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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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You’re Not Punk and I’m Telling Everyone: Jawbreaker January

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Thorns of Life, 924 Gilman St., Berkeley (Jan. 31, 2009) | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/2, f6.3, ISO 400

If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, you’ve likely come across a few of my KALX playlists from the early 1990s. Ever since I’ve started posting them, I’ve been marveling at all the bands I was soooo into for what felt like a lifetime (which is, granted, roughly 12 to 24 months in teen years) yet haven’t had any urge to listen to in nearly two decades.

Jawbreaker is one such band, and it looks like Blackball Records has recently reissued the Chesterfield King EP and Bivouac LP. I first discovered them within my first few weeks of college. Although I don’t recall the depth of my fondness for them, the fact that they were the first band I played on my very first KALX radio show on March 30, 1993, is very telling (as is the Chipmunks tune I played right after them). Coincidentally, they played at 924 Gilman St. that same night. I had interviewed them earlier that month for the third issue of my zine, My Letter to the World—once at their sold-out show at the Berkeley Square and, since the batteries in my tape recorder had died, again at a mariachi-loving café in the Mission, where they told me I had a child’s finger in my purse. They were 25 or 26 years old and I thought they were so wise, so “adult.”

Shortly after, I made my first trip to Sacramento with Nathan and Mickey to see them at the Crest Theatre. I don’t remember much about that show—come to think of it, I didn’t even recall going until I saw the Angelic Upstarts at the Colonial Theatre in 2001 and had a strange sense of déjà vu—but I somehow still have a live recording from their May 3, 1993, Gilman show.

And then I went home for the summer. My mom made me take a vocational class in summer school so I chose print shop. It was held in a continuation school for the expelled, unmotivated, and/or pregnant. Together we learned how to etch glass and screenprint, although I was by far the most enthusiastic of the bunch. They were all under 18 and much more interested in asking each other when their babies were due, who the fathers were, how much weed they had left over from the weekend, who hooked up with whom, etc. At one point they even asked me about my pregnancy because they assumed I wore non-skintight clothing to hide my baby bump. I was definitely the odd person out but we shared a love for oldies music. I finished the class with a bunch of handprinted Jawbreaker shirts and stickers as well as copies of issue six of my zine.

Later that year, Nirvana asked Jawbreaker to open six shows for them, which was a huge deal within the punk community because Nirvana was a major-label superband. (People were still in a tizzy from earlier rumors that Green Day would be signing to a major label.) I asked singer/guitarist Blake if he’d keep a tour diary while on that fateful tour and let me publish it. Surprisingly, he said yes. Since I doubt no more than a handful of people ever read the thing, I’ll be posting it here soon if you’re interested [4/8/14: here it is].

(Incidentally, in case you’re in awe of my ability to remember 1993 in such chronological detail, I’ll admit that I had to dig up copies of my zine, which I made between 1993 and 2001. You probably know some folks who can recall with frightening clarity what they wore on their first day of third grade and what they ate last Tuesday. I’m definitely not one of them, so I’m glad to have a record of that period of my life.)

Speaking of Jawbreaker, exactly four years ago today (really?! It seemed so much more recent than that!), I saw Thorns of Life, one of Blake’s projects, at Gilman when they passed through town. It was a trip seeing him on stage again—and Aaron Cometbus and former Gr’ups Daniella, for that matter. Did I break out and listen to all my Jawbreaker records afterwards? Nope, still no interest. But I did finally, recently, play their records for myself. Surprisingly, only a couple of songs really stood out (“Want,” “Busy,” “Chesterfield King,” “Sleep”; most of 24-Hour Revenge Therapy) and I wasn’t hit with crushing nostalgia like I feared. In fact, the songs no longer spoke to me like they did 20 years ago, which makes sense since I’m a different person now.

Here are my playlists from January 1994, the month Jawbreaker’s 24-Hour Revenge Therapy came out, judging by all the exclamation points on my playlist. In hindsight, I should’ve waited to start posting my playlists this year so that they’d be exactly 20 years old, but I had no idea I’d still be blogging, and I can’t predict that I’ll still be blogging a year from now. So enjoy, and thanks for stopping by.

3/30/93 playlist: jawbreaker

Jawbreaker!!! (1/25/94 playlist) | Canon 5DM3, 100mm, 1/125, f2.8, ISO 800

* = feature play
$ = request

1/09/94: SUNDAY 3:30-6am

* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Here We Are Nowhere
* THE CLASH – First Night Back in London
BEASTIE BOYS – No Sleep ’til Brooklyn
POSTER CHILDREN – Hollywood
CRASS – Nagasaki Nightmare

MILES DAVIS – Dear Old Stockholm
AFI – Born in the U.S. of A
* OUTSIDE INSIDE – North Hollywood
OPERATION IVY – Hoboken

RED ALERT – In Britain
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – Hong Kong Garden
THE SUBHUMANS – Let’s Go Down to Hollywood (and Shoot People)
SHAM 69 – Borstal Breakout
MUSIC MAN soundtrack – Gary, Indiana

MERLE HAGGARD – Okie from Muskogee
GREEN DAY – Going to Pasalacqua
NAKED RAYGUN – Only in America
* WYNONA RIDERS – Kids in America
MUPPET MOVIE soundtrack – America

CAPITALIST CASUALTIES – My Dad Kills for the USA
X – Los Angeles
THE ADOLESCENTS – LA Girl
THE FASTBACKS – In America
* BIG BLACK – Jordan, Minnesota

JAWBREAKER – P.S. New York Is Burning
THE MOB – N.Y. Slam
JUDGE – New York Crew
PUSSY GALORE – NYC: 1999
FRED ASTAIRE – Bojangles of Harlem

FRANK SINATRA – Chicago
SCREECHING WEASEL – This Ain’t Hawaii
* SILKWORM – Pearl Harbour
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – On the Atcheson, Topeka & the Santa Fe
THE RAMONES – This Ain’t Havana

* ROYAL TRUX – Cleveland
BOB WILLS – Take Me Back to Tulsa
J-CHURCH – Panama
THE INSANE – El Salvador
THE CHAMELEONS – Intrigue in Tangiers

MY FAIR LADY soundtrack – The Rain in Spain
BLATZ – Berkeley Is My Baby
* THEE STASH – We’re Selling Jeans for the USA
NATION OF ULYSSES – You’re My Miss Washington, D.C.
BAD BRAINS – Banned in D.C.

* THE POGUES – The Girl from the Wadi Hammamat
NINA HAGEN – New York, New York
TOY DOLLS – She Goes to Finos
* CHELSEA – Weirdos in Wonderland

1/11/94: TUESDAY 9am-12pm

THE UNDERTONES – More Songs about Chocolate and Girls
THE WHO – Pictures of Lily
MARLENE DIETRICH – Lili Marlene
MARY POPPINS soundtrack – Jolly Holiday
ALL – Mary

THE ASSOCIATION – Along Comes Mary
$ JIMI HENDRIX – Wind Cries Mary
SONIC YOUTH/CYPRESS HILL – I Love You Mary Jane
WEST SIDE STORY soundtrack – Maria
* LES THUGS – (Maria Cries in Lima)

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Lucy
TV’S GREATEST HITS compilation – I Love Lucy
* CHRIS VON SNEIDERN – Anna Lisa
* KIDS FROM TEXAS – Long-Legged Linda
JAWBREAKER – Caroline

COCTEAU TWINS – Carolyn’s Fingers
* US3 – Cantaloop
TV’S GREATEST HITS compilation – Patty Duke
TV’S GREATEST HITS compilation – Gidget

GIGI soundtrack – Gigi
DAVE EDMUNDS – Deborah
THE QUEERS – Debra Jean
GREEN DAY – Christie Road
THE RAMONES – Suzy Is a Headbanger

TONY BENNETT – Have You Met Miss Jones
THE CLASH – Janie Jones
* FITZ OF DEPRESSION – Jenny/867-5309
FUZZBOX – Jackie
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – Taste of Cindy
VELVET UNDERGROUND – Candy Says

ANGEL & THE RERUNS – Buffy Come Back
* THE PONCHERELLAS – Ode to Amy (Fischer)
VELOCITY GIRL – Audrey’s Eyes
TALULAH GOSH – Talulah Gosh
THE VANDALS – The Day Farrah Fawcett Died

* VERONICA LAKE – Emma Maybe
*$ HEAVENLY – Hearts & Crosses
THE MISFITS – Vampira
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT – Don’t Darlene

SECOND STORY WINDOW – Abigail
THE HOLLIES – Carrie Ann
SUICIDE – Cheree
MR. T EXPERIENCE – Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret

TOY DOLLS – Glenda the Test Tube Baby
THE REPLACEMENTS – Cruella DeVille
$ U.X.A. – Sister Godfrieda
$ RAOOUL – Anna Joy
X – Johnny Hit and Run Pauline

FANG – Lolita
THE KINKS – Victoria
THE VIBRATORS – Judy Says (Knock You in the Head)
$ THE DESCENDENTS – Wendy

JUDY GARLAND & LIZA MINNELLI – Hello Dolly
KING MISSILE – Muffy
BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS – Corrine Corrina
FRANKIE ERVIN – Wilhelmina
TV’S GREATEST HITS compilation – Josie & the Pussycats

1/18/94: TUESDAY 1-5am

THE WAITRESSES – I Know What Boys Like
THE UNDERTONES – Boys Will Be Boys
JOSIE COTTON – Johnny Are You Queer?
SHIRLEY BASSEY – Johnny One Note/Shadow of Your Smile
* FLYING TESTICLE – Johnny Guitar
X – Johnny Hit and Run Pauline

* DAVID BOWIE – John, I’m Only Dancing
BAUHAUS – Telegram Sam
PINK FLOYD – Lucifer Sam
SUICIDE – Frankie (Teardrop)

CRINGER – Ed’s Song
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN soundtrack – Moses
* ICONOCLAST – In Adam’s Fall
* CARTER FAMILY – God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign
BAD BRAINS – Joshua’s Song
CHRIST ON PARADE – Joshua Brown
* FIRST 5 THRU – Isaac

DEAD BOYS – Son of Sam
TOM WAITS – Hang on St. Christopher
OLIVER soundtrack – Oliver
TONI BASIL – Mickey
THE NE’ERDOWELLS – Where’s Mickey

BOW WOW WOW – Mickey, Put It Down
NUISANCE – Guitar Joe
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – Joe Avery’s Piece
* AVAIL – Mr. Morgan
TV TOONS – Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood

DICK DALE & HIS DELTONES – Mr. Eliminator
* MR. BLOBBY – Mr. Blobby
JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Mr. Norris
THE CLASH – Rudie Can’t Fail
THE JAM – Billy Hunt

SPACEMEN 3 – Billy Whiz/Blue I
$ HOUSE OF PAIN – Danny Boy, Danny Boy
THE RAMONES – Danny Says
JUDY GARLAND – Danny Boy
VINCE GUARALDI – Boy Named Charlie Brown

ZERO BOYS – Charlie’s Place
BLATZ – Chuck
AFI – Rizzo in the Box
* APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN – Brett
GROVER – Grover Takes a Walk
KING MISSILE – The Story of Willy
WARLOCK PINCHERS – Where the Hell Is Crispin Glover

TELEVISION PERSONALITIES – Salvador Dali’s Garden Party
* MR. T EXPERIENCE – Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend
STIKKY – I Love Fonzie
* SCREECHING WEASEL – Peter Brady
* NO EMPATHY – Ben Weasel Don’t Like It

* AMERICAN LESION – Morrissey Is a Wimp
* BUCK-O-9 – (I Don’t Wanna Be No) Jon Bon Jovi
* OFFICIAL HOOLIGANS – Darby Crash
* NEW RADIANT STORM KING – Indiana Jones
GREEN DAY – Who Wrote Holden Caulfield

BEASTIE BOYS – Paul Revere
$ CYPRESS HILL – What Go Around, Come Around, Kid
NEWCLEUS – Jam on It
* LUCY SHOW – A Million Things
THE MEICES – Alex Put Something in His Pocket
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – Everything’s Alright When You’re Down

VELVET UNDERGROUND – Andy’s Chest
THE PASTELS – If I Could Tell You
BLACK FLAG – Louie Louie
* GUNS & ROSES – New Rose
THE MEATMEN – One Down Three to Go

* THEE STASH – Should I Suck or Should I Blow?
THEE HEADCOATEES – Melvin
TALULAH GOSH – My World’s Ending with You
HEAVENLY – So?
ETTA JAMES – Strange Things Happen

GBH – Valley of Death
DISCHARGE – Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing
BLITZ – I Don’t Need You
CIRCLE JERKS – Operation
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Jack the Ripper

THE BRIGADES – Ready Ready Go Punk Rockers
FEAR – Let’s Have a War
THE GERMS – Manimal
NECRACEDIA – Suburban Death Machine
TOY DOLLS – Neville Is a Nerd
PUSSY GALORE – Wait a Minute
* ROYAL TRUX – Cleveland

1/25/94: TUESDAY 1-3:30am

* GUNS & ROSES – New Rose
THE DAMNED – Smash It Up
EATER – No Brains
CHRIS CONNELLY – The Amorous Humphrey Plugg
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Lucy

VELVET UNDERGROUND – After Hours (live)
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – Some Candy Talking
MEAT WHIPLASH – Don’t Slip Up
* THE RAMONES – Have You Ever Seen the Rain
* NO EMPATHY – They Want Whatever
* SCREECHING WEASEL – Chicago

* JAWBREAKER!!! – Boat Dreams from the Hill!!!
* RHYTHM COLLISION – Cheers
MUPPET MOVIE soundtrack – Rainbow Connection
GROVER – Question Song
MY FAIR LADY soundtrack – Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?

THE DOUGHBOYS – Why She’s a Girl from the Chainstore
THE BUZZCOCKS – Fast Cars
COCK SPARRER – Droogs Don’t Run
THE REZILLOS – Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In
PPI – Pop Sida

* VOODOO GLOW SKULLS – Dogpile
CULTURE SHOCK – Catching Flies
CITIZEN FISH – Chili Pain
THE SUBHUMANS – Forget
U.K. SUBS – Tomorrow’s Girls
SUBWAY SECT – Nobody’s Scared

$ NOFX – Kill All the White Men
* TONY BENNETT – Top Hat, White Tie & Tails
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Mewsette
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – Recipe for Love
THE CAVEDOGS – What’s New Pussycat?

* AVAIL – Connection
* CURRENT – Key
ICONOCLAST – I Like You Less Than Apple Pie
* NATIVE NORD – Bread

TALULAH GOSH – Steaming Train
HEAVENLY – I Fell in Love Last Night
THE PASTELS – Sit on It Mother
SUICIDE – Cheree
* STEREOLAB – Tempter

PUSSY GALORE – Lil’ Red Rooster
* ROYAL TRUX – Back to School
AGNOSTIC FRONT – Victim in Pain
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S soundtrack – Moon River

* FLYING TESTICLE – Johnny Guitar
JUDY LONDON – Cry Me a River
JUDY GARLAND – Just a Memory
THE SLITS – Love & Romance

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Polar Bears with Candy Canes, or December 1993 Playlists

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Polar bear with holiday treat | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/200, f4.5, ISO 1000

Good god, the end of 2012 is nigh! There’s nothing like a blogbligation to force me to do something with my photos (in case you haven’t noticed, I have a terrible habit of copying the files to my computer and then forgetting about them). Here are some festive ones I took at the San Diego Zoo on Christmas Day 2010. Since my family doesn’t really celebrate the holidays, going to the zoo has become somewhat of a tradition for C and me. It’s open, there aren’t too many people around, and the animals seem to know it. We lucked out two years ago and caught the polar bears romping together in their enormous pool.

Since I’ve dusted off some old photos, I might as well share the rest of my KALX playlists from 1993 (check the end of this post). Yes, I know they’re pretty much the same as my October and November playlists from that same year. Yes, I’m aware emo hardcore and Broadway musicals don’t really mesh. Despite this, I’m doing a show today from 12:30-3pm PST and am considering playing a set from each. Tune in to see if sanity prevails!

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Polar bears playing | Canon 5D, 32mm, 1/200, f4.5, ISO 400

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Struggle for power | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/200, f4.5, ISO 400

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Sweet victory | Canon 5D, 50mm, 1/200, f4.5, ISO 400

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Polar bear noms | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/200, f4.5, ISO 1000

* = feature play
$ = request

12/04/93: SATURDAY 9-11am

ZEIGFIELD GIRL soundtrack – Laugh, I Thought I’d Split My Sides
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN soundtrack – Make’em Laugh
ZERO BOYS – New Generation
JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – L.O.V.E. I Hate You
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Wasted Life
* THE BUZZCOCKS – Last to Know

* EVERREADY – Never Walk Away
MUPPET MOVIE soundtrack – Rainbow Connection
CRIMPSHRINE – Tomorrow
JAWBREAKER – Pretty Persuasion

$ NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – All Tomorrow’s Parties
* VELVET UNDERGROUND – Afterhours (live)
* LINCOLN – Stop Means Stop
NO MEANS NO – Stop It

Winnie the Pooh
CRINGER – Cottlestone Pie
TALULAH GOSH – The Girl with the Strawberry Hair
HANSON BROS. – No Emotion
* SCREECHING WEASEL – Thrift Store Girl

* HEAVENLY – P.U.N.K. Girl
THE ADVERTS – No Time to Be 21
THE JAM – Happy Together
COCK SPARRER – Watch Your Back
*$ THE SMEARS – Shout

THE SLITS – So Tough
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up
ECONOCHRIST – Comabox
HEROIN – This Time
* AVAIL – Connection
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Roses Red, Violets Blue

SECOND STORY WINDOW – Bottleopener
ALL – Mary
NAKED RAYGUN – Metastasis
$ THE FRUMPIES – She’s a Real Cutie Pie
UNDERSIDE – Known

12/08/93: WEDNESDAY 12-3:30am

TOY DOLLS – Commercial Break
LEONARD NIMOY – Ballad of Bilbo Baggins
MR. T EXPERIENCE – Pleasant Valley Sunday
TV’S GREATEST HITS VOL. 2 – The Monkees Theme
* FACE DOWN – Suffrage
* AVAIL  – Mr. Morgan

THE WAITRESSES – Christmas Wrapping
*$ VICTIMS FAMILY – Maybe If I
$ JAWBREAKER – Kiss the Bottle
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S soundtrack – Moon River
$ NIP DRIVERS – Hick in the Movie

$ HANSON BROS. – Comatose
FLOWER DRUM SONG soundtrack – I Enjoy Being a Girl
THE SLITS – Vindictive
FUZZBOX – Jackie
*$ CHUMBAWUMBA – Poverty Knocks

* LINCOLN – Grade Curve
FUEL – Cue to You
THE BUZZCOCKS – Why She’s a Girl at the Chainstore
JUDY & THE LOADIES – Soap Soap Soap
* DELIGHTFUL LIL’ NOTHINGS – Over Us

* HEAVENLY – Hearts and Crosses
LES ENDIMANCHES – Jardin Potager
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Bubbles
THE FASTBACKS – I Need Some Help
* SHAMPOO – Blisters and Bruises

* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – All Laced Up
CUPID CAR CLUB – Edge of the Envelope
CANDLE – Green Grass
$ UNSANE – Breathththing Out

VIC CHESTNUTT – It’s the End of the World
GROVER SINGS THE BLUES – I Am Blue
VELVET UNDERGROUND – White Light/White Heat (live)
ECONOCHRIST – One Sided Story
$ SHOP ASSISTANTS – You Trip Me Up

JESUS & MARY CHAIN – Some Candy Talking
ANGEL & THE RERUNS – Buffy Come Back
Patti Duke theme song
RITES OF SPRING – Persistent Vision
ZERO BOYS – Forced Entry
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN soundtrack – Good Morning

DISCHARGE – A Look at Tomorrow
UNDERSIDE – Known
* BOB MOULD – Can’t Fight It
JOSIE COTTON – Johnny Are You Queer?
* CITIZEN FISH – Talk Is Cheap (live)
UNIVERSAL ORDER OF ARMAGEDDON – Symptom
JOHN HENRY WEST – Ten Thousand Words

12/14/93: TUESDAY 6-9am

SHOP ASSISTANTS – You Trip Me Up
OPERATION IVY – One of These Days
MR. T EXPERIENCE – Up and Down
MARY POPPINS soundtrack – Jolly Holiday
* SMUDGE – Make All Our Dreams Come True
TV’S GREATEST HITS VOL. 2 – Gidget

TESCO VEE’S HATE POLICE – Losing My Religion
JUDY GARLAND – Trolley Song
* UNSANE – Breathththing Out
JOHN COLTRANE – My Favorite Things

* EVERREADY – Leavin’ on a Jet Plane
ENGINE KID – Mountain High
PETER, PAUL & MARY – If I Had a Hammer

$ MINOR THREAT – Stepping Stone
THE RAMONES – Baby I Love You
HANSON BROS. – Blitzkrieg Hops
BUGLAMP – Sha-la-la (Howlin’ at the Moon)
JEFF DAHL – Chinese Rocks
$ THE DICKIES – Nights in White Satin

D.I. – Surfin’ Anarchy
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Johnny Was
JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Here We Are Nowhere
NAKED RAYGUN – Suspect Device
MUSIC MAN Soundtrack – Til There Was You

JAWBREAKER – With or Without U2
CIRCLE JERKS – Golden Shower of Hits
JOHNNY MATHIS – Chances Are
HARRY CONNICK JR. – Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
$ NEIL DIAMOND – Both Sides Now

* YE OLDE ENGLISH – Pinball Wizard
* CREAMING JESUS – A Forest
* THE BUZZCOCKS – Boredom
MEL TORME – That Old Black Magic
GAS HUFFER – Bad Guy Reaction
THE REZILLOS – I Like It
THE CHIPMUNKS – Jesse’s Girl
Winnie the Pooh
CRINGER – Cottlestone Pie

$ RED SHADOW – Gone Gone Gone
SEVEN SECONDS – 99 Red Balloons
UTE LEMPER – La Vie en Rose
$ THE PARASITES – Suzanne

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S soundtrack – Moon River
JAMES – Sunday Morning
$ VOIVOD – Astronomy Domine
PALE SAINTS – Blue Flower

GIGI soundtrack – Thank Heaven for Little Girls
WYNONA RIDERS – Kids in America
CRIMPSHRINE – Tomorrow
TOM WAITS – Heigh Ho

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Alls I Got Is R-N-R, or November 1993 playlists

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The Reatards, San Francisco, 10.29.05 | Canon Powershot A80, 7.8mm, 2.5 sec, f8

How is it November already? These past few months have been a bit of a mental marathon for me, what with weddings, honeymoons, and funerals to tackle in addition to life in general. It continues today as I cram five decades of music into three hours (9am-noon PST, to be exact) on KALX to make up for my lack of participation in its 50th anniversary this year. Although I allotted 30 minutes per decade, I have a feeling the show’s going to sound not much different from what I usually do.

From my personal archives I dug up live performances of the Reatards (11/10/99) and the Mind Controls (05/06), as well as interviews with Jo Callis of the Rezillos (6/22/02) and a never-before-aired one with Matt Dangerfield and Honest John Plain of the Boys (9/23/00). I couldn’t find the recordings of my interviews with the Buzzcocks or Heavenly in 1994, but “spastic” comes to mind so that’s probably just as well.

Speaking of spastic, C and I will have a photo exhibit at the Rite Spot in San Francisco beginning this Sunday, with a reception from 5-8pm. Proceeds from all photo sales will go towards the hospital bills of our dear friend Reggie Destin, who was struck by a drunk driver while skateboarding in a Chicago bike lane; he died from his injuries a week later. We miss his warm smile, big laugh, and huge heart but will strive to live life as fully and selflessly as he did.

messin' around: a photo exhibit

* = feature play
$ = request

11/03/93: WEDNESDAY 12-3:30am

* LINCOLN – Stop Means Stop
UNIVERSAL ORDER OF ARMAGEDDON – City
* SLEEPING BODY – Logo Gram
CANDLE – Silver

HEROIN – Head Cold
ZERO BOYS – Amphetamine Addiction
BLATZ – Homemade Speed
* SONIC YOUTH/CYPRESS HILL – I Love You Mary Jane
FANG – Puff the Magic Dragon

PETER, PAUL & MARY – Lemon Tree
* ENGINE KID – Mountain High
$ HAWKWIND – Be Yourself
$ THE SPECIALS – Blank Expression
* EVERREADY – Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

CRIMPSHRINE – My Friend
OPERATION IVY – Healthy Body
BOW WOW WOW – What’s the Time (Hey Buddy)?
THE SLITS – I Heard It through the Grapevine
* HEAVENLY – P.U.N.K. Girl
$ TIGER TRAP – Words & Smiles

THE FASTBACKS – I Won’t Regret
FLOWER DRUM SONG soundtrack – I Enjoy Being a Girl
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Mewsette
MARLENE DIETRICH – Lili Marlene
Peter Gunn

$ THE UNDERTONES – More Songs about Chocolate and Girls
* NEERDOWELLS/JUDY & THE LOADIES – We’re Hot Looking
* SWINGIN’ NECKBREAKERS – Lil’ Pink Medicine
JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – L.O.V.E. I Hate You
* THE HELLBILLIES – Surf Zombies

$ NEW BOMB TURKS – Born Toulouse-Lautrec
THE MISFITS – Teenagers from Mars
NAKED RAYGUN – I Don’t Know
$ ECONOCHRIST – Comabox
* BIKINI KILL – Rebel Girl

STAN GETZ – Girl from Ipanema
ETHEL MERMAN – I Get a Kick out of You
* RAOOUL – Anna Joy
OLD SKULL – Hot Dog Hell
ROLLING SCABS – We’re the Scabs

EATER – You
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Can’t Say Crap on the Radio
* BOYRACER – I’ve Got It & It’s Not Worth Having
WIZARD OF OZ soundtrack – We’re off to See the Wizard
MUSIC MAN soundtrack – Gary, Indiana
TOY DOLLS – She Goes to Finos

11/19/93: FRIDAY 9am-12pm

SAM COOKE – Stop Means Stop
THE PLATTERS – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
STAN GETZ – The Girl from Ipanema
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up
ROLLING SCABS – We’re the Scabs

OLD SKULL – Skate or Die
EATER – Outside View
* RAOOUL – Summer Nights
MADBALL – It’s My Life
THE DAMNED – Neat Neat Neat
THE BUZZCOCKS – Nostalgia

COCK SPARRER – Take ’em All
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – No More of That
$ SID VICIOUS – I Wanna Be Your Dog
* THE SMEARS – Kicked My Butt
VICE SQUAD – Stand Strong Stand Proud

THE SLITS – Vindictive
THE AVENGERS – Corpus Christi
BLATZ – Cockroach Cafe/I Don’t Care
DOROTHY LAMOUR – Panamania
KISS ME KATE soundtrack – I Hate Men
FRED ASTAIRE – Cheek to Cheek

* LINCOLN – Seed
* GODHEAD SILO – Friendship Village
JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION – Soul Typecast
$ JOHNNY THUNDERS – Born to Lose

CURRENT – Could I
CANDLE – Again
* HEAVENLY – P.U.N.K. Girl
* BOYRACER – Beautiful Lines
BACHELOR PAD – Do It for Fun

* YE OLDE ENGLISH – Christmas
SELECTER – Carry Go Bring Come
*$ CHUMBAWUMBA – Day the Nazi Died
JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – L.O.V.E. I Hate You
THE JAM – Strange Town
THE ADVERTS – Gary Gilmore’s Eyes

THE REZILLOS – Thunderbirds Are Go
THE RAMONES – Go Lil’ Camaro Go
THE HARD-ONS – Bye Bye Girl
* SCREECHING WEASEL – Thrift Store Girl
SHOP ASSISTANTS – All Day Long
* EVERREADY – Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

$ JOLT – Let It Go
UNDERSIDE – Known
DISNEY soundtrack – Winnie the Pooh
TOMMY ROT – Not One of Mine
BLITZ – Someone’s Gonna Die


11/22/93: MONDAY 1-3:30am

$ MEL TORME – When the Sun Comes Out
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Little Drops of Rain
JUDY GARLAND- Somewhere Over the Rainbow
DISNEY soundtrack – Winnie the Pooh
CRINGER – Cottleston Pie

CRIMPSHRINE – Summertime
* EVERREADY – Leavin’ on a Jet Plane
* JOLT – Heaven’s Child
$ SOFT BOYS – When I Was a Kid
ROBYN HITCHCOCK – Unsettled

ZERO BOYS – High Time
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up
* GLOO GIRLS – Ex-con
JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – All Laced Up
$ THE FALL – Mr. Pharmacist

* KEPONE – Prisoners
JAWBREAKER – With or Without U-2
THE MISFITS – I Turned into a Martian
JUDY & THE LOADIES – Soap Soap Soap
THE DELMONAS – Jealousy
* THE SMEARS – Old & Lonely

THE AVENGERS – We Are the One
$ THE PLASMATICS – I Want You Baby
TALULAH GOSH – Break Your Face
KISS ME KATE soundtrack – I Hate Men

SPITBOY – Ultimate Violator
NENA – 99 Luftballoons
* LOIS – Trouble with Me
DELIGHTFUL LIL’ NOTHINGS – Over Us
* HEAVENLY – Hearts & Crosses

HARRY CONNICK JR. – It Had to Be You
DOROTHY LAMOUR – Panamania
JOHNNY MATHIS – It’s Not for Me to Say
THE HOLLIES – Carrie Anne
SAM COOKE – You Send Me

COCK SPARRER – Take ’em All
THE REVILLOS – Where’s the Boy for Me?
* THE FLATMATES – I Could Be in Heaven
THE BUZZCOCKS – Ever Fallen in Love
$ SHAM 69 – I’m a Man, I’m a Boy
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS –  Fly the Flag
* SCREECHING WEASEL – Peter Brady
MR. T EXPERIENCE – Somebody Wants to Love You

* THE BOLLWEEVILS – 999-Stoney
$ LITTLE MY – Ohio
CHICKENHEAD – Chickenhead Won the War
THEE MIGHTY CAESARS – Now I Know

EATER – Room for One
THE JAM – I’ve Changed My Address

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This Could Be the Night, or September 1993 playlists

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Double-decker bus, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Canon 5D, 17mm, 5 sec, f20, ISO 100

Kowloon’s Nathan Road crackles with the energy of thousands of locals trying to get to work on time, touts hustling to unload watches and suits of questionable quality, and tourists struggling not to get swept away in the maelstrom. Even though Hong Kong doesn’t have a sticky-fingered reputation like Rome, Paris, or Barcelona, Nathan Road isn’t the kind of place I like to linger. Call me paranoid, but each second spent standing still on that street means one less personal item in my possession.

And yet one late evening on that very street, right outside our guesthouse, C stopped us because he needed to load a new roll of film into his Lomo.

“Can’t you wait until we get inside?” I asked, exasperated.

“I almost have it,” he said, fumbling with the camera and then dropping to one knee to fuss with his bag.

There weren’t many people out at that hour, but I kept up my guard, mentally choreographing ways to distract or disarm the guys loitering around us should they attempt to swoop in and relieve us of our belongings.

“Wait, here, hold this for me,” he said, reaching up and handing me a film canister.

I took it and tapped my foot, hoping the sound would hurry him up. Instead, he asked, “Can you open it for me?”

I sighed, flipped up the lid…and quickly closed it again. The blood drained from my face. My heart began pounding in my ears.

Sitting on top of the roll of film was a diamond ring.

“What the hell are you doing?!” I hissed.

I don’t recall much of what happened after that, but I’m pretty sure I yanked C up by the scruff of his neck before he could utter another word and marched us back to our room.

Had you told me 19 years ago that I’d be married someday, I would’ve either told you to shut the front door, laughed in your face, or punched you in the stomach, maybe all three depending on my caffeine intake at the time. It wasn’t because I doubted I might find that special person I’d want to love, confound, delight, and annoy for the rest of my life—I simply didn’t think paperwork and ceremony were necessary in what was essentially a matter of the heart.

C knew this about me. He knew I was adamant about not getting married. But somehow he decided to take a chance.

And he won.

Eventually.

Like, a year or so later.

Honestly, how could I listen to as much lovesick doowop and girl group songs as I do/did without expecting them to unearth my (deeply buried) inner romantic? Or maybe I was getting soft and sentimental in my old age. Whatever it was, staying stubborn became more challenging the more starry-eyed couples we met, the more tear-jerking vows we heard, the more heart-warming weddings we photographed. Didn’t I want to spend the rest of my life with him? Yes. So what did it matter that he wanted to make it “official” with a trip to city hall and some nervous hand-holding in front of dozens of pairs of eyes?

We got married two weekends ago and, I have to say, it wasn’t all that bad. In fact, it was head-spinningly, breathtakingly fun. Getting in touch with my crafty side at Jo-Ann’s helped me connect to an event I never imagined for myself, and somehow C and I cobbled together a wacky weekend filled with shaky tea ceremonies, bruise-free board breaks, ill-fitting rings, bathroom beauty parlors, lion dances, rickshaw smilebooths, too many mini cupcakes and barbecued pork buns, and wild performances by Gravy’s Drop, City Deluxe, and the legendary Roy Loney with his Phantom Movers. C, backed by City Deluxe, surprised all of us with his jaw-dropping rendition of Johnny Thunders’ “I Wanna Be Loved.” I may blog about some of the details once I’ve recovered but, until then, it’s easiest just to share one of the mixes I made for our reception:

Speaking of mixes, here are a few of my KALX playlists from 19 years ago, back when I lived on the third floor of a century-old wood-shingled house (above a strange family of five and their three dogs), back when I jumped at any chance to be on the air, back when I thought not a whit about my future. My song choices were limited and my segues were still awkward (input from Rancid’s Tim “Lint” Armstrong didn’t help) but I suppose they’re a good reflection of that brash, mercurial time in my life.

* = feature play
$ = request

09/05/93: SUNDAY 6-9am

VELVET UNDERGROUND – Sunday Morning
* NEW BOMB TURKS – Got No Proof
* WAT TYLER – Poems on the Underground
JOHNNY MATHIS – Chances Are
7 SECONDS – 99 Luftballoons
* JPS Experience – Ray of Shine

WYNONA RYDERS –  No One Ever Listens to Me
RANCID – Adina
SCREECHING WEASEL – I Wanna Be with You Tonight
GREEN DAY – Android
* JIM CARROLL – People Who Died

SINKHOLE – Waterbug
GUMBY soundtrack – Gumby
MY FAIR LADY soundtrack – The Rain in Spain
GAY PURREE soundtrack – Little Drops of Rain
EVERREADY – Will the World Ever Change
EVERGREEN – Forced Feed Ed

* STRAY CATS – She’s Sexy & 17
BOW WOW WOW – Do You Wanna Hold Me?
BEASTIE BOYS – No Sleep Til Brooklyn
* CYPRESS HILL – Cock the Hammer
DIGITAL UNDERGROUND – Sons of the P

* RED AUNTS – Teach Me to Kill
THE MISFITS – Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?
JOAN JETT – I Hate Myself for Loving You
* 7 YEAR BITCH – The Scratch

SCRAWL – Begin
* THE MUFFS – Big Mouth
* VELOCITY GIRL – Crazy Town
* ORNETTE COLEMAN – Sadness
DUB SYNDICATE – Drainpipe Rats

THE RAMONES – Blitzkrieg Bop
STINK – Never Will Forget
FRANK SINATRA – Only the Lonely
TEENY RECORDS – Weekend Go

JAWBREAKER – Boat (live)
NENA – 99 Luftballoons
THE GO-GO’S – Head Over Heels
* SUBMACHINE – Bonus Beer Song
THE LOOKOUTS – One Planet, One People

DISPOSABLE HEROES – Language of Violence
DIGABLE PLANETS – Where I’m From
SUGAR – If I Can’t Change Your Mind
DINOSAUR JR. – Start Choppin

LATTER DAY SAINTS – 592
* SLANT 6 – 33 Vision

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09/08/93: WEDNESDAY 12:30-4am
(with Tim “Lint” Armstrong of Rancid)

* GAS HUFFER – Bad Guy Reaction
ARTHUR KAY – Play My Record
JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Mystery Rezillos Track
FLOYD LLOYD & THE POTATO 5 – Jesse Jackson

BARRY ADAMSON – Adamson Family
SELECTER – James Bond
*DESTROY – Ode to Top Ramen
DEAD BOYS – Sonic Reducer
D.I. – Surfin’ Anarchy

* KRUPTED PEASANT FARMERS – Memories of Death
TOY DOLLS – Razzmatazz
* JAWBREAKER – Kiss the Bottle
BEASTIE BOYS – So What’cha Want
* CYPRESS HILL – I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That

GREEN DAY – At the Library
RANCID – Outta My Mind
* BAD RELIGION – Kerosene
* JOLT – Heaven’s Child

LEGENDARY PINK DOTS – Encore Une Fois
THROBBING GRISTLE – Six Six Sixties
* SARA DEBELL – Smells Like Teen Spirit
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Suspect Device
THE JAM – London Girl

* TIGER TRAP – Puzzle Pieces
TALULAH GOSH – My Best Friend
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – Hardest Walk
FRANK SINATRA – Love & Marriage
THE DICKIES – Eep Opp Ork (Uh, Uh)

FRANK SINATRA – Gumby
X-RAY SPEX – The Day the World Turned Dayglo
THE SLITS – Love & Romance
FUZZBOX – Jackie

* BOW WOW WOW – C30, C60, C90, Go
* TILT – Play Cell
THE ADVERTS – One Chord Wonders
MINOR THREAT – Guilty of Being White

GORILLA BISCUITS – Finish What You Started
* THE GERMS – What We Do Is Secret
PEE WEE HERMAN – Surfin’ Bird
$ SID VICIOUS – Steppin’ Stone
FANG – Puff the Magic Dragon

BEST OF DISNEY – Wonderful Thing About Tiggers
EVERREADY – At the Che
* FIFTEEN – Perfection
TV PERSONALITIES – I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives
SYD BARRETT – Here I Go
HUSKER DU – Eiffel Tower High

* LES THUGS – Flags
WEDDING PRESENT – My Favorite Dress
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S SOUNDTRACK – Moon River
Lil Orphan Annie
THE POTATOMEN – Davey

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09/16/93: THURSDAY 6-9am

CHUMBAWUMBA – Tianamen Square
SHOP ASSISTANTS – I Don’t Wanna Be Friends with You
HEAVENLY – C Is the Heavenly Option
TALULAH GOSH – Bringing Up Baby

  MR. T EXPERIENCE – Velveeta
* THE MUFFS – Get Me Out of Here
THE POTATOMEN – Davey
* THE NE’ERDOWELLS – We’re Hot Lookin’
THE KING & I soundtrack – Whistle a Happy Tune

MARY POPPINS soundtrack – Jolly Holiday
* BRATMOBILE – Cool Schmool
STIKKY – I Love Fonzie
Green Acres
$ JOLT – Heaven’s Child

EVERREADY – Fairplay

JUKE – Child Bride
BLATZ – Homemade Speed
ZERO BOYS – Amphetamine Addiction
* NEW BOMB TURKS – Got No Proof
* BLACK MARKET BABY – Potential Suicide

FLIPPER – The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
ISOCRACY – Hippie Man
BUM – Instant Cool Aid
* FLESH WEAPONS – Fish

THE DICKIES – Nights in White Satin
SNATCH – Love without a Reason
THE BUSTERS – Dead or Alive
THE SPECIALS – (Dawning of a) New Era
SELECTER – Too Much Pressure
BARRY ADAMSON – 007, Fantasy Bond Theme

* THE GERMS – Media Blitz
* JOHN HENRY WEST – Shut Your Mouth
* OILER – Antigravity
* POP-O-PIES – In Frisco

* THE SUPERSUCKERS – Drinkin’ & Drivin’
ALTERNATIVE TV – Viva La Rock n Roll
THE SONICS – Strychnine
SECRET AFFAIR – One Way World
THE LAMBRETTAS – Poison Ivy

THE BUZZCOCKS – Ever Fallen in Love
THE DAMNED – Born to Kill
SUBWAY SECT – Nobody’s Scared
JOHNNY MATHIS – Chances Are

NAKED RAYGUN – Those Who Move
SNFU – Cannibal Cafe
SPECIMEN – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
* FLOUR – One Step at a Time

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Barbed Wire Love
THE VIBRATORS – Stiff Little Fingers
* THROBBING GRISTLE – Wall of Sound
ANTIOCH ARROW – Stilts
LATTER DAY SAINTS – 592
FUZZONE – Balloon Song

UNDERSIDE – Known
GORILLA BISCUITS – Time Flies
THE SUBHUMANS – Reality Is Waiting for the Bus
SHAM 69 – Hey Little Rich Boy

DEAD BOYS – Caught with the Meat in Your Mouth

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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.

ramones knockoff

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

suckstuff

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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I Enjoy Being a Girl, or April 1993 Playlists

Ari Up of the Slits

Ari Up (the Slits), Mezzanine, SF, 2006 | Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, 18mm, 1/4 sec, f6.3, ISO 100

I unearthed my first KALX radio playlist last week and was so mortified by it that it only made sense to post all of them (19 years’ worth!) here, albeit not all at once. My second and third shows took place during the brooding, contemplative hours of 3:30 to 6am. Based on the content of these shows, my segues were still questionable and I was in my pop-punk phase, with my fading goth self occasionally demanding attention. Thanks to Mickey Stamm for turning me on to the Rezillos; they’re still one of my favorites.

I haven’t listened to a good number of these bands and/or songs in nearly two decades and I’d be perfectly fine never hearing many of them again, even if I can’t bear to part with those records. But it’s always a pleasure reacquainting myself with the Jesus & Mary Chain. Here they are adding their trademark “hey hey hey”s to the Sugarcubes’ classic “Birthday.” Were the “hey hey hey”s specially recorded for this song, or lifted from a Mary Chain song? Hmm… (Playlists after the video.)

04/15/93: THURSDAY 3:30-6am

THE RAMONES – Howling at the Moon
GORILLA BISCUITS – Cats and Dogs
$ THE CURE – Strange Day
CLOCKWORK ORANGE soundtrack – Thieving Magpie

SINGING IN THE RAIN soundtrack – Singing in the Rain
* OPERATION IVY – Left Behind
* SCREECHING WEASEL – Second Floor East
* NO EMPATHY – Ben Weasel Don’t Like It
THE QUEERS – Ursula Finally Has Tits

TILT – Addiction
THE SLITS – Love & Romance
BOW WOW WOW – What’s the Time, Hey Buddy?

SPITBOY – Ultimate Violations
FLOWER DRUM SONG soundtrack – I Enjoy Being a Girl
THE SUGARCUBES – Birthday (Jim & Will Christmas Day Mix)
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – Just Like Honey
MEAT WHIPLASH – Don’t Slip Up
RABID DUCK – Material Girl
MADONNA – Dress You Up (instrumental)
LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH – Like a Virgin

THE CHIPMUNKS – Jesse’s Girl
SMART E’S – Sesame’s Treat
SESAME STREET soundtrack – Rubber Duckie
PINHEAD GUNPOWDER – Hey Now
JOLT – Jalopy

SUICIDE – Frankie Teardrop
* THIS MORTAL COIL – You & Your Sister
J.S. BACH – Prelude in E Minor
JAWBREAKER – Caroline
NAKED RAYGUN – Live Wire

CRIMPSHRINE – In My Mind
BARRY MANILOW – Copacabana
JUNGLE BOOK soundtrack – Bare Necessities
HAPPY FLOWERS – Mom, I Gave the Cat Some Acid

CYNDI LAUPER – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
* THE 5.6.7.8.’s – Edie Is Sweet Candy
SUZANNE VEGA (STAY AWAKE compilation) – Stay Awake

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04/29/93: THURSDAY 3:30-6am

THE CLASH – Clash City Rockers
PINHEAD GUNPOWDER – Losers of the Year
JAWBREAKER – With or Without U2
THE VAPORS – Turning Japanese
RIDE – Vapour Trail

* OPERATION IVY – Hedgecore
* THE BUSTERS – Rude Vibrations
$ THE REZILLOS – Flying Saucer Attack
MADNESS – Sign of the Times
$ SONIC YOUTH – Schizophrenia

* J-CHURCH – November (live)
MY FAIR LADY soundtrack – Rain in Spain
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Lil’ Drops of Rain

THROBBING GRISTLE – 66 Sixties
COIL – Wrim-Wram-Wrom
PSYCHIC TV – St. Frances E
CHRIS & COSEY – The Gates of Ancient Cities
* LEGENDARY PINK DOTS – Kingdom of the Flies

$ HUSKER DU – Hardly Getting Over It
* MR. T EXPERIENCE – Swallow Everything
* SCREECHING WEASEL – All in My Head
* CITIZEN FISH – Disposable Dream
BIZ MARKIE – Just a Friend
* BRADY BUNCH – We’ll Always Be Free

TONI BASIL – Hey Mickey
A-HA – Take on Me
CRIMPSHRINE – Bricks
* UTE LEMPER – La Vie en Rose
TCHAIKOVSKY – Romeo & Juliet

GORILLA BISCUITS – Cats & Dogs
THE ADVERTS – Bombsite Boy
THE JAM – Man in the Cornershop
* THE QUEERS – I Hate Everything
HANSON BROS – Blitzkrieg Hops
THE GR’UPS – Oink

* BARRY ADAMSON – 007, Fantasy Bond Theme
FUZZBOX – Jackie
THE PRIMITIVES – Nothing Left

THE KING & I soundtrack – Getting to Know You

* = feature play
$ = request

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