Piping songs of pleasant glee with the Moody Blues and Charged GBH

Tralfamadorians watercolor by Hudley

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The fabric of prophet’s ages old

Drones on and gathers mould

Gets a weekly airing from a fool on high

Who talks and talks till his throat’s dry

The Prayer of a Realist

GBH ~ City Baby Attacked by Rats

I awoke to an amber moment this morning swirling in my mind and like Kurt Vonnegut’s character Billy Pilgrim from the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, I like to dwell and investigate these moments of experience. See if some golden truth is pushing itself up from my unconsciousness to my consciousness. It may be similar as a grain of sand irritating an oyster some wonderous pearl. Maybe only linking up a few different generations of people or friends like butterflies taking their nectar from the same sunflower. Is it all randomly placed in time … maybe not? In truth I do not think so. Which gets an old dame to pondering.

Two bands from Birmingham, a major city in England’s West Midlands, brought forth two of my favorite bands. Each band speaks and supports a different generation. The members of the band walked the same streets and know the smell of their home. Mothers (music venue) lingers in both of their memories.

The Moody Blues and Charged GBH were playing the same week. One at the Greek theater and the other at the Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood). They both touched down on southern Californian soil. It was revelatory to me. Just the fact that they were both playing the same week was enough to satisfy my glowing and rebellious soul.

Was this a random happening or is there more to the story. What is the possibility of this happening and did anyone else notice this random act of Birmingham music? A mist joining two generations of music ached in my inner being of light and dark particles and both danced and started vibrating to a strange tune.

It was a contrary experience for me. I got two tickets for the Moody Blues. I bugged Ross to be on the guest list at the Roxy. This was going to happen … I felt it when they both touched Los Angeles county. I think the best feelings are when waiting for a band to play while they are touring. The element of music and surprise and favorite songs playing is a revolutionary experience… even if I am the only one feeling this.

It was so intense that coming week. It was like when I found out that my great Grandfather was born in Middlesex a historic county in southeast England. It was a big deal for me because William Blake also was raised there as a child, they both walked the same streets at one time. Both sharing the smell of their home. Though I never met either my great grandfather or William Blake they both left me with stories and share in that pleasurable place of my good imagination.  

“Piping down the valleys wild

Piping songs of pleasant glee,

On a cloud I saw a child,

And he laughing said to me:

‘Pipe a song about a Lamb’…”

The “Song of Innocence,” ~ William Blake.

On Sunset. May 2015.. also I am wearing my Bernie Sanders T-Shirt for president 2016…

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Husband was not able to attend the Moody Blues with me. I could not find another at such short time to go with me. I was not strong enough to attend myself. The parking, crowds, and elements of being alone did not appeal to my nature at the time. Maybe in younger years I would have taken on the challenge by myself. I do regret not going.

We hit my old romping punker ground on Sunset. The streets and the alleys of friends, clubs and running wild in the streets. It was different now. Husband and I had a pizza and then a couple of beers at the Rainbow Bar and Grill. When we got to the Roxy, I found I was not on the guess list and the show was sold out. Since it was a Goldenvoice event, I spied Gary Tovar and he got us in the show. There I found Ross Lomas hanging out with Dora Sundoval and Alison Elliott.

Ross: You must have been bumped off the list.

Hudley: Do not worry Gary got us in.

Giving Ross a big hug around his waist I said.

“It is so good to be back and walk the streets of my youth as a wild young punk.”

Ross gave me a look and that was the last time I talked to him.

The aroma of the event was exhilarating but filled with smoke. Husband had a major asthma attack and we had to leave early. The good news is I met up with some punk chicks from a younger generation. We had met up at other shows. The continuity of them going to see GBH made me happy. I’d have to say I think the band most likely prefer these beauties then the old punker I’ve become.

There are times in life when one must pursue a dream. Run to it and become one with it. Other times one needs to step back and let it happen without you. I read about the Moody Blues in the news after their event. I saw the pictures posted on Facebook backstage with GBH. It irritated me a little but not too much. I made the effort, yet I guess the random act was not complete. At least I can write about it and share my memories.

What would the Tralfamadorians say?

“There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.”

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Flipside Record U-Boats Attack America

This is the last entered record from the original CATALOG. I did edit it some and pulled forth the time and place in our punk history. Everything seems old now but at the time of this CATALOG it was on the cutting edge. It was exciting to be corresponding with so many bands. To offer them a way to get their music out into the rotten world and make it better. That is how I saw it then.

Then our newest album from Germany “U-Boats Attack America,” featuring Blunt + Isen, Razia, Neurotic Arseholes, Torpedo Moskau, Daily Terror, Upright Citizens, Cretins. Support the international German punk scene!!!

Future albums to come your way are: Detox II, GASH/ Depression from Australia and Vinyl Fanzine number three. Not available until August.

Flipside Record Six

Anti Scrunti Faction were a queercore punk trio from Boulder, Colorado.

It is amazing to think back and realize how regular mail correspondence through the US Postal service was the spine of the Punk Rock movement.  I can say I was a punk rock correspondent entrepreneur. This is how I met Leslie Mah and Tracie Thomas of A.S.F. During the punk scene of the 1980s, tapes and correspondence were part of our lives and I was taken by the gals of A.S.F., mostly because women were not a big staple of the scene we had grown to know. I made it happen and we put out their record. Women, punk rock, politics, sexuality, racism, and abounding creativity is the loud heartfelt sarcasm that emanates from this band. I remember making vegetarian spaghetti in our kitchen with Leslie. Taking Leslie and Tracie to the beach was a real treat. I got my first tattoos with the A.S.F. girls. A contrary experience for me because at the same time we were working with the bands Doggy Style and Detox. Some of my best memories of co-running a fanzine.  Leslie Mah and Tracie Thomas went on to have an interesting life creatively and I am happy for them. Look them up you may be surprised.

One can listen here…

https://www.discogs.com/Anti-Scrunti-Faction-Damsels-In-Distress/release/2004128

(From the original Flipside CATALOG)

This is the debut LP by Boulder Colorado A.S.F.~Anti Scrunti Faction, a joint release by Flipside and Unclean Records. “Damsels in Distress” features the very colorful artwork of Leslie Mah, the band’s bass player and singer. Inside you’ll find 18 thought provoking tunes, a lot of which deal with a woman’s view of the punk rock scene as well as the world. – and it is no wonder -two women in this band. This critically acclaimed punk classic features these songs: “Boys will be Boys.” “Sugar and Spice,” Writhe like Worms,” “Big Dick,” Resist The lies,” “Marshall Law,” “War, War, War,” “One Crashed over The Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Brain Transplant,” “Ohpmyn,” “3005 E. Euclid,” “Suicide Note,” “Another Love Song,” “Silent Death,” “In My Heart,” “Innocent Victim,” “Johnny,” and ” Slave to My Estrogen ,” A.S.F. and their song, “Slave to My Estrogen,” is featured in Flipside Video 11.   

A.S.F. Interview Taken from Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine # 54 Ten Year Anniversary issue. (Replica) Paperback

Flipside Record Five : Vicious Circle and Perdition the Australian Way.

I learned about, and how to say, the Australian term fair dinkum (Truly, honestly.) Also, to put mayonnaise and BBQ potato chips on a French bread sandwich as purely delicious. We silk-screened art projects in our garage, and I had fun being house mother. The super-duper days in the punk house at Flipside Fanzine central in good old Whittier California.

Flipside Record Five

This is a two-band compilation featuring two of Australia’s hardest hitting and most well-known bands: Vicious Circle and Perdition. Perdition comes off as a very infectious, almost British sounding punk band. They have compiled the best tracks off all their releases here, Fight songs here! “I’m Laughing,” “Just One Mistake,” “Degeneration,” “Progress Where,” “Big Problems,” “Nothing for You,” “Deserve to Die,” and “New Anarchy.” Vicious Circle grace the flipside with 11 fast paced hard hitting thrashing tunes. These are compiled from their Australian single release. “Search for the Solution,” and some songs recorded just for this project. Tracks include” “Epitaph,” “Supplied Demise,” “Distant Cry,” “Right Dub,” “Claws of Death,” “Corp Death Scheme,” and others. Comes with lyrics and information sheet.

Doggy Style Flip by Side Number 4

It’s for your bored/ excited non-skating/ friend/gf/ bf/ mom/ dad/ dog you’ve … A style of pushing where the back foot is kept on the board and pushing is done with the front foot.

Doggy Style started with original singer Brad Xavier, Ed “Shaggy” Caudill, Ray Jimenez, and Lou Gaez.

“One of my favorite memories is when
three Flipside bands, Detox, Anti-Scrunti
Faction (ASF), and Doggy Style came by the
house one summer day. I wish I had taken
pictures that day. It was crazy and trying to
keep up with three bands and all their
demanding personalities was extremely
extreme. Detox had roots deep in the punk
scene. Steve Human was once bass player for
the Vandals. ASF was a gay girl band, with a
male drummer, from Colorado. Doggy Style
came from the infamous Fullerton suburbia
where old friends Social Distortion came
from. Having Doggy Style and ASF in the
same room was like oil in water. I think
Doggy Style freaked when they caught ASF
carpet munching in an alley near a local show.
Overall, Doggy Style was a very obnoxious
band to deal with. They were a bunch of fun
idiots and talented suburban adolescents who
liked to do it doggy style.
Al and Gus put out Doggy Style’s
record and liked to hang out with them. I put
up with them. Joy did the artwork for their
promotional green vinyl record. Now that was
cool.”

~ Excerpt From My Punkalullaby, The Seminary of Praying Mantis by Hudley Flipside

{From Original Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine CATALOG 1980s}

This is the Doggy Boyz with their debut LP titles “Side by Side.” It is a classic in its own way. With it you will learn about the sexual revolution with songs like “Be Strong” and “Side by Side,” “Still Hope,” “Nympho,” “Straight,” “Bite the Bone,” “Donut Shop Rock,” “Enough,” “Ladies from Neptune,” “Rookie Cop,” “Danial,” and “Skate Party.” As you can tell there is a variety of subject matter here, not all “Sexual,” but a lot of “edge” lyrics and some good old fashion jamming punk funk bubble gumian hardcore punk rock fun. How are you going to do it? Do it doggy style, do it doggy style… also available on cassette wherever better records are sold!

Flipside Record 3

The ICONOCLAST is part of the past and has moved into the future as a comparative voice. Extremely appropriate for our current world. It was a real turn on to release their music in the 1980s.

(As written from the original CATALOG)

Our third record is a single by The ICONOCLAST a Peace punk band based in L.A. There are four songs on this single. “In These Times” is a gloomy but promising song. Almost the type of song Jesus the Christ might have sung when he was born into this loveless world, and knowing his fate through his sacrifice, saying “Give the Children One More Day.” The other three songs are faster, 100 mph. The other songs on this EP are “Prisoners of Existence,” “Battlefields” and “Things of Beauty.” Also included is an information packed ‘lyric and thought’ sheet.

Link to Interview

https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/iconoclast

Flipside Vinyl Fanzine 2 … I’ m Shakin’ All Over

Hey original John Crawford Artwork on the back cover. Revolutionary Fetus says

“Support Flipside Vinyl Fanzine # 2 or face a bleak and unlivable future.”

Hattie Jacques  plays Nanette Parry from film Make Mine Mink (1960)

Again, from the original Flipside “CATALOG.” As written at that place and time in history by yours truly. I don’t know why I excluded Flipside Vinyl Fanzine Number One, maybe at the time we ran out of them for sale. Yet I will include it later in my gathering of Intellectual Property … my journey to bring together what was lost on the internet wasteland. (If only symbolically)

A friendly gesture to remember what seems vague in my senior years. Thank you for indulging my fiery drive. As Emma Jung, wife of Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist Carl Jung, said and I paraphrase, “Sometimes a dame has got to do something for herself that no one else fucking understands, who cares cause she knows why she is doing it… for her own soul.” There now that feels better. I am just in the gathering phase. I call it Phase A.

Included below is some remarkable history about the process of creating this Vinyl Fanzine. Many hands in the cookie Jar. Heartfelt Thanks!!

Flipside Vinyl Fanzine Number Two with loads of bands.

Side One we have MIA “Just A Dream.” Decry “Island Paradise.” Out Patients “Backwards Explosion.” Naked Raygun “Metastasis.” Roach Motel “Mad Dog.” JFA “Out of School.” Massacre Guys “Let’s Forget.” Vagina Dentata “Golden Boys.” Plan Wrap “Magnetic Shoes.”

Side Two we have DI “Johnny’s Got A problem.” Misfits “Attitude.” Necros “Walking the Dog.” C2D” Aggression System.” Iconoclast “Domination or Destruction.” Cheetah Chrome and the Motherfuckers “No Words.” Disorderly Conduct “How Old Are You.” Catatonics “Descending In “E.” Braille Party “Let It Burn.” Germs “Forming.” (I’m sorry for saying mean things about Darby in Ink Disease Fanzine, he was just such a stinker.” GKH “Dickerman.” Agent Orange “Shakin’ All Over.”

HUD, Hudley Flipside My, The Saints “Eternally Yours ” rip off image. 1980

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As many of the upcoming bands, Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine collaborated with Bill Bartell of Gasatanka Records and Chaz of Casbah Recording Studio. I have included a bit of history and information below.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casbah_Recording_Studio

“Chaz”, as he was known to most, was guitarist for Eddie and the Subtitles, a local punk band that was influential on younger Fullerton punks as the Adolescents and Social Distortion, both of which recorded their early demos and singles at Casbah and continued recording albums there as their popularity grew. “I don’t think they shared musical tastes” stated Michael Hutchinson, producer for Billy Idol and Berlin, observing “I don’t know how excited Chaz was about Berlin – he was more excited about punk stuff.” Yet there was an excitement that came from the blending of the two distinct cultures: one typified by Chaz and his cronies’ slacker ethos, the other by St. James and his commercial sensibilities and keen awareness of musical trends. After the success of Stacey Q’s Better Than Heaven, St. James deferred ownership of The Casbah to Ramirez. https://web.archive.org/web/20101020144212/http://www.casbahrecording.com/history.html

New Casbah Recording Studio

http://casbahrecording.com/

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Bill Bartell “We Got Power” Fanzine image.

Bill Bartell~ “His contributions to the punk rock scene were numerous between writing, playing in his band and releasing records on his now-defunct Gasatanka Records label.”

https://punkvinyl.com/2013/09/24/r-i-p-bill-bartell-of-white-flag/

https://www.discogs.com/label/37817-Gasatanka-Records

Flipside Record One

We at Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine had loads of fun having too many projects while supporting a scene. It was way over my head but being right in the middle I did what I did to help it to flow forward. Words below from the Flipside CATALOG.  

Flipside Recordz

Detox “Start Finish” LP

Our first attempt to put out a full-out album, A real under-ground sound to this album, with a band that has been around the LA scene for quite some time!! Twelve punker tunes sung by good old Dan Forklift. Bass played by Steve (Human of the Vandals,) Tony Malone plays guitar (who featured in the movie “Girls just want to have fun,” he played the guy with green hair playing guitar on a table at some party, remember?) and now ex member Lantz Krantz (Boyfriend of Boom Boom of the Screaming Sirens) on drums. Square dance to “No Reggae in Russia” and slam to “Shoot the Kid,” something for everyone. Oh, Oh , Oh…

No Reggae In Russia

Henderson St

Child For One

Radio Henri

Submerge

Life On Cahuenga

                Round 2  

Ick The Eem

Placidyl Polka (Eddie’s Drunk Again)

Soul Boat

I Hate The French

Seasons In The Sun

Shoot The Kid

Steve, Hudley and Tony a few years back 2009 maybe at the Scotland Yard for A Flipside Reunion
Canoga Park , CA

(says full album but is not)

Flipside Video Ten

The last of the Flipside Videos from the 1980s. I will not do the Doggy Style “A Hard Dogs Night” because I had enough of them back in the day. That was a Gus and Al thing. Like the day Detox, ASF and Doggy Style were at our fourth Flipside house on the same day. My body and mind blew up and that is when I realized I was burning out big time, while Joy sat there with her tight mouth. ASF and Doggy Style were like oil and water and then Detox… well all around confusion. I wish I video taped that day with them. I am going to do our Flipside Records next from the Flipside CATALOG. Be more than a witness as little old Hudley continues her walk down memory lane in her vast pursuit of Intellectual Property is a good thing journey. Now is the time to fucking organize.


RIP Reed Mullin of COC… and Julie Lanfeld-Keskin of Sin 34


Ya, and life goes on TOO! And this here video has lots of bands to savor and enjoy! A colorful combination of bands from different parts of the scene.

RADWASTE the bandy band that drums and guitars their way int your viewing entertainment. Tribal sounding and unique this band plays “Radwaste Is Here” and “Rock and Roll part 1& 2” and a 100 Flowers song “All Sexed Up.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY blaring and loud they play “Technocracy” at the O limp Dick.

Then some Raszebrae.

“Young till I Die” at the Rollaway, in Placenta and “Strength” at Sun Valley Sportsman Hall and “Out of Touch” at the O limp Dick all show what 7 Seconds is made of.

Sin 34, “Do You Feel Safe” and “12 Hour Trip” filmed at the O limp Dick. Mini Interview.

Man, catch this, The Necros “Black Water,” “Guns,” and “Walking the Dog.”

I’m scared of these big women called FRIGHTWIG, the song “Frightwig” and “A Man’s Got to DO…” are a couple of ball breaking songs. A band that you just got to go see if you can LIVE…!

A bit of humor brings you to a band called Big Stick. A special song for all you drag racers called “Drag Racing,” the singer in this band wears a tube top, tube top because her boyfriend Eddie takes her to the drag strip (in the summer)!

And ending this video are the GRIM with two numbers “Live to Dies,” “Summer of 85” and “Sunday School.”

The End.

Sorry I am in the process of finding another YouTube copy of Flipside Video Ten…  if you have a copy and want to share, please do. It is my goal, of collecting and sharing my intellectual property as a need to preserve the history of Los Angeles Flipside at a place where the full story can be heard. Not just random videos dissected all over the place. I know collectors sell them for money and I know that people share them online… I am just asking that this video be presented in a way that I want … shit I did the hard work of gathering all this material, interviewing bands, going to endless shows, and cleaning up the equipment after shows. Part of a 3 to 4 Flipside Crew. Al, Gus, Hud (me) and sometimes Joy and Joe. A showcase with a story…   

Flipside Video Nine: When Can I Sleep In Peace?

Shoot this is messed up because the original Flipside Video Nine produced at Flipside was in sink and had a nice continuity. Yet one can get a feel for it and the message from the bands listed. You can play the game, “I spy, that song and that band member.” So, the original CATALOG is a good outline of what is going on. Thanks to the characters who posted these videos. I asked them to write up a little story about their journey with these tapes but no reply. Oh well, this is just my little project of gather our Flipside Products tighter in a place of love, peachy peace and prosperity. I mean Intellectual Property is a good thing. If only a place where my grand children can see what their grandma was up to. Like me maybe eyeballing them in the future at the beginning of this video. Had to laugh. I like that. I think the message comes through. The punk rock patina shows though.


When Can I Sleep In Peace is one of our hottest videos yet, A action video waking up the viewer with the realities of a troubled world.

All the touring bands of this decade.

The video opens with the band MDC, with their song “Revolution In Rock.” And mixed through the video are three other songs of theirs “Corp. Death Burger,” “Blue by Day” and “Church and State.”

Then on to my fave band on this video the DICKS with three songs, “Sidewalk Begging,” “Hate the Police” and “No War.”

PREDITION from the out back make a slice in this video with the song “Diseases.” He don’t want it.

BGK play and sing an animal rights song call what else “Vivisection,” and a song called “Arms Race.”

And on to the big one, CONFLICT with two songs, “Which Ever You Want It” and “From Protest to Resistance.”

Oh boy, did we score when we got these songs from The Dead Kennedys. “Moral Majority” and “Chemical Warfare.”

And FINAL CONFLICT contributes one song call “Political Glory.”

And who could forget the SUBHUMANS with “Cradle To Grave.”

Then on to REAGAN YOUTH with “It’s A Beautiful Day.”

And our buddies from out back bring us a number called “Suppy Demise.”

Ending this video is the well-known band SCREAM with the very heart-warming song called “Solidarity.”