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Flesh Eaters Live in SF 2018

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I had a really cool time getting to see The Flesh Eaters. This was interesting to me ’cause the last time they played in 2015 my band Andalusia Rose opened for them at Great American Music Hall…the time before that in 2007 at Slims my band with Javier Matos “Hud” opened up for them, which was the first time that classic line-up reunited in a really long time. Before that in the 90’s, as most of you know, I played guitar with the band and we released an album in 1999. So this was the first time I got to just watch the band and enjoy the music without being in that headspace of having to perform or load gear or whatever.

The chemistry between these guys is awesome, and having played a lot of these songs in a line-up that consisted of 2 guitars, I worked the most with Larry Schemel currently of Death Valley Girls, getting to hear the sax and vibes treatment was really cool. They even played a song I co-wrote from that 1999 release and that was a trip and an honor to hear coming from these guys. They also had a copy of our cd Ashes of Time along with the classic albums at the merch table.


There are still a few old fart punk bands out there and these guys have been around as long as anybody, but these were some dapper gentlemen laying down some heavy vibes (no pun intended…well maybe yes, the vibes were the loudest thing in the mix last night!) Hahahaha! Great show and an excellent turn out for a Sunday night! Glad I went.

This video shot by my friend Lil Mike actually captures a funny moment where Chris remembers, onstage that he forgot to put a certain someone on the list…someone who played guitar for him for years! hahaha! It was well worth the price of admission. Enjoy the fellas versions of “Green Manalishi” by Peter Green and “She’s Like Heroin to Me” by The Gun Club.


Coma-Tones (Viper Room LA 1995)

People wonder why I can be really hard to impress when they try to turn me on to the latest Trash Rock band with the ‘junky chic’ aesthetic, loads of which have been stumbling out of LA and Brooklyn forever now and this is why.


I lived in LA from 1996 until roughly 2004 and this was hands down my favorite band to come out of that scene and according to many, the best. I saw them twice and I consider myself very lucky. Over the years and as recently as a couple years ago, I’ve also been lucky enough to become friends with and share the stage with Jimmy James and his other band The Hangmen and he is easily the most solid rock guitarist in town and has been for years and The Hangmen are still at it.

I briefly knew Divo Garcia and met Gio Vitanza a few times and they were the nicest guys. I was really saddened to hear about Gio’s passing a few years ago back in Florida. Check out this live set from 1995 with Divo on guitar (when I saw them he had switched to bass) and I believe this was their first drummer Grant ‘Bo’ Johns who had passed away by the time I caught up with them. I used to have a copy of their Syl Sylvain produced 7″ which was signed by Grant which I’ve since lost, though I still proudly own their ultra rare 12″ EP. But really, they were a live band, fun, ferocious, they came from the heart and went straight for the nuts as you can experience in the video below.

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12 inch 45 on Offbeat Records 1992

A few words from Classic Rock Mag :

“There was deliciously seamy underground in LA rock n’ roll in the 1980’s, filled with freaks and weirdos and druggy shamans and bleary-eyed dead-enders who ran all the way to the end of the America to find somebody to love, and still came up wanting.

The most infamous character in that whole scene was probably Jeffrey Lee Pierce of voodoo gospel-billy blues-punks The Gun Club, a man who allowed rock’n’roll to thoroughly destroy him, but there were plenty of other would-be rock messiahs trawling that town, from the Leaving Trains’ cross-dressing gonzo rock journalist Falling James to displaced cow-girl Texacala Jones of Tex and the Horseheads to The Flesheaters’ punk poet Chris D. There were bands that took the Hollywood glam template and turned into something remarkably more perverse, like future-shock rockers Rebel Rebel, needle-punks Stars from Mars or gender-bending provocateurs The Ultras, and then were the bands that were just plain ol’ mean, like the aforementioned Motorcycle Boy, The Humpers, The Hangmen, and The Coma-Tones, bands that took the basic Stones/Aerosmith template and dragged it right into the depths of LA’s sun-bleached depravity.”

Again, a big thanks to Louis Elovitz for being there!


Adolescents/Wasted Youth (Coconut Teaszer West Hollywood 1989)

Enjoy this beautiful chaos. It’s a wonder the bands got through this show. This footage puts you on the stage with the bands as they navigate crowds of rowdy fans pushing up on the stage and the security crew with their backs to the band to protect them and gear from getting trashed. Many stoppages and busted mics but the show went on and looked like blast. Skate rock at it’s best!



visit Louis Elovitz on Vimeo for many more of these old school live shows from LA.

The Weirdos (Live at Bogarts 1991)


Another excellent upload from LAPunk13

Even in 1991 there was a fun spirit to this set by LA OG’s The Weirdos who were one of the first punk bands to hit the LA scene in the mid to late 70’s.

It’s nice to see this as back on the East Coast where I grew up in 1991 most ‘punk’ shows were really aggressive and violent. The element of a fun time was pretty much absent. This show represents a different time in punk music when people got together to enjoy a kick ass band and have a good time being an outsider…and there’s ‘pogo dancing’!

On a side note I was lucky enough to play with Dix Denny a few times when he auditioned for the Flesh Eaters around 98-99. He came to a few rehearsals before realizing we were going to do some shows, he thought he was going into the studio with us…he didn’t want to do any shows! That would’ve been fun…alas.

Check out LAPunk13  for more great video from the early LA scene.