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Chapter 08 - The post Script, the last song

With the new update of the site and the club closing I figured I should fill in the other seven years that Mary's was opened.

As stated in the last chapter, I retired in 2000 but I continued to be pulled back in for shows from time to time. One of the highlights was the TSOL in 2001. Also I continued to book my birthday shows including the Beautys.

 

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Chapter 9 - It's Ain't Over - Lefty's Live Music

From that last day in 2007 to April of 2005, I would often drive by the building that once housed Safari and Mary's. Some nights it would be packed with drunken under age college students but especially toward the end, The Dublin would be closed or empty most night of the weeks. In early 2015, I heard that the building was up for sale and even got a phone call from a realtor asking me about the history of the building. I spent a few minutes covering the basic historic background on the building. Then went about my business thinking nothing more of it.

 

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Battalion of Saints - DEATH-R-US

If I remember correctly the first time I heard Battalion of Saints was sometime back in 86 or 87. I was cleaning out my old Buick and there under Cigarette packs, empty PBR Quarts and left overs of many a night of nothing to do, I found this tape. It wasn't my tape but I scrapped of the gum. blew off the ashes and car scum and popped in the tape player and the first cut was Fighting Boys. I never found out who's tape that was but I still played the hell out of it. It wasn't until I got Someone Got Their Head Kicked In that I found out who these guys were.

 

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Beat Farmers - Loud and Plowed and Live

Seeing the Beat Farmers live was a yearly thing for a number of years. The last few years after Country Dicks death I've missed them. The last time I saw them was with the Blasters back in 96. About 3 weeks before Dick Died on stage in Canada. That night I carried him to the bar on my back and I'll never forget watching him stumble across the parking lot to the Van that had been his home for most of his life. He lived hard often getting drunk to the point of not walking. They were a band that lived Rock-N-Roll excess to extreme.

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Boris the Sprinkler - Mega Anal

Remember the Dickies before they broke up and got back together and started to slide AKA Killer Clowns. That zany, fast paced, wacky and sown right silly music that you couldn't pogo to cause you were laughing to hard. That's what the self proclaimed Voice of Geek America Boris the Sprinkler touches on. Picture in your mind's eye a skinny guy wearing tight shorts, knee pads and a motorcycle helmet with antlers hopping and spinning while sing about food, girls, records and Microwaves. That's what BTS is too me. For years the only reason I bought Maxium Rock-N-Roll was to read Re.

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Circle Jerks - Gig

Anyone who hasn't heard of these guys needs to just leave. They are by far one of the biggest bands to come out of LA. Mixing the quick wit and social comment of Keith Morris and the driving riffs of Greg Hetson(also a member of Bad Religion) into a sound that has shaped the sound of punk for over 20 years now. There's something to be said of reporting the your point of view of the world and it's problems without coming across as superior or jaded. That is something that Keith has always done well. He can put his thumb on things that are wrong and then make you laugh at them.

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DOA - Bloodied But Unbowed/War on 45

I should be able to say DOA and you should understand. This is the early stuff from 1978 to 1984 and covers the first 4 EPs, Something better change and Hardcore 81 plus the War on 45s EP. As Ken Lester's liner notes put it, "Blooded but Unbowed is the truth of it. Since 1978 D.O.A. has slogged forward from the West Coast of North America, criss-crossing the continent on a shoestring, infecting friends and strangers with an alien virus - a dangerous agressive way of viewing the world. Talk minus Action equals Zero.

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Dave Alvin - King of California

Dave Alvin may very well be the most underrated song writer in the country. For those of you who have no Idea who he is, Dave and his brother Phil formed Rock-a-Billie super stars the Blasters back in the late 70s. We'll get to the Blasters later but the thing that the Blasters where able to do above anyone else was play American music as they called it without sounding retro or campy. There was a heart there. Dave also played on the X offshoot Kniters and with Chris D's Flesheaters. The Blasters like so many bands parted company.

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DAVE ALVIN - BLACKJACK DAVID

Well, this one is a little more mellow then the other Dave Alvin records. It's a little more Acoustic and more root/folk like. There's also a more Southwestern country/cowboy/western feel to it. There is a great deal more variety in instruments used on this record including: Slide Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Banjo. Accordion, Fiddle & Clarinet. It gives the album a more rounded traditional sound.

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Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men - Interstate City

This is a live record recorded back in 1996. In the liner notes Dave states, "For the past three years life has meant touring by van on the interstates, studio work, more touring and even more touring. This is what it sounded like." That's just what it sounds like. Those long drives through the southwest then the fast paced American cities and then the wide open midwest country. The record is dedicated to three people that truly understood the open road and the van Mr Lee Allen, Country Dick Montana and Jeffrey Lee Pierce who we all lost that year.

 

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FEAR - THE RECORD

Fear may well be the meanest, roughest and funniest bands to grace the Southern California scene. Formed back in 78 they brought a dry wit and driving music to a scene that saw danger as a form of art. Often demised as a joke band that would go out of their way to get a laugh or offend someone. The thing about Fear is that they didn't just go for the laugh or the shock. They were the laugh and the shock and above all they gave the public what they wanted.

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Fear - Live For the Record

This a live record record from a radio show back in 1986. It's a good mix of the first two records(The Record & Have a Beer...) plus a song that is as far as I know can't be found anywhere else called 'What are Friends For?'(it maybe a cover). The recording was done with a 24 track mobile unit so the recording level is quite good. The funny thing is they do not list a bassist on the liner notes so it may have been when Flea was filling in here and there. Who knows it could have been one of the many countless other bassist they had over the years after Dref left.

 

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