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L.A. Punk History: Part Two

Once again, BTR is ready to school you on the history of Punk music on the West Coast.

SUBURBAN LAWNS


L to R: Vex Billingsgate, Su Tissue and John McBurney

Started in 1979, this eccentric New Wave band originally hailed from Long Beach, CA where they played with likes of the Weirdos and Black Flag. The Lawns eventually moved to New York City where they were active until they broke up in the mid-Eighties. Tissue recorded a solo album of piano and voice (Salon de Musique) in 1982 and played the small but memorable part of Peggy Dillman in the 1986 movie “Something Wild.”

THE DICKIES


L to R: Chuck Wagon, Billy Club, Stan Lee, Leonard Graves Phillips and Karlos Kaballero

The clown princes of punk, the Dickies are, in fact, the oldest surviving punk band still recording new material. In contrast to the snotty, intentionally offensive humor of many comedically-inclined punk bands, the Dickies were inspired mostly by trashy schlock movies and pop culture camp. Their covers were just as ridiculous as their originals, transforming arena rock anthems and bubblegum pop chestnuts alike into loud, speed-blur punk-pop. They remain an avowed influence on new-school punk Green Day and the Offspring.

-Bryan

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Loud Fast Rules Goes Green

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Happy St. Patty’s Day! This week on Loud Fast Rules, DJ Bryan is paying tribute to this fine holiday by featuring some awesome punk from Ireland/Northern Ireland. You’ll hear tracks from Stiff Little Fingers, The Boomtown Rats, Neck, and much more. Put on your green and grab a pint!

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00:50 Everyday’s St. Patrick’s Day – Neck
04:06 Suspect Device – Stiff Little Fingers
06:38 I Can Only Dream – Protex
09:17 She’s So Modern – The Boomtown Rats
12:12 I Can Only Give You Everything – Them
14:35 All The Time In The World – The Nips
17:57 Television Screen – Radiators From Space
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20:49 Here Comes the Summer – The Undertones
22:31 Blister On The Moon – Rory Gallagher
25:53 Ignore Me – The Gas
29:15 Pressure’s On – Rudi
31:45 Justa Nother Teenage Rebel – The Outcasts
34:56 Cause Or Consequence – Victim
37:59 Freedom – Exile In The Kingdom
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42:21 Dearg Doom – Horslips
45:25 Can’t Stop – That Petrol Emotion
48:13 True Confessions – The Undertones
50:05 Gotta Gettaway – Stiff Little Fingers
53:39 Pagan Holiday – The Real McKenzies
57:18 Everybody’s Welcome To The Hooley! – Neck
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Loud Fast Rules Presents: L.A. Punk History

 Consider this a lesson in history regarding all the great late 70’s and early 80’s Southern California punk and hardcore bands that paved the way for bands like Offspring, Green Day, Rancid, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, etc.

Each and every one of the these pioneer groups came up from nowhere when no one was looking. They were armed with nothing more than cheap guitars, even cheaper beer and inspiration to burn. Here we are, 30 years later, and the whole world is finally paying attention to what these kids were doing.

In the pre-eBay world (read: ten years ago), most of this material would have been both hopelessly out of print, and could have only be found in ridiculously expensive collector shops. Thankfully, there are a handful of labels still out there interested in preserving the legacies of these bands, on both CD and vinyl formats. So, with the advent of downloadable technology, most of what you are about to hear is all there for the asking. Of course, an original, dead mint copy of 198 Seconds of the Dils on Dangerhouse is still a nice prize to have in one’s collection.

That being said, who has an extra $150.00 to spend on one piece of vinyl anymore? In my case, I bought that very record at Bleecker Bob’s when domestic punk singles still cost a mere two dollars! But I digress. Hopefully, these songs will either jar a few memories or get you – if not your kids – motivated to start a new band.

The Weirdos:

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  L to R: Cliff Roman, Nicky Beat, Dave Trout, John Denney, Dix Denney

The Weirdos were the first LA band to make waves. If it wasn’t for their warped visionary ability to connect Dada anti-art of the early 20th century with stripped down Rock and Roll, the Southern California scene as we know it today wouldn’t exist. Sadly, the band are once again inactive. A new 30th anniversary retrospective called Destroy All Music will have to suffice for now.

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DJ Bryan knows more about punk than you

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It’s been said time and again that the punk movement came from nothing and nowhere; that it existed in a vacuum and that the only two things that made punk what it was were passion and speed.

Bollocks!

If there were no Who’s Can’t Explain, we wouldn’t have The Clash’s rallying cry, Clash City Rockers, now would we? Stiff Little Fingers’ Inflammable Material would not exist without the opening intro chords to Montrose’s 1973 hit “Rock the Nation” guiding the entire song, and Johnny Lydon’s Public Image certainly would not exist had there been no King Tubby, no Can and no Hawkwind.

Think I’m kidding?

Do a little homework and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Think Interpol and the Editors are ‘on to something’ with their respective new sounds? Well, they are a talented lot, so maybe they are. That being said, I’m sure as the sun is shining that that lot have got these songs burned on to their respective iPods for casual listening pleasure, and inspiration.

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FAMILY FODDER

With their extensive back catalogue now ridiculously out of print, Family Fodder have now been dubiously consigned to ‘Cult Band’ status. Their records are so in-demand that they now fetch huge sums of money in collectors’ circles. Based in London (and very much attuned to what was brewing in the local punk scene, albeit the more avant garde side of it) Family Fodder were not so much a band but a loose collective of roughly 20 different musicians brought together by the classically-trained Alig Pearce.

The band included members of This Heat and his girlfriend, the lovely French chanteuse, Dominique Levillain. Stylistically, the band were all over the map, mixing four-on-the-floor bubblegum pop into twisted tape manipulations, and combining world music experiments with minimalist classical composition permeating the melody line. Anyone familiar with their music knows that there is no such thing as a boring Family Fodder record, as they were filled with… What is it the French call it? Savoir faire? Hence, the track

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