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Wish You Were Hear: Uncool Fest 2016, Day 2

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SWMRS at Uncool Fest, Day 2 | 924 Gilman Street

In the early ’90s, when I was between the ages of 17 and 21, you could find me most weekends at 924 Gilman Street, an all-ages, non-profit, volunteer-run club in Berkeley that’s perhaps best known as the stomping ground of bands such as Green Day, Rancid, and AFI. It didn’t really matter who was playing—there was always at least one band on the five-band bill that turned out to be worth seeing. Sometimes a show even garnered national attention (e.g., the Insaints’ X-rated antics, the time Jello Biafra was assaulted by crusty punks).

My trips to Gilman grew increasingly infrequent with each passing year, even after Pyramid Brewery opened across the street and offered an alternative to Gilman’s functional but dank restrooms, sugar-laden snacks, questionable couches, and floor seating. (Pyramid closed last year.)  I can’t remember the last time I watched all the bands…until last weekend’s two-day Uncool Fest.

So C and I are making a rock ‘n’ roll travel video series, the first of which focuses on the East Bay, and needed Gilman footage for it. Since I pretty much don’t know any of the local bands playing there these days, I was pleased to recognize a couple playing the second day: headliners SWMRS and opener Jakob Danger. Mind-bogglingly, both bands have the distinction of featuring the sons of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. How crazy is that?

Even crazier was the number of parents pressed up against the walls at the back of the room, no doubt wishing there was somewhere to sit or get a snack. Or maybe I’m just projecting.

But I digress. I arrived shortly before (who I thought would be) Jakob Danger kicked off the show and joined the gaggle of girls parked at the front of the stage. They were dedicated SWMRS fans, judging by their branded shirts and phone cases. Was this similar to what it feels like to attend a Justin Bieber concert? I’m sure I’ll never know.

In any case, the first band turned out to be Berkeley’s Mom Jeans. Jakob Danger had been moved to a middle slot, which is how I ended up staying for all six bands. Although, honestly, what would I have done between the first and last bandsshop for groceries at Whole Foods down the block?

All the bands, including San Francisco’s Dinosaurs and SoCal’s Melted and No Parents, were awesome and compelled sweaty, fervent pit action. The No Stagediving sign went unheeded. A giant dinosaur balloon bounced around the room during Dinosaurs’ set.

Throughout the night, the heaving crush of adolescent energy around the stage transported me back to my first few years at Gilman. In addition, I was headbutted in the face at one point and kicked in the head by a wayward foot at another, adding a corporeal element to my nostalgia. No wonder I didn’t take many photos back then! I was too busy thrashing around and surviving flying bodies and limbs to fiddle with a film camera. Oh well. I’ve since learned how to multitask a little better. Here’s a glimpse of the action, as well as my KALX playlist from 20 years ago.

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Mom Jeans

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Dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs

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Melted

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Jakob Danger

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Jakob Danger

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Jakob Danger

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No Parents

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No Parents

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No Parents

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No Parents

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No Parents

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No Parents

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* = feature play
$ = request

2/16/96: FRIDAY 12:30-3pm

* PUBLIC DISTURBANCE – S&M
* THE HUMPERS – Apocalypse Girl
ZERO BOYS – Johnny Better Get
THE CONTROLLERS – Do the Uganda
* BIORITMO – Asia Minor

* THE VANDALS – Wannabe Manor
*$ VOODOO GLOWSKULLS – Thrift Shop Junkie
* THE CADAVERS – Bad Kid
S.H.A.K.E. – Invasion of the Gamma Men
* GAMMA MEN – Police Car

NANCY SINATRA – Sugar Town
* FIFI & THE MACH III – Heaven Only Knows
THE SAINTS – Lipstick on Your Collar
STAN GETZ – Girl from Ipanema
THE POMPOMS – Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

COMMANDER CODY & HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN – Hot Rod Lincoln
* CIGAR STORE INDIANS – Hot Rod Concerto
BILLY THE KID EMERSON – Move Baby Move
$ ELVIN BISHOP – Beer Drinking Woman
SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS – I Am the Cool

TROTSKY ICEPICK/VENA CAVA – I’m Stranded
* BOUNCING SOULS – All of This & Nothing
* AFI –  Advance in Modern Technology
* THE MOTARDS – Johnny Tremaine
* THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – The Dirty Sea

THE BUSINESS – Get Out While You Can
THE LURKERS – Wolf at the Door
$ X-RAY SPEX – Oh Bondage Up Yours!
$ LINK WRAY & THE RAY MEN – Rumble
* JOHNNY LYON – Bark Like a Dog

THE TAMMYS – Egyptian Shumba
DAVID SEVILLE – Witchdoctor
THE NAILS – 88 Lines about 44 Women
THE ANGELS – My Boyfriend’s Back
$ SANDIE SHAW – How Can You Tell

THE ADVERTS – Safety in Numbers
THE CLASH – Jail Guitar Doors
SHAM 69 – Tell Us the Truth

$ NAKED RAYGUN – Gear
* VAST MAJORITY – I Wanna Be a Number
* JACK O’ FIRE – Run Run Run
$ THE MAKERS – Dos & Don’ts of Lying

* LOUIS ARMSTRONG – Black & Blue
BILLIE HOLIDAY – Travelin’ Light
* THE TIKITONES – Rusty Nail
* THE BOMBORAS – Slinky

DAVID BOWIE – Heroes

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Rancid reminiscence, or May 1993 playlists

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Tim “Lint” Armstrong, Berkeley, CA, 1993

A year or two ago, before I actually dug up my old KALX playlists and reviewed them, I toyed with the idea of playing all the songs from one playlist in the order that they appeared. It’d be funny, I thought, like opening a time capsule. I hadn’t considered that I’d be unearthing a bomb of grizzled emotions, too—and not just mine.

A Twitter follower recently tweeted a comment about those first few playlists: “WOW the rancid days, those were the happiest days of my life!!” When I pointed out that Rancid didn’t appear on any of those playlists, he clarified, “I was reminiscing about my early 924 Gilman days (playlist reminded me).”

I would hardly say that was the happiest period of my life, but I had my Gilman days, too. In the 1990s, it was unavoidable if you were under 21, lived in the Bay Area, and waved the punk flag. Rancid was a familiar fixture on Telegraph Avenue and UC Berkeley’s Sproul steps. Lint (as Tim Armstrong liked to call himself back then) would hang out with me at the bus stop outside the Unit 3 dorms on Durant Avenue and talk nutrition. He kept me company during at least one midnight show (Sept. 8, 1993, here), schooling me on Arthur Kay & the Originals and Floyd Lloyd & the Potato 5 while good-naturedly dissing my punk selections. I doubt he remembers that socially awkward and inept teenager, and I’m glad.

Rancid has been filling arenas for over 15 years now but I can’t help but still think of them as a Gilman band. I’ll admit I was absolutely bewildered when I attended a tiny basement punk show in Seoul, Korea, in 2007 and encountered several clean-cut, well-mannered Korean boys wearing freshly pressed Rancid shirts and stiff leather jackets (check out Suckstuff’s bassist in picture below). I knew punk had newly penetrated Korean culture, but shouldn’t they have been sporting Clash or Ramones paraphernalia, something more classic? Heck, even the street markets had racks of Ramones shirts (albeit with no “Ramones” on them). When Suckstuff started playing, however, there was no doubt they were more influenced by the newer end of the punk spectrum.

Ironically, “newer” punk bands like Rancid, Green Day, and Operative Ivy are now in their 20s, just like the ’70s bands (Angelic Upstarts, Menace, Cock Sparrer, the Ramones, the Boys, the Damned) I was thrilled to see as a young adult. I haven’t intentionally listened to Rancid (or Jawbreaker, Crimpshrine, and a bunch of other bands from that same era) since my Gilman days. Something about the maelstrom of conflicting emotions and thoughts they’ll unleash makes it daunting for me to do so. Maybe one day when I’m ready to re-experience the spectacular highs and crushing lows of teenagehood, I’ll make a weekend of it. In the meantime, I’ll just look at these playlists and wince at my lack of musical diversity, my choice of odd segues, and my predilection for Disney tunes.

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Ramones knockoffs, Seoul, Korea | Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, 33mm, 1/160 sec, f6.3, ISO 200

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Suckstuff, Skunk Hell, Seoul, Korea, 2007 | Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, 17mm, .6 sec, f8, ISO 400

* = feature play
$ = request

05/03/93: MONDAY 3:30-6am

CRIMPSHRINE – Tomorrow
* OPERATION IVY – Left Behind
JAWBREAKER – Caroline
JOLT – Tilt
TILT – Redemption

* CITIZEN FISH – Disposable Dream
BUGGERALL – Learning How to Smile
SPACEMEN 3 – Just to See You Smile
* AZALIA SNAIL – The Amulet
PRIMAL SCREAM – Shine Like Stars
THE SWIRLIES – Sarah Sitting
MY BLOODY VALENTINE – Soft as Snow

PETER, PAUL & MARY – Leaving on a Jet Plane
MEL TORME – Jeepers Creepers
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – Sin in My Heart

* CHIA PET [ladies from Sassy magazine] – Hey Baby
MARY POPPINS soundtrack – Sister Suffragette
THE SLITS – Vindictive
* TRIBE 8 – Crash Crush

* THE QUEERS – Teenage Bonehead
POSTER CHILDREN – Idiot Show
THE PASTELS – Automatically Yours
THE RAMONES – I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
THE GO-GO’S – Vacation

GORILLA BISCUITS – Time Flies
PETER PAN soundtrack – You Can Fly!
* MINDSLAM – Watch You from Afar
* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Scared

SMART E’S – Sesame’s Treat
SESAME STREET soundtrack – Let’s Go Driving
* BUMBLESCRUMP – White Out
RIDE – Close My Eyes
* NO EMPATHY – Chasing the Wild Goose

SCREECHING WEASEL – I Can See Clearly Now
* BARRY ADAMSON – 007, Fantasy Bond Theme
WINNIE THE POOH – The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers
* UTE LEMPER – La Vie en Rose
* THIS MORTAL COIL – Fond Affections

CINDYTALK – The Spirit behind the Circus Dream
$ ERIK SATIE – Trois Gymnopedies
* LEGENDARY PINK DOTS – Encore Une Fois

$ THE SMITHS – Stretch Out & Wait
WYNONA RYDERS – Downtown
PETULA CLARK – Downtown

411 – Naked Face

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05/06/93: THURSDAY 3:30-6am

WHAM! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
* WYNONA RYDERS – No One Ever Listens to Me
SCREECHING WEASEL – Science of the Myth
* MR. T EXPERIENCE – More Than Toast

THE PASTELS – Up for a Bit
CINDERELLA – Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
* THE QUEERS – Daydreaming
SINEAD O’CONNOR – Someday My Prince Will Come
PINOCCHIO – I’ve Got No Strings
$ GENESIS – Lilywhite Lilith
FRANKIE AVALON – Venus

BOW WOW WOW – Golly Golly Go Buddy
OPERATION IVY – Healthy Body
CULTURE CLUB – I’ll Tumble 4 Ya
* THE REZILLOS – Flying Saucer Attack

* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Smoke Like a …
SPECIAL FORCES – Blitzkrieg Bop
SYD BARRETT – Here I Go
* DOG FACED HERMANS – Peace Warriors

ORNETTE COLEMAN – Tomorrow Is the Question
FRED ASTAIRE – Way You Look Tonight
* UTE LEMPER – Want to Buy Some Illusions
BARBARA STREISAND – Somewhere

DEAD MILKMEN – Takin’ Retards to the Zoo
* P.M. DAWN – I’d Die without You
PRINCE – I Would Die 4 You
MADONNA – Holiday

DROP 19s – Angel
* FLAMING LIPS – Gingerale Afternoon (Astrology of a Saturday)
* MIRANDA SEX GARDEN – My Funny Valentine
* THIS MORTAL COIL – Late Night

* NEW BOMB TURKS – Do the Pop
CIRCLE JERKS – Wasted
* THE VOLUPTUOUS HORROR OF KAREN BLACK – Neighbor Archie: Guy Next Door
JAWBREAKER – Chesterfield King

MICHAEL JACKSON – Rock with You
Casper the Friendly Ghost
ALL – Mary
SLEEPING BEAUTY – Once Upon a Dream
VELVET UNDERGROUND – After Hours

* JOLT – Let It Go
THE CLASH – Bored with the USA
THE ADVERTS – Bored Teenagers
* THE BUSTERS – Rude Vibrations

CHUMBAWUMBA – Shhh…

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05/15/93: SATURDAY 3:30-6am

BUGGERALL – Learning How to Smile
RANCID – I’m Not the Only One
$ BOW WOW WOW – Golly Golly Go Buddy
* THE REZILLOS – Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In
* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Xtra Special Mystery Rezillos Track [“No”]
* LES THUGS – Birthday (Why Didn’t You Come)
* THE QUEERS – Feeling Groovy
SCREECHING WEASEL – I Think We’re Alone Now

BLACK FLAG – TV Party
THE WAITRESSES – Square Pegs
MOON UNIT ZAPPA – Valley Girl
Winnie the Pooh
$ GRATEFUL DEAD – Ripple

* FACTS ABOUT RATS – Go Away
* J-CHURCH – Disappear
* JAWBREAKER – Kiss the Bottle
FRED ASTAIRE – Nice Work if You Can Get It
MEL TORME – Imagination

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN soundtrack – Good Morning
DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – Come on, Eileen
THE KILLJOYS – Johnny Won’t Get to Heaven
SHOP ASSISTANTS – You Trip Me Up

JESUS & MARY CHAIN – My Little Underground
* CHIA PET – Hey Baby
THE GR’UPS – Red Riding Hood
RIGHT SAID FRED – I’m Too Sexy
* DIGABLE PLANETS – Where I’m From
$ DUH – Mr. Mud
$ DINOSAUR JR. – Little Fury Things

* COWS – 39 Lashes
DI – Surfin’ Anarchy
SNFU – Seein’ Life through the Bottom of a Bottle
* MR. T EXPERIENCE – More Than Toast
THE DIDJITS – Give It Back
POSTER CHILDREN – Water

THE JAM – Thick as Thieves (demo)
ADAM & THE ANTS – Prince Charming
* DOG FACED HERMANS – Madame La Mer
* AZALIA SNAIL – Thirsting for More

JOLT – Let It Go
411 – Naked Face

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05/18/93: TUESDAY 3:30-6am
(with Paul Curran)

* FACTS ABOUT RATS – I Don’t Wanna Get Involved with You
* RANCID – The Bottle
THE GR’UPS – Oink
CIRCLE JERKS – Golden Shower of Hits
BLACK FLAG – TV Party

That’s Entertainment
Patty Duke TV show theme
TELEVISION PERSONALITIES – Where’s Bill Grundy Now?
WEST SIDE STORY soundtrack – Cool
* THE MUFFS – Big Mouth
* NE’ER DO WELLS – Where’s Mickey?
TIGER TRAP – For Sure
SINKHOLE – Waterbug

CHUMBAWUMBA – Behave
$ E.L. ME & THE STREET PRODUCTS – I’ve Been Down Too Long
NAUGHTY BY NATURE – Wickedest Man Alive
DELIGHTFUL LIL’ NOTHINGS – Deja Vu

BEAUTY & THE BEAST – Be Our Guest
HAIR soundtrack – Frank Mills
TOM WAITS – Underground
SWEET  BABY JESUS – Year After Year
* STINK – Never Will Forget

$ DIAMANDA GALAS – Malediction
NENA – 99 Luftballoons
* MIRANDA SEX GARDEN – My Funny Valentine
CULTURE CLUB – It’s a Miracle

DURAN DURAN – New Moon on Monday
* J-CHURCH – Open Road
* SUTURE – Pretty Is
* THE 5.6.7.8’s – Edie Is Sweet Candy

THE FLATMATES – On My Mind
THE PRIMITIVES – Crash
PRINCE – Raspberry Beret
THE DICKIES – Nights in White Satin

* COWS – Blown
$ DUH – Mr. Hex
* STEEL POLE BATHTUB – Down All the Days
PINHEAD GUNPOWDER – Keeping Warm in the Nightime
* JAWBREAKER – Kiss the Bottle

SLEEPING BEAUTY – Once Upon a Dream
BUGGERALL – Learning How to Smile
* MR. T EXPERIENCE – Together Tonight
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S soundtrack – Moon River

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