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1980's Los Angeles Punk / New Wave

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In search of punk life?
December 1, 1980 / / / / / / / by billy eye

"Man who have Jack
sure to draw Queens."

- Confucius

Hollywood Boulevard. First stop on the way up, and last stop on the way down. I honestly don't know which direction I'm going (East I think) but I'm out to find out if what I've heard is true - that punk life is alive on the Boulevard of (Wet) Dreams.

Drive down Hollywood Boulevard and punk rockers can be seen in scattered pockets huddled in front of the storefronts - in blaring blue or purple mohawks, well-worn black leather boots, black ripped jeans held together with safety pins. But what's under the surface? What's the scene down there, man? Your intrepid reporter hung out for a night on Hollywood Boulevard to find out what goes on in the other Hollywood - where 'punk' has a whole different meaning, as Eye would soon learn.

I met up with this guy with a flaming reddish-purple mohawk named 'Juicy,' and his skanky girlfriend 'Trick.' They showed me what the nightlife was like for them. For instance, everyone down here has a nickname, so they dubbed me 'Loner'. Which I thought was lame beyond belief, but it's their world, so...

  Hollywood Boulevard - 1980

The first stop on the Boulevard is The Gold Cup, a notoriously sleazy dump of a coffee shop on the corner of Hollywood and Selma, across from the White Castle. This place is relatively scumy, with people just hanging around in the place, smoking cigarettes, drinking bottomless cups of coffee, making deals and wandering back and forth from the White Castle to eat 25 cent hamburgers.

The Gold Cup is where you find out what the word is on the street, where the action is, and (foremost on everyone's mind) where the drugs are. Hookers talk about the freaks they were with an hour ago, heroin addicts doze off in the corner, while dealers walk in and out with just-out-of-bed hair and smelly entourages. We hooked up with our new friends 'Snake' and 'Charles', picked up some wicked hash outside of the Egyptian Theater, then went around the side of the place to smoke it. At least until the movie let out and a crowd formed around us in an instant.

The view from Hollywood Blvd. and Ivar - 1980

Adventuresome music isn't a big part of the lives of these 'punkers.' They may look punk, but Van Halen is king with these guys; Rush and The Plasmatics are favorites as well. 'Juicy' and company are content to pretty much just hang around all night and half the day, looking for ways to make little bits of money. Business in America being what it is, if you want to make duckets, you need something to sell. What does a person with no possessions sell?

Everyone sort of scattered when 'Juicy' got in some old man's car, and we all agreed to meet up later back at The Gold Cup. It seems the term 'punk' (on the boulevard) refers to someone who sells his dick, so these guys and gals were 'punk' only by that definition. And by the fact that they had shaved heads or purple mohawks, of course.

Rather than make the 'scene' again at the Gold Cup, 'Loner' disappeared forever and wandered instead over to Al's Bar downtown.

Got there just in time to see a really cool band band, but I can't remember the name. That hash was really good! This was last Saturday night, so if you played Al's that night, excellent job. I remember the lead singer was dressed in a torn-to-shreds bride's dress dyed black with red paint spattered across it, black lipstick, and he played guitar.

Now it's my sworn duty to now turn you over to Judy Zee.


All Judy Zee has to say is: thank you for each of your letters. And to those who haven't written yet - I am waiting!!! I'll have more to say next issue.

Rock on!!

NOTE: Judy Zee devoted her next piece to the death of Darby Crash on December 7, 1980, but the Billy Eye / Judy Zee article for mid-December has not been found.

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These original Data-Boy Music columns have been collected in a book with LOTS of new material and photos - it's the story of Data-Boy magazine and the LA Punk / Post-Punk scene. The story presented is a lot more complete!

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10-7-80 The first article, The Masque, Punk bands, Darby Crash & The Germs, The Garage

10-21-80 The Toasters, Great Buildings, The Go-Gos

11-2-80 New Wave nights in Hollywood, T.S.O.L, Shandi, The Smog Marines

11-16-80 Grace Jones, The Nobodys, Billy Sheets and the Elites, The Talking Heads

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1-05-81 Devo, Rock Against Racism

1-19-81 John Hiatt and The Toasters at the Starwood

2-03-81 Wendy O Williams, London aka Motley Crue, and Live Nude Girl

2-17-81 The Veil, Darby Crash death, Phil Seymour and The Textones

3-5-81 New wave night at the Odyssey, Ray Manzerek

3-19-81 The East LA scene, Hey Taxi!, The Rentz, The Plugz, The Detour, Human Sexual Response

3-19-81 Judy Zee on LA radio in 1981

4-02-81 Tonio K & Romeo Void, Oki-Dog, Flippers, A week in the LA clubs

4-16-81 XTC, Wall of Voodoo, Madame
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4-30-81 U2 and Missing Persons

5-14-81 Billy Eye Rock Awards, Manakin

5-28-81 Missing Persons at the Topanga Corral

6-11-81 The Brat, Parapalegic Infants in Downtown LA and U2 in Santa Monica

6-25-81 Performance artist Adore O'Hare, downtown clubs, Red Wedding

6-25-81 Missing Persons in Westwood

7-09-81 Los Illegals, The Brat in Hollywood, Al's Bar, Johanna Went, Jerry Lee Lewis

7-09-81 John Cale live at The Whisky

7-23-81 Brave Dog, Stiff Little Fingers with Missing Persons, The Grandmothers

8-06-81 Bow Wow Wow, Malcolm McLaren, Mad Society, Ian Hunter , and the new psychedelia

8-22-81 Missing Persons, Jean Pierre Rampal

9-07-81 Filming at the Brave Dog, Red Wedding, Atomic Cafe, The Stains, Los Illegals, East LA bands

10-06-81 KROQ of the '80s, hardcore EPs, Missing Persons at The Whisky

10-20-81 West Hollywood & the end of The Starwood

4-7-82 New Wave Theatre, Aphotic Culture, The Waitresses and The Plimsouls

5-07-82 In the clubs, The Spoons, Nick Lowe, Madame Wong's West, Angry Samoans, Motley Crue

5-21-82 Interview with Terry Bozzio in 1982

8-27-82 Missing Persons, Red Wedding at the Whisky, Dream Syndicate, The Untouchables, The Go-Gos, Orange County hardcore

1-12-83 End of the year, Minutemen, Fear, Gun Club, Theoretical party, KROQ, Missing Persons

3-14-85 Red Wedding closes The Odyssey in 1985

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