For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: God Save the Longhorn Ballroom From the Sex Pistols

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Seeing as how C.J. Ramone's in town tonight, I'd hoped this recording of the Ramones at the Fair Park Band Shell from July 26, 1990 (password's "gle-gle.blogspot.com," if you're so inclined), would be at the very least listenable. Only, it sounds like it was recorded from someone standing in a Cotton Bowl bathroom. Shame too, since I recall that show quite well -- the "Escape From New York" tour featuring Blondie and three outta the four Talking Heads. One of my first reviewing gigs for the Times Herald. Breezy, in the mid-90s, "Blitzkrieg Bop" and Debbie Harry a vision in white. What more could a growing boy ask for?

But since that didn't pan out, let me offer instead this punk-rock redux often discussed, easily seen, but seldom simply heard: the Sex Pistols at the Longhorn Ballroom on January 10, 1978. (The offering I've found requires a wee bit o' hoop-jumping, but nothing unnavigable. And it's got the original KZEW ad for the show and audio of Sid's audience brawl.) And at this late date we need not rehash the meaning of this moment, which is recounted in Noel Monk's book 12 Days on the Road: The Sex Pistols and America -- the very first chapter, matter of fact, which can be read in its entirety here. (It begins thusly: "Sid Vicious's face is smeared with blood. Not all of it his. The Sex Pistols have hit Texas, and Texas has hit back.")

Too bad that Channel 8 clip from the Longhorn that night has disappeared off YouTube. That's how I recall the show, watching live from our living room the lengthy recap from the newscast featuring unamused reporter Bruce Halperin wandering the scene, which resembled a rodeo that done fell on a pile of safety pins. My parents thought it looked like a freakshow; in hindsight, not hardly. And, hey, I see here you can buy the vinyl boot, Welcome to the Rodeo (so named for Johnny Rotten's sneering how-do following "God Save the Queen"), for $35. Now that's punk.

Now, then. Name the one local band that opened for both the Ramones at the Electric Ballroom on July 24, 1977, and the Sex Pistols at the Longhorn. Barry Kooda and Mike Haskins are disqualified from answering.

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Lastangelman
Lastangelman

Any regular to this blog/column/etc should know the answer, even if they're whippersnappuh newbies. At the time, as I was bouncing back between UK and Bahrain, reading about that show (and Pistols' San Antonio caper) in papers, my senses probably started being mesmerized and cajoled towards Texas. No regrets, despite the weather. Still best music and art scene.

Frank
Frank

Helluva show and a whole lotta fun. It took me 3 days to realize they were the best at sucking I had ever seen but that was their reason for touring the south. Anyway, here's the film, broken into parts for your viewing annoyance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Keithdylan
Keithdylan

There is nothing wrong with that Ramones tape.  Thanks for the link.

Ramonesontheroad
Ramonesontheroad

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MushMouth1
MushMouth1

My junior year in high school. Didn't care for the music but the curiosity factor got me. Took my girlfriend and my lasting memory was how scared she got because of the crowd. We were packed in nuts to butts.  The other thing I remember was a fish that someone threw at the stage.

The only thing that topped it was seeing Wendy O Williams and The Plasmatics  a couple of years later in Milwaukee when she got busted on stage for becoming way too intimate with a sledgehammer handle. What has been seen cannot be unseen.

Robert
Robert

Every time I hear the word punk I think of the phrase eat death, scum. It's what a crazed puck rock band front man screamed while being hauled out of an Austin club by the Austin police. The year? 1978.

The guy exposed himself after threatening to do it for a week or so. The Daily Texan covered the story.

james
james

i have a bootleg video of this show in which si vicious gits his head bashed by a thrown bottle.

Mike Haskins
Mike Haskins

Thanks for the Sex Pistols link. NB's manager Tom Ordon recorded this show, along with the radio ad.

phe_75034
phe_75034

If Barry isn't allowed to answer, it must be Nervebreakers. Good God, I wish I had been old enough (and brave enough) to see this show. I remember watching the Channel 8 coverage too. One hillbilly interviewed said something like "They rock, man. They rock like Hell. But all the songs sound the same".

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