and the ride was uneventful..I took over driving for the last bit..the hard part..rush hour traffic on halloween morning in the bay area…
surprisingly , it wasnt half as bad as usual..it just grows in intensity from the 505 cut-off to Vaca Valley parkway into vallejo, to west 80..down to the MacArthur maze where it balloons out to 16 lanes then 24 toll booths then 16 lanes,then 10, finally to 6 lanes over the bay bridge into the city..it went very smooth and the toll booths were all empty…yay..we saved 4 dollars before we even got off the road..
we listened intently to all the latest on the 5 point something Earthquake that had rumbled thru the previous night..KGO is this huge all news AM station that I have listened to even as a small kid up in Roseburg Oregon in the 60′s..late at night when it was clear we could pick up the progressive talk station on our transistor radios..this was also the station I would leave blaring on the radio at FULTON street (as a burglar deterent)during the 80′s when I was off in portland,new york,..or on tour…I was surprised at how many of the on air personalities were the same..
anyhuzen the earth shuddered at the thought of the mighty punk legends arrival..the hotel was right in chinatown on broadway across cattycorner from the CONDOR,THE HUNGRY I, BIG AL’S and our balcony hung right out over the street…coolio..it was like some blast from the past a fifties neon sign cinderblock monstosity which would be more at home on the outskirts of Vegas..
WILLIAM BURROUGHS had stayed there at the ROYAL PACIFIC MOTOR INN..probably lots of celebrities stayed there..or died there..or were murdered there…it was perfect..and it was..a dumpy place where the ice machine dont work quite right ..but they stay out of your face and you can be loud and wild and have funny smells drifting out of your room and no one says boo..there was parking too,right in the city..amazing…
Bud and I got in unexpectedly early but they had our suite ready..205…home base..ground zero for what was to be a magical four day whirlwind of good food,good friends(new and old)good music and …”good times”.. as the psycho cab driver would say as he weaved thru traffic at insane speeds on the last day of the journey…
I went out for a bottle and walked by the old MABUHAY..talked to svetlana on the cell phone while walking down Columbus in lttle Italy (whos travelling companion was waffling on making the roadie)..”cmon down whenever..just come” I exhorted her.we were recently reconnected friends from the late 70′s..and she did..arriving mid day the next day…I got back to the room where BUD had set up camp and was enjoying the street scene and a cigarette on the spacious balcony..I mixed a vuudka soda..it was 11 am..ah..the rockstar way-o-life
a crazy knocking on the door..I opened it to find DEBISOU..behind a rozz mask..she had pulled the dweeby pic of me with the bow-tie from my myspace site..blown it up,printed and laminated it and cut little eye holes…there she was..30 years later even lovier and bubblier and funnier than ever…we laughed and hugged and kissed and began an all encompassing conversation that would run a full 96 hours..with only a few breaks for sleep..just like the old days
the stories spanned decades of seperation and yet it was like no time had passed..it was a beaming and beautiful reunion spanning every subject past an present..Bud was instantly charmed by the magical,mystical Debisou..and so was I..again..just as I had been as a young teenager…she is one of those people with an energy..a healing beautiful energy..a creative outside the box mentality..and though were all in our 40s now she was vivacious and fashionable as she had always been…
it was on..the food..the fun…jimi arrived by plane and joined our crew…insane jane left a note and a glow in the dark plastic maggot in a drug bag on the door..the royal pacific was becoming party central…a large bottle of stoly replaced my tiny bottle of Taaka Vuudka and drinks were mixed,stories were told, and the boisterous street scene bustling below the balcony added a fitting backdrop to the “Whatever happened to…” conversations punctuated with raucous laughter and pure joy…I felt young and vibrant again..
Debisou was ten feet away in 208, insane jane and miss kitty moved to 202, svetlana up in 306 and Koster would check in somewhere on the 5th floor and begin his reign of terror soon enough…everytime I ventured out for ice or between rooms I would break into my happy marching song,..one I had learned (with different words of course) as a boyscout hiking up switchbacks on mount hood…
“WE ARE THE LEGENDS,MIGHTY PUNK LEGENDS,..EVERYWHERE WE GO-OH..PEOPLE WANNA KNOW-OH..WHO WE ARE..SO WE TELL ‘EM..WE ARE THE LEGENDS, THE MIGHTY PUNK LEGENDS..SOUND OFF ONE TWO..SOUND OFF THREE FOUR..WANNA START A SOCIAL WAR COZ..we are Legends, mighty punk legends,..everywhere we go-oh people wanna know-oh..”
it became the rallying call of the entire weekend..everyone began addressing each other as “punk legend” and exhorting “you ARE a PuNk LeGeNd!” in reference to any accomplishment ..such as half blind Svetlana driving into town alone during rush hour…everyone took a leap of faith to make the fateful trip to san francisco..Debisou having travelled ALONE from amsterdam..she IS a PuNk LeGeNd!!!!!
well after standing in the cold wind for half an hour..getting recognized by every one entering the show…STEVE DEPACE took charge and the lady from the ticket window waved me over and handed me two VIP passes and tickets…YOKO and I quickly scurried in and it was nonstop familiarity..everone kind of sizing each other up and then saying “arent you so and so?..with a little more there (point at gut) and a little less there? (point to balding and/or greying hair….)…everyone had aged ..some better than others.
.SOME even looked better than when the were youngsters GREG LANGSTON of the AVENGERS looked like a movie star…SALLY MUTANT has loss a ton of weight and her face has thinned and she is as georgeous (as her personality always was )these days..my old bandmate CRAIG GREY now has a name to match his hair.. seemed thin and jubilant…PENELOPE was lookin’ DAMN fine..as always…still married..I think??
. meeting RICKY SLEEPERS teenaged son was heavy…brought me to tears a couple of times…finally I pulled him aside and had a talk with him….I know how hard it is for mak growing up in my notoriously dubious shadow…and Im alive to explain things.. looks hauntingly like his pop RICKY..good kid..having a great time
A GOOD MANY of the old crowd fell into the kinda getting paunchy, middle aged and relatively healthy & Happy catagory…PAUL DRAPER,PETER URBAN,VINCE (who is now a woman named domenique.)…BOBBY CLIC,JOE REES of TARGET VIDEO… I think RESA (BELFAST COWGIRL EXTRORDINAIRE) aged remarkably well..so did I ,frankly..the main thing is that were all still alive an kicking..any day above ground is a good day indeed
.I may not have been up there belting out THE BLACK AND RED…but thats thier loss,..coz Im a much better singer now…..I was “THEE VERY WORST SINGER IN THE SCENE “according to Howie Klein , and it almost got me a gig with the SEX PISTOLS LOL.,,,MICHEAL BELFER looks the same …only really long blond hair….
.. as much as it was good to see NEGATIVE TREND be barely mediocre without me…that is a franchise close to my heart ..and I would like to see it snarling,snotty engaging the audience in a compelling provacative way…rather than meandering lifelessly thru once GREAT SONGS…if they contine playing out though Im confident with some polish and energy ..they could recapture the LUSTRE of the old NEGATIVE TREND…without Will though..its hard..smaller venue would definetely help
I heard countless times “why arent you singing?” and “they are sucking hard” and”how fucking lame”…”it be so great if you were singing..why arent you?”..I wasnt asked..and these commentS were from thier friends and peers.”Well,..maybe NEXT TIME..”I said graitiously to well wishers..its weird… I like paul hood.. visiited extensively with PAUL HOOD…he’s a great guy…saw him open for the RAMONES IN 1976..when he was a teenager in a band called the MYCE…And PAUL CASTILLE is a good guy and competent singer…it was just lifeless for some reason…and the audience seemed as disinterested as the band…but they played ..and that was great for that fact alone
but all in all…a great night of nights…more notable was who was not there…JELLO…JENIFER MIRO..of course DIRK is dead…and personally I missed DEBISOU…didnt see GINGER COYOTE…but it was a fantastic gathering of new and (mainly) old faces…my camera batteries were dead..so like I have many times before over the years…I departed during FLIPPERS closing set as did most of the over 40 crowd…
I was chatting with RESA and simultaneously we looked at each other and exclaimed “I cant take anymore FLIPPER ” …though I do like them in a greatful deadish way…with that we both said “jinx” and joined many others shivering outside to say our goodbyes…what fun!..it was….LETS DO IT AGAIN IN ANOTHER 30 YEARS…there will probably only be ten of us left…will just book a room at the ROYAL PACIFIC MOTOR INN and bring accoustic guitars and tamborines