Sunday, August 2, 2015

VARIOUS ARTISTS - "2846 Chapman St" - Comp - Tape - 2002


   Today, I went to a yard sale in Oakland and ran into a tiny boatload of cassettes. Of course, I was drawn to them like a moth to a flame.  The pile was full of Burger Records stuff and since I've made a decision to try and keep this blog mostly positive, I'll just leave that statement there. There were a few gems hidden beneath and I mostly left them hidden beneath because I live in a tiny room now and I could already build a small house out of the tapes  that I currently own. I even found my old band's discography. Unlike many people I know, I love seeing my band's stuff in a yard sale or a dollar bin.
   I walked away from the sale with three tapes. One of them was the SEXY demo tape. I have been looking for this tape for fucking YEARS and I was so happy to have it in my hands. When I got it home and found that it had been dubbed over with super fucking shitty metal, I can't even find the words to convey my disappointment to you right now. Another tape was a home dubbed Japanese garage band who mostly covered SF garage bands from the 90's. The third tape was this one right here.
   I only visited the Chapman Street warehouse a couple of times because it was way out in Fruitvale.. Some people called it the S.P.A.M. warehouse. They put on a ton of shows back in the early 00's, had a beer vending machine and was inhabited by at least 30 people at all times. (That beer vending machine lives on in a current Oakland punk house). One of the only things I remember about visiting there was that I saw a great BANANAS show there. It was packed and the band was in that perfect form of being drunk enough to be really fun but not too wasted to play. I remember that a teenager kept jumping on the stage, grabbing the mic and screaming the words louder than anyone in the band. It sounded terrible and everyone kept dragging her off the stage. For their last song they played the (at that point) new and incredible song "Nautical Theme" and -Oh My God - it sounded so good. When the whole band was about to kick in at the end, we looked and the teenage girl was mounting the stage again to scream the last lyrics with the band. I'm a firm believer in a lack of divisions between band and audience, but there has to be a line drawn sometimes. Someone has to take action. That was the moment when my friend Janelle shouted "NOOOOOOO!!", downed the rest of her beer, threw the empty can as hard as she could, hit the girl in the head, knocked her offstage and the girl was gently crowd-surfed back into the throng. The band sounded great and the girl was wasted and unharmed. I've been hit in the head with empty cans many many times and that shit does not hurt.
   I've already written about almost half of these bands hereherehereherehere AND here. That was TOMMY LASORDA, FLESHIES, LOS RABBIS, POSER POSSE and SEXY. The other bands (CIVIL DYSENTERY, BOZAKS, SCORPION DEATH ROCK, DISMEMBERS and WEAK LEADS) are part of a scene that I know almost nothing about. You can listen for yourself and make up your own stories.


The sound quality ranges from pretty bad to "holy shit"
Still looking for that SEXY demo. 


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh man, that sexy demo, fucking tragic

Dk said...

Fucking tragic is right! Geezus. Sounds like the Burger fairy fucked you good, jack. I still love you Burger. Maybe I'll get lucky at a yard sale one day soon and find that Beerwülf demo I've been wanting since 2011. Don't lose hope, Greg. At least you have this thing. And it's a good thing at that.

jonah stocks said...

The only time I ever sucked someones cock was there at a train wreck riders and strip mall seizures gig

Dave Ferner said...

It musta been quite the place! Beerwülf!?! Thanks for the good work Greg! By chance do you know of any old G'rups recordings from eastbay early 90s?

Harvester said...

None whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

having trouble with the link

mr.peksujeff said...

https://joelaukustipeksujeff.bandcamp.com/album/third-assortment

check this out, some finnish post punk.
theres a link to buy the tape on the bc page.

gooniestorm said...

i lived there! and i forgot that this comp ever existed. too bad my short lived chapman st band never didn't manage to record before i had to beat the shit out of one of the members for stealing our band van and living in it in front of his mom's house... anyhoos, my intention here was to shed some light on the other bands on this comp. scorpion death rock were from japan and came and stayed with us for a summer. coolest motherfuckers you'd ever meet. one of them is now a champion mma fighter in japan. through some odd twist of fate they ended up playing at what was essentially my family reunion, along with the skirtheads and some of my dad's buddy's white dude blues band. i will never forget the look on my super-christian aunt's face when she saw her kids rocking out to "let's go to hell!" oh and civil dysentary were a great and sadly mostly forgotten band, but their guitarist jack later went on to form pigs and general hospital. uh i forget who else you didn't know about. this is what happens when i comment on blogs while stoned out of my mind.