Make horrid scars and gashes.

2.03.2006

RKL "Live At The Foolkiller in KC, MO May 5, 1985"

I wish it was under better circumstances, but here's the debut entry from a series of live tapes I made of Punk Rock bands in the mid '80's back when I lived in Kansas. I'm kicking it off with this one because Jason Sears, the singer for RKL, died this week (compounding this is that the original drummer Bomber -- the guy drumming here -- passed away only a few months ago.)

I made this recording on a crummy handheld Sony tape deck upstairs at the old Foolkiller in KC, which is where I saw a lot of my first punk gigs. I took the trip up from Lawrence to KC for shows all the time, but since I was under the driving age and lived about an hour & a half away from the club I was totally dependent on others for the rides up and back. Usually it was no problem, but for some reason this time it wasn't happening -- either no one was interested enough or they weren't able to pull it off, and I was getting desperate. The lineup looked so good too; it was not only RKL (who I knew from their debut single on Mystic which I had been playing constantly), but also Dr Know who were great when they'd come through 6 months earlier (on their "Plug In Jesus" tour). Eventually it was looking SO grim that I called up the local college radio station (KJHK) and begged them to announce my situation; "15 year old kid wants a ride up to KC to see a hardcore show. Any takers?". Seemed pretty last ditch to me but as luck would have it, a friend of mine I hadn't thought to call WAS listening and offered to hook me up (thanks Gil!). My evening was saved, the show was great, and I'm proud to be able to present it to you in all it's lo-fi glory 21 years later. Like I said, I just wish it was under happier circumstances.

Oh, and the flyer here is one I made for a show that ended up falling through about a year later (I still have the original lurking around). I can't remember now if the Melvins ended up playing by themselves or if the whole thing was scrapped, but as you can see I more or less just swiped the art from the "It's A Beautiful Feeling" single whole hog.



UPDATE: Stunt from 7 Inch Punk has graciously offered to host the file off his 12 Inch Punk server, so now there are two download options. Thanks man!

Link One: RKL "Live At The Foolkiller in KC, MO May 5, 1985" (192 kbps)

Link Two (12 Inch Punk): RKL "Live At The Foolkiller in KC, MO May 5, 1985" (192 kbps)

11 Comments:

Anonymous little jon said...

you rule for taking the time to split, encode and post this, thanks man!

2/04/2006 1:08 AM

 
Blogger Jason said...

Thanks lj, happy to do it. Been wanting to get some of these recordings into circulation for some time now (you know, so that I don't have to worry about them being thrown out when I die & no one getting to hear 'em ever again, etc), so I'm happy to've found an easy sharing medium. Hope you dug the show!

2/04/2006 8:13 AM

 
Anonymous stunt said...

Hi Jason...i can host that file for you. If you want that you can download it and link it to 12inchpunk.com/sounds/rkl-5-5-85.zip

2/04/2006 9:19 AM

 
Blogger Jason said...

Cool, thanks a lot man! I stuck up a link to your hosting location & kept the old one as well, just in case anyone had linked to it from elsewhere. Looking fwd to when you get 12 inch punk up & running!

2/04/2006 10:18 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Track 14 - listed as "In Your Head" was released on Mystic Sampler #2 as "Evil In You". I've never heard it played live until your tape! Great stuff!

2/04/2006 11:00 AM

 
Blogger Jason said...

Ahh, right! I could NOT remember the name of that one so I just tried to pull something from the lyrics. Cool -- thanks for the info! I remember that it was someone else besides Jason who sang it at the show too, but that's about as much as my brain can dredge up.

Uh -- so everyone should change the name of that track in their mp3 tags.

2/04/2006 11:08 AM

 
Blogger Scott Marx said...

God Damn I was 2 years too late. I grew up in Kansas City and was a huge RKL fan, but only got into punk hardcore in 7th grade, 1987. Thanks a ton for posting this.

Above all, RIP Jason Sears, RIP Bomber, and everyone remember to

Keep Laughing

2/10/2006 3:21 AM

 
Anonymous GE 138 said...

thanks for sharing this...

2/10/2006 5:36 AM

 
Blogger Jason said...

You bet, I'm happy to do it & get it out there. I've been slow to post other live shows on here but I'll get one or two up next week for sure. Probably both from 1984 (got a few bands in mind from my archive).

2/10/2006 3:35 PM

 
Anonymous Andre said...

Was I at that show?

Oh yeah..."This is a song about smoking pot. It's called: Pothead."

Now I remember.

3/17/2006 10:52 AM

 
Anonymous Jayme Bennett said...

My dad was the jester they talked about in "tribute to the Jester"

12/28/2007 7:41 PM

 

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