Sunday, January 9, 2022

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Bad Religion, Suffer
  • Flowertops, Mimosa
  • Claire Chase, Density 2036 (2016–2017) (disc 1)
  • John Zorn, Archery (disc 3)
  • Akira Sakata & Jim O’Rourke, 5月(May)
  • Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, Live at I.U.C.C. (disc 1)
  • Can, Ege Bamyasi
  • Captain Beefheart, Strictly Personal
  • Captain Beefheart, Safe as Milk
  • The Verlaines, Bird Dog
  • Trust Obey, Hands of Ash
  • The Verlaines, Juvenilia
  • Simon Joyner, Pocket Moon
  • Orifice, Orifice
  • Bad Religion, Suffer
  • Lee Hazlewood’s Woodchucks, Cruisin’ for Surf Bunnies
Die Kreuzen, Bad Religion, Bulimia Banquet, L7, Cubby Bear, Chicago, 1988

The Circle Jerks are playing a gig in Reno next month, with Adolescents and Negative Approach opening.

I never saw the Circle Jerks in my punk show days in Chicago (1988–90). By then, they weren’t the same band anymore, the band that made Group Sex and Golden Shower of Hits. They’d gone metal.

I’d have liked to hear them play “Beverly Hills” anyway, alongside whatever sludge. But my friends and I didn’t care to be around the tough-guy types, skinheaded or otherwise, who would show up for the metal-inflected Combat Records punk bands. No hair, too much hair, no thanks either way. We even heard rumors of the feared “wall of death” being deployed. Can’t we all just run in a circle like decent, sensible human beings? And help each other up when we fall down?

Besides, the tickets would have been expensive. An army of bouncers doesn’t come cheap.

But I did see Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson play with Bad Religion at the Cubby Bear in 1988; show flyer above. Die Kreuzen headlined, in the brief interval when they were thought to have more commercial potential than Bad Religion. Wrong!

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