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“Strange Tales From The Doc” #6 Read about The Doc’s FIRST Punk Rock gig with The Dickies

Read about The Doc’s FIRST Punk Rock gig….

Doc’s first gig…
It was The Dickies with maybe the Pandoras? Not sure on that one… I was 17 years old and had just gotten my driver’s license. The gig was at the world famous Whiskey in Hollywood. My oldest friend at the time; Glen and I were listening to bands like Devo, Blondie, Oingo Boingo and the like but The Dickies had always been one our favorites. I was excited and nervous to go to a real “punk rock” gig. I remember being a little scared about going. Were we going to get asses kicked? Would we “fit it”? I borrowed Glen’s trench coat and decided to take the chance. Remember guys back in the “old days” going to a Punk Rock gig could be a little “risky”. If you were found or thought to be a “Posseur” or were a hippy you were NOT treated kindly. You’d get beaten up or get your head shaved!

We took my car; The Red Scare [which I still have and use today] on the 40 miles trip from our city of Upland to Hollywood. I remember driving up to The Whiskey and seeing a line formed with people sporting mohawks, leather jackets and hard stares. The first thing I recall upon entering The Whiskey was a cocktail waitress walking up to us and asking “would you like a drink”? Glen was mormon and I didn’t like to drink alone!

Back then The Whiskey had a set of bleachers (like at a high school football game) off to the left of the stage. They also had an upstairs. Glen and I had heard about punks with barbed-wire wrapped around their boots to slice you while slammin’ and others that would sneak up to you and burn you with their cigarette (aka a “Germs Burn”). Neither of those sounded like fun to us so we made a beeline upstairs where we could overlook the entire stage. When The Dickies took the stage the air was electric. This is the original line-up. Leonard played his keyboards [hasn’t done that in years] and brought out all the props. They were fucking great! Blew my mind 100% We survive our first gig and were both hooked. The next month, once again at the Whiskey, was Social Distortion and Bad Religion. Another great gig [until Greg Graffin hit someone with the mic-stand just for getting on stage]. What a douche!

Oh, this picture was actually taken at Fenders in Long Beach a couple years later by the way….

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“Strange Tales From The Doc” #5 Yes, let’s put an end to the rumors and guessing. D.I. stands for Disruptive Influence. Trust your Doc…

“See why D.I. was one of my favorite bands to see “back in the day” (yeah, “back in the day”?) Who came up with that? Same douche that coined “Old School”? Read on!”
DI (aka Distruptive Influence) at The Fenders 1986


Yes, let’s put an end to the rumors and guessing. D.I. stands for Disruptive Influence. Trust your Doc…
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Casey Royer pic by Doc Strange
Now although I took this picture The Fenders in Long Beach my story is actually from when D.I. played the Olympic. It was right when their debut 12”ep “s/t” (aka Richard Hung Himself) came out. I was standing off to the left of the MASSAVE pit (The Olympic would have thousands of people back then on a regular basis) D.I. had played a couple songs and Casey brought out a box of their brand new 12”. He tossed a few out to the rabid crowd down front [who doesn’t want a free record right?]. He then hucked one like a frisbee off to the right and it soon turned into a record boomarang and started making it’s way towards me! I’ve always been tall (and very handsome) so I jumped with all my might and the next thing you 
 know, I have the new D.I. 12” in my hands!

D.I. (EP)
D.I. (EP) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I’ve seen DI many times all over Southern California. Always a GREAT band to see live for sure and this was no exception. Casey Royer with Rik Agnew playing like a possessed demon! A winning combination. When D.I. was on their game they were one of the best bands to see. Great band then and now!




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“Strange Tales From The Doc” #4 Government Issue, Dead Milkmen and Uniform Choice at Oscars Cornhusker 85-86

Here’s Today’s “Strange Tales” Post:
Government Issue, Dead Milkmen
and Uniform Choice
at Oscars Cornhusker 85-86

This was an awesome place to see bands play. Why? Because it was about 10 minutes from my house and all shows were just $6.00 They consistently had top notch bands too. Like; Kraut, The Dickies, Social Distortion, Cockney Rejects, Uniform Choice, Fear, etc… Most of the bands that were going to play at The Olympic would play Oscar’s before or after (but for only 100 people or so).

Government Issue pic by Doc Strange

This night was Government Issue (their 1st West Coast tour) with Uniform Choice and the Dead Milkmen. Uniform Choice’s “Screaming For Change” had just come out [I think?] and they played every song on that lp. When they were done people were yelling and screaming for more so they played a ton of Minor Threat covers! Great show. The headliner was one of my personal fav’s; Government Issue. This is a band that I listed to daily while going through high school. 

I was 17 years old, living on my own and trying to stay in school. G.I. [and others] were my motivation to do just that. Anyway, back to the gig…… They were amazing! All the hits were played and they sounded as great as I hoped…Check the photo here and see if you can see a young Roa of Justice League as well as Ryan from Chain of Strength was there if I remember correctly? Notice how I didn’t mention The Dead Milkmen? Yeah, that’s on purpose. Yawn!
Photo from www.bibliopolis.com

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“Strange Tales From The Doc” #3 Hi friends! Doc here with another “Strange Stories” from my past. This time up it’s the BEST band I’ve ever seen… Fenders 1985 Bad Brains, The Adicts and Major Accident

Bad Brains at Fenders 1985
“Hi friends! Doc here with another “Strange Stories” from my past. This time up it’s the BEST band I’ve ever seen….”

Fenders 1985 Bad Brains, The Adicts and Major Accident


Yeah, that IS a weird line-up huh? But it was an amazing gig! I’ve been to many gigs and have seen hundreds of bands and NONE of them even come close to The Bad Brains. Seriously, it’s something you just “had to be there” to believe. They played great plus HR’s “acrobatics” on stage made them the BEST band I’ve ever seen. 

The Adicts were cool but Major Accident was even better. The Fenders (in Long Beach, Ca) was always a dangerous place to go. A lot of gangs; Suicidal Tendencies, Nazi Skinheads plus just your “normal” [non-punk] gangs. People were stabbed and shot outside and beaten inside (by skinheads usually). I never really enjoyed going the The Fenders but they had a ton of great bands that played and seeing the Bad Brains was worth the risk.

Bad Brains (album)
Bad Brains (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Strange Tales From The Doc” #2 Dr. Strange and Friends…

Dr. Strange and Friends
Here’s a couple shots of me with my buddy “Ting” (I’m in the yellow sleeved leather jacket). The other was taken with my buddy “Beaman” (I’m in the trenchcoat). Both were taken while I lived with long time friend (since 3rd grade) Gay-Ray and Beeman in our studio apartment. It was cheap but crowded! 
 

Every weekend was a party [whether is was wanted or not] and someone would get their eyebrows shaved off for passing out. (or ever worse). I have a whole photo album full of what we would do if you passed out. Shaved eyebrows, pubes, body hair, dye your hair etc… It got WAY out of control! They never got me by the way. Stay tunes for next Monday’s story. Up next? The Bad Brains!
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“Strange Tales From The Doc” #1 October 1985 The Dead Kennedys at The de Anza Theatre

Dead Kennedys at de Anza Theater,
Riverside Ca. 1985 photo: Doc Strange
“Strange Tales From The Doc” October 1985 The Dead Kennedys at The de Anza Theatre


October 1985 The Dead Kennedys at The de Anza Theatre


Growing up in Southern California during the early 80’s was a GREAT time! So many amazing bands would play nearly every weekend. This one was in 1985 at The de Anza Theatre in Riverside, Ca.. The Dead Kennedys! I know that Entropy played that night as well. (Another great band that no one has heard of) and I think Love Canal too.


Dead Kennedys, Cease Fire, Love Canal at de Anza Theater,
Riverside, Ca.  1985 
As with all DK’s gigs you KNEW “something” was going to go down. Usually the riot squad would show up and break up the gig before they finished playing. True to form that’s exactly what happned! Dead Kennedys went on and people started ripping out the seats and throwing them all around. I always thought that kind of behavior was stupid. We were only fucking things up for ourselves. Anyway, cops came in and the crowd ran out! But they did get to play several songs and it was WAY better than the night at The Longshoremen’s Ballroom! Now that was a full scale Police Action! Tear gas, Riot Squad, Helicopters and beatings (from the cops)……..Until next time, Doc

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