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**1980 - End of the year review**
December 27, 1980 // - by billy eye

1980's LA Punk RockIt's time to review the last year, and I'm not sure I feel up to it. How can you summarize this tumultuous last year in just a few paragraphs? I mean, shit, the biggest news of the year just happened as far as I'm concerned. So let's just look back since last summer.

Casablanca club riot

Punk skin heads and Heavy Metal burnouts continue to clash at gigs, especially down in Orange County, although it happens in the Valley and even in Hollywood as well.

Small riots break out when a group of kids (usually heavy metal longhairs that punks call hippies) gang up on a single punker on his way to a gig or something. When other punkers see this, they join the battle. These heavy metal morons just can't stand the thought of short (or no) hair I guess, and go crazy when they see the face of new music. When a fight like this broke out at the Casablanca Club this August in Anaheim, you're looking at the end result.

punk rock riotThe Casablanca club was having new wave dancing that night with KROQ's Rodney Bingenheimer. Some nearby Led Zep rednecks who don't want this punk thing spreading and spoiling their Orange County paradise, started (and lost) a fight with the bouncers at the club.

They came back in the middle of the night and torched the place. The owner also has had problems with his other club, The Cuckoo's Nest in Costa Mesa. The Cuckoo's Nest is the premiere place in Orange County to see live hardcore but it happens to be right next door to a redneck bar where they hate punkers 'to the max.' To the concrete.

The Cuckoo's Nest has had numerous arson attempts that failed, in large part, thanks to the corrugated metal exterior of the club. That's practical architectural design that they don't teach you in those fancy colleges.

1980 L.A. TV interview w/ Black Flag's Chuck Dukowski

los angeles new wave band the toasters The Toasters have to be my favorite local band this year. They have a satirical, whimsical edge that I like a lot, and they are all really fine musicians. It's just pure, positive pop music, and they played some great sets at Blackie's in late August. Find out for yourself why BAM gave them such an incredible write-up recently by seeing them for yourself.

HEAR THE (original LA) TOASTERS - their single "Teenage Tease", an LA New Wave cult classic. In Real Audio.

The Naughtie Sweeties seemed destined for stardom last year. Hot on the heels of their very popular (local) single 'Alice' (with the immortal lyric, "Pink panties on the rear view mirror..."), the Sweeties released their second album, heralded to be the one to push the group to mass popularity. You know, like Devo. But it didn't happen. One reason may be the fact that not too many guys growing up in Kansas are likely to buy an album by a group called The Naughtie Sweeties. Sorry Sweeties.

dead kennedysA name can make a difference-ask the Dead Kennedys- a true super group with definite mass punk appeal, but little chance of much airplay solely because of their name. They are to be congratulated for not selling out and changing their name, despite major offers to do so. Now what about Salvation Army?

X were incredible at The Whisky for two sold out nights in September. This is the kind of event that brings out the faithful from all over LA. I saw a lot of the same faces at this gig as the Go-Gos gig in September. Is the scene starting to come together?

FearFear is Here!

Fear really rocked the Starwood this year. A lot of people got their asses kicked inside the club at that show - anyone with long hair.

It was a mob scene outside on the sidewalk and in the Starwood's large circular parking lot, with dozens of kids without the money to attend just hanging out.

Fear posterA lot of O.C. and Val guys were there. I ran into an old friend from the Valley who used to be supernormal - and now has his head shaved, wearing biker boots and ripped jeans. He was broke, so I gave him one of my comps.

The Starwood is probably the best laid-out club in town, it's got corners to hang out in and an upstairs, with room around to move and change your view of things.

Being in the heart of Hollywood (on Santa Monica Boulevard, no less) assures one of a wholesome evening of fun. The Germs played their last show with Darby Crash at The Starwood just a few weeks ago (on December 3).

The Minutemen at The Starwood in 1980

darby crashI could go on and on, there is so much that seemed to happen this year, but how much of it really happened? The unexpected deaths of Darby Crash and John Lennon last week are a tragic and senseless cap to the year that almost was... a year, perhaps, meant only to whet our appetites for the daunting decade to come. It can't be any worse than the seventies.

Can it?

And now, Judy Zee will offer her thoughts on recent events in her life.

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

12-1-80 Hollywood Boulevard 'punks'

12-27-80 End of the year wrap-up, The Naughtie Sweeties, Dead Kennedys, Fear, punk riot in the OC

12-27-80 David Bowie as The Elephant Man

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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 Wong, and The Pop

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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