Tuesday nights at the Cathay de Grande
...Fridays at the Olympic Auditorium
...Saturday afternoons hanging out at the Mystic Records
studios. Sound familiar? These were special times for a whole generation of punkers in Los Angeles County and beyond.
's Sunday night show on KROQ
supplied the sounds that fueled the restless youth as they waited for the weekend and another round of shows. Whether on the west side (The Starwood, The Whisky
), downtown (Hong Kong Cafe, Al's Bar), Hollywood (The Masque, Baces Hall) or the beach (Cuckoo's Nest), LA punk was in full effect
and there was no turning back!
We even had a great, pioneering TV show (New Wave Theater
). Hosted by the late Peter Ivers
(punk rock's answer to Art Laboe), New Wave Theater
was the very first program to beam bands such as The Plugz
, Social Distortion
, 45 Grave
and tons more to boob tubes all across the SoCal basin.
Relive your hardcore memories of the L.A. punk rock glory days by picking up a few of the recently added L.A. punk flier tee shirts
- available exclusively at Amoeba Hollywood!
Remember when Black Flag
and The Stains
played Devonshire Downs (CSUN) back in '82? How about The Damned
gig at Godzilla's from the same year?