And the best current Black Flag tribute band award goes to Mimosa Beach, CA based Black Fag who are currently in the midst of their state-wide I Caught Henry Kissing Santa Claus tour with dates this week including at The Exit in Fresno on Thursday, Thee Parkside in San Francisco on Friday, 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley on Saturday, and Downtown Brew in San Luis Obispo on Sunday.
At these shows Black Fag, who are comprised of Liberace Morris (vocals), Greg Streisand (guitar), Cher Dykeowski (bass), and Robo Simmons (drums), will be doing enthusiastic covers of such Black Flag classics as "TV Party," "Six Pack," and "Wasted." And perhaps they will be joined at some of these shows by their backup dancers: Raymond Pettiboner, Joe CarGucci, and Bugger.
According to Black Fag's pink backdrop MySpace, their story began back in the small town of New Hope, PA. "Singer Liberace Morris was raised in neighboring Doylestown, but found a home among New Hope's thriving gay community. He worked at a vintage clothing/toy store while pursuing musical theatre at the Bucks County Playhouse at night. One night after Pippin rehearsal, Liberace came home to find his boyfriend in bed with another man. While drowning his sorrows at the local watering hole, The Raven, Liberace started singing and playing Black Flag's "Nervous Breakdown" on the piano. The rest of the bar simply ate it up until the end of the song, when Liberace stood up and started hhaphazardly hurling martini glasses around the place. He was permanently ejected from The Raven and convinced that his life was officially over."
Fast forward in time and place to Hollywood, Ca where the four members cemented their bond and became the band Black Fag. Putting a gay spin on the original lyrics, Black Fag's fun lead singer Liberace Morris channels Fred Schneider rather than Henry Rollins as he rips through such classics as "Gimme Gimme GImme," "Depression," and "I Don't Care."
And the runner up in the best Black Flag cover band of the moment award? Number two is Black Flab, the self-described "heaviest Black Flag tribute ever...Physically that is!"
On the Black Flab MySpace they warn readers: "Be horrified as nearly a ton of man meat blasts out Flag tunes like you've never heard them before. Featuring members of The Hoosegow, Breach, L.I.D. and The Shivs, among others."
I can only guess that somewhere Henry is proud.