At some point in my life I started to develop a small interest in world politics. Nothing too involved, just the basic what’s going on kinda stuff. I started to hear and see things that were familiar but I didn’t know why or how. Political figures, terminology and places.

Similar to the phenomenon of hearing a song you know and have heard a million times but never really knew who sang it until you are at their show for some other band and realizing its them!

For example, that happened to me when I realized Pol Pot wasn’t some crazed rant of made up words at the ending of a Dead Kennedy’s song. Pol Pot is actually a person, a very historical person, to say the least.

I realized, I have actually learned things sub-consciously by listening to punk rock music. My school teachers would be pretty to hear that but my Mom is proud!

One of the bands I learned the most from was Dead Kennedys. Political charged, highly informed, extremely passionate and best of all, musically inventive and ground breaking.

I have been a fan of the Dead Kennedys since the eighth grade when a friends older brother put some of their songs on a cassette tape for me along with G.B.H, The Exploited, Sex Pistols, Descendents and Black Flag.

Now with the ClassicPunk website, we have been givin the opportunity to ask Klaus Flouride, origianl DK bass player some questions!

These are some questions that Jonas and I want to know…

Q: What was the recording process like for DK? Live one take? Overdubs?

A: Basically as live as possible, but of course there are usually scratch vocals and overdubs. With the exception of The “In God We Trust” – the lost tapes DVD, which was done primarily live as is. Usually more than one take.

Q: You can hear a distinct surf influence in East Bay Ray’s guitar tone. What were some of your early influences? Collectively did the band have similar taste in music?

A: On bass early influences were Jack Bruce, Felix Papalardi, Jaco Pastorius. But in general, music influences back to the late 20’s with a concentration on 50’s and 60’s.

The band as a whole however had influences from all over the place, and usually not the most mainstream. Usually the exception to the rules kind of performers, be they popular or not.

Q: When DK was starting out how did you branch out of the Bay Area scene and start touring?

A: Not easily. At first we were sort of shooting for lasting maybe 6 months to 2 years with luck getting to L.A. Our first tour of the east coast was a financial disaster and wasn’t planned at all well. California Uber Alles had just been released but hadn’t been distributed to any of the stores in the area. Word of mouth via primarily college radio stations was about all the advance promo there was. There was confusion in the booking causing us to be in cities on the wrong dates, etc. Poor management in general. So then we regrouped did some west coast north and south runs and then realized that Europe where California Uber Alles had arrived and been given support by John Peel and released locally on Fast Records was the place to shoot for.

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Coming back from a successful Euro tour and having made connections with bands all over the states we cobbled together what we termed yo-yo tours as they followed no logical route, but did get us to lots of new thriving scenes all over the U.S. and Canada. There was no real template for touring punk bands. It resembled the 40’s-60’s “chitlin’ circuit” in style more than anything. A van or an old school bus and off we go. But the community was growing and connecting via fanzines, college radio, etc.

Q: What was the Bay Area scene like when you were starting out?

A: There were a few venues that independently had shows and a few indie promoters, Ben T Rat, Wes Robinson and others. The were venues like the Pit, (literally a building basement), The Art Institute, Berkely Square and Ruthies Inn occasionally. Bill Graham wanted nothing to do with punk and despised it. The main men who took chances at booking regular shows were Dirk Dirksen and Ness Aquino, the booker and owner respectively of
The Mabuhay Gardens. That is where we played our first gig.

Q: Who booked the early tours?

A: We had various people come and go. Robert Hanrahan was responsible for the first east coast try, the after him we had Chi-Chi as our manager/booker for a bit. She went on to work with the Mutants. Then there were a few more. Some more reliable than others. We had Bill Gilliam booking/managing in Europe. He did pretty solid work with us there and was a very colorful personality. We worked with Ken Lester from Vancouver on a few package tours. Etc.

Q: What was DIY promotion like before there was social media and the Internet?

A: Like I said before, word of mouth via bands finding each other and inviting each other to their cities for gigs. College radio and fanzines in the vein of Maximum Rock and Roll. It was pretty much free form at the beginning and then networks grew into the 80’s.

Q: Who designed the album art work and visual branding of the band? How hands on was the band?

A: Everybody from Ted, Biafra and even me making posters for shows, to ray coming up with the basic for the DK logo and Winston Smith stylizing it and working on album art with Biafra collage style. The band was basically hands on in that short of Winston we didn’t ship things out to a production art house to design the covers and inserts.

Q: Any advice to up and coming guitar/bass players? Any advice to up and coming bands?

A: Find people to play with and then a place to practice and then do so. It’s so much easier to record now, so get some music out there via the internet (although don’t expect to see any money from it at least early on and until better ownership laws are in place). Give a few tracks away. Play some low slots on bills around your town and to generate a following. Just don’t give up if you’re not a household name in a month or even a year or moreif you really like your music.

Q: Do you feel like you influenced the current incarnation of punk music?

A: It depends on how narrowly you define ‘punk music”, but I’d say yes we did. Not many followed our “template” soundwise, but the idea of aggressive vs. violent music with a sense of irony and humor thrown in. Just as we admired those before us who inspired us to keep at it(Avengers, Weirdos, Mutants, Offs, Zero’s, Plugz etc. etc. etc.), I think we have inspired some.

Q: DK was totally unique and inventive. Was the sound of the band a result of brilliant chemistry or more of a happy accident?

A: A bit of both.

Q: How have you evolved/changed as a musician?

A: I didn’t start out with punk and have played all sorts of different styles in between DK show and tours. A diet of punk alone would be like eating only one food because you like it. I think again that all of us (DK’s) like a wide variety of music.

Q: When bands/musicians cite you as an influence, how does that make you feel?

A: Good. Proud. Baffled. But generally grateful.

tHANKS Klaus!

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By Jon Pebsworth

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We found this story today about Dead Kennedys bass player losing his bass and this rad guy coming in with the save! It’s funny to see this today since I just finished an interview with Klaus for the site. That should post this week! Check out this cool story written by Richard Freedman first…

http://www.thereporter.com/entertainment/ci_24138024/vallejo-guitar-maker-replicating-punk-rock-stars-lost

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I feel like most people don’t know the history of Hermosa Beach and its connection to punk rock. It’s not a place you hear about very much in the history of Punk Rock music. Truth is some of the most note-worthy Southern California bands started there. Some of my favorites and yours too I bet!

I read an interview with Keith Morris from Circle Jerks recently telling the story of when he was hanging out at the rehearsal studio in Hermosa where Red Kross practiced and they were trying out a drummer named Lucky. Keith was sitting outside the room thinking Lucky sounded great and they must be happy they found a drummer. However, when Red Kross guitarist, Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Red Kross, Punk Rock Karaoke) came out of the room he told Keith that the rest of the band weren’t into Lucky and he was frustrated. Of course, Keith said HEY, WE should start a band with Lucky! You on guitar and me singing. Boom! Circle Jerks were born. Black Flag practiced at the very same place and Descendents are also from Hermosa Beach.

I would say Hermosa qualifies as an important pinpoint on the Punk Rock map. Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Descendents and as fans of those bands, eventually Hermosa brought us Pennywise.

I love Pennywise. They are one of the fiercest and unpredictable live bands punk rock has ever seen! Fast beats, almost metal-like guitars, in your face lyrics and one of the best frontmen I’ve ever seen… Jim Lindberg. The baseball hat, Dickies shorts, Vans skateboard shoes and Adolescents T-shirt are un-mistakable!

After 19 years in Pennywise, Jim took a break from the band to spend time with his family. He also made a record with a band he formed called, The Black Pacific. He wrote a book called Punk Rock Dad which became a documentary film called The Other F Word which is about the challenge balancing life as a parent and being in a traveling band.

I started chasing Jim about doing this interview a lifetime ago it seems. Now that I’ve lagged on posting it (for no reason) for months, it’s finally ready for me to share. Sorry Jim for taking so long. Jim did this Q&A when he was back with Pennywise and had just returned from a European tour…

ME: First off, how were the shows overseas?

JIM: The shows were great. Groezrock was the big anchor show and that was a good time, especially because Flag was playing with Kieth, Bill, Stephen, Chuck and Dez playing old Black Flag stuff. To hear them play those songs was amazing. Of course it’s a drag though that Greg and Ron aren’t involved but that’s how it is. There’s not a lot anyone can do about it. Keith and I talked about it for a while after the show, and if anyone understands band conflicts it’s me. It was great to hear ‘Jealous Again’ and ‘Fix Me’ played live and loud again. I’m sure Greg and Ron’s version will be insane as well, but I’m still holding on to the chance they could all share the stage again. If we can do it, anyone can.

The rest of the tour we played shows in Spain, France, Germany, and Amsterdam with bands like A Wilhelm Scream, Authority Zero, Strung Out and Old Man Markley. All the shows went off and our fans were stoked to see us back together. We’re just kind of getting into the flow of playing together again. We’ve been doing a kind of a ‘Best Of’ set and people seem to be into it. We had one guy say it was our best show since Pukkelpop in ’96, which was particularly out of control festival if I remember so that’s saying something.

ME: Does it feel good being back on stage with the guys? How long was your hiatus?

JIM: It does feel good playing the songs with the guys again. The songs we wrote mean a lot to people and to see their reaction when we play songs like ‘Same Old Story’ or ‘Perfect People’ is a big reason we all do this and why we were able to put our differences aside. I was out of the band for around 3 years, and a big part of this whole reunion for me was to reclaim what we built together. It feels like I never left some times which is good. I feel positive about where we’re at right now and think we all appreciate what we have together a lot more. Today is what counts.

ME: Will there be another Black Pacific album? Maybe in your down time?

JIM: I got three kids so I don’t have a lot of down time! I’d like to have five other bands if I had the time for it. I think the other guys in PW should as well. It’s really easy to get pigeon holed after 20 years and kind paint yourself into a corner. Playing and touring with other people and trying other kinds of music gives you a lot of perspective. The guys in The Black Pacific are all doing other stuff right now. Mark has a band called Wild Roses, Alan just released his own album with the name, The Peace Masons, and Gavin has been playing shows with The Street Dogs and Senses Fail. I love playing music with those guys and would love to again if the time is right, but PW has been my whole life basically and right now I’m all about repairing what we had together.

ME: What is the status of the Punk Rock Dad movie?

JIM: Well The Other F Word doc came out and everyone seemed to like it a lot. I’ve had a lot of people come up and tell me how much they enjoyed my book and the documentary and I’m happy that people were able to relate to both of them. Adam Yauch’s company Oscilloscope distributed the documentary and that was an honor to have someone like him believe in the film. It was tragic that he passed and I never got to say thank you in person. He was a real inspiration for me in his development from who he was to who he became. There’s been an press release and paperwork moved around about it becoming a feature film but it’s unclear what my involvement will be. I hope they want my two cents in there somewhere since my book was the starting point for all of this, but I’m not holding my breath. If it’s great I’ll say it was all due to me, but if it sucks I’ll say it was their fault.

ME: Will there be a new Pennywise album?

JIM: I hope so. Right now we’re working on putting together a best of / box set type of thing which hopefully will include a lot of B-sides an old out-takes, but we tend to argue over which one of those are a good representation of the band. I say throw it all on there warts on all. The X and Nirvana box sets I own have all kinds of random stuff on there and that’s what makes them cool. As far as a new album, if and when we agree we have all the best songs together, then why not?

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I have a great photo of Jim and I doing Jager shots at the SideOneDummy office that I was gonna post here but I can’t find it. ***UPDATE: Found it…

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Also, cool side note… Fullerton California is only 30 miles East of Hermosa Beach and is home to Social Distortion, Adolescents and D.I. ***UPDATE: My friend Mike Palm from Agent Orange confirmed that they are, in fact, also from Fullerton. Which I wasn’t sure about. However, I hope to do an in depth interview with Mike very soon! I have a great Agent Orange story!!!

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Story & Interview by Jon Pebs

Back in High School circa 1986, my buddies and I were so in love with punk rock that we decided one night that we would start our own band. I think the famous Cheech and Chong quote, “man it’s just punk rock, all you gotta do is be a Punk” applied. None of us really had any musical talent. I knew straight away that I would be the singer since I spent a lot of time lip synching to Generation X and GBH in the mirror.

Fast forward to when we actually got some rad songs together and decided to record a four song demo. Somehow we managed to book a day at the famous Casbah Studio in Fullerton, CA. Not to be confused with the Casbah club in San Diego. This was before that place was open. The Casbah studio was where a lot of great O.C. bands had recorded like Social Distortion, D.I. and my favorite at the time, Adolescents.

I told the engineer, Chaz Ramirez, that we wanted to sound just like the Adolescents since that’s where they recorded. He told me point blank, but you’re not the Adolescents so that’s not gonna happen. OUCH! First wake up moment in life! Never the less, we charged on!

But, that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m here to present my second interview for ClassicPunk.com. The first was with Kevin Seconds, (CLICK HERE). As I’ve said before, I am not a journalist or a writer. I just love this music and like doing this for fun and to dive deeper into being a music fan.

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Over the years I have made some cool friends and one of them is Mr. Steve Soto from Adolescents. I managed to get him to answer a short Q&A while in the studio recording a new album. This was done a few months back but is awesome none the less. Here it is for you to check out…

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ME: How long has it been since the band was in the studio?

STEVE: We recorded a 4 song EP last year called “American dogs in Europe”
The year before we released a record called the fastest kid alive both were released on concrete jungle records in Europe … they are available thru Interpunk in the U.S…

ME: How is the writing and recording process work for you guys now? And how does it differ from some of the early recordings?

STEVE: hmmm well our first record was our live set from the time as is the case with most bands … I can’t tell you much about the next two records (brats in battalions and balboa funzone ) as i was pretty much in a constant alcohol blackout when we made those records … when we regrouped in 2001 we spent a lot of time writing and rewriting songs that ended up becoming “oc confidential ” that record came from a heavy time tony lost two of his brothers one to suicide and one was murdered in the months leading up to it so he wanted to write as an outlet and that was what spurred us to go back to the studio and of get the band out on the road again … initially we were just going to a few reunion shows … now here we are 12 years later still doing it … so back to thee process …after oc confidential we switched up how we do things.

i write rough versions of songs with just rhythm guitars and send them to tony he writes the words we meet in the recording studio and there ya have it …

ME: Can you tell me who is currently in the band?

STEVE:
Tony and myself
Dan root on guitar
Armando Del Rio drums
Mike McKnight guitar

Mike is an old school Fullerton guy we went to high school together. I met Dan in the late 80s when he was playing with Jack Grisham of TSOL in a band called Tender Fury he has also played with Rik and Keith Morris. Armando was the drummer in El Centro we met on the Warped Tour in the 90s when I was in 22 Jacks.

ME: What label will the new album be on? And what about a release date?

STEVE: We release our records on Concrete Jungle. They’re a German label run by awesome dudes. Release date is late July 2013 and it will be available in the states thru Interpunk and on itunes.

ME: I first saw you guys play in the late 80’s at Fenders in Long Beach. Do you remember those days and how do your shows differ now? Also, how do the shows in the late 80’s differ from the early days of the band?

STEVE: Well … The early days were amazing because we were part of this scene that was really organic … The major labels and the media wanted nothing to do with us so that scene was able to happen in Southern California outside of the “music business machine.” In the late 80s punk was starting to become a business in some ways the shows were bigger … We started touring … It’s always fun but it was changing… By the 90s punk became big business … We sat the 90s out…

ME: As a bass player who is often credited for being one of the best in Punk rock, who are some of your influences and how do you approach writing those melodic lines? I know you are a core member of the writing process; do your bass parts come in after the songs are written or do the bass lines start the writing process?

STEVE: Hmmm, I grew up on the Beatles and McCartney, he always had such great bass parts. John Entwistle of the Who … He is mind blowing. Jon Watson of 999 was one if my punk faves and Tony James of Generation X both very melodic players and Bruce Foxton of the jam. Locally I always looked up to Mike Patton of the Middle Class … He ruled. So for writing sometimes I start with the bass but mostly I write on guitar and come up with the bass parts afterwards

ME: How many other bands are you in and can you tell me about your solo records?

STEVE: Ahhhh yeah let’s see … Too many haha
Adolescents
Manic Hispanic
CJ Ramone
Punk Rock Karaoke
Flock of GooGoo (my new wave tribute band with Gabby from Manic)
Black Diamond Riders (we do sixties Stax covers, it’s me and Two Bags from Social Distortion, Warren and Jaime of the Cadillac Tramps, Greg Kuhen of TSOL, James Achor from Royal Crown Revue … And some awesome horn players. It’s such a fun band to play in … I sing … And have a blast!

Umm my solo stuff … I made a couple if records with James Achor of Royal Crown Revue … Viekko Lepisto of RCR played bass and José Medeles my former bandmate from 22 jacks and current drummer for the breeders played drums. Lots of guys with busy schedules … We did a few tours but now when I play solo it’s just me and an acoustic guitar … One of these days I’m gonna make a record with Brad Conyers the drummer of the Ziggens. I love his voice and think we would sound great singing together … I haven’t talked to him about this yet but his wife is one of my best friends so he really can’t say no hahah

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New album buy link: “Presumed Insolent”
http://www.concretejunglerecords.com/1082/

ADOLESCENTS now! That’s Steve on the right!

Full Blue album stream…

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By Jon Pebs

What makes a great song? Lyrics? Melody? Rhythm? Chords? Fuck, I don’t know. What I do know is I’m always talking about songs I wish I wrote. Songs that are so good that loving them isn’t enough. I want to be a part of them. I want to be there for their birth and childhood and teenage years! I want to see them develop in the studio and come out as a complete and gold piece of sound.

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Like a lot of musicians, I love all kinds of music and wish I wrote songs in just about every genre. My favorite, of course, being Classic Punk and 2-Tone era ska. I also love metal, country, reggae and jazz. I love Tom Waits as a genre, not just an artist. I wish I wrote most of his songs.

I feel good about my three, very different, bands I play in. Buck-O-Nine is a ska’punk band, Labeled Victims is a crossover Punk/Thrash band and Pebs & The Midnight Welders is a folk/country band. I love it all. I wish I had more time to write and record. No matter where life takes me, I will always have that.

I compiled a list of my favorite classic punk songs (I wish I wrote):

1. “Sing Along Forever” Bouncing Souls
2. “Bob” NOFX
3. “Ruby Soho” Rancid
4. “Bikage” Descendents
5. “Where Eagles Dare” Misfits
6. “21st Century” Bad Religion
7. “Another State of Mind” Social Distortion
8. “Kids of the Black Hole” Adolescents
9. “O.C. Life” D.I.
10. “Stukas Over Disneyland” The Dickies
11. “Generals” G.B.H.
12. “Blood Stains” Agent Orange
13. “Alcohol” Gang Green
14. “I Don’t Care About You” FEAR
15. “Living” Circle Jerks
16. “Intense Energy” Agression
17. “Jealous Again” Black Flag
18. “Tiny Town” Dead Milkmen
19. “Cashing In” Minor Threat
20. “Suspect Device” Stiff Little Fingers

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I just listened to Gang Green doing “Alcohol.” Love that song! Then they go into “Voices Carry” by that 80’s band ‘Til Tuesday. Fuckin’ hilarious. Punk bands doing covers is the best! You know it’s a great song when a punk version sounds good.

My first thought is Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, of course. But I think Fat Mike got the idea from early NOFX covers. The first one I remember is when they did “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac. Greg Graffin sang on it with Mike. It was so good I remember my mom saying, “there is no way that is NOFX.” She thought they somehow had the Fleetwood Mac people singing on a punk version.

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Why was my mom listening to NOFX with me? Well, here is the story. I was in High School (1988). I had been playing in Labeled Victims for about a year at that point. One day my mom comes home and tells me one of her co-workers has a son that is also in a punk band. I thought “oh really, that’s nice, they probably suck.” The next week she shows up with a record in her hand and says, “this is my co-workers’ sons’ band. They made an album.” It was NOFX “Liberal Animation” (original cover and released on Wassail Records. I knew them being on Mystic).

I grabbed the record and was in total shock! I had a million questions and just started with “WTF? Where did you get this?” I couldn’t believe the band she was talking about was freakin NOFX. They were popular even back then. So over the years she brought home all kinds of NOFX stuff… Posters, CDs, LPs and stickers, It was rad. I would have bought them anyway but hey, free stuff from the drummers mom. Cool.

I have loved NOFX ever since. They are one of the most consistent and prolific bands in the punk rock scene. They have recorded more albums and have had the same line-up for longer than just about any other punk band I can think of.

I have been on a great NOFX kick lately. I listened to I HEARD THEY SUCK LIVE and went into an instant marathon the other night. S&M AIRLINES, WHITE TRASH TWO HEEBS AND A BEAN, PUNK IN DRUBLIC, PUMP UP THE VALLUM… The list goes on. Even the most recent album, SELF ENTITLED, is awesome.

I could go on and on about these dudes but I gotta go do a “Beer Bong.” Cuz, If your drinking beer too slow, beer bong’s the way to go!

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1, 2, 3, 4, who’s punk, what the score? Is that Black Flag guy really suing the FLAG guys? What is that about? It’s bad enough we live in a world of dub step, Kim Kardashian and reality shows. I don’t want to hear about our punk godfathers suing their own people.

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I want to hear about new music and cool shows. I am looking forward to a few good shows coming up. Final Conflict is playing this weekend in L.A. at the Echo, the Nardstock show is next weekend and I just heard about the ONE VOICE FEST up near Sacramento, CA. featuring 7Seconds and Cro-Mags (see flyer below). Good stuff going on!

This month has some great stuff coming to you from ClassicPunk. I am gonna finally post my interviews with Steve Soto from Adolescents and Jim Lindberg from Pennywise. Also gonna do some album reviews, show reviews and general babbling about various bands and old school punk junk. One thing I am planning in the babbling department is my recent and ongoing obsession with NOFX. I am also working on a few lists. One of them is top 10 songs I wish I wrote! Should be fun for some and will bore the girls to death!!

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That’s right, I said that! I’ll say it again… Stuckas Over Disneyland is the greatest album of all time. I have listened to this record more times than anything else in my collection. The fact that I bought this album when I was a teenager and still jam it on the reg to this day says something. I listen to it on iTunes, I listen to it on Spotify, I listen to it on CD, I listen to it on vinyl. Shit, I used to listen to it on freakin cassette in my old truck in High School.

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I’m trying to get anyone to agree, I’m just saying, in my world this is THE album for me! I have seen the Dickies more times than any other band too. It’s time I chose a favorite album. I’ve seen a lot, I’ve heard a lot. I have earned this choice!

Let’s start with “Pretty Please Me.” For starters, this song has the best bass line I’ve ever heard. Second, the drum break in it rules! The lyrics, vocal melody and harmonies are like The Beatles meets the Beach Boys with grit! Stan Lee’s guitar riffs are so melodic and musical it makes me wanna air guitar as much as any Metallica or Slayer song.

“Wagon Train” is like a Johnny Cash hit with a futuristic cartoon character on a chain gang getting ready to jump into land speeder and go meet up with the Ramones in heaven.

If you’re gonna name your dick, of course name it Stuart. And if Stuart could talk, what would he say? He’d say, stop jerking off and “annoying me with your hand.” The best breakdown in any punk song complete with piano thingies! Leonard’s voice is so good. From the first time I heard this song I’ve been trying to sing this good. And yes, I’m listening to it as I write.

On the CD version of the album there are bonus tracks, “I’m Ok, You’re Ok,” “Bedrock Barney” and “Gigantor.” I have these songs on 7”. My dog’s name is Barney and I constantly sing to him… I’m bowling with Bedrock Barney, babababaBowlin’ with Bedrock Barney!

I love how The Dickies cover old cartoon songs like Gigantor and Eep Opp Ork (Killer Clowns EP).

“Rosemary” is THE template for all pop punk songs that have been written since (whether the bands that followed knew or not). A lot of bands have no idea who The Dickies even are. But, I guarantee that Descendents, NOFX and the Dead Milkmen know. I’m sure Blink 182 knows too. The Ramones and the Dickies were happening at the same time. I’m sure they would all give them props.

“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” has some of the best backing vocals I’ve ever heard. Not to mention the lead vox are perfect and awesome. This song relaxes me and comforts me in troubled times.

To round it all off they cover a Led Zeppelin song, “Commination Breakdown.” Funny story, when I was in High School and heard this song on this record, didn’t even know it was a Zep song. Thought The Dickies wrote it. Sorry Zep guys, Leonard and Stan do it better. That’s saying something.

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By Jon Pebsworth (6/7/13)

So as you might know, this website, slash blog, slash classic punk story tellin arena is the love child of Mr Jonas Kleiner. He is the guitar axe slayer of our 90′s ska punk band Buck-O-Nine. He is also my songwriting partner extraordinaire and best buddy, along with five other Buck-O-Nine originals!

I am the humble and sometimes drunken front-man, Jon Pebsworth. My friends call me Pebs. Jonas asked me to join him in this fun, fan based quest to talk about, write about and remember where we came from website a few months ago. I jumped at the chance to do something with Jonas and write some stuff about what I love. He once told me, Pebs, you should write a book about your life and your crazy life experiences (good, bad, ugly & rad). He said, “Dude, you have been down, you’ve been out, you’ve written some great songs, you’ve loved, you’ve lost, you’ve seen the world and made a million friends. Real friends. And, you’re still rockin like a teenager!”

I have thought about his idea alot over the years and… shit, maybe someday I will.

For now I am excited about writing for Jonas’ website. This isn’t a place for journalism or rock and roll media promotion. We might spell some works wrong or make “run-on sentences” or whatever. But, that shit don’t matter. This is a fan site. And as fans of old Punk Rock and Ska, we gonna have some fun with this shit busta! We’re only going to write about what we love and want to talk about. Whether it’s an old album or something happening now, don’t matter. We’re not here to talk shit.

Our band, Buck-O-Nine started in 1991 in San Diego. At the time there was alot going on. We somehow found each other and quickly realized that playing ska and punk in one band is the coolest combo there could possible be. The Clash did it. The Specials did it and at that time, The Mighty BossTones and Operation Ivy were DOING IT! The Two-Tone era was basically taking Traditional Ska and mixing it with Punk Rock at the time, ala Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, The Clash. Genius!!! Traditional ska was so good with Desmond Dekkar, Toots, Marley and Skatilites. Fuckin mix that with a little punk and you are Two-Tone!!

Anyway, we love this music and will always love it. We grew up on So cal punk for the most part and loved all ska music too. As far as I’m concerned Punk and Ska go hand and hand. So what we did with ska in the early 90′s was the same as what the Two-Tone guys did in the 80′s. They called us the “Third Wave.” I hear there are bands gearing up for the 4th Wave of Ska (Check out the Oceanside Sound System). **One side note is that fuckin FISHBONE was the bridge between the Two-Tone era/2nd Wave and Third wave of ska. and they are Punk as FUCK! Love ya Norwood & Angelo. Without them, there would be no future.

So, this month, me and Jonas have interviews with Steve Soto from Adolescents, Jimmy from Pennywise/The Black Pacific and album reviews of The Dickies classic “Stuckas Over Disneyland” and the Misfits “Walk Among Us.” Stay tuned if ya like!

In the great works of Chuck Bukowski in his screen write of the classic, ‘Barfly’…. TO ALL MY FRIENDS!!!

Yours truly,
Jon Ryan Pebsworth
AKA Pebs
& Jonas Kleiner (Graphic Designer)

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It’s hard to believe it’s been thirty five years of punk rock coming out of Oxnard! I first heard of Nardcore bands when I was in High School circa “97. I think the first band was Agression. They were the perfect band to Skate to. I had a small half pipe in my back yard that my Dad and me built. I have memories of hearing “Money Machine” while trying to learn how to pull air.

Ill Repute did a cover of a Neil Diamond song, “Cherry Cherry” and like so many punk rock covers back then, I didn’t know it was a cover. I thought it was their song. Hahaha. I loved all their songs.

Mystic Records put out the original version of the Nardcore records and the Mystic samplers. That’s where I first heard RKL and NOFX!

This show is gonna be epic and we’re all going!

Nardstock flyer

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