Monday, November 18, 2013

"Strange Tales From the Doc" #13 The year was 1984 (I think?) and this was the first tour for two of my favorite bands at the time; The Exploited and UK Subs!

The year was 1984 (I think?) and this was the first tour for two of my favorite bands at the time; The Exploited and UK Subs! Both bands together in one place? You have to be kidding! The gig was at The Olympic in L.A. but a few days before that The London Exchange [THE place to get Creepers and Boots if you lived near Costa Mesa] was having one of their great in-stores. I’ve seen many bands at The London Exchange; MIA played once and a ton of others did “meet and greets” before their gig. Mostly all U.K. bands for the most part. Tons of people showed up, including the cops of course, to see Charlie Harper and Wattie. I was lucky enough to get my records signed and photo taken with each of them. I still to this day have NO IDEA what the fuck Wattie said to me. His THICK Scottish accent is even next to impossible to understand for our Scottish friends! I do remember him signing my 7”ep of “Army Life” and crossing out the band picture of Big John on the back of it as he said “Fuckin’ Cunt”. Or something like that…..Charlie was much more easier to understand.

I do remember seeing Casey Royer of D.I. showing up as well. The gig was massive! As always, the Olympic would draw several HUNDREDS (maybe more) of people nearly every time and this was no exception. Exploited/UK Subs/DI/Aggression/Doggy Style. There was a small crowd of “hecklers” in the back while the Exploited were playing chanting “Fuck The Exploited!” as if they were signing The Exploited’s classic “Fuck the USA”. I think these kids just didn’t get the [true] meaning of that song. Oh well, no harm done. I don’t remember any “trouble” that night [no fights etc…] which was a little surprising considering the Exploited’s famous “riot” (HUGE RIOT!) when they played Mendiolla’s Ballroom. * I had to work that night. [Baskin-Robbins] so I guess that was “lucky” for me…Cops showed up and liberally handed out beatings to all they could catch which only encouraged the punks to break store windows, car windows etc… al throughout the city. Idiots….

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