|The Beautykillers, 1978 (Irene Dogmatic is far left)|
“The early punk scene that I was part of was largely made up of students at SF Art Institute and their friends, although there were lots of other people too. Almost every sort of person you could think of, from those totally into the 'look' with piercings, weird hair and attire, to people who just dressed odd to perform, or who dressed normal and were more or less normal. There was a lot of drug use, and some people died as a result. I wasn’t close to any of them, but I knew of them.”
|Irene Dogmatic in her glorious punk days. Anna Banana|
“SST played at The Mabuhay Gardens, The Berkeley Square, at parties, and to be honest that is all I can remember. Most of the so-called clubs that punk bands played at in the day were pretty much holes in the wall, or else restaurants or bars that they let you perform in at night. I think the first gig was at a party in Oakland, but I don’t remember much about it, except we were loud and everyone said they couldn’t hear the lyrics. The most memorable gig was in LA at an art space — don’t recall the name — for Mother’s Day. We drove down, stopped at the Madonna Inn on the way for a coffee, and Susie and I saw a UFO over Malibu Canyon on the way. At the gig I wore a dress with a doll in my stomach and cut open the dress and threw the doll at the audience as part of the act. Some girl caught the doll and was thrilled!”
|SST, 1978 (Irene Dogmatic is far right). Rick Soloway|
“The SST single was recorded at the studio of Tommy Tadlock, who had the connection with Rough Trade Records. He released it, I think, and I did the cover art and packaging. It was recorded in SF. I can’t remember much about the actual recording session. Tidal Wave Records was owned by Tommy Tadlock. I think Ted Falconi made the connection with Tom. Tidal Wave was Tommy Tadlock as far as I know…” Irene Dogmatic
“Super-inept hippie punk / DIY from California with lotsa early punk scenesters name-checked on the sleeve. Ted Falconi pre-Flipper on guitar.” Johan Kugelberg
|SST s/t 7” EP (Tidal Wave Records, 1978)|
SST – Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
SST – Autistic
SST – Empty
Endless thanks to Th Rockin' Rex! for uploading the whole 7" back in the day.
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Excerpts taken from an interview with Irene Dogmatic in March 2014. It will be published in its full-length in the third issue of Making Waves — to be released soon.