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A little Emily Dickinson for stephiehell. The poem is The Inner World retitled 280 by Hullabaloo from their album It’s Not Enough to Be Loud, You have to Suck Too. I was working the door when these guys started playing at a show my production company, Sonic Warp, put on when I recognized the poem and abandoned my post for the rest of the show to watch these guys. Who knew Ms. Dickinson was so punk rock?

Unless your were a talent agent or record label rep (they had the pass code) you would have had to suffer through this Severed Heads “song” as our answering machine message in the late 80’s/early 90’s… all 4:49 of it. It was very effective for keeping people that wanted comps to shows off our phone line. Unrepresented bands would always stay on long enough to leave their vitals, the leeches had no patience for it. Win/Win!

This is from my 43rd bday party, Dec. 2004. My friend, Chelsea 40oz Bondage and I share the same bday and we had a huge party at the DuPont house. Disrespect, Primadonahue, and Provoked played in our living room. I am in the background to the left sporting my Turbonegro cowboy hat. To the right is my roomie, Mollie (she was the singer for Disrespect) and, farther right, my old GF Kate Hatred. This is the same house that Mark Lokowich and I ran Sonic Warp Productions out of from ‘87 to ‘92. The fliers in the background are from some shows SW we put on. In the early 2000’s Mollie and I decided to move in together and oddly she found THE SAME place for us. It became a center for punk rock again. Thanks to Jacqueline Peterson for the photo. In a very strange turn of events, if you play State of Fear, Misery, or Disrespect on last.fm there are a ton of photos that were scraped from FB and other networking sites that were taken in my house during this party.

This is from my 43rd bday party, Dec. 2004. My friend, Chelsea 40oz Bondage and I share the same bday and we had a huge party at the DuPont house. Disrespect, Primadonahue, and Provoked played in our living room. I am in the background to the left sporting my Turbonegro cowboy hat. To the right is my roomie, Mollie (she was the singer for Disrespect) and, farther right, my old GF Kate Hatred. This is the same house that Mark Lokowich and I ran Sonic Warp Productions out of from ‘87 to ‘92. The fliers in the background are from some shows SW we put on. In the early 2000’s Mollie and I decided to move in together and oddly she found THE SAME place for us. It became a center for punk rock again. Thanks to Jacqueline Peterson for the photo. In a very strange turn of events, if you play State of Fear, Misery, or Disrespect on last.fm there are a ton of photos that were scraped from FB and other networking sites that were taken in my house during this party.

Another photo from my 43rd bday party (Dec. 2004). This one has a better view of fliers from the shows my production company put on (yeah, that’s Fugazi and to the right D.O.A., NOFX warmed up that show). The guy with the hat is Sid, from Misery, and next to him is Cricket. I invited a bunch of my Teamster co-workers to the party. The woman on the far left and her husband (even a “few” years older than me) took the time to learn about vegan cooking and brought some tofu chili to the potluck. It was the hit of the party. Crusty punks and Teamsters are a better fit than you might think. My co-workers are still talking about this party in glorius terms 8 years later. Me, it is kind of haze where I know I shed some clothing and put on an American flag thong…

Another photo from my 43rd bday party (Dec. 2004). This one has a better view of fliers from the shows my production company put on (yeah, that’s Fugazi and to the right D.O.A., NOFX warmed up that show). The guy with the hat is Sid, from Misery, and next to him is Cricket. I invited a bunch of my Teamster co-workers to the party. The woman on the far left and her husband (even a “few” years older than me) took the time to learn about vegan cooking and brought some tofu chili to the potluck. It was the hit of the party. Crusty punks and Teamsters are a better fit than you might think. My co-workers are still talking about this party in glorius terms 8 years later. Me, it is kind of haze where I know I shed some clothing and put on an American flag thong…

More old housemate photos. This is the good Reverend Phil singing for Jehovah’s Shitlist in 2007. Since I came from a JW family, and embraced punk rock, I am probably on the shitlist too. Phil, Toni, Chrissy Kat, an unnamed public school teacher, Pignose (Assrash), Lisa C., and I lived in the infamous 26th and Pillsbury house in the mid ’80s. Numerous punk, crust punk bands got their start, paying our rent, by playing in our basement parties. A local liquor store used to stay open to keep selling us kegs after hours. Naturally, we had to walk for miles, through the snow, uphill both ways….

More old housemate photos. This is the good Reverend Phil singing for Jehovah’s Shitlist in 2007. Since I came from a JW family, and embraced punk rock, I am probably on the shitlist too. Phil, Toni, Chrissy Kat, an unnamed public school teacher, Pignose (Assrash), Lisa C., and I lived in the infamous 26th and Pillsbury house in the mid ’80s. Numerous punk, crust punk bands got their start, paying our rent, by playing in our basement parties. A local liquor store used to stay open to keep selling us kegs after hours. Naturally, we had to walk for miles, through the snow, uphill both ways….

This was a great show circa 1989. Shotgun Rationale was  one of Bob Stinson's (Replacements) last bands before his death. It Included Sonny Vincent (the Testors) and Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys) as members. So strange that these legends OPENED for the Bastards and Alice Donut, who were both phenomenal that night BTW. This is the night that Anthony of the Bastards (very mature subject matter) was flummoxed by a 12 and 13 year old (w/ mom) that wanted their Monticello albums signed by him after destroying his bass on stage in anger. When finding out their age he said in a very sweet voice, “Your parents will pay for the way they raised you.” Sad I have to resort to using cropped photos of fliers of my shows in the background of pictures rather than having archived them myself.

This was a great show circa 1989. Shotgun Rationale was one of Bob Stinson's (Replacements) last bands before his death. It Included Sonny Vincent (the Testors) and Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys) as members. So strange that these legends OPENED for the Bastards and Alice Donut, who were both phenomenal that night BTW. This is the night that Anthony of the Bastards (very mature subject matter) was flummoxed by a 12 and 13 year old (w/ mom) that wanted their Monticello albums signed by him after destroying his bass on stage in anger. When finding out their age he said in a very sweet voice, “Your parents will pay for the way they raised you.” Sad I have to resort to using cropped photos of fliers of my shows in the background of pictures rather than having archived them myself.

For a new follower. Shortly before my last GPOY. Made by literally cutting and pasting images and type in 1989. Photo made using the cartography dept. camera at the U of MN. Copies made by friends at Kinkos for below market rates (i.e. beer and tickets to show).

For a new follower. Shortly before my last GPOY. Made by literally cutting and pasting images and type in 1989. Photo made using the cartography dept. camera at the U of MN. Copies made by friends at Kinkos for below market rates (i.e. beer and tickets to show).

Great show! The Funseekers killed it in their 2nd to last show. The other guys were kind of good too. Misery was our first choice for local talent but they were on the road. Keith Patterson’s surf punk genius worked out well. We had a Basil Wolverton foundation approved 3’x2’ poster for this show but none of us thought about curating fliers/posters for posterity. Every one of them may have meant one more person attending our shows.

Great show! The Funseekers killed it in their 2nd to last show. The other guys were kind of good too. Misery was our first choice for local talent but they were on the road. Keith Patterson’s surf punk genius worked out well. We had a Basil Wolverton foundation approved 3’x2’ poster for this show but none of us thought about curating fliers/posters for posterity. Every one of them may have meant one more person attending our shows.

royaltruxchronicles:

1992: First Avenue Downtown Danceteria, Minneapolis - Supporting Sonic Youth

I was there, Royal Trux stayed at my house (albeit the upstairs neighbors in the duplex, all the benefits, none of the responsibilities). This may have been one of the first all ages shows in MN that allowed alcohol to be sold to adults. The success of my production company, Sonic Warp, gave MInneapolis clubs the incentive to change alcohol laws.

royaltruxchronicles:

1992: First Avenue Downtown Danceteria, Minneapolis - Supporting Sonic Youth

I was there, Royal Trux stayed at my house (albeit the upstairs neighbors in the duplex, all the benefits, none of the responsibilities). This may have been one of the first all ages shows in MN that allowed alcohol to be sold to adults. The success of my production company, Sonic Warp, gave MInneapolis clubs the incentive to change alcohol laws.

Skinheads fighting over who was the most non-racist outside, gunshots, and some Destroy members putting on bullet proof vests backstage before they performed…in other words, an average 1990 Mpls punk show.
They were not DIY bullet proof vests.

Skinheads fighting over who was the most non-racist outside, gunshots, and some Destroy members putting on bullet proof vests backstage before they performed…in other words, an average 1990 Mpls punk show.

They were not DIY bullet proof vests.

An old t-shirt finally found it’s way home. I booked this show in 1989. Hullabaloo was amazing! As was my habit, I bought a t-shirt (and vinyl) of every band that played for us. This shirt was the one I wore the most (i.e. all the time). It urned out that Sluggo did not have one anymore so I sent him mine.

Hullabaloo is available on iTunes. 

The Fugazi show I put on in 1990 (direct link to show) is now available on the Fugazi Live Series: A to Z. Like MN State Fair cheese curds it still only costs $5. Track 25 is all me. Enjoy!

The Fugazi show I put on in 1990 (direct link to show) is now available on the Fugazi Live Series: A to Z. Like MN State Fair cheese curds it still only costs $5. Track 25 is all me. Enjoy!

This show was controversial because we upped the price one dollar. An extra buck for trans-Atlantic travel…damn capitalists. Bullet proof vests, gunfire all in a night’s work.

This show was controversial because we upped the price one dollar. An extra buck for trans-Atlantic travel…damn capitalists. Bullet proof vests, gunfire all in a night’s work.

The Avalon Theater was a porn theater that was turned into the home of the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. We had to call it the Avalon so people wouldn’t get confused about how creepy puppets can be. Perfect spot for shows. $200/night plus $75 for Charlie Bailey to make sure puppets/porn/punk rock weren’t confused with each other.

scottdshaffer:

Minneapolis!

It was 1987 and we were putting on a U.K. Subs/Broken Bones/Misery show in the People’s Center across the street from the Viking. After set up we went to the Viking Bar and one of my buddies got stabbed by a biker. Just another day in punk rock. Color TV to bring in customers dates that sign.