We Got the Neutron Bomb : The Untold Story of L.A. Punk
Taking us again to overdue ’70s and early ’80s Hollywood—pre-crack, pre-AIDS, pre-Reagan—We acquired the Neutron Bomb re-creates note for observe the fad, depth, and anarchic glory of the l. a. punk scene, instantly from the mouths of the scenesters, zinesters, groupies, filmmakers, and musicians who have been there.
“California was once wide-open sex—no condoms, no contraception, no morality, no guilt.” —Kim Fowley
“The Runaways have been rebels, we all have been. and many humans appeared as much as us. It helped loads of youngsters who had very mediocre, uneventful, unsatisfied lives. It gave them whatever to carry on to.” —Cherie Currie
“The goal was once to create whatever for our personal own delight, simply because every little thing in our younger and restricted opinion sucked, and we knew better.” —John Doe
“The Masque was once like Heaven and Hell all rolled into one. It used to be a bomb guard, a basement. It used to be so remarkable, the sort of dive ... however it used to be our dive.” —Hellin Killer
“At least fifty punks have been dwelling on the Canterbury. You’d stroll into the courtyard and there’d be a dozen diverse punk songs all taking part in even as. It was once a tremendous environment.” —Belinda Carlisle
Assembled from exhaustive interviews, We received the Neutron Bomb tells the authentically gritty tales of bands just like the Runaways, the Germs, X, the Screamers, Black Flag, and the Circle Jerks—their upward thrust, their fall, and their indisputable effect at the rock ’n’ roll of this day.
’burbs of the complete SoCal basin. a lot of them had in basic terms simply heard approximately this insane punk band the Germs, and they’d heard the entire rumors concerning the Circle One cult of Darby, which held court docket on the Temple of Oki puppy. It have been approximately six months from the time of the journey to London, throughout the DC Band fallout, and the Cruising periods, correct up before, early December 1980. This was once the 1st likelihood a lot of those new teenagers had ever needed to capture the Germs reside. Pat Smear confirmed up with a.
Thirties then. She was once like no matter what occurred to child Jane within the solar. BOBBY PYN: once we first begun, we couldn’t particularly play and neither may possibly anyone else so that you need to do anything to attract extra realization in your band… in order that was once a good way. BELINDA CARLISLE: After I recovered from my mono , I turned Bobby Pyn’s prop lady. I’d hand him salad dressing and peanut butter while he used to be on level. PAT SMEAR: We went to Bomp documents the place the Damned have been doing an in-store. We have been.
Then this wimpy energy pop crew from Oklahama known as 20/20 was once bugging me to play a residency, yet I wouldn’t enable ’em do it, in order that they snuck round my again to Esther. After approximately 3 months I’d had it with Esther’s tantrums, and because she’d by no means quite employed me within the first position, i used to be able to surrender. considered one of her classics was once “No lady singers. All time woman singer make humans too loopy… no good.” This got here every week after a convey with the baggage and X the place we had a minor riot through the Bags’.
expert for his or her wishes. And Greg used to be bored stiff with this perspective, so he bailed on Redd Kross. I had simply surrender Black Flag and abruptly it appeared very convenient—here’s Hetson, who’s getting awesome, here’s fortunate, this striking drummer, and—too solid to be precise, almost—me on lead vocals! Raymond Pettibon had an American slang dictionary and Hetson and that i came upon Circle Jerks and we either checked out one another and a lightbulb lit over our heads. With the Circle Jerks, we didn’t wish.
With this silly violence shit?” i finished exhibits for all time. I’d inform ’em to chop that shit out. That used to be one of many major variations among the Circle Jerks and Black Flag. Flag cherished to stir shit up with out regard for crowd defense. GREG HETSON: the adaptation among Black Flag and the Circle Jerks was once a feeling of humor. Flag’s tune was once very, very heavy. It used to be this Neanderthal method of manic downstroke punk thrashin’ guitar. One evening those men approached me within the parking zone at Okie.