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Naked Raygun "Live At The VFW#18 in KC, MO Aug 11, 1984"

This is a live recording from the first time (of what would eventually be many times) that I ever saw Naked Raygun, and it's fair to say that they blew me away. I'd only heard the "Flammable Solid" single and a few tracks off the "Code Blue" tape at this point, and I guess I really didn't know what else to expect (though I certainly DID expect "Surf Combat" -- when it starts you can hear my friend Larry shouting "YEAAAH!" and then turning to me with a "Let's go!" right before we ran into "the pit"). I knew there was a Big Black connection, but (aside from THEIR track on "Code Blue") had mostly only heard "Steelworker" by them a few times on my local college station & that was little help.

Naked Raygun were opening here for Iron Cross (also recorded, I'll post it eventually), and were added to the show a little late -- effectively filling in for Heart Attack who had cancelled. Few people in the crowd seemed to know who they were, but they did two short sets (sadly during the second one my tape runs out before "New Dreams" is over) and everyone I talked to walked away really impressed. In retrospect this was something of a transition point for them (I'm told by my friend Randy that "everything off of Basement Screams was pretty much dropped from their live performances about a year later with the exception of the occasional inclusion of Potential Rapist"), but mostly what I can tell you is that I was sorta shocked when they pulled a sax out for a few songs (hey, I was 15 and still really just a hardcore kid for the most part). By the way, what you're not hearing here is the totally crummy interview I did with them after the show for my zine "Room 101". Even at the time I knew it was bad, and I didn't even run it. You'll live.

So here's the only flyer I have left that mentions the show:

and a detail that links to the goods themselves:

Naked Raygun "Live At The VFW#18 in KC, MO Aug 11, 1984" (192 kbps)


Anonymous SpudGun said...

Thanks for this live joint by Naked Raygun. I loved the thing you did on ol' spidey.

2/25/2006 7:32 AM

Blogger Jason said...

Thanks right back. I'll get some other superhero nonsense up this week I figure, but there's plenty more over at the Power Records Plaza in the meantime . Worth checking out for sure.

2/28/2006 8:27 AM

Blogger Jason said...

Oh, and in case you hadn't seen it: there's some good Jeff Pezzati/ Bomb (his latest/ post Naked Raygun band) related stuff here & at their official site here.

2/28/2006 8:32 AM

Anonymous FuseRed said...

Can't wait to hear the Naked Raygun... but some of the other gigs on the flyer though: Minutemen, BGK, Channel 3, & Negative Approach... wow!


5/17/2006 2:38 AM

Anonymous tezuka27 said...

Did they play two shows in KC that year? I remember seeing Naked Raygun at the Foolkiller - hell, maybe it was '85 - the period's kind of a blur for me.

2/04/2007 10:04 PM

Blogger Jason said...

No, I'm pretty sure they didn't. In fact the next time I can think of them coming back to the area was when they played the Outhouse on Dec 7, 1985 w/ Pierre Kezdy on bass. then I think the Foolkiller had shut its doors, but if not it could be that they did a show in both towns (though I'm pretty sure I would have traveled for that).

Do you remember them as being upstairs or on the main stage when you picture the Foolkiller show?

2/05/2007 6:22 AM

Blogger hot funk said...

thanks for posting this

11/22/2007 9:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never got to see these guys live back in the day. This recording makes me regret it more. It freakin' smokes!!!! Thanks a million man!!!!

3/28/2008 1:01 PM


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