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Davey Havok’s Troubles with Women

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AFI (924 Gilman Street; August 7, 1994) with Chaos U.K., M.D.C., Swingin’ Utters & Toxic Narcotic

It seems like just yesterday I was standing outside 924 Gilman Street with AFI/Blaqk Audio’s Davey Havok as he swooned over a blue-haired girl who had smiled at him, grabbing my arm to contain his excitement. Yet it also feels like several lifetimes ago. I suppose it’s hard to believe nowadays that he’d be nervous in the presence of beautiful women but, as he wrote here and here, they liked to give him grief and his apprehension was understandable.

Not long after that episode, we were in his tiny studio apartment, giggling about one of the many racy fan letters AFI received after MRR ran their first interview (issue 137). We didn’t foresee AFI’s endurance and its evergrowing legion of devoted fans. Heck, after our lives diverged sometime in the late ’90s, I had no idea they had outgrown small punk rock shows until I saw them perform again in 2003 during their Sing the Sorrows tour.

I had arrived in London with my new travel buddy Domo-Kun to conduct research for the novel I was working on at the time. It involved a walking tour that encompassed London’s historic punk and rock’n’roll venues, listening to John Peel’s show on the radio (what a thrill!), a bus tour of England’s mystical sights (Stonehenge, Glastonbury, King Arthuer’s grave, Avebury), and a walk-through of the London Astoria. One day I thumbed through Time Out and learned that not only were Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Nick Lowe playing separate sold-out shows the next evening, so was AFI.

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AFI crowd outside London Forum (June 6, 2003) | Fujifilm FinePix A101

On a whim, I headed over to the Forum the next afternoon in hopes of catching the guys once they were done with soundcheck. To my surprise, despite doors opening at 7pm, at 4:30pm there was already a long line of people waiting to get in. In addition, dozens of kids were hanging out by the side of the venue, which was apparently where the band’s dressing room overlooked.

Though I thought there was little chance the band would venture into this mob scene, I joined them and met fans from London, elsewhere in England, and even Europe. They were quite competitive with each other, detailing how long they’d been listening to the band, how many times they’d seen and met them, etc. Several times they’d rally together and chant one of the guy’s names, hoping for a response. Occasionally Dave, Jade, Adam, or Hunter would stick his head out the window and the kids would cheer. It was quite exciting, actually, and all that unbridled enthusiasm swept me back to my very first concert (Lollapalooza #1, with Siouxsie & the Banshees, NIN, Henry Rollins, Ice T, and Jane’s Addiction). At one point Dave affixed a small basket to a rope, filled it with vegan cookies, and then lowered it into the crowd, much to everyone’s delight.

Hunter,Β the new member of AFI at the time, came out and was immediately mobbed by autograph and photo seekers. I’d never met him before but managed to fight through the crowd and ask him to tell the others that I was in town. He obliged and eventually Dave hung out the window (cue an explosion of cheers) to look for me.

Their show turned out to be a bonafide concert, complete with an enormous stage, dazzling light show, and 2100 screaming, pulsing fans. I was awestruck, both by the audience’s fervor and the band’s performance. Their stage presence had always been energetic and spirited but it seemed to have multiplied tenfold since I last saw them a good five years prior. I recall getting goosebumps and a touch misty-eyed as I watched them work the stage and the crowd. The entire venue shook underfoot for the duration of the show. It’s times like this that I regret not being a better photojournalist, but c’est la vie.

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My Letter to the World #8; London Astoria (May 2003) | Fujifilm FinePix A101

Here’s another installment of Dave’s troubles with women, which appeared in My Letter to the World #8, published December 16, 1993 (click for a larger view). For more literary endeavors by Dave, you might want to check out his debut novel Pop Kids, which comes out today.

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“Troubles with Women” by Davey Havok, My Letter to the World #8

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February 1994: Davey Havok Is Not a Blockhead

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Low fireman’s carry | Canon 60D, 50mm, 1/2500, f1.8, ISO 100

Even though February is only two or three days shorter than other months, its end never fails to catch me off guard! I had thought I’d spread out the posting of my old KALX playlists but that requires more planning than I’m prepared to handle right now. So here are my playlists from February 1994 in one gruesome, end-of-the-month glob. The first show had me tag-teaming with Jesse Luscious and it was a bit of a hot mess, but that’s what you’d expect pairing hardcore with easy listening.

Here’s also another Davey Havok essay (click for larger view; the first one appears here), written when he was 18. I wasn’t going to post one for a while but noticed that My Letter to the World #9 was published on February 23, 1994. It seemed fitting to include in this little musical time capsule. Enjoy!

I'm Not a Blockhead

“I’m Not a Blockhead” by Davey Havok, My Letter to the World #9

* = feature play
$ = request

2/03/94: THURSDAY 6-9am (with Jesse Luscious)

EARTHA KITT – Just an Old-Fashioned Girl
MUDHONEY – Touch Me I’m Sick
L7 – Wargasm
THE NECROS – Take’em Up
RANCID – Idle Hands

* NO EMPATHY – Fried Sausages & Okra
NECRACEDIA – Potatoes & Pancakes
WARZONE – As One
THE BUSTERS – Drinking in the Pubs

* VOODOO GLOW SKULLS – Insubordination
CULTURE SHOCK – Colour
SKANKIN’ PICKLE – Fakin’ Jamaican
ASTRUD GILBERTO – Girl from Ipanema
SAM COOKE – You Send Me
STEVIE WONDER – My Cherie Amour

D.I. – Johnny’s Got a Problem
* THE RAMONES – Somebody to Love
* GUNS ‘N’ ROSES – Down on the Farm
* SINKHOLE – Come Sail Away

THE VIBRATORS – Amphetamine Blue
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE soundtrack – Speed
AGNOSTIC FRONT – United & Strong
CRISPIN GLOVER – Daddy Is So Mean
* UNSANE – Body Bomb
TILT – Dead Bum

* JAWBREAKER – Indictment
EATER – No Brains

* MR. T EXPERIENCE – Bridge to Tabithia
THE ADVERTS – Great British Mistake
$ HEAVENLY – P.U.N.K. Girl
BIKINI GIRL – Rebel Girl

* RHYTHM COLLISION – She Drives Me Crazy
* TONY BENNETT – He Loves & She Loves
GROVER – Near & Far
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Bubbles
LES ENDIMANCHES – Jardin Potager

* THE VINDICTIVES – Call Me Irresponsible
JUDY GARLAND – Come Rain or Shine
JULIE LONDON – Cry Me a River
WORLD OF SKIN – Cry Me a River

* MR. BLOBBY – Mr. Blobby
CULTURE CLUB – I’ll Tumble for You
$ JUKE – Kids Will Rock
WYNONA RIDERS – Kids in America
AFI – High School Football Hero

THE MISFITS – I Turned into a Martian
NAKED RAYGUN – Knock Me Down
* NEW BOMB TURKS – This Place Sucks
ZERO BOYS – Human Body
THE SUBHUMANS – Get Out of My Way

* TEEN IDLES – I Drink Milk
DISCHARGE – Nightmare Continues
* AVAIL – Upward Grind

2/18/94: FRIDAY 9:30am-12pm

THE SHATNERS – I Don’t Wanna Go Downtown
* SWINGIN’ NECKBREAKERS – Workin & Jerkin
TEENAGE JESUS & THE JERKS – My Eyes
COWBOY JUNKIES – Blue Moon Revisited
SAM COOKE – Blue Moon

* LEGENDARY LUNCH – Zero Sum
* TEEN IDLES – Too Young to Rock
NECRACEDIA – Suburban Death Machine
* THE RIP OFFS – Now I Know (It’s You)
JUDY JETSON – Surfin’ in Space

* PHILIP GLASS – Mad Rush

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Can’t Say Crap on the Radio
JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – L.O.V.E. I Hate You
* AMINIATURE – Featurist
$ ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT – Boychucker

SNFU- Seein’ Life thru the Bottom
* NEW BOMB TURKS – Grounded Ex-Patriot
* THE MEICES – Words

BEASTIE BOYS – Girls
PUBLIC ENEMY – 911 Is a Joke
NEWCLEUS – Jam on It
CYPRESS HILL – Pigs
$ DIGITAL UNDERGROUND – Underwater Rimes

* MR. T EXPERIENCE – Swallow Everything
GYPSY soundtrack – Together Wherever We Go
* TONY BENNETT – Steppin’ Out with My Baby
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – My Girl

THE PASTELS – Different Drum
* NO EMPATHY – Try Not to Hurt Anyone
TEENAGE HEAD – She Rips My Lips
* THE RAMONES – The Shape of Things to Come
* HELEN LOVE – Joey Ramoney

ZERO BOYS – Dirty Alleys/Dirty Minds
* UNSANE – Body Bomb
EATER – No Brains
AFI – High School Football Hero
RANCID – Someone’s Gonna Die
TOY DOLLS – How Do You Deal with Neal

THE REZILLOS – I Like It
* RHYTHM COLLISION – She Drives Me Crazy
THE BUZZCOCKS – Love You More
THE VIBRATORS – Yeah Yeah Yeah
CULTURE SHOCK – Catchin’ Flies

BAD MANNERS – Teenager in Love
WEST SIDE STORY soundtrack – Tonight
* JAWBREAKER – Boxcar
STEEL POLE BATHTUB – Mercurocrome

2/22/94: TUESDAY 12am-3:30am (with Liesl S.)

$ MILES DAVIS – So What
WHAM! – I’m Your Man
MINOR THREAT – In My Eyes
* TEEN IDLES – Deadhead

$ WYNONA RIDERS – Kids in America
* THE FLIRTS – Jukebox
THE BUZZCOCKS – 16 Again
THE FASTBACKS – Love You More
FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS – Ever Fallen in Love
* RHYTHM COLLISION – She Drives Me Crazy

* INDIAN SUMMER – Orchard
EARTHA KITT – I Wanna Be Evil
THE SLITS – Shoplifting
$ CITIZEN FISH – Disposable Dream
* VOODOO GLOW SKULLS – Dirty Rats

$ TONI BASIL – Mickey
* THE PANDORAS – Hot Generation
* MOTORHONEY – Bad Guy Reaction
BEASTIE BOYS – Girls
* DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN – Wack MCs
TELEVISION’S GREATEST HITS – Mighty Mouse theme
$ DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE – Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble

PUBLIC ENEMY – Contract on the World Love Jam
CYPRESS HILL – Insane in the Brain
DEAD MILKMEN – Tiny Town
GREASE soundtrack – Beauty School Dropout
THE VANDALS – Summer Lovin’

TALULAH GOSH – Break Your Face
SHOP ASSISTANTS – You Trip Me Up
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – My Girl
THE SUGARCUBES – Birthday (Jim & Will Xmas Day Mix)
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up

BIKINI KILL – Rebel Girl
CIRCLE JERKS – Coup d’Etat
DISCHARGE – Look at Tomorrow
* SCREW 32 – Tools for the Job
* NEW BOMB TURKS – American Soul Spiders

GBH – Freak
TOY DOLLS – Commercial Break
THE JAM – Boy about Town
PRINCE – U Got the Look
THE ADICTS – Just Like Me

* SILKWORM – No Revolution
THE ADVERTS – Bored Teenagers
$ POSTER CHILDREN – If You See Kay
* JAWBREAKER – Jinx Removing

2/25/94: FRIDAY 9:30am-12pm

SESAME STREET soundtrack – ABC Song
THE ADICTS – Distortion
* AMINIATURE – Featurist
* ACTION PAINTING – Mustard Gas
FRED ASTAIRE – Shall We Dance?
SHIRLEY BASSEY – Kiss Me Honey, Honey

* BLAH BLAH BLAH – Saddleback
* ROBIN CLARK – Daddy, Daddy Gotta Get a Phone
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – Recipe for Love
CRINGER – Pay to Play

DISCHARGE – Is This to Be
* DELIGHTFUL LITTLE NOTHINGS – Over Us
* DISAFFECT – Judge & Be Damned
EVILDEAD – Rise Above/Suicidal Tendencies Riff
EVERREADY – Never Walk Away

* FAITH – It’s Time
THE FLIRTS – Jukebox
* FUCKBOYZ – Prozac
JUDY GARLAND – By Myself
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Mewsette
$ THE GR’UPS – Oink
GORILLA BISCUITS – Cats & Dogs

THE HELLBILLIES – Bucket of Blood
HEAVENLY – Cool Guitar Boy
BILLIE HOLIDAY – I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love with Me
$ IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY – Girl with No Eyes

* INDIAN SUMMER – Orchard
* ILL REPUTE – Jamie Just
* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Petty Wage
* JAWBREAKER – Jinx Removing

$ JAZZBUTCHER – Grey Flannelette
$ KUKL – Assassin
* LEGENDARY LUNCH – Zero Sum
MOTORHEAD – Iron Fist
* MOTORHONEY – Bad Guy Reaction
MOTORCYCLE BOY – His Latest Flame

* NEW BOMB TURKS – American Soul Spiders
NAPALM DEATH – It’s a M.A.N.S. World
OPERATION IVY – I Got No
OLD SKULL – Let’s Go Kill That Man
* THE PANDORAS – I Want Him
THE QUEERS – Love Love Love

* RHYTHM COLLISION – Cheers
* RUDIMENTARY PENI – Dream City
THE SUBHUMANS (Canada) – Mobile Electric Chair
TELEVISION PERSONALITIES – Never Understand (Here We Go ’round the Mary Chain)
THE UNDEAD – I Don’t Wanna Go

VICE SQUAD – Humane
THE VANDALS – Master Race
STEVIE WONDER – My Cherie Amour
X-RAY SPEX – I Live Off You
YEASTIE GIRLS – FCC
ZERO BOYS – Amphetamine Addiction

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Davey Havok Was a Pinner Kid with a Round Hostess Twinkie belly

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Tiger Lily & Davey Havok at Rancid, Total Chaos, Hellbillies, Parasites, and A.F.I. show (924 Gilman St., 5/14/94); photographer unknown

AFI/Blaqk Audio frontman Davey Havok is set to release his debut novel Pop Kids on April 2. According to the website, it’s about a 17-year-old guy who’s a “pop-culture-obsessed, pseudo-vegetarian, atheist pyromaniac trapped within a rural northern Californian town.” Although I haven’t paid close attention to his various projects since the late 1990s, I’m pretty intrigued by this one.

I first met Dave shortly after the start of UC Berkeley’s fall 1993 semester. I’m not completely certain, but it may have been at a 924 Gilman St. show. He had a baby mohawk, a skateboard, and a crisp black leather jacket with the blue Germs circle neatly painted on the back of it. I was hyper, pushy, and in-your-face (not much has changed!); he was super-friendly with a ready smile. Somehow we became friends, yet I never called him Davey.

young Davey Havok

Davey Havok & Tiger Lily circa 1994; photographer unknown

Unfortunately, my memory’s pretty spotty and we weren’t the type to get into trouble so I don’t have any scandalous stories to share. We were just good kids in the East Bay punk scene. At that time, I lived on the top floor of a three-story house. Since cell phones hadn’t become commonplace yet, Dave would either have to yell up or throw rocks at my window if he wanted to visit. I’d help him put up and hand out flyers for AFI shows (his personable nature no doubt helped boost his fledgling band’s fanbase). I’d play his band’s singles fairly frequently on my KALX radio show (starting with this one). He’d school me on slang from his hometown, none of which I remember. He got his first tattoo (Gogo the Dodo, of all things) shortly after I got mine (topless Winnie the Pooh, no better). Ditto with the lip piercing.

Dave also wrote a series of personal essays for my zine My Letter to the World. All of them were about his troubles with girlsβ€”but not in the way you’d think. The first appeared in issue 7, published on October 29, 1993 (click for a larger view):

My Letter to the World #7

My Letter to the World #7

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“Tongue-Tied” by Davey Havok, My Letter to the World #7

I’m sure Dave no longer writes with the voice of an almost-18-year-old, but it’d be a spectacular feat if he managed to channel it for Pop Kids, considering the protagonist is soon-to-be 18. I guess I’ll just have to pick up a copy and see if I catch a glimpse of that weak pinner kid with a round Hostess Twinkie belly. [2/28/13: I posted another of his essays here. 4/2/13: And another one.]

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