Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine # 20 Circle Jerks Cover

I am always happy to make a real connection again and share in a good punk rock story once more. A narrative that keeps giving! My personal curse of punk rock that will never let me go. I wrestle with it. As an old time punker I have learned to endure it.


Image for Cover by Edward Colver,
Roger Rogerson – bass (1979–1983; died 1996)

“I brought everything in the photograph for the photography shoot. The gun Rodger is holding is the same one on the cover of Channel 3’s “Fear Of Life” LP. The legs in the bottom of the frame belong to Laura, Rodger’s girlfriend at the time. I shot the photograph in Lucky’s apartment on Laibee St. & Sunset just a short block east of the Whisky.”

Quote from Rock Photographer Edward Colver.

As I look back upon an image, I find that it needs some explaining. This is one of my favorite cover images of Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine. Over the years I have shared this image and remembered about the days when this issue came out.

A new and growing punk scene where so many shared. We were all young and running fast to do our thing. Sometimes many of the people who had their work published in Flipside were just beginning. Be it cartoonists, writers, photographers and bands and their labels and scene promoters as well.



This image has a story that needed to be shared from the creator’s mouth. I did get Ed’s permission and it is with boundless joy that another puzzle piece is filled in for me. In the great grand big punk rock puzzle. That often rolls around in my mind.

As a hub we at Flipside made many connections and sometimes credit due was not given. Sometimes a label, promoter, band, or fanzine did not give credit to original source because no one had it. Or stuff got lost in the process.





Happy Amoeba

Self-Portrait of a Holly MAMA

Punk Rock Historian and Professional Consultant

Hudley Flipside


That’s one thing Earthlings might learn to do, if they tried hard enough: Ignore the awful times and concentrate on the good ones.

~ Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Very early Hud doodling…

As an older earthling, at least I believe I am one, in these rather ‘awful times’ I find it easy to ‘concentrate on the good ones!’ Today when the car radio played the song Come As You Are by Nirvana for the millionth time, I had a strange flash back to a similar punk anthem.

Amoeba was the song. One day I drove out to Troy High School in Orange County all by myself. Adolescents and Agent Orange played that day.

The song that I superimposed in my mind over Come As You Are is the song Amoeba. It was so clean, powerful, and moving. The songs feel the same in intensity too. Both knocked my socks off.

I include the live review below from Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine # 20. (The Circle Jerks, Halloween Issue. October 1990.)


Edward Colver Image

I have other good times too like the days I gave birth to my two sons, riding Sony, the white mustang, freely over the hills of the Santa Monica Mountains on a foggy morning, and the first time I had sex at 15 in my parents’ downstairs bathroom. All new and interesting adventures.

So again, I have posted about life being like a “Slaughterhouse-Five” experience. And though times are very crazy I hope we all can find comfort in our good memories.


Hudley Live Review. Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine # 20. (The Circle Jerks, Halloween Issue. October 1990.)

Happy Birthday Mr. Crash

Picture by Al Flipside


“You’re not the first you’re not the last Another day another crash.”


I am not going to do a critical documentary and linear history of Darby Crash. My time in the early punk scene is based on blurred colors and images as a Claude Monet painting. My feelings and emotions linger and still wake me up late at night. I found him shy, troubled, and out of control. The beat of underground music brought us together. I was unaware of any agenda he had, or anyone had for that matter because the lines were fuzzy.

“In the vacuum of outer space particles tend to clump together.  We clustered together as young punks and we created a scene that is still amounting to something? We were a forgotten stagnation of youths that yearned for change.  We were unhappy with our world and ourselves.”

– My Punkalullaby by Hudley Flipside


Darby was a baby when he died. My son is his age now.  I often think about how young an inexperienced Darby was. The below image is a shirt that was given to me by my longtime friend Edward Colver the punk rock photographer extraordinaire.  I love the shirt.  When I investigate Darby’s face that Ed captured, I see a small degree of the man he was becoming. It was not the young face that I knew. A face that I took for granted. I thought Darby, the early punk scene, and my youth would last forever but nothing does.

I am not the faithful fan as many seem to be of the Germs or Darby. There are many that knew him better than I did.  I rolled in the same wave that moved that early Los Angeles punk scene. He was one of the unique originals, the few Los Angeles punks.

My only regrets are;

I wish I would have given him a little more of my time,

I wish I would have given him more of my clothing when he asked,

I regret laughing when he was drunk, high, and rolling in glass,

I regret this the most.

What a kid,

What a character…

Happy Birthday Darby, RIP



Edward Colver, Thanks for the t-shirt buddy !

~HUD, “A happy lovable dork..”

Approved by the Ghost of Pat Fear…