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Showing posts from January 24, 2007

the Burned Out Eyes of Tad

I swear to God that Oswald did NOT burn out the eyes and mouth of Tad. We found the poster like this, honest. We played this show in Olympia, which also starred Helmet. Every single person in that audience was under 20, male, and wearing Tad or Helmet t-shirts. Not one single person wanted to see Oswald Five-O, or liked us once they were forced to see us. The feeling of standing in front of all that impatient testosterone, as it got more and more agitated, waiting for the BIG MAN to take the stage, was frightening. We were never so relieved to be done with a show, but it wasn't over. Someone from Bikini Kill slyly whispered to us afterwards that she had a place we could stay, so we gratefully accepted and left that macho hellhole....only to arrive at the girl version. Anti-man literature and vagina art on the wall. Poor Oswald, all we wanted were some friendly faces and perhaps some dinner.

Return of the Rat

So as a lot of you know, a guy named Matt Paden is making a little movie about Eugene music circa 1983-1990. Here is a link to a trailer that features local impressarios as well as a bit of Oswald music. During the process of sorting old material, photos, lyrics, etc, I found this fantastic poster of a Wipers concert at the 3-D Ballroom. You can't see the opening band because my scanner is too small to get the whole thing, but it was E-13, one of the first punk bands in Eugene, and much of the focus of Matt's movie.
The 3-D Ballroom was an amazing place. Located on the corner of 18th and Olive, in a huge house with a basement, it was at that time the best place in town to catch major touring punk bands. I was 16 years old and fresh to the whole idea. I was totally nerdy in my dad's hawaiian shirt and levis, but what I lacked in style I made up for in enthusiasm. Approaching the house at night, hearing the muffled booming of the ba…