I don’t know if I will get to all 11 from my catalog but at least I got to two more. From the original catalog I did in the 1980s. I wanted fans to at least get an organized sense of what we had to offer. I find it delightfully youthful and fanatical as a 65-year-old woman to read these. We were all into the punk scene and loved it madly. I was about 25 when I made this up.
A blast from the past… read with a magnifying glass.
Just having some fun reading over this. It was written back in the 1980s when I felt the need to make the things we were selling understandable in my rude punk way. It was not easy being a female punk around bands, records collectors and all the people who were tough as gram crackers. I am sure pissing off others was not something I tried to do but most likely did. Yet I was the nicer one most times.
I still have the original and it is falling apart so I have it now in a video I made up.
I like going over and keeping my mind fresh on these memories. I am amazed at how many shows I went to. It overwhelms me now as it did then but it was all documented so that makes it nicer still.
I am not a professional actor so reading this was hard to do but I like the cockiness of it.
I was well trained and initiated in the art of one “who caused considerable trouble.”
All Flipside persons’ are… and that is just how it goes.
Documenting what has already been documented…. as a original source person who was there doing the documenting … as a girl.
Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine # 54 Ten Year Anniversary Issue Facebook Page is obsolete. But here one can see all items available on my WordPress Site available for sell! ⭐️🏵️😸!
Roxanne’s, O Limp dick or O limp dick or O Limp Dick… and the Lhasa Club were three of the punk clubs where we recorded video live. I know you know I am speaking about the Olympic Auditorium above. A pet name that I guess was mine to give. This tape is a great blend of bands and personalities. Music was youthful and diversified by many themes and styles. People who became big wigs and others who faded away. Yet here it is as it was. Enjoy.
Below from original Flipside CATALOG, Contextually sound… with a side kick of really? Bands ended but as we all know reformed again… and are even coming out with new records now. What a treat. Not everything fades to black. Enjoy mini interviews with bands, skating shorts and bad Mr. Baboon Dooley.
Opens with the infamous cartoonist and rock critique John Crawford. Can you hear our VW Square back? Also, a zombie HUD, we had fun at our Second Flipside House.
In Whittier CA. (Year 1984 FLipside Radio KFJC hosted by Hudley Flipside.)
This video opens with a live gig at Roxanne’s in Arcadia with, Decry. They sing their “Falling” and “Warlords.” See Farel at his best. Short interview with Al Flipside. RIP Decry.
New York’s Heart Attack play live, and boy are they in a frenzy! One great band live energy, energy, energy!! “Man’s World” and “Brain Washed Heroes” and the tunes you’ll hear by these guys all recorded at the O Limp Dick. These guys sure have good hearts.
Drugs and fun with Redd Kross!! They have been around cause they play “We Are The Ones” and old Avenger’s song. And they do it in the way only they can. Live at Lhasa Club in Hollyweird.
And who could miss the U.K. SUBS perform “Stranglehold” and “Crash Course” and “You Give Me Disease.” Older but wiser, older but younger, the fun never ends or the truth! Catch it.
Basic Math at Roxanne’s
More peace punk with Conflict, “Back To Palace.”
Iconoclast Van Nuys.
The O Limp dick again brings us TSOL, with a few of my faves. “American Zone,” “In Time,” and “Suppose They Gave A War.” Which is featured on the Flipside Comp. #one. Some real feelings here.
Another night out at Roxanne’s with the good old Justice League and you can see a young band show their stuff, with two songs, “Something Else,” and “We Always Laugh.”
For all you hard/core fans we have Bad Religion. See them older and matured playing hits such as “New Leaf” and “Bad Religion.”
Vagina Dentata open next with “Work Till Your Dead.” Gerber and Pat Smear, we know Hollywooders shows. The new style wild baby wild.
Pariah a band that shows their lights every once in a while. Play “Striking Back”, Posh Boy could have done good with these boys if he would have played a fair game from the start!! Live at O Limp Dick.
We end this video with the SUBHUMANS cause we want to leave you with a questioning mind. Bye Bye. The song is “Black And White.”
The fact that GBH is still around playing, and a solid punk band says it all. The proof is in the pudding! Their story is a great story. Here is a bit of their history and I am happy that we grasped it.
Shyane at eight wearing Mama’s old punk leather jacket given to her, from original Flipside Fanzine creator, X-8. He did not want his girlfriend to know he was two timing her with another gal who left her coat in his car, so he gave it to me…. I added the art, studs and GBH logo later.
Brit Boys Attacked By Brats
(Words From Original Flipside CATALOG)
Now if you go up to someone and ask them if they like GBH be careful to some people it’s like saying “fuck you,” to them. Or if you tell people you like them, they call you a sexist. But after seeing the video I think that you’ll understand that the members of GBH, Jock- guitar, Wilf- Drums, Ross- Bass and good old Colin the singer are guys to be loved and friendly with. The media can really screw things up sometimes. I say this video is one of my faves. (I will always love Charged GBH– Hudley)
This tape is all GBH, live footage and close personal interviews with the band. We also include fan interviews outside Perkins Palace. All footage is from mostly their first tours. Including San Diego and Las Vegas. Lots of fun for us and the band. I hope for you also. Included are:
Big Women, Alcohol, Needles and Pins, Hellhole, Drugs Party In 526, City Baby’s Revenge, Give Me Fire, Generals, Gun and Guitar, Forbidden Zone, Las Vegas Babies and the infamous Wild Thing.
The line up on this one is spot on with the original Catalog line up. Even the Buddha Man blesses you with his tongue on this one. I will give you a free Ten-Year Anniversary Issue # 54 if you know who he really is. Yet only a hand full of people know.
Oh ya, now we open with the rad boys from Agent Orange. Live from Music Machine they play “Bloodstains” and “Shakin All Over.” Of course, this whole sequence was filmed with Al’s fish-eye lens, lots of fun! And then on to an interview with the boyz. Watch Mike (singer) skate and play guitar at the same time.
Perkins Palace is the happening place with the Big Boys cause they move and groove with a couple of their good songs, “Why Can’t You See “and “History.”
Some older footage with American Hardcore make this tape a wonder, because you can see Drew Burnstein as a straight edge punk, before he went onto being a Crass punk and before he became a glitter Punk playing songs like “Running Backwards” and “Trash Your Love.” Taped at the Roller Works in Van Nuys.
Now you can’t miss M.I.A. play a couple of their best tunes. “Murder in A Foreign Place” and “Boredom is The Reason.” You can catch them at their peak at Perkins Palace. A Must!!!
Subterfuge, subterfuge, subterfuge, and not enough subterfuge. Though these guys have called the quits, you can catch them at their peak. Also, at Roxanne’s Bar with the son “Macho Man.” Subterfuge RIP
The infamous Ichabod’s in Fullerton brings us the Confederate. And they play one sparked up production for the song “American Farmboy.”
Our hero is on this video, the Darby Crash band performing an old Germs song “Ritchie Dagger” Live at the dead Starwood.
Ironically, Suicidal Tendencies follow the above performance with “I See Your Mommy” and “Suicidal Failure.” All at Perkins Palace.
Some old footage here too with the Killroy boyz at the good old Cathay De Grande. “Degeneration” is the song and a mini-interview also at Pop Burger in Woodland Hills.
And on to fun, fun, fun with the Toy Dolls preforming “Barry Manilow.”
And some Duty Dora party fun with the old wild and crazy fuckheads Mad Parade. They play “Animals Riot and “Tearing Down The Wall.” Fun Boyz.
No fu here with Eddie And The Subtitles cause they are talking about drugs. Live at Ichabod’s.
The peace punks get their say here wit two songs from Iconoclast, “Domination or Destruction” and “Battlefields.” Ya boyz tell us what you know about battlefields, I wanna know about peace.
The weird and bizarre freaky band that everyone used to ask about No Trend. And they sing about “Teen Love” live at the Cathay. The strobe lights knock you out, ya man, like a crazy square root.
We did all the editing in one office … usually a bed converted into a Flipside office. As so many projects started at Flipside, there were many hands in the FS cookie jar. Gus took a course at Rio Hondo College in Video production. In the City of Industry which was awfully close to us in Whittier CA. Pete had a video camera, and we bought a camera or two and the editing equipment. Designs were created for the video covers and prices for each video. All mail order cash only bases! It was hands on fun and a creative challenge. I want to thank all the bands, clubs and events that let us move freely throughout the environment. Roaming front stage, on stage, backstage and outside was thrilling and part of the job. We were Flipside busy bees.
Getting to a show early and leaving late took its toll on me. I had come to find punk rock now by way of promoting, negotiating and hard work. Recording shows was a job more than just having fun. Like cleaning up our equipment after a show. That was simply awful… I don’t want to go into it. Yet the key was at the time bands needed the promotion. Where else did they get it? Live videos, fanzines and records was it! Touring was the key as well!
We were mere behind-the-scenes punks who helped capture many of the touring and local shows, and knew all the players intimately … We developed on our creative style. shooting with three cameras live with split screens. I am amazed how well these Flipside Videos have held up; each video is a documentary punk rock experience. And for me that is what it was all about … experience baby.
Flipside Video Two
(From original CATALOG By Hudley Flipside)
(The particular Video YouTube copy I am using posted below has been eddied from the original CATALOG LINE UP and I have edited in the changes in my write up… yet I am sure there are many variances out there! My goal is to bring it all together as best I can.)
Now if you want to see the good old Video Monster in action you just got to catch this video! SO, if you get it, and if you put it in your VCR, you might just die, because opening Flipside Video number two is the band White Flag. Guttzy and pure, Pat Fear will knock your block off while he plays guitar for the opening theme song called “Flipside,” with backup singers, including some Redd Kross members and one Bangle member.
Remember the Vex shows, well here’s a real oldie featuring 7 Seconds on their second trip to L.A. They perform “Skins Brains & Guts” and “Out Of Touch,” such to the dismay of the pissed off bouncers.
A BIG Frank break… “Are You Bored Yet?” and Flipside Kitty kitty….
Minor Threat are captured here in a rare gig in L.A. They blast thru a live performance of “Stand Up and Be Counted,” and “Stepping Stone,” Then finish the video off with some fun time skating. Inspired by Rodney Mullen, who does one of his simple routines just for the Threat boys to watch.
Big Boys were too great to leave off this tape. But since only one song was usable, all you get is “Brick Wall.” Another rare performance. This time in the Vex small room.
Did you ever imagine being a professional punk? The Stretch Marks did and maybe are, cause that’s the song they perform at the Vex. Great!
Then the not to miss last show of the great and wonderful “100 Flowers.” At the Anti club, with Dennes Boon, and Keith Morris go go dancing. Lots of fun to watch and heart warming too! The songs performed are “California Falling,” and “Surfin’ with the Shaw.”
Then on to another Vex show with the Minutemen. With a 100 Flowers hit, “Ack Ack Ack.” And one of their own “Split Red.”
Then ANGST with Interview.
Live with the Dickies ends this video with their four faves songs, “Stuart,” “Manny, Moe and Jack,” “Gigantor, and “You Drive Me Ape.”
Flipside Fanzine Catalog~ Videos, Fanzines and Records.
I put together a catalog for our customers. I reviewed all we had and came out with a little fanzine. I called it a “CAT A LOG” but that was in the 1980s.
Now, each day I will add one entry from the old catalog on my site. A little project of mine. I know all the Flipside Videos are all over the WWW. That is OK… I will bring them together.
I have a little story to tell you. At one time we saved all the video masters. Then in the 1990s Al Flipside gave them to staph worker Gary Indiana. He made copies and sold them. When punk rock cooled down, before punk nostalgia hit the punk scene, Gary lost interest. So, he called my sister who had my and my brother Gus’s phone number. Gary was trying to reach us to send us the original master tapes. Al, Gus and I ran the business. Al and I owned the business. So, I asked her to send them to me.
I will take care of them. As I have all my Flipside stuff. Yet she always favored Gus. He got them. Then what happened next is Gus put them in someone else’s garage. A storm hit, flooded the garage and no more master tapes. It pisses me off. Yet that is the truth of the story.
Anyway, I feel a strange dissection with all the Flipside stuff all over the internet. So, in my own silly way, or my psyche needs a wholeness, I will try and gather and organize it all together again. The Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine documentation of a scene. As I have always done.
Flipside Video One
This video opens with Social Distortion, one of Orange county’s fave bands! With two songs “Under My Thumb” and “Atom Bomb.” Yes, you can see Mike sing and Brent play guitar along with Dennis (Dizzy) and see Derick hit the drums. All the boys in action before their drug days to follow. Good stuff here.
Next the Vandals live at “Devonshire Downs” with a couple of their best songs, “Anarchy Burger” and “Hocus Pocus.” Then mixed in all this is a live interview with the band thanks to Stella from “Stray Pop” KXLU. Loads of fun, Human at his funniest! All the original members. Butts and beers.
Sin 34 takes a trip, wow, don’t you just want to go with them! Fame artist Dave Markey features his “Trip to San Francisco.” Special guests include “Flipper member” and “ET.” Catch Julie eat down a MacDonald hamburger and Dave watch the sunrise. A must!
Now what blows you away next is the big Black Flag live at “My Casita” in Torrance. Sweaty and best Henry rips with “I’ve heard it Before” and Dez sings “Louie, Louie.” If you love them now, you probably loved them then so, catch it where else can you?
Then on to RF7 performing a rare performance of “Vampire Lady.” All happening at Devonshire Downs.
Yes, MDC live at the Olympic (or the limp dick) plus an interview with them, mixed in with riot footage from the Mendiolas Ballroom police riot. Peace please.
Next the I Wanna Be Classified’s of punk rock, Descendants with the great, I mean fun song “Hey Hey at the “Mi Casita” (You guessed it the same show as Black Flag.) Then back to the studio with the DI boyz, I mean boyz jokes and all. So, you know what DI stands for? They before “Richie Hung Himself.”
And Next the sons “Code Blue” performed by the liar himself, Jack Greggor. Who of course was the original singer for TSOL. This all was happening at “Orange Coast College.”
“Wild In The Streets” and “Group Sex,” do you know that these two songs are Keith Morris’s fave songs ever? Well while the Circle Jerks play live at “Goleta Community Center” Keith sure sings those two songs like they were his faves! Enjoy… you know back in the days before “Golden Showers” …
Spin Magazine features them now, but back when they were begging for their first meal, I mean gig! Husker Du preform at “Mi Casita.” One of their first performance in L.A. and you can catch it… They rip through “Everything Falls Apart.” Also included is an interview with them at SST Records. WOW.
Did you ever think you would “Sink With California” till you fell into the sea? Well Youth Brigade must have thought they might! And they sing it live at “Mendiolas and Perkins.” At Olympic they sing “Violence.” Catch Youth Brigade when they were still young and youthful. Before they became, “The Brigade.” Before they became the “Old Farts Brigade” hey, Shawn have a beer on me.
End Tidbits: Mockery of Black Flag’s “Rise Above” with Sin 34 and We Got Power Fanzine crew…. end song was Flipside Band…with HUD on Saxophone..
“…Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
I find comment ’bout my looks irrelativity,
Think I’ll go and have some fun,
‘Cos it’s all for free.
I’m not searching for a reason to enjoy myself…,”
Had one of those dreams of being back at the scene of the 1980s. A club morphed into a Golden Voice show! The tight feelings were there of knowing all the bands and the characters and players! Jim Kaa of the Crowd was talking in my ear when brother Gus showed up. We are not talking these days, but in this dream, we approached each other for a forgiving hug when I turned into myself. How I look now.
I asked myself if I had the password to get into the show? I said it does not matter because I am in and not going anywhere!
Lots of guys from bands were roaming around! I was consciously aware enough to dig being back in the middle of things. Running around and being part of what was happening…like everyone else there! My scene, my friends, something to offer and cover! Al approached me; we then were at an adjoining Chinese restaurant. We were shooting the breeze! I was wondering where the bar was ’cause a cold beer sounded good to ease my social tension!
Al Flipside had a new computerized contraption that took pictures, recorded bands, and interviewed bands; ready for documenting the whole scene. All from a large black computer book!
He was on the cutting edge and creative as usual. As we were eating our noodles a band came on! Al said he had to go see about a band. I told him go ahead I will watch over your noodles until you get back!!
I awoke from the dream with a missing feeling of belonging once to a music scene that was overwhelming wild and unpredictable. I was spoiled then! My heart will always mourn those days of youthful rebellion!
I am presenting for purchase four watercolor paintings:
Life, death and rebirth is what the Praying Mantis teaches me. We have formed a relationship over the years. Each year in my garden the many small perfectly formed baby mantis come to my garden each spring. The mantis matures through the summer months. In August the big golden green mama mantis lays her egg sack. Then she dies. The continuity of life comes forth again next spring. In this watercolor painting I capture the essence of Cronemantis’s charm and beauty. She shows off her wings in the glow of moon phases within her flower garden.
2. Sunflower Soul
The sunflower symbolically represents the soul or solar plexus. The harvest time of experience and adventure. Pomegranates balance out this watercolor painting with the memories of youth and fun at the end of summer. Heading to the hill to pull the fruit from the trees to eat the jeweled sweets.
3. Praying Mantis Mandala
The colors in this watercolor painting blends colors of flowers and the Praying Mantis. This symbolizes my reverence for nature.
4. Baubo Protagonist
Baubo’s myth and archetypal archaic knowledge is symbolically shared in this cartoon magazine cover. A new twist on Flower Power. When Demeter lost her daughter Persephone to the underworld she is deep in grief. It is Demeter’s maid servant that pulls up her skirt exposing herself. Naked below, Baubo, made Demeter laugh. Baubo Protagonist transforms! As a woman, as a flower pollinating humanity with the thoughts of equality and love. Men are transformed by her mighty power!! She is awesome glorious in her nakedness! Lampoonery!! A Flopside Comic production.
At Starbucks the young woman behind the counter said,
“I like your shirt!”
“You like G.B.H.?”
She gave me an intense look of inwardness.
“Yes…like Minor Threat and…China White!”
“No one listens to Punk anymore.”
“Only the old punk folk!”
I was referring to myself. She gave me a sheepish smile while giving me a receipt for two Grande Café Lattes.
It was the first time we were in this Starbucks. Walking the streets here in the evening is pleasant. Noticing the many closed storefront businesses along Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena made us wonder. Our conclusion was that the businesses that offered a service survived. This is where the people mingled. As colorful clusters around most coffee shops here. Foundations of parking lots, businesses and apartments went up above this! This gave me a dreamy concern. I imagined living this way.
“John, After the kids grow up and are on their way, maybe we can get an apartment and live this way?”
“It might not be so bad.”
“I wonder if they allow cats?”
It was because of a longtime friend that we were out here, a few miles from out hometown. The Laemmle Theater a couple blocks from our home closed down about three years earlier. Once down the street from us now Pasadena was the nearest one.
My punk rock heart asked me,
“Do you really want to see another film about punk rock, I mean didn’t you experience the real deal already!?”
“I don’t know? A friend told me that the film has “girl energy,” it seems like I could use some of that!”
Researching the film I was pulled to it more and more. I decided to get a ticket online and drive out to see it alone. Husband jumped aboard and said,
“We can visit the Yard House or Lucky Baldwins after the show!”
This we did later.
We Are The Bestdoes have “girl energy,” it has something more that touched me deeply too. Something, that I must say, defines the punk rock experience for me! It always has and it always will.
Since its creation and migration around the world. punk rock , has been raped-skated-and-donated!! What this film brings forth in a true way is the experience of punk rock. The film puts you in the world of three 7th graders. Three thirteen year old girls that don’t fit in! So they reach out to music, each other and to other punks.
Having guys call you ugly and being ignored by popular culture are two real initiations into the punk rock girl experience.
It is all about rebellion, ideologies, music and fun! The film is sweet, innocent and honest! Defining that having a band and friendship is more important then the guys you’re sleeping with.
I enjoy the freedom the girls have to get around on subways. The film is based in Stockholm Sweden during the 1980s.
After the film and a nice long walk I found myself perching at the Yard House with a dark beer before my gaze. The monitors were all about Hockey. I am naturally repelled by organized sports as well as the commercials. The ones before the film were awful too…Porsche to Lexus commercials. Madmen designed to get that needed uplift. Why did we pay money to watch commercials as well?
Anyway, I thought upon Bobo, Klara and Hedvig and how the punk culture was portrayed in the film compared to my real experiences. As I sipped my beer I made my usual under the breath insult about the Kings game. With wide eyes and mouth grinning,,
“Hate the Sport!!”
Adding another rebellious beat to this old folk punk heart of mine.