Shannon and the Clams as CCR – Is that John Fogerty?

Blurry but beautiful times at Oakland’s Lobot Gallery last Thursday. This was a Halloween party of sorts with lots of spooky costumes. All bands were Oakland-based and played in a giant mouth. $2 Tecates at the bar. One crazy kat was doing cartwheels. Doin’ the pogo I somehow wound up with someone’s pocketknife in my pocket!

Uzi Rash as Undertones

Primary Colors started off the night with a fierce exploration of all things Siouxsie and the Banshees. Younger Lovers came on next and offered a mercifully short set of Go-Go’s classics including “We Got the Beat”.

Siouxsie in the mouth

And then it happened … my dear sweet Uzi Rash pulled out an amazing tribute to the Undertones. Many of the songs I barely remembered or didn’t know at all. Wise are they that saved the big hit, 1978’s “Teenage Kicks”, for last. The full band brought the catalog back to life. Max, the lead Rashman, gave it his sweaty screamy all. Across the room hung a full wall of his reptile-rific art work. With a brand new zine just released (Orgazm Addict), he seems to be one busy artiste.

[Update: Max wrote us to clarify that, while Uzi Rash did contribute to the zine, Orgazm Addict is the work of Hether Fortune of Wax Idols.] Hopefully he still has some time to work on a tribute to the Fugs. We are all waiting. For anyone that missed the show, there is one more chance. Uzi Rash will once again be the Undertones on Friday October 28th at Brick and Mortar for an incredible Halloween party with Nobunny (doin’ NY Dolls!), Ty Segal (as the Gories!!), Zulus (as Stooges) and Apache (as Dead Boys). The unstoppable Uzi’s got a bunch of other shows coming up as well including a few dates with the very fun TRMRS straight outta Orange County. Pair this show with Austin’s Strange Boys at the Clift hotel on the 29th and be ready for a day of rest on Sunday (or go for it and see SF nudist punks the Dwarves at 924 Gilman).

Primary Colors as Siouxsie and the Banshees

Shannon and the Clams headlined. Dressed in full Creedence Clearwater Revival gear, the band nailed it and drove it in deepdeepdeep. They tore through a set of all the classics including personal fave “Green River”. It became instantly obvious that these songs should be played live on a regular basis. The crowd slurped it up and were driven into a complete frenzy. The band is off on a big tour with Shonen Knife and return to the Bottom of the Hill on November 4th. Could it be the last small venue show for our sweet Clams? Be there just in case.

Max art