HOLLYWEIRD!
40 years ago the Weirdo's were out and about lurking in downtown LA and of all the Hollywood
punk bands who were there first.
The Weirdo's were in my eyes the best and most original. They took their initial inspiration from the
Ramones
and Iggy then added their own weird twist on proceedings. They were one of the truly original DIY punk bands which in those
days required imagination, pent up ideas and artistic experimentation.
They formed in December '76 as an artistic experiment with a nucleus of art school kids John Denney, Cliff Roman, Dave Trout and Johns brother,
Dix Denney. They began gigging on April 2nd 1977 supporting
the Nerves at the Punk Palace and played 3 gigs drummer less. However they
had made such an impression on local scenester Phast Phreddie Patterson who founded L.A.'s South Bay
Back Door Man fanzine in 1975,
which focussed on "hard core rock 'n' roll" and its segue into punk paving the way for the punk rock/new wave scene of the late '70s. He
quickly spread the word about the band in print and introduced them to Nicky Beat who became their drummer after only one rehearsal. He
was so dedicated he burnt his long hair off in Cliff Romans bathroom.
The Weirdos were dayglo thrift store attired lunatics with a walking
talking Jackson Pollock demeanour on stage, which earned them a picture in Time Magazine and a front cover on Slash mag which was
LA's new influential newsprint publication dedicated to punk rock. In a 1977 interview for Slash magazine they proclaimed
"we're not
punks, we're weirdos from Hollyweird!"
This wasn't just goofy sloganeering this was a stance intended to distinguish The Weirdo's as a band apart from the burgeoning punk
rock scenes in New York and London. After all,
The Weirdo's were dwelling in their own urban wasteland (LA) which they embodied in
their songs, graphics and clothes. Kim Fowley and Sire records were sniffing round them by now offering exotic tour supports and deals.
But Greg Shaw owner of Bomp records had other ideas and on August 16th 1977 (the day Elvis Presley died) seen
the Weirdos hit Salty
Dog home recording studio, Tujunga, California to record their debut 45 for Bomp Records. The underestimated 'Destroy All Music' EP
comprised 3 tracks 'Destroy All Music' , 'A Life Of Crime' and 'Why Do You Exist' which was released to critical acclaim and seen the band
continue to be a major draw in LA and play all over the West coast of America. However national and international recognition always seemed
to allude them. Which is a fucking crying shame as
The Weirdo's were totally original in their sound and look, they turned it all upside down and
inside out literally, with their wacky attitude which like
the Dickies was backed up with some incredible tunes that would excite intimidate and
refresh us from the bish bash bosh of the legion of wanna be's who followed in punks wake.
The Weirdos really were weird and were not only
bringing a new sound and writing teen punks anthems, they were also responsible for all their graphics (posters, covers, fliers, bumper stickers , t-shirts)
and designed their own clothes! How they never got more exposure is anyone's guess? And its an artistic overshoot for Penelope Spheeris to not
feature them in her LA Punk movie 'The Decline of Western
Civilization'. They have since reformed sporadically and played
internationally but never achieved the critical acclaim some of the
lesser talented LA punk outfits got.
Weirdly Yours
Peter Don't Care (September 2017)
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This Months Backdrop
Is one of the brilliant Weirdos publicity
manifestos published in '77 by themselves
combining cut and paste and meticulous
attention to detail.

This Months Youtube
Is the Weirdos 45 , its a shame theres little
original footage but you can find some interesting
snippets like the hilarious 'Helium Bar'
Born October 26th 2009 - Conceived 1977
A Punk Rocker Production © 2017
This Months Playlist
THE WEIRDOS  - 'Destroy All Music' 45
PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JONSONS - 'Ain't No Pussy' CD
THE ROCKIN HORSE CLUB - 'Straight White Man' 45
ACID REIGN - 'War Times' EP track
SOAP GIRLS  - 'Bad Bitch' LP track
HOOLIGAN - 'Teenage Rebel' CDEP

This Months Website
Sadly the Weirdos website is down or no longer
in existence? But you can check out
Break My
Face which has an early Weirdos page plus all
the recording details.
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MAGAZINES/ZINES
ONE WAY TICKET TO CUBESVILLE #20 2017
ARTCORE #36 2017
RIOT 77 #19 2017
POSTIVE CREED #31 2016
RECORD COLLECTOR DEC 2016
VIVE LE ROCK 2016
UNCUT Sex Pistols July 2015
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PUNKS DEAD JUNE 2012
SEARCH AND DESTROY 1-6
COMMANDO JOHNNY RAMONE 2012
VIOLENCE GIRL ALICE BAG 2011
I, Shithead: A LIFE IN PUNK JOEY SHITHEAD 2010
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CBGB'S OMFUG
BLIGHT AT THE END OF THE FUNNEL
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THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF PUNK 2008
THE TOY DOLLS: From Fulwell to Fukuoka 2004
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"So then the Ramones came through,
and I went and saw them. And I had the
Ramones album and I thought, "Oh,
that's a cool style! That's almost the
kind of style like I like to play!" It's just
loud, fast, short, so that really kind of
triggered us. The Stooges, Ramones
kind of thing. Then I started writing
songs at one point, and we just started
to get together in our - we weren't a
garage band; we were a living room
band!"
- Cliff Roman 2003