had little if any ventilation. The PA system would frequently
shut down because of the enormous demands we placed on a
hall's power supply. Rented speakers would blow.
Perhaps our biggest financial gamble was putting on the
Crucifucks show. The gig was set to follow shortly after
a huge Dead Kennedys concert and we hoped that we could
attract a few hundred of the few thousand that would show
up to see the Kennedys. We plastered the town and the DKs
show with our masterpiece "Jesus-with-a-mohawk"
flyer designed by artist Paul Hamerlinck.
The Crucifucks had just released a killer record on Alternative
Tentacles and singer Doc Dart had a reputation for being
quite the front man, with his shrill and whiny delivery
and middle-aged escaped mental patient look. As it turned
out, perhaps 65 people showed up. Mostly our regulars and
the ever-present volunteer security
The Crucifucks were awesome – one of the best gigs
I've ever seen. The Tar Babies were awesome, too, as well
as our local Tucumcari Rattlers. Most of Minneapolis missed
it! We had already taken a blow to the bank account because
of the expense
printing three color flyers and leaving a damage deposit
on the hall. Because of the small crowd, we ended the
evening struggling to meet our financial obligations.
To pay the Tar Babies we depended on getting our damage
deposit returned. For that to happen the buckets and mops
had to come out right away. We quickly cleaned the place
while the crotchety VFW guy and the tired band stood and
watched, waiting to get paid and get back on the road.
The show we did with The Freeze from Boston was probably
our biggest and, as it turned out, bloodiest disaster.
We had penciled the gig in our calendar as a tentative
show; the band's manager had it confirmed and the band
called nearly a week out of Minneapolis to re-confirm.
We quickly found a too-small venue and got flyers out
on the street less than a week before the show. I remember
hanging out of a moving car passing out flyers to a line
outside of the First Avenue nightclub. The Freeze had
sound system requirements that included a 16 channel board
with four to five monitors that further crowded the already
too small stage and venue when everything was loaded in
and set up. Local luminary Terry Katzman of Oarfolkjokeopus
Records (owner of Garage D'Or records) thankfully came
down to run the board, as no one else would have known
what to do. The early part of the evening went fine, albeit
for the incredibly hot and humid atmosphere and the loud-as-shit
PA in a hall the size of a small studio apartment.