SOMA PUNK WALKING TOUR TODAY Monday 9/21 2:00 PM MEET @ Oasis Club Corner 1516 Folsom!


Punk Rock Walking Tour: #1 ‘SOMA’

Do you remember SOMA back in the day?  Come along if you do and if you don’t… for whatever reason! Not fully conscious( we have all been there),still a sneer in your mother’s eye,  in the East Village, and hadn’t yet arrived in SF..Maybe you were even still flitting with the 60’s we know some were still holed up in VW buses before they came into the light Now wasn’t THAT a hellish chapter in history, we’re with the Deadbeats on that one.. We wont be singing Kumbaya on this tour but there’s still a rare american wino here and there still in SOMA .

Here’s is a chance to wander SOMA  before AIDS changed the face of the city forever. A time when cell phones and Facetime were still cartoon chuckles on the Jetsons,  when leather ruled SOMA streets, and punks shared the clubs with other outlaws. Punk erupted on these dark streets.. there’s even a  missing rattlesnake we never quite located from the Vats.  Walk the walk with us on this hot September. Get on your shoes and maybe some clothes( they passed that nasty nudity ordinance so we do need to dress despite the heat) and join us at 2:00 PM. Couldn’t quite make it out the door in time? Catch up with the tour along the way!

Monday on the 21 September 2015

Meet at 1516 Folsom (old ‘Oasis Club’ corner) @ 2 PM.

1. 1535 Folsom, ‘The Stud’ (part of the old Folsom ‘Miracle Mile’).

2. 115 Kissling, (Urban Mgmt. Concern / New Youth).

3. 1681 Folsom, ‘Folsom St. Studios’.

4. 36 Sheridan, ‘Metal Church’.

5. 220 10th St., ‘10th Street Studios’.

6. 1360 Howard St., ‘The Pit’.

7. 777 Tehama St., ‘Lewd House’.

8. 705 Natoma, Rat’s Palace’.

9. 56 Sumner St., ‘Geza & Paul’s’

10. 72 Hallam, ‘The Barracks’

11. 934 Brannan, ‘SOMAR’/’South of Market Cultural Center’.

12. 145 Florida, ‘The Vats’


9/25 Deadbeats Visually and Sonically Stun during First Ever SF appearance at SF Punk Renaissance

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The Deadbeats are in a class of their own; if you didn’t see them back in the day in LA, you missed one of the most visually and sonically dramatic bands of the era. In November, the Deadbeats w/Geza X played the Dangerhouse Reunion and stole the show. Punk Rock Sewing Circle is honored to host the Deadbeats on their first sojourn to SF

This week, on Friday September 25, The Deadbeats/ w Geza X are traveling north for the first time to play at SF Punk Renaissance in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Punk; don’t miss this rare opportunity to seize the moment and witness this incredible band

The Deadbeats are in the process of completing an LP.. it will be worth the wait!

Courtesy of Dangerhouse Records – A History of the Deadbeats


DB: The musicianship of the young men who comprised the Deadbeats was a joy to behold. Scott Guerin and his brother Shaun played as extensions of the same self, and the band also served to unleash Geza X and Pat Delaney on the world. Their stage act musically and visually confounded every cliché and preconception about what “punk rock” meant. Their unique, driving sound consisted of treated sax and fuzz guitar layered over flawlessly executed intricate rhythm patterns.

Octavio Pretentious: I’m the cat who designed all those Deadbeats flyers that are probably still hanging on your wall. I first came into contact with the band through Cathie Deadbeat. She was the singer’s girlfriend and did the band’s makeup. You might even say she was a silent co-conspirator in their musical/non-musical assault on the L.A scene. She helped define the Deadbeat look and, brother, I’ll tell you the Deadbeats looked like no other band. At least not until the Dickies got an eyeful of them. They shared a bill at the Masque. The Dickies showed up in your typical T-shirt and jeans and did Ramones and Sex Pistols covers. (See Slash #6 for proof…a picture’s worth a thousand words). The Deadbeats came on and did the Deadbeats. No more T-shirts and jeans for the Dickies.


Bands may have tried to cop their look, but nobody could cop their sound. Hell, maybe nobody wanted to. On one flyer Brendan Mullen described the band as Bill Haley meets Captain Beefheart in the Theater of the Absurd. Another critic stated that they wanted to confuse. Untrue, untrue. It is my never-so-humble belief that they wanted the masses to share in the joke, but their audiences were just too stupid to get it.

Still, anyway you slice it, the Deadbeats were different. The bass player was a gibbering idiot, but boy could he play. (Some say this was an act.) Slash magazine called the sax player a poindexter squawking on a horn. They had an androgynous drummer named Shaun. (Geddit? Could be a girl’s or a boy’s name). He got several offers to join all-girl bands. (No, not the Go-Go’s.) According to Geza, punk boys secretly fantasized about him, never knowing “it” was a boy. One even claimed his roommate had wet dreams over him. Basic Black magazine called the singer a cross between David Bowie and Felix Unger. Go figure!?!? And what can you say about Geza X? A grown man performing radical psychodrama on himself nightly in front of a live audience. Needless to say, mental illness prevailed.

Unfortunately most people never got to witness this spectacle as the band never made it out of L.A. One rumour has it that Geza’s mommy (the real one) wouldn’t let him leave the city. Jeez, if you had a son like Geza, would you encourage him to stay at home?

Scott Guerin: If not for a string of chance events the Deadbeats may never have come into existence. My brother was asked to play drums for a band called The Whores for the battle of the bands sequence in Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke movie. Except he went and got himself grounded for cutting class too much and couldn’t do it. So I filled in for him. This lineup was scheduled to play the Whisky but then the singer was forced to back out under the advice of his lawyer. It seems he was involved in a lawsuit with the Whisky so playing there would constitute a conflict of interest. There was only one course of action to take. I moved to vocals and my brother was brought back to fill the drum slot. For me as a singer this was literally on-the-job training as I had never even thought about singing before and truthfully was pretty awful. After a few sporadic shows our guitarist Hilary Haines up and quit and moved to San Francisco. Pat Delaney and I decided to change the name of the band to the Deadbeats.


Nickey Beat (drummer for the Weirdos) had the fucking nerve to recommend one Geza X to us and against better judgement we listened. Geza had just been booted out of the Bags for farting out of key or something equally criminal. I may have been responsible for the original sound and concept for the band but the addition of Geza gave us a rawer, harder edge than we ever had before.


Now as for the breakup of the band, it was down to the usual clash of egos and an over-dependence on substances by certain members that eventually caused the band to implode.

Geza X: Besides the musical sophistication, the best thing about the Deadbeats was the staging. There were no bands doing elaborate things with costumes and props in the early punk scene and we did amazing visuals. Scott was the weirdest dresser on the scene, someone who might wear an impeccable chef’s outfit to a gig or even a party; and he had a complete collection of those novelty items you order from the back of comic books, like fake dog doo and whoopee cushions. Some people mistook his style for Glitter and that was a no-no in the early days but the cool people all got that it was dada.

One time at the Masque, as an intro to the song “Brainless“, we wheeled out a mannequin on a cart and proceeded to cut its skull open to reveal several handfuls of blood drenched cow’s brains, some of which ended up on an unsuspecting audience. Somehow the photographs of that show came out with that magic glow you see in the finest performance art books and we used them on many a flyer.

Another time before a show at the Whisky, we were at the beach and there had been a major storm the night before. I collected a huge mass of abnormally large seaweed and washed it off so it was slimy but clean. During the show that night, I went in to the “Mean Mr. Mommyman” routine to the usual heckling from the “real” punks (the lizard brains who used to come on weekends and show how cool they were). So I ran behind my amp and grabbed two hefty trash bags, from which I heaved a lot of seaweed right into the audience. At first they thought it was rubber, but when it made contact and the smell got around, panic set in and everyone moved way back so there was a large open space in the front. I said something smartarse like “Oh, did it get on you? Just wait a minute…” and ran up the stairs to the backstage area where I had hidden the piece de resistance from everyone (including the band). I came back down the stairs thump, thump, thump dragging a single, perfectly shaped seaweed bulb, the kind with a pointy ball and fins, except this was the granddaddy of all life on earth, being about 11 feet long and about 3 feet wide. To everyone’s fascinated revulsion, I chucked it into the slam pit where it exploded in a pile of goo. There was a moment of absolute silence after that. Somehow, that stands out as one of the most hilarious moments of my life.

Pasquale Amodeo: I’ve always thought it appropriate that I’d be lobotomized before gigs and transformed into a babbling idiot savant bassist unable to pronounce one single word yet play this incredibly intense music.

Shaun Guerin: The scene was so new and experimental and it didn’t matter if anyone could really play their instruments. I remember being at the Masque and watching everyone slamming against each other, having a good time, never realizing what kind of movement they were involved in. It was just something to do.
I’ll never forget the time my brother, Scott, kicked Geza off the stage at the Whisky for doing really corny rock star poses, and the cable, still attached to his amp, pulled it off the speaker cabinet. It came crashing to the ground yet still kept on working. Geza continued to play from down in the audience as though nothing had happened.

Miss at You Own Peril! First SF Appearance EVER of the Deadbeats! 9/25 Deadbeats w/Geza X

Sept. 25 marks the first SF appearance by Once-Upon-A-Time Dangerhouse recording artists THE DEADBEATS, notorious for the anti-hit KILL THE HIPPIES (“Send ’em back to San Francisco”). THE DEADBEATS have shared the stage with the likes of the Germs & the Screamers, and are now hot off their world tour with Justin Beiber in which the band was able to hold their own without the use of autotune on songs like FUCK LIKE A BUNNY, leaving the little Lolitas begging for more!! Favorable comparisons were made between their horn man & Kenny G. HOTCHA!
And bleaso & butso buddy boy–for better or worse, this special event will feature every geezo’s FAVORITE MOMMYMAN, GEZA X performing several classic tunes (Isotope Soap, I Hate Punks) off his “YOU GODDAMN KIDS” album. Dedicated fans will even be able to find MERCH to take home forever and sell to their kids.



Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Punk

SEPTEMBER 20-27, 2015


Welcome to the master calendar for SF Punk Renaissance!

See you in September!


SUNDAY 9/20 ELI’S MILE HIGH CLUB 3629 MLK. Jr. Way, Oakland, EAST BAY BANDS. Celebrating the breadth, history and diversity of East Bay punk bands, the bands at Eli’s include Dr. Frank (Frank Portman) of The Mr. T Experience. solo, Impatient Youth (old school Mab faves),
The International Café Revue including members of The Jars, Young Adults and Psycotic Pineapple (all early Berkeley punk bands),
Yo (Bruce Rayburn’s band after Xmas Eve),Edge City Ruins (featuring Jules Worsey (guitar) of Kwik Way, Ike Eichensehr (vocals) of Boneless Ones, 13 and Fang. Co-produced by Eli’s. All ages

MONDAY 9/21st WALK INTO THE PAST Punk Walking Tours of the places, sites, and sounds of punk’s early days. Join Eric Bradner and Raymond Ernest Andre lll on one of 4 narrated walking tours traveling back into the days of the first era. All Ages. Time and location TBA

TUESDAY 9/22nd El RIO 3158 Mission St. SF NEW PUNK BANDS Scott Alcoholocaust presents exciting New punk bands in a co-production with The Punk Rock Sewing Circle. It’s a night of new music, new energy, and the same old madness that we have always loved! Over 21

WEDNESDAY Sept 23rd 2:30-4:30 PM Koret Auditorium SF Public Library Main Branch 111 Larkin SF The Power of the Word: Fanzines and the Pioneering of Punk Rock Journalism, Join pioneering journalists for a panel on zines at the Koret Auditorium in the Main branch of the SF Public Library. V. Vale, Mickey “Creep,” and Verna Wilson (of Ripper) will discuss their experiences as pioneers in the punk rock scene and examine the pivotal function of fanzines between the years 1975 – 1981. All Ages. Tampon Drive Donation Collection Site.

WEDNESDAY 9/23 6:00 PM-12:00 AM Public Works 161 Erie St Opening Night Extravaganza. Tunnel Vision, the Punk Photography Exhibit, opens in the Roll Up Gallery and punk photography, flyers, art, and posters fill the balance of the space in this one night extravaganza! Check out the gallery show in the Roll Up Gallery (open 9/23-10/2), peruse the one day massive punk photography and art show hung throughout the venue, view rare punk films (including the recently unearthed Deaf Club films) dance to live music with Gimme Danger (Stooges Tribute band w/ members of Chrome and Thrill of the Pull) and pogo the night away with early era punk spun by our DJ extraordinaire Bryan James! 21+. Tampon Drive Donation Collection Site.

Featured photographers include Sue Brisk, Joe Truck, Kamera Zie, Ruby Ray, Richard Alden Peterson, Vince Anton, George Sera, Erich Brogger, and Jack Jackson.

Film Makers include: Matt Huestis, Bobby Castro, Bruce Geduldig, Joe Target Rees, Starling Cinema, Richard Gaikowski, rare 16mm films Babeth Mondini VanLoo

THURSDAY 9/24th 1:00-10:00 PM THE ODD FELLOWS BUILDING 26 7th St SWAP AND SHARE AND PUNK PANELS. Punk Records, Punk Collectibles, Punk Books, Punk Flyers, and Zines Some are selling some are sharing their collections in this combination SWAP SHARE AND TELL. Peruse rare punk albums, books, art, buttons, zines, and flyers and talk with the people who are displaying and vending. Authors from Michael Stewart Foley and Marc Zegans to photographers Bobby Castro and Ruby Ray will be on hand to sign their books. Please donate at the door to the tampon drive. All Ages. Tampon Drive Donation Collection Site.

6:00 PM -10:00 PM “ SHUT UP AND LISTEN” It’s a night of panel discussions with seminal figures from the first era scene. Listen first and questions later; panels are all about the questions. Come prepared for some lively discussion on “The Intersection of Queer and Punk Cultures” and “Punk: What went Wrong… and Right.” Panelists on the “The Intersection of Queer and Punk Cultures” include David Dictor, Terrence Allen Smith (Joan Jett Black) Dominique Leslie, Don Baird Moderator: Eric Brogger

“Punk: What went Wrong… and Right” Panelists: Val Vale, Jeff Bale, Denise Sullivan, Peter Urban. Moderated by Michael Stewart Foley, author of “Fresh Fruit for Rotting VegetablesAll Ages. Tampon Drive Donation Collection Site.

THURSDAY 9/24 TBA Walk into the Past Punk Walking Tours of the places, sites, and sounds of our youth. Join Eric Bradner on one of 4 scheduled narrated walking tours traveling back into the days of the first era.

Friday 9/25 111 MINNA- ZAPPA ROOM 111 Minna SF 7:00 PM-12: 30 AM THE WILD, BEAUTIFUL, and ECLECTIC SIDE of PUNK featuring legendary first era punk artists and bands. San Francisco legends The Toiling Midgets return with their swirling guitar sounds after a two-year hiatus. LA based The Deadbeats w/ Geza X make their first ever Bay area appearance. Artistic genius Winston Tong (Tuxedo Moon) with Lx Rudis (The Units) make a rare appearance and the iconic Alice Bag returns to the Bay Area with a stunning reading and musical performance. Marc Zegans premiers his new book of poetry “ The Underwater Typewriter “Release date 9/25. Performance Artist Jeorgia Anderson and Spoken Word artist Jennifer Blowdryer mesmerize while L’Egregore rivets with their multimedia performance art. It’s a night of first era punk legends. 21 +. Tampon Drive Donation Collection Site.

Kim Selzer and Winston Tong will exhibit Album and Poster Art

Friday 9/25 TBA WALK INTO THE PAST Punk Walking Tours of the places, sites, and sounds of punk’s early days. Join Eric Bradner on one of 4 scheduled narrated walking tours traveling back into the days of the first era. All ages. Time and Location TBA

Saturday 9/26 VERDI CLUB 2424 Mariposa 2:00 PM-12: 30 AM First Era Punk Bands It’s a step back into time, featuring an Old School Punk lineup of headliners from the Mab Days. Former Dead Boy, Cheetah Chrome will headline in a rare appearance and The Avengers take the stage with their classic punk anthems. Before there were Riot Girrrls, there was Frightwig; Frightwig will perform a set and then also back Alice Bag. Legendary SF punk band, The Mutants melodically assault and Seattle transplants turned hometown heroes, The Lewd, return with the 1979 line up. South Bay icons Los Olvidados and The Drunk Injuns return after an absence of decades and the long standing SF punk stalwarts VKTMS open the musical proceedings. All ages. Tampon Donation

Authors: Patrick O’Neil (Gun, Needle and Spoon) and Michael Stewart Foley (Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables) will be on hand to read and sign their recently released but soon to be punk classics!

Photographers Bobby Castro, Russell Allen, Mark Hanford, Alanna Alberts, and Andy Zicklin will exhibit their stunning photos of fans, bands, and memories on the historic walls of the Verdi Club

SUNDAY 27TH LUCKY 13 2140 Market St, San Francisco, BARBACUE Close off the celebration of the 40th Anniversary Celebration week on the patio of the Lucky 13. 21 +

SUNDAY 9/27 TBA Walk into the Past Punk Walking Tours of the places, sites, and sounds of our youth. Join Eric Bradner on one of 4 scheduled narrated walking tours traveling back into the days of the first era. All Ages

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Friday September 25, Celebrate the Wild, the Beautiful and the Eclectic side of Punk at 111 Minna

On Friday September 25, join the Punk Rock Sewing Circle in celebrating the Wild, the Beautiful and the Eclectic side of Punk at the stunningly beautiful 111 Minna Gallery.

Do you have a gift for the King? L’Egregore certainly does, as they kick off our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Punk in this famed SOMA gallery with an incredible multi-media performance.

Performance artist/ writers Jennifer Blowdryer and Jeorgia Anderson will hypnotize you with a verbal assault on the soul, followed by poet and spoken word artist Mark Zegans, as he premieres his new book “The Underwater Typewriter.”

Alice Bag, former iconic front woman for LA’s The Bags and author of the works “Violence Girl” and “Pipe Bomb For The Soul” will take the stage, backed by her band, for prose and music celebrating her 38 years in punk.

Winston Tong, the voice of Tuxedo Moon and award winning solo and performance artist, will join us for a rare performance accompanied by all around synth Wizard Lx Rudis( formerly of the Units)

For more than two years people have wondered if the TOILING MIDGETS would ever take the stage again. Wonder no more, they are back and will deliver another performance to rip the heart out of your soul.

Closing off the evening are the Deadbeats! The Deadbeats, one of the most colorful and entertaining punk bands from Los Angeles first wave, will finally make their San Francisco debut some 38 years after their inception joined by the legendary performer artist and producer Geza X.

Kim Selzer will share her stunning Album art and Winston Tong will display his original posters for Tuxedo Moon

Join us for an evening of first era punk legends at 111 Minna in the Zappa Room!

See you in September…

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