Tuesday, November 06, 2012

a beer stained picture of my past...

while ebay is generally a place i haunt for old music photos, records, etc. i somehow came across this punk flyer, and it floored me. as you can see, the band at the bottom is the seditionaries, a band for which i was the singer. the band formed in 1979 and broke up in 1982. i generally made the flyers for gigs, but this one i had never seen (or don't remember) and i have no idea who made it. i remember playing with the mau maus (who were super great and super cantankerous - i remember playing with them at the hollywood press club, and the lead singer in a drunken stupor throwing fried chicken at the audience from the stage), and of course, i remember opening for the minutemen (twice - once on this gig, which i barely remember, and once at the cathay de grande, which i do remember - they were freaking fantastic). it would be a cliche to write about these flyers as related to proust's madeleine, but the truth is that when objects such as these appear 30 years later, soaked with the residue (both physically and internally) of the events and the pasts, these things are monumental in terms of what memories start to unfold out of them.

ADDENDUM: thanks to greg.org for doing some sleuthing on the web, and finding one more flyer from this gig that i had never seen before... and in the meantime he's confused the hell out of me...

there are elements of this yellow flyer that look very much like the residue of my hands - particularly the skull borders on the top and bottom, and in particular the skulls at the bottoms which have little S's on them which was one of our many logos. the writing on the top looks like my writing - but the writing that says 8:00 and 105 park row is definitely not my hand, nor is the map... then i arrive at the dude eating an arm and i'm at a total loss... continually crisscrossing my memory as both being mine and at the same time certainly not mine... 

now, i'm wondering if it was a flyer cobbled together from several others (i remember seeing some of my own flyers re-used on other band's gig flyers at the time), but i have to admit i am not sure who made this one.... someone else or myself...

5 Comments:

Blogger Greg Allen said...

So does that mean you did this one, which looks to be for the same gig?

http://gigposters.com/poster/63043_Mau_Maus.html

2:59 PM  
Blogger bloggsy said...

where's my two dollars!!

1:30 PM  
Blogger bloggsy said...

lame google. didn't i just do this? here's my original comment: "where's my two dollars??"

that handwriting sure looks a lot like yours to these eyes... : )

1:31 PM  
Blogger bloggsy said...

ok. now i see how this works. you don't need to publish ANY of these comments. lame google.

1:31 PM  
OpenID JW said...

These are fantastic. Arm-eating and all!

4:25 PM  

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