September 5th, 2006
|09:56 am - What I did for Labor Day|
I love my annual Labor Day activity. A couple of co-workers always have a party in their Bernal Lows backyard. It’s got all the usual Labor Day stuff: good food, lots of beer, lots of dessert, and Halloumi grilled up fresh and hot.
It also has an assortment of bands. The first two were almost all co-workers. Buck Wild and the Shirley Catherines (which I kinda hope won’t be their permanent name) is an Soul/R & B cover band fronted by the amazing-voiced Allison. The shading in the backyard made it so only she was in the sun. A natural spotlight! Then there was Citizen Hero who played despite the drummer having a broken foot from being hit by a car on Friday and the bass player recovering from a broken knee. They were pretty awesome pop punk.
But the headliner: Hellakraptor! Two teen-age boys , one of whom lives next door who play old punk and AC/DC along with a few originals and the Teen Titans theme song. I think they are 14 now, but they’ve been playing a couple of years together including last year’s Labor Day BBQ. They started out the set with ‘All this and More" by the Dead Boys. I must be getting old because I was like, "Wow that’s not an age appropriate song." Ha, I laugh at myself so you don’t have to. Like the Dead Boys were much older than Hellakraptor when they wrote it. It’s certainly a classic of teen boy alienation.
The magic really started when they broke into "Clash City Rockers". Spontaneously, the crowd of old punks and ex punks all started doing the background "ohhhhhhh ohhhhhh ohhhhhhhhhhs"* as they played the chorus. It was one of the sweetest things I've ever seen. Thankfully they also had a contingent of friends their own age there so it wasn’t just playing old folks music for old people.
In fact, here’s a picture of one of Hellakraptor’s youngest fans being helped around the pit:
My phone doesn’t really capture the action or the band, I know. But it did give me my lovely new icon.
*If you don’t know the song you can watch the Clash play it here live and listen for the "ohhhhhhh ohhhhhh ohhhhhhhhhhs". But I swear the Hellakraptor version was tighter.
"You see the rate they come down the escalator
Now listen to the BART train accelerator
Then you realize that you got to have a purpose
Or this place is gonna knock you out sooner or later"
Jeez, just when I think I've got a handle on my debilitating nose fetish, you post that bulbous babe-magnet. Thanks a lot, mr. siren nostrils.
hahaha. That is the last comment I expected.
I just wanted to fit in. It seems like eveyone else on the internet has a version of this picture.
damn, i wish i had forced myself to leave the house and check out the BBQ
|Date:||September 5th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)|| |
My Cheese for Labor Day Din Din
We had some yummy chipoltle cheddar on the burgers. It fucking RAWKED!
|Date:||September 6th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)|| |
Re: My Cheese for Labor Day Din Din
Rogue Creamery is awesome!
|Date:||September 6th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)|| |
OMG, Hellakraptor is still rocking? And is that Clash footage from "The Tomorrow Show?" The set looks suspiciously familiar.
Well, of course Hellakraptor was tighter. Tightness was not a valuable attribute of early punk. Wasn't I saying to you at that other punk show we were both at in the last three weeks (which is more punk shows than we've both been at in the last ten years) that these youth bands were all tighter than anything from our own youth?
(Mind you, I'm not complaining. Tightness turns out to have its charm and appeal and certainly adds to my willingness to devote attention span. Creativity doesn't need to eschew tightness. But we did once believe that was so, as was the social convention of the time.)
That picture looks like an adult or teen with braids is kneeing the kid in the nuts.
ha. that's her step kid. He is small. his nuts are nowhere near her knee, she's just helping him thrash.