Wednesday, February 4, 2015

RANCID - "Live at YoYo A Go Go" - Tape - 1994


   In the mid-90's, I went on tour with my band through Florida and the south. On the tour, we played a generator show in the Everglades next to a rotting cow carcass, we played a VFW hall and we played in some living rooms. One night, we were in Cocoa Beach, FL with a night off and heard that RANCID was playing an hour away in Orlando. At this point in time, none of the members of my band paid any attention to major media (or any media for that matter) and we had the idea of driving to the show to see if we could jump on to the bill. Our guitarist, Joey had slept on Tim Armstrong's couch in Berkeley and was pretty good friends with his neighbors in SCREW 32, so we thought it would be easy to play a short set before them. Little did we know that in the intervening years, Tim's roommates would come home to find RANCID shooting a video complete with a camera crew and deli trays in their living room. That video was played on MTV, the band found their way to magazine covers and were now touring in a completely different style than we were. I doubt they had to jump start their van every time they tried to move it or fixed the alternator belt with a shoestring or chewing gum.
   So, when we got to Orlando, the security guards fittingly laughed in our faces when we asked to talk to the band about playing a short set at the show. We dutifully paid our 10 bucks like everyone else and went in to watch the bands. The LUNACHICKS made some speech about how it took a lot of hard work to get to where they were on that big stage. I laughed my ass off at them. Thinking about it now, I can imagine that it was a lot more frustrating for them to get to that point than RANCID, being four women playing punk and metal in the late 80's and early 90's. I'm sure it was also frustrating to think about how Dino, GG Allin's drummer, thought that he had a psychic connection to them and regularly masturbated to pictures of them...but I digress.
   RANCID was good. I also laughed at them. A lot. "And Out Come The Wolves" had just been released so they played a lot of songs from that one.
    We drove back to Cocoa Beach. I took off all of my clothes and walked in to the ocean.

  This tape (that's not it pictured above) was sent over by Alex Turner. It's from the year before I saw them when they played at Yoyo a Go Go in Olympia, WA back in 1994. We're both pretty sure that it was recorded off the board. Alex believes that the details are this: Somebody recorded it, Tobi Vail owned the tape for years, gave it to someone else in Olympia and then it made its way to milk crate at Punkall. Alex brought it back to Oakland and digitized it for you to enjoy. The sound quality is not bad, but a little assy at points.


6 comments:

Ski said...

I'm not afraid to admit that I love Rancid. They are one of the first punk bands I got into and I still listen to them. I saw them live a year or so ago and it was fucking great! Thanks for posting this Greg! Hope you're doing well!

Harvester said...

Oh! in case I wasn't clear, I love Rancid. I'm not sure if I'd go see them now though. I AM doing well. Hope you are too.

Todd Pritchard said...

Thanks a ton! I love Rancid as well. If you get anymore Rancid tapes, please do share!

Budgie said...

Awesome story with the tape.

Off White said...

What a treat to find this, I was at this show and no doubt have some old hi-8 video of the set floating around in a cardboard box somewhere. Took my then 12 year old son to the show too, had a great time.

Todd Pritchard said...

I'd love to see that video! Maybe we could trade? I also have an audience audio recording of this show. This soundboard recording is not the full set