Redd Kross, one of the best L.A. bands EVER, reunites this Saturday and I'm hyperventilating just thinking about it! The band will bring their own special brand of Strawberry Alarm Clock/Sid 'n Marty Kroft/acid dream/glam metal/punk rock star twistedness to REDCAT as part of filmmaker Allison Anders' Don't Knock The Rock film and music festival. I first saw brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald in the early mid Eighties at The Lhasa Club, a tiny L.A. performance space in the then still-very-seedy backwaters of Hollywood ( back when I first began experimenting with bicoastiality). They did an acoustic set featuring some original songs laced with multiple ABBA and "Facts of Life' references. I instantly became a rabid fan and played their first EP, TEEN BABES FROM MONSANTO, non-stop when I returned to my East Village hovel. (The song "Linda Blair" still rocks!)
But California beckoned. Helped in no small part by the promise of seeing Redd Kross live on stage as often as possible . The McDonalds soon became my favorite people to see while out and about in L.A. I knew I'd really 'made it' when they asked me to appear in their video for their fab tune "Annie's Gone"! (Watch it here.) Maybe I should wear that blue Yeti costume when I rush the stage Saturday night?
Video directed by Rocky Schenck