August 6, 1981
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From the found archives of The Billy Eye and Judy Zee articles from Data-Boy Magazine / 1980-85.

PLEASE NOTE THESE ARTICLES WERE HEAVILY RE-WRITTEN FROM MY ORIGINAL NOTES IN 1994 & 2011.

 

 

 

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by Billy eye
August 6, 1981

"Most of the music papers were slow to pick up on it. In 20 years time, critics will probably write great, dewy-eyed retrospectives on how good it was in these clubs and how these innovators were doing this, that and the other"
- Gary Kemp, Spandau Ballet

Once again, Billy Eye commands the night and regurgitates what little entertainment he found for your reading pleasure...

Many people were disappointed at the cancellation of the Bow Wow Wow gig at the Whisky a couple of months back, but one wonders if there was ever any intention to play at all. The official reason for the cancellation was British lead singer Annebella Lu Wins' inability to obtain a work permit (she's only fifteen).

Annabella may only be fifteen, but she has strong political views. "It's that Mrs. Thatcher that I blame. She's an evil woman. She doesn't give a damn about what is happening to this country. Iron Lady my foot. She's not the Iron Lady, she's just a bloody bitch." Catfight! Score one for Thatcher, tho, 'cause Annabella is staying home.

Malcolm Mclaren

Let's remember that Bow Wow Wow's manager, Malcolm McLaren, was also the guiding force behind The Sex Pistols. One of his favorite publicity gimmicks was to set up tour dates for the 'Pistols' and then cancel them, pointing to censorship- when in fact no tour was ever planned at all.

It's a nice gimmick, you must admit- generate interest, generate enthusiasm, generate sales. But as always, it's the music lover that misses out.

Why not Why Nut?

Well, Billy Eye does an about face. Six months (or so) ago, I saw the group Why Nut and wasn't too impressed. But now, Why Nut has returned after a long absence - and they are terrific!

This three man team, led by masterful guitarist Emilio, have succeeded in creating an exciting, intense sound. At times the vocals blend together with the instruments (guitar, bass, drums) so well it's as if a new instrument has been created, at other times, the vocals are overpowering and wholly independent. All of the musicians are fine and the material exhibits a broad range (compared to other punkish bands at least).

Why Nut is definitely evolving into new areas - the group members have been on the scene for quite a while and, if the show I saw was any indication, they will become an important force in the emerging downtown music scene.

Angry, sneering, snarling and only thirteen years old? That's Mad Society with lead punker Stevie, his big brother, and their underage friends thrashing the stage. These hardcore Eastsiders have a 45 single at cooler record stores like Moby Disc in the Valley and Vinyl Fetish in Hollywood. Some of their hottest tunes - 'Napalm' and 'Little Devil' - will send you reeling.

Around the town...

Neighbor's Voices plays Al's Bar on Friday, August 28th. This is a different kind of band - a truly funky sound with staggering, loquacious vocals backed by brilliant musicians. See them!

The Toasters, a fave local pop group, mark their return to the live music scene on Thursday, August 13 at Cathay de Grande. The Toasters were really moving up and playing the bigger venues (Roxy, Palladium, etc.) a few short months ago, but evidently poor management stalled them at a key point in their progression. Then again, that's what they all say.

 

Here's an item of vital importance.

I want to thank Chuck Wild of Missing Persons for a great pair of custom made black and white checked Vans tennis shoes. Hey, I was only kidding about accepting bribes and gifts. (But I took it, didn't I?) I guess he noticed my old pair was being held together by staples from the back issues of a certain magazine for which I write.

For fans of the new psychedelia, try a dose of Killing Joke's new LP (it's great), and also try Judy Zee's latest article, which follows directly.

LA ROCKS???
by
Judy Zee

Ian Hunter photoLast year when Ian Hunter came 'round to the Roxy, I remember the song 'Cleveland Rocks' spontaneously being turned into 'LA rocks' by Ian and the crowd. How true is this lately?

Me pals and I have been doing some thinking on the subject, and here is some of what transgressed.

It's a stupid assumption that psychedelic music must "replay acid experiences". First of all, acid experiences cannot be replayed. Second of all, it seems as if there is a fear or distaste of association with the mind expansion induced by hallucinogens, which happened to us during our tripping youth in the sixties and seventies.

Ian HunterMethinks its so pretentious to consider tripping some clichÈ, or thoroughly redundant anachronism, 'cause its not. Maybe its been heard before, but there is no better place to first explore than within yourself.

'Psychedelic music' is a floating description, not an iron label, anyone intelligent would realize that those whose music is of this description might have absolutely nothing to do with psychotropic substances at this point in his life. (Please excuse this columnist's passion in these words, its just that writers in this town have been very snottily crushing notions that certain psychedelic '80's music is indeed psychedelic at all.)

For now, 'psychedelic' is a complimentary and descriptive term for flowing, in touch, mind freeing music. Lets have more of it!


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Punk Rock Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION

10-7-80 The first article, The Masque, Punk bands, Darby Crash & The Germs, The Garage

10-21-80 The Toasters, Great Buildings, The Go-Gos

11-2-80 New Wave nights in Hollywood, T.S.O.L, Shandi, The Smog Marines

11-16-80 Grace Jones, The Nobodys, Billy Sheets and the Elites, The Talking Heads

12-1-80 Hollywood Boulevard 'punks'

12-27-80 End of the year wrap-up, The Naughtie Sweeties, Dead Kennedys, Fear, punk riot in the OC

12-27-80 David Bowie as The Elephant Man

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1-05-81 Devo, Rock Against Racism

1-19-81 John Hiatt and The Toasters at the Starwood

2-03-81 Wendy O Williams, London aka Motley Crue, and Live Nude Girl

2-17-81 The Veil, Darby Crash death, Phil Seymour and The Textones

3-5-81 New wave night at the Odyssey, Ray Manzerek

3-19-81 The East LA scene, Hey Taxi!, The Rentz, The Plugz, The Detour, Human Sexual Response

3-19-81 Judy Zee on LA radio in 1981

4-02-81 Tonio K & Romeo Void, Oki-Dog, Flippers, A week in the LA clubs

4-16-81 XTC, Wall of Voodoo, Madame
Wong, and The Pop

4-30-81 U2 and Missing Persons

5-14-81 Billy Eye Rock Awards, Manakin

5-28-81 Missing Persons at the Topanga Corral

6-11-81 The Brat, Parapalegic Infants in Downtown LA and U2 in Santa Monica

6-25-81 Performance artist Adore O'Hare, downtown clubs, Red Wedding

6-25-81 Missing Persons in Westwood

7-09-81 Los Illegals, The Brat in Hollywood, Al's Bar, Johanna Went, Jerry Lee Lewis

7-09-81 John Cale live at The Whisky

7-23-81 Brave Dog, Stiff Little Fingers with Missing Persons, The Grandmothers

8-06-81 Bow Wow Wow, Malcolm McLaren, Mad Society, Ian Hunter , and the new psychedelia

8-22-81 Missing Persons, Jean Pierre Rampal

9-07-81 Filming at the Brave Dog, Red Wedding, Atomic Cafe, The Stains, Los Illegals, East LA bands

10-06-81 KROQ of the '80s, hardcore EPs, Missing Persons at The Whisky

10-20-81 West Hollywood & the end of The Starwood

4-7-82 New Wave Theatre, Aphotic Culture, The Waitresses and The Plimsouls

5-07-82 In the clubs, The Spoons, Nick Lowe, Madame Wong's West, Angry Samoans, Motley Crue

5-21-82 Interview with Terry Bozzio in 1982

8-27-82 Missing Persons, Red Wedding at the Whisky, Dream Syndicate, The Untouchables, The Go-Gos, Orange County hardcore

1-12-83 End of the year, Minutemen, Fear, Gun Club, Theoretical party, KROQ, Missing Persons

3-14-85 Red Wedding closes The Odyssey in 1985

 

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