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Davey Havok’s Troubles with Women

afi at gilman 1994

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.

afi crowd at london forum

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.

mlttw8-london astoria

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.

davey havok's troubles with women

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

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Brown, Fuzzy & on the Go: Domo-kun in England

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Domo-kun at Paddington Station | Fujifilm FinePix A101

Domo-kun, the fuzzy brown mascot of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), has enjoyed a worldwide cult following ever since the internet exposed him storming after a kitten across a rolling hillside in 2001. But that scandal and his flatulent nature haven’t slowed him down. In fact, nowadays, you may see him in seasonal costumes at Target or emblazoned across the chests of hipsters, Hello Kitty buffs, and everyone in between.

Back in 2003, I coaxed this pointy-toothed curmudgeon out of his underground cave and have since accompanied him on various adventures around the world. He has gnawed on Slim Jims from a Nebraska gas station and indulged in decadent delights from Parisian patisseries. He has spied kangaroos in the Australian wild and witnessed the changing of the guards in South Korea. He has chilled with chicks in Italy and dodged bulls in Spain.

How did he come to allow me into his inner circle? Easyβ€”I rescued him from what would’ve been a rather invasive investigation conducted by FBI agents Mulder and Scully, whom you might remember from The X-Files.

resurrected

On the table | Canon PowerShot A80, 13.6mm, 1/30, f8, ISO 100

We haven’t taken a trip together since 2010 because he’s a busy critter and it’s hard to coordinate our schedules. Hopefully we’ll re-unite soon. Until then, here are some photos from our first two trips to England, when we hit London’s main attractions, enjoyed high tea at Leeds Castle, and explored the mystical landmarks of Salisbury Plain. The first batch of him was shot with my very first digital camera (a compact 1.3-megapixel Fujifilm FinePixA101), the second with my second (Canon PowerShot A80, which had manual functions and a handy flipscreen).

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Big Ben | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/80, f8, ISO 200

domo at westminster bridge

Westminster Bridge | Canon PowerShot A80, 13.6mm, 1/50, f8, ISO 200

domo and dali

Outside the Dali Museum | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/80, f8, ISO 200

domo-national gallery

Trafalgar Square photobomb | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/200, f8, ISO 50

domo-nelsons column

Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/80, f8, ISO 50

domo-subway

Subway entrance | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/400, f8, ISO 50

tube gallery

Cindy Sherman at Gloucester Road tube station | Fujifilm FinePix A101

mind the gap

Mind the gap | Canon 5D, 32mm, 1/30, f4, ISO 1600

up and down

Escalator | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/20, f8, ISO 1250

domokun on tower bridge

Tower Bridge | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/50, f2.8, ISO 50

view from st. paul's cathedral

View from St. Paul’s Cathedral | Fujifilm FinePix A101

british museum rotunda

British Museum rotunda | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/60, f8, ISO 400

domo and london phonebox

Phoning home | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/50, f8, ISO 100

domo and london ambulance

Ambulance | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/125, f8, ISO 50

fuschia door

Camden color | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/160, f8, ISO 100

totable pop art on sale

Camden pop art sale | Canon 5D, 73mm, 1/100, f8, ISO 200

open-air donuts

Open-air donuts | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/13, f8, ISO 100

party time at oxford circus

Party time at Oxford Circus | Canon 5D, 24mm, .6sec, f8, ISO 250

bus pass

Bus pass | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1sec, f8, ISO 200

tea time for domie

Tea at Leeds Castle | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domokun at stonehenge

Stonehenge | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domo with view from glastonbury tor

View from Glastonbury Tor | Fujifilm FinePix A101

cemetery in castle comb

Castle Comb cemetery | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domo in lacock

Lacock | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domo meets super whippy

Ice cream break | Fujifilm FinePix A101

I’ll be sharing photos from our other forays together so please check back soon. [4/15/13: Italian adventures posted here.] And for those of you who can’t get enough of my 1994 KALX playlists, redundant as they’ve been so far, here’s one from 19 years ago on this very day. How did I think Operation Ivy would segue nicely after John Coltrane? And Miles Davis after Pinhead Gunpowder? My mind boggles….

* = feature play
$ = request

3/04/94: FRIDAY 9:30am-12pm

GBH – Race against Time
POISON IDEA – You’re Next
CHANNEL 3 – I’ve Got a Gun
ASTRUD GILBERTO – Girl from Ipanema
COUNT BASIE – Yessir That’s My Baby

* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Here We Are Nowhere
TOY DOLLS – Razzmatazz
BUMBLESCRUMP – White Out
EATER – I Don’t Need It
JOHN COLTRANE – My One and Only Love
OPERATION IVY – Jaded

* THE RAMONES – 7 and 7 Is
* SCREW 32 – Tools for the Job
THE CLASH – Career Opportunities
THE BUZZCOCKS – Late for the Train

$ SUBURBAN LAWNS – Anything
* BEASTIE BOYS – Egg Raid on Mojo
* TEEN IDLES – Deadhead
* NEW BOMB TURKS – This Place Sucks
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – Joe Avery’s Place

FUZZBOX – XX Sex
THE SLITS – Shoplifting
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up
PINHEAD GUNPOWDER – I Wanna
MILES DAVIS – High Speed Chase

HANSON BROTHERS – Road Pizza
SCREECHING WEASEL – I Don’t Wanna
* TEENGENERATE – Wild Weekend
COPOUT – Blind
MR. T EXPERIENCE – Bridge to Taribithia

NAKED RAYGUN – Jettison
* RHYTHM COLLISION – Cheers
THE REZILLOS – Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In
DEAD MILKMEN – Takin’ Retards to the Zoo
* PHILIP GLASS – Mad Rush

THE DISRUPTERS – Young Offender
THE NE’ERDOWELLS – Food
* FAITH – Face to Face
CIRCLE JERKS – Hypnotizer

SHADOWY MEN ON A SHADOWY PLANET – Fortune Teller Chicken
THE MISFITS – Spinal Remains
DISCHARGE – Two Nuclear Stockpiles
* THE PANDORAS – I Live My Life
THE SURFARIS – Beat ’65

OLD SKULL – Love Is Hell
* AGRESSION – Intense Energy
GORILLA BISCUITS – Forgotten
SECOND STORY WINDOW – Pole to Pole
SURF PUNKS – Wave Spy

EVERREADY – Never Walk Away
* JAWBREAKER – Boxcar
VELVET UNDERGROUND – I’ll Be Your Mirror
$ 2000 D.S. – Higher and Higher
ALL – Gnu Theme

* VILE CHERUBS – Man with a Photograph
BAD BRAINS – Attitude
MINOR THREAT – Screaming at a Wall
THE ADOLESCENTS – I Hate Children

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