Patricia Rodriguez Still Relies On The Pre-Show Advice Ian MacKaye Once Gave Her Band
When she isn't working on her artwork, she serves as one of the main people behind the theme-party DJ troupe, The Lollipop Shoppe. She's also spent time playing bass with The Upside Downers and The Shapes.
So, given her time as a DJ and a bassist, for sure she's seen some good shows and played a few good shows, right?
Well, yeah. Not many people can say they opened for Fugazi, as she can.
As The Lollipop Shoppe returns to Fallout Lounge this weekend, Rodriguez shared with us her first show memories and experiences. Check them out after the jump.
What was the first show you remember seeing?
The first show I can remember seeing was Fear at what later became the Galaxy Club, but the name of the place eludes me now. I remember being underage and winning tickets off KNON, borrowing my sister's ID and sneaking out of the house. It was pretty exciting. I had no idea what they were going to be like live, or what the crowd would be like. I ended up behind some drunk guys who got into a fight and got my ear punched by a wayward fist. It was pretty rowdy -- broken beer bottles flying through the air -- and outside was no better. There were police cars everywhere and skinheads with bloody noses. I only remember Lee Ving spouting a bunch of nonsense and thinking he looked a lot like Bill Murray. Needless to say I was pretty amped up for more live music entertainment after that!
What was the first show you remember paying money to see?
My parents were pretty strict about me going anywhere so I didn't actually pay for a concert until the first Lollapalooza came around. I remember waiting in a line at the mall forever to get my general admission ticket. I really wanted to see Siouxsie and the Banshees so bad. Turns out, the concert happened on a school day and me and some friends had to go to school (for appearances) and then run off campus into a getaway car. Then the show. Wow, too much fun in the sun. Siouxsie was great even if she was two centimeters tall from where I was standing. It was musical and sensory overload for my 14-year-old mind. People were building bonfires in the grass, dancing around half-naked. Side stages had acts about to break it big. Jane's Addiction was at the height of their game. It was an amazing moment in music history. I had to leave before the Red Hot Chili Peppers finished their set -- their fiery headdresses burned into my brain.
What was the worst show you've ever seen?
The worst show I've ever seen was Cat Power at Rubber Gloves in Denton circa 90-something. I practically lived at Rubber Gloves/Argo back in those days, so the dates are blurry. I remember Chan [Marshall] being too shy/scared/paranoid or whatever to get through a song on the piano. She would freeze and the crowd would be all hushed and supportive and then she would play for a minute and then stop. It felt a bit too contrived for me, although she did get through "Jackson, Jesse," which I really wanted to hear. She ended up having a breakdown and leaving early. Not really much of a show, more of a spectacle.
How about the best show you have ever seen?
Best show I ever saw was Fugazi on the Red Medicine tour. I am a little biased about this show because my old, old band Swivel got to open for them and we were big into Fugazi. I mean big. I thought I was going to have a screaming Beatles fan moment when I heard the news that Ian MacKaye had called our guitar player and asked us to open when they came through Dallas. But as amazing as that was to open for them, it was the best show because they put on one hell of a show for one hell of an album. Joe Lally was testing out his vocal skills and they were making new experimental sounds with their instruments. I really felt like this album is one of their strongest. I was on cloud nine and I was a nervous wreck. We played to a packed house at the Galaxy Club with lines wrapping around the block and it felt like I had won the lottery. Ian MacKaye had to pep talk me into playing beforehand because I was so nervous. I remember very distinctly what he told me and I remember his words anytime I get really nervous about something. He said, "You're already here on the diving board, so jump." Inspiring words. The only thing that would've been even better is if someone had reminded me to turn up the volume on my amp. I was a complete low-end no show for the first song. I really hate that they broke up. They really put 200 percent into each show.
What do you remember about the first show you played with The Shapes?
Ah, Bar of Soap with Jack with One Eye. The place was packed. I think a lot of people wanted to see what we were doing post=Upside Downers so there was a little bit of nerves. Feeling like you need to live up to everyone's standards because The Upside Downers had such a good following. The show was great, we really rocked it out. We had Danny [Daniels] playing tambourine back then and the crowd was really into it. Chuck, Lance and I were excited to show off our originals since Upside Downers was pretty heavy on the cover tunes. Plus, Bar of Soap shows were just fun, rowdy shows where you would inevitably bump into people you probably hadn't seen in 15 years. I remember The Strange Boys guys were there that night and gave me a demo of their stuff to check out. Jack with One Eye were sonic loudness and a lot of musicians seemed to be out connecting and networking back then. Fond memories!
You've done The Lollipop Shoppe for a number of years, but what do you remember about the first time you did it?
It was Valentine's Day seven years ago, and it snowed! It was unbelievable. We had planned this little Lollipop Shoppe party thinking it would be just one groovy nod to the '60s party, and it snows. So, I remember thinking people weren't coming either because they're gonna be smooching over a lobster dinner somewhere for V-Day or because of the snow. We ended up having a decent little turnout of 15 or less. This was back at Edward Ruiz's art gallery on Exposition Ave called EXPO 825. Gabriel [Mendoza] and I used to hang at my place listening to psych music and Nuggets and thought it would be cool to do a "psychedelic happening" kind of party. There wasn't anything like that going on at the time. We wanted oil wheel projections and the works, but the first one had incense, candles, one lava lamp and a very modest DJ rig that was CD only, and neither of us knew anything about DJing. I remember the night was heavy on Cream, Deep Purple and Nuggets cuts. I heard a rumor someone brought brownies. People were just hanging out, digging on the vibe and there really wasn't dancing. It was more a mood thing where people could meet up and connect. It was simple and fun -- a far cry from some of the wilder episodes where we flooded a dancefloor with fake snow or had a barely clad gold go-go dancer dancing to Mark Ridlen's band The Klogs. Because the first one was so fun we kept it going, and here we are seven years later and I feel like the fun is still there.