I was punk in the early 1980's, as well as Mod later and was able to see many great bands. I would hang out on Melrose Blvd. at Posers and generally be an ass. I got out of the Punk scene quick when a gang called Fight For Freedom (FFF) began to emerge. It seemed that everyone was only interested in fighting, instead of enjoying the pleasure of the music.
FFF then turned into a group called LA
Death Squad after a famous murder on the streets of Hollywood. The scene further continued to spiral downward when Nazi Punk became popular, turning into today's White Supremacist groups that are popular in Southern California. Many groups resisted this Nazi Punk movement and the scene changed yet again in the mid 1980's into skate punk.
I refused to be a follower however and in these "Fad" scenes you must be a sheep. I resisted Tattoos and piercing’s and was labeled un-cool and cast out. I still enjoyed the music and went to gigs. Common venues included, Madam Wong’s West, Olympic Auditorium and any other underground club of the month.
I was able to watch many of my punk friends carry on the scene in the movie Another State of Mind. My friend was a roadie for the band Youth Brigade and asked me to come along. I declined and went into the Air Force. The list below includes gigs I attended but not always sober. I regret never seeing The Jam and Social Distortion in concert.
Stiff little Fingers
Millions of Dead Cops (MOD
Corrosion of Conformity (When they were punk)
Lords of the New Church
Plasmatics (When she got arrested)
Some early Goth shit..
Alien Sex Fiend
Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Three O’ Clock (Salvation Army)