Monday, May 16, 2011

Fang Mail, Pt. 23

Thought we'd share more "fang mail" from people who've actually purchased the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD. Too busy to be anything more than men of few words, legendary skaters/tattoo artists/musicians Steve & Art Godoy, whose musical contributions range from the (Radio Birdman founder/guitarist) Deniz Tek Group and The Last Of The Bad Men to the Exploding Fuck Dolls, simply say: "It was a great DVD. It rocks!""

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Hammersmith Gorillas, Simply Saucer, Radio Birdman, Death ... And The Imperial Dogs!

"An early demo collection of vicious proto-punk akin to what the Hammersmith Gorillas, Simply Saucer, the Imperial Dogs, Radio Birdman and precious few others were creating in that dire period predating the Ramones first LP," is how veteran rock journo Byron Coley describes the recently unearthed Spiritual, Mental, Physical album from Detroit band-of-brothers Death -- whose previously unreleased 2009 For The Whole World To See LP brought them belated recognition as punk-rock-pioneers -- here in The Wire.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fang Mail, Pt. 22

Thought we'd share some more "fang mail" from folks who've actually purchased the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD.

"Imagine that about two years before the whole punk-rock thing hit the States, there were only the Stooges, the MC5, and maybe a few other bands around the country that refused to buy into the whole corporate rock/disco scene. Don Waller and a few forward-thinking others in the L.A. area foresaw what either was -- or should be -- about to happen: They formed the Imperial Dogs, the total antithesis of what was dominating the airwaves at the time. The band and Don's subsequent involvement in the Back Door Man magazine and record label were an essential part of changing the musical landscape in L.A," writes former Zippers lead guitarist/vocalist Lewis Cammarata.

"The Zippers (whose drummer Bill Willett joined the band after the Imperial Dogs broke up in 1975) grew out of that scene as did much more hard-core bands such as the Germs, the Circle Jerks, the Angry Samoans, etc. But the Imperial Dogs were the absolute first sonic and visual attack of its kind in SoCal. Their spawn are innumerable. The Imperial Dogs' recently unearthed DVD is absolutely legendary stuff. Miss it at your peril."