When old friends and I started the Che Underground blog February 16 (my 43rd birthday), we didn’t know how successful we’d be at reassembling the sights, sounds and sociology of the early-’80s San Diego music scene it covers.
So far, it’s exceeded my fondest hopes — and today we got some very welcome recognition from Wired.com. Music editor Eliot Van Buskirk did a terrific piece on our scene and our site, including a lovely sidebar showing some of the participants before and after.
“‘We were ignored by the media and harassed by the powers that be, hated by the San Diego Police Department and still the shows went on, the zines were printed and distributed — all pre-internet and pre-home computer,’ said Toby ‘Lifehater’ Gibson via e-mail. ‘Most kids today have no clue how much work that was back in the day, making the stuff by hand, advertising however you could and distributing on foot.'”
We’re having family fun, but crazy-busy. On Friday our family and niece Katie drove our camper-trailer the 800 miles back from our annual gathering near Muskegon, Michigan, with Nancy’s kin … Got in around 1am Saturday … On Sunday evening, a contingent of those Michigan/Arizona relatives arrived at our house back here in Jersey … Four a.m. Monday, I got up to take the kids to Montclair to embark on their two weeks of camp … Nancy’s brother Dave arrived at noon at Newark airport to join the rest of the away team … Then we all caught a train into the city … Took my first-ever bus tour around Manhattan, then took in my first-ever baseball game at Yankee Stadium … Got home around 1am … Everybody but Dave took off this morning to drive back to Michigan … Dave and Nancy and I had a lovely walk around Central Park and dinner at Vynl on 84th & Columbus. Now home — whew! Time to get back to work so I can get some rest!
I’ve been even less active than usual on this blog but busier than usual blogging: My preliminary efforts to chart my personal history in San Diego music have now merged with a larger campaign to salvage and restore some highlights from the slammin’ little music scene I had the good fortune to join in the early 1980s.
The first result is this Che Underground blog, named in honor of UCSD’s now-venerable Che Cafe (site of some of our finest musical moments). Songs, pictures and stories of the fabulous Answers, Hair Theatre, Noise 292, Rockin’ Dogs and Wallflowers, to name a few!