The LA Punk Rock Scene – Why Are These People Still Alive?

Repost from the old site. Did you know the Germs got back together and are playing again, and there is a new movie about them? They’re like 50 years old (my age)! Still up there playing like kids. Weird. Lorna Doom and Pat Smear look fantastic too, like they spent the last 25 yrs in a health spa (check this pic). They look healthy (mentally and physically) and happy. Check out this pic and great interview. At 50, I’ve concluded that there’s no alternative to those three. No way can you keep up that lifestyle for long. Don Bolles had a hard life with drug addiction and alcoholism, but he’s doing OK too. Darby Crash is dead, but they’ve got some famous actor, Shane West, to take his place. I was into that early LA punk rock scene, and I saw the Germs live on the last day of the 1970’s at the Hong Kong Cafe in downtown LA. The lead from 45 Grave, Dinah Cancer, is back playing again, and she looks great too (photo from 3 years ago), although she was on heroin for about 12 years as I recall. She must be 50! 50 years old and still running around all dressed up like a ghoul. Haha, Morticia, here we come. She got married a couple of times and had a kid. I knew her husband Paul Cutler (he played in 45 Grave) – nicest guy you’ve ever met. I also knew Darby Crash a bit, and my brother knew Don Bolles (he said Don was a really nice guy). What’s weird is a lot of those really insane, craziest of the crazy hardcore punk rocker maniacs were really nice people if you got to know them. A lot of them were on star trips – they could be like, “Who are you? I’m a rock star! Why should I say hi to you?” But if you could get past that, most of them were really cool. They weren’t mean, cold, nasty, unfriendly, arrogant, or anything like that. Their fans could be real idiots though. Lorna Doom (she is really lovely in this pic) is really famous for opening the way to females in punk rock music. I also knew Ann DeJarnett and the rest of the band from Mnemonic Devices, who later went on to release a couple of albums solo. I also know still looks good today. Both Jane and Gina have gone on to acting careers, and the Go-Gos still play around. John Doe of X has gone on to a like this at the time – beautiful young women! I also knew Chuck Dukowski of he looks now. He looks pretty good too (new band), and he’s a father with four kids. That’s hard to believe. Honestly, I was into that scene from early 1979-on and I can’t believe any of those people are still alive. The whole scene seemed almost suicidal. Hell, I can’t believe I’m still alive. I drink two glasses of wine a day, and my only vice is coffee. I’ve pretty much given up dope, except I smoke weed once in a while (but haven’t in some time). I work out, I’m a health food maniac, fast regularly, take supplements and herbs, etc.

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