Live From the Masque, Vol. 3: Dicks Fight Banks Hate !
Various Artists - Live From the Masque, Vol. 3: Dicks Fight Banks Hate
Year One Records 1996 CD
01. Eniwetok - The Eyes
02. Take That Quaalude Now - The Eyes
03. Go-Go Bee - The Eyes
04. The Happy Song - The Eyes
05. She's Dead - The Eyes
06. Disneyland - The Eyes
07. I'm OK, You're OK - The Dickies
08. Shake And Bake - The Dickies
09. Shadow Man - The Dickies
10. Canyon - The Dickies
11. You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla) - The Dickies
12. Hideous - The Dickies
13. Let's Get Rid Of New York - The Randoms
14. Tricia - The Randoms
15. ABC - The Randoms
16. Let's Get Rid Of L.A. - The Randoms
17. Idi Amin - Black Randy & The Metro Squad
18. Randy's Intro - Black Randy & The Metro Squad
19. Loner with A Boner - Black Randy & The Metro Squad
20. Trouble At the Cup - Black Randy & The Metro Squad
In the late '70s, it seemed like every city had a live album documenting its local punk scene in the manner of Live at CBGB's, and given how long it look for Southern California punk to gain the respect it deserved, it figures that the Los Angeles contribution to this phenomena would surface 18 years after the fact. Like the other two Live From the Masque volumes, this disc wasn't actually recorded at the Masque, but at a two-day benefit in 1978 to keep L.A.'s first punk venue open, and captures four of the city's most notorious bands in sloppy but inspired form. The Dickies, L.A.'s first great funnypunks, weigh in with a set recorded a year before their first album emerged, and if they got tighter and more precise with time, their goofy guitar blare and Leonard Graves Phillips' helium-influenced vocal style were already firmly in place.
The Eyes (with a pre-Go-Go's Charlotte Caffey on bass) give The Dickies a run for their money in the silliness department with songs like "Take That Quaalude Now" and "The Happy Song," and if their tunes aren't as catchy, they rock just as hard.
The Randoms wrote what should have been the L.A. scene's anthem, "Let's Get Rid of New York," and if it's the best thing they had to offer, it's still a great song, and leader Pat Garrett baited the audience as well as anyone prior to Lee Ving.
And if the finale from Black Randy & the Metrosquad is sloppy and utterly incoherent, it sounds like it would have been a lot of fun to witness. The audio is often dodgy and the performances inconsistent, but anyone with even a passing interest in the birth of California punk will find this disc to be fun and fascinating, and it's less likely to give you a hangover than being there.
Enregistrées par Geza-X pendant les deux jours du Benefit Show mis en place pour sauver la salle The Masque de la fermeture au The Elks Lodge dans le MacArthur Park à Los Angeles en février 1978, ces bandes provenant d'un 4-Track furent longtemps perdues avant d'être retrouvées et restaurées.
C'est décidé, ce soir il dégage!
time to swallow that Quaalude and go ape!!!
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