What is happening in San Francisco right now might be a snapshot of what is happening in America. The tech money that has come in here, and the way that San Francisco is handling it, is screwing a lot of poor people really hard and in a really bad way. It is ruining people’s lives. We are losing a really important part of San Francisco culture. I feel outnumbered as someone who came up here when I was 16, and as a working class person. I can’t afford to shop at these shops, or eat at these restaurants. If I didn’t have rent control, God forbid I should lose it, I couldn’t afford to stay here. None of my life would be possible… All I can do is write a song about it.
If you are outta control, here is your Final Warning for Salvation. This past week has been the San Francisco Punk Renaissance Festival (with a lectures at the San Francisco Library, an Art Show & Multimedia Mega-Party at Public Works, and last night’s insane concert at the Minna Gallery). If you weren’t at the Minna Gallery last night you missed out. Alice Bag read from her books and played a concert with her bilingual, all-girl rock band. The Deadbeats (featuring GEZA X) closed the night. It was the Deadbeats first time playing in San Francisco. GEZA X and the band were in fine form with numerous costume changes, and songs that haven’t aged since they were originally recorded nearly forty years ago. San Francisco needs more GEZA X…
These past few days have been the perfect precursor for the magic that is today (September 26, 2016). TODAY IS WHEN THE REAL PARTY STARTS!
2:00-2:40 No Alternative
2:55- 3:35 VKTMS
3:50-4:35 Drunk Injuns
4:50 – 5:30 The Lewd
5:35 – 6:15 Spoken Word:
5:35-5:50 Michael Stewart Foley
5:50-6:00 Linda XYZ
6:00-6:15 Patrick O’Neil
6:35-7:35 The Mutants: THE MUTANTS ARE TEENAGE NEWS’ FAVORITE BAND. They are all over Issue #2. Their sole release, “Fun Terminal,” hits you with sonic bits of bliss from every direction. They were a highly original art band; like a more perfect B-52’s with an edge and a genuine Punk and artistic drive. They have three lead singers, two guitarists, pop sensibilities, and punk lyrics (“Business people with long hair/hiding plastic things everywhere/recording shows while they’re not there/once they’ve got it, they don’t care”). Their only album, “Fun Terminal,” is a neglected classic that could have made San Francisco the art-punk powerhouse it deserved to be.
7:50 – 8:50 Frightwig and Alice Bag with Frightwig: Frightwig were the true pioneers in women-punk. They were a major catalyst behind the Riot Girl Movement. You have probably seen the picture of Kurt Cobain wearing their band shirt. They are playing their own gig, and one night they are backing up Alice Bag (LA), formerly of the Bags, another mover and shaker who gave Chicano-Rock a face in Punk music.
9:05-9:35 Special Recognition: Awards
9:50-10:45 The Avengers: The Avengers played the Sex Pistols’ last show. They are fronted by Penelope Houston who has endured the San Francisco music scene since her Avengers’ days. The Avengers were a teenage-punk band with political goals.
11:00-12:00 PM Cheetah Chrome: Cheetah Chrome gained his initial notoriety when he was in the Dead Boys. The Dead Boys were a legendary CBGB Punk band that showed any boy with a dream can create something that endures.
Post by August Bernadicou
Last night TEENAGE NEWS caught Frightwig at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. It was a perfect show that no true “Punk” shoulda missed. Frightwig are original gangsters, the true pioneers behind the Riot Grrrl Movement. Their debut album “Cat Farm Faboo” gives Punk a knockout punch and establishes Girl-Art.
TEENAGE NEWS doesn’t give half a shit what you think, Frightwig is San Francisco’s most ferocious and talented band. It is time to bow down or die.
Bambi Lake is the performance artist that reestablishes your faith in Art. She extends her stage presence into her everyday life. She will change your life because she uses knowledge from the past to be combative in the future. Bambi Lake is unsinkable and immortal. Watch out world because she is coming back strong.
In 1975 Punk took over San Francisco. Punk hit San Francisco before it hit Los Angeles, and even though their music scenes are often lumped together their differences are vast. The new music genre created a scene that gave alternative culture a previously unseen visibility. Independent record labels, independent zines, and independent clothes all supported Punk as much as Punk supported them. More so than ever, San Francisco was connected together by a common cause. A new DIY attitude created an organic art space that sprung from the streets out of necessity. Artists and mindful learners came together to create something, anything, that gave their life and drive to contribute meaning. Punk was all-inclusive and despite the now mass-marketed clothes, there was no uniform and requirements.
Geza X is a powerhouse producer that has pushed the boundaries of genre. He’s produced legendary punk bands like the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and The Avengers. His 1981 solo album is a highly original statement, and shows off his pop and punk production skills.
Silke Berlinn is TEENAGE NEWS. When she was 15 years old she hitchhiked to California and formed her first band. TEENAGE NEWS has featured Silke Berlinn in print and online. Now we are publishing our tell all interview with Silke.
“Nobody in the world knows this stuff. It certainly hasn’t been published. You have the scoop on this. This is fresh material, and you are breaking the news.
I was a musicans’ musician. All the people who were in the in knew who I was. I just was so fucked up, I never really grew up. I was 15 years old when I left home. No one tried to find me. My family really made no effort to find out where I was or what I was doing. I was from a rich family, but they certainly did not give me anything. No money or no help. I never asked. To this day what I have done I have done alone. It was a crazy life…”
The Mutants were San Francisco’s seminal punk band and dominated California’s first wave of Punk/Art Rock. They had 7 band members and 3 lead singers (2 female, 1 male). They formed in 1977, and released their sole album “Fun Terminal” in 1981 a year after their EP debut. In Issue #2 we spoke with Brendan Earley (the guitarist) and Fritz Fox (the singer). Here is excerpt from their track by track commentary. For the full feature buy TEENAGE NEWS: https://www.etsy.com/listing/201876845/teenage-news-2-music-zine-features-john?show_panel=true
Rumi Missabu is a legend known around the San Francisco streets as a former member of the Cockettes, a glitter-clad, hippie, drag queen troupe. In the 21st century, he has gained notoriety for his various theater performances around the world. Now is a busy time for Rumi Missabu, he is organizing performances in New York City, rehearsing for his Pearls Over Shanghai production at the Hypnodrome, and starring in his very own documentary, Ruminations. At 65 years old, Rumi is certainly not slowing down.
This interview was conducted at Billy Bowers’ San Francisco apartment. Billy is best remembered for designing costumes for Alice Cooper, the Rolling Stones, the Cockettes, and countless others. Rumi Missabu’s dear friend welcomed TEENAGE NEWS for an enlightening conversation in his cozy apartment. Bowers’ walls were covered with his own, original designs: collages of glitter, vibrant feathers, leather bulges, as well as his famous, whimsically embroidered jackets. We discussed life for Missabu in the seventies, his everlasting love of performing, and the importance of valuing human connection along the way.
Randy Stodola is the driving force behind the Alley Cats. The Alley Cats dominated the first wave of punk, and hailed from Los Angeles, CA. The Alley Cats released two records before they changed their name to the Zarkons. The Zarkons also released two albums. Randy Stodola played guitar, sang, wrote, and produced all of the Alley Cats and Zarkons records. Randy is a bad ass guitarist, and one of punks’ most articulate lyricists. His lyrics are tainted with psychedelic concerns. After a 20 year retirement, he is now back and better than ever. If you can, go see the Alley Cats live.
The interview will appear in full in Issue#3.