A few years ago I picked up a book about a late 1980s San Francisco club called THE CHATTERBOX that I used to go to when I was underage. I wrote a piece about it for my old blog Agony Shorthand â€“ check it out by clicking here. The funny thing about it was just how long-past that era seems now. â€œLong-haired punkâ€, or glammy, grungy metal/punk, or even speed metal are all totally antiquated forms of rock and roll, but in the Chatterbox era, man that was IT. Those were the bands the Chatterbox made their stock in trade â€“ bands that wore scarves, bands that didnâ€™t bathe, bands that drank way too much, bands with tire tracks on their arms, bands that held up JOHNNY THUNDERS as a patron saint, and even East Coast bands like SLOTH.
I saw SLOTH at the Chatterbox, actually. I had purchased their 45 â€œFetch The Wedge/Miss Sleazy Underbellyâ€ on a recommendation alone (this was before Soulseek and mp3 blogs, kids!) and dug it a lot, and they stumbled into town not long after that. I donâ€™t think they wore any scarves â€“ they were more like a bunch of dirty pizza delivery guys with long hair and t-shirts kicking out the motor city jams. Tons of attitude and west coast dissinâ€™, but all in good fun. At least two guitarists â€“ maybe three? Listen to this 45 and youâ€™ll hear THE HEARTBREAKERS, STOOGES, STONES and all the hesher heroes of long-haired punks everywhere. Great record, way OOP as they say.