|The History of Deep
Ellum (according to "The Dallas Observer")
Staff, July 1999
(Note: Here is a very skewed version of the beginnings of the modern
Deep Ellum. The Dallas Observer's sources for this story were
thier own past articles.)
The preacher and the
Why can't we all just get along?
The history, or not, of Russell and
Jeff's Deep Ellum
He said, he said -- it seems everyone
wants, if not deserves, credit for the rise
of Deep Ellum from the dust of old warehouses long ago abandoned. Time
has a funny way of skewing our perceptions
of history; even those who were there
don't know exactly what happened, perhaps because they were too busy
or too stoned to catch the details.
Hard to imagine now that there was a time when
Deep Ellum was nothing more than a few half-assed clubs fending off
skinheads and bankruptcy. But the more
The only difference today is the skins
have been replaced by the tourists from
Plano, and the guys who used to have trouble getting financing are the
ones owning all the buildings.
Former Theatre Gallery owner Russell
Hobbs' letter to the editor, found on page
three of this issue of the Dallas Observer, got us thinking: What
really did happen during the 1980s?
Some of us were there, but we were too busy drinking
Blue Nun in the Theatre Gallery parking lot to notice. All we remember
is Peter Schmidt without his shirt during a couple of Three on a
Hill gigs; how could we forget? So we went
digging through the Observer archives,
pulling out every single Street Beat written by then-music editor
Clay McNear from 1984 to 1988 -- the
alleged heyday of Deep Ellum, meaning the
years before downtown was overrun by guys who used to be in 4 Reasons
Unknown. The result is a bona fide history
of that era, in the words of those who
were there, when they were there.
Not a single event is manufactured; not
a single quote fabricated. This is God's
honest truth, or a close approximation. So argue about who did what
when and with whom all you want, fellas.
Here's all the ammo you'll ever need.
Sometime in August: former construction
designer Russell Hobbs opens Theatre Gallery at 2808 Commerce.
January: Three on a Hill, featuring
singer-guitarist Peter Schmidt, forms.
January 27: Theatre Gallery hosts
Unknown Theatre Benefit with The Tribe, Housewives Choice, Model 12,
and Lucy Cruz.
February 5: The Fast and Cool Club,
owned and operated by Tango/8.0 kingpin Shannon Wynne and John Kenyon,
opens its doors on Greenville Avenue. The club's owners promise one
national act and one theme party per month. The first
"big-name" band is rumored to be Southside Johnny and the
Asbury Jukes, who are scheduled to perform sometime in early March.
February: New Bohemians -- consisting
of Arts Magnet grads Brandon Aly, Eric Presswood, and Brad Houser --
play their first shows together, at Calm Eddy's, an Upper Greenville
comedy club. Singer Edie Brickell later joins the band after taking
the stage during one of the shows; myth has it she was induced by a
shot of Jack Daniel's, but we know better. A few years later, the band
will break up amidst grumblings that Brickell receives significantly
more points per album than the founding members.
February 21: Three on a Hill plays its
first show, at the Twilite Room.
March 15: Ex-Group Six members Jeff
Liles and Jan Paul Daviddson join The End's Tench Coxe and vocalist
Donald Watson in a new band called Animal Chance. The group plays its
first show at the Nairobi Room, located at 2914 Harry Hines.
March 16: Local new-wave heroes the
Telefones regroup after a lengthy split to perform at the Arcadia
Theatre with fellow '70s rocker Feet First. It will be Steve Dirkx's
last show with the band before the rest of the group leaves for Los
April 20: The Twilite Room, located at
2111 Commerce, hosts a reunion of bands that used to perform at DJ's,
a local punk haven. On the bill are The Assassins, Deprogrammer, the
Nervebreakers, Quad Pi, and Superman's Girlfriend. The former new-wave
nightclub threatens to reopen several times during the next few years
but never does.
May 16: The Twilite Room changes the
name of its music room to Charlie's Liberty Hall.
May 30: According to then-Observer
music editor Clay McNear, "Theatre Gallery is fast becoming one
of the better booked clubs in the metroplex." The club's June
lineup includes Zeitgeist, The Pool, Doctor's Mob, and the Flaming
June 23: Peyote Cowboys, featuring
Murry Hammond, plays Charlie's Liberty Hall.
July 3: 4 Reasons Unknown, New
Bohemians, and Debutante perform at the Arcadia for the "Son of
July 11: Dallas' two biggest
hardcore/new-wave clubs, Theatre Gallery and Charlie's Liberty Hall/Twilite
Room, engage in a war of words, since both are located on Commerce
Street and competing for the same general market. Hobbs claims Theatre
Gallery had to put an end to its Hardcore Sundays because the
businesses surrounding TG were complaining of broken windows and other
property damage. He believes Twilite Room staffers may be responsible.
Twilite owner Charlie Gilder responds that if he was "going to
'get' Theatre Gallery," he would "have somebody throw a
Molotov cocktail through a window instead of a brick." Gilder
placed the blame for the bad blood between the clubs on "hippie
vices" and "paranoia." He also said he resents TG for
intruding on "the area [of music] we excel at" and for not
"following any of the rules." Theatre Gallery, at the time,
does not have a liquor license or a City of Dallas dance hall permit.
September 14: Charlie Gilder opens
Circle A Ranch, a new punk showcase for touring acts. The club is
located upstairs at the Twilite Room's current location, and will be
expanded to occupy space next door. The first show is Gleaming Spires.
The Twilite Room remains in existence downstairs, and will feature
local acts. No cover is charged downstairs.
September 27: The Butthole
Surfers/Stick Men with Ray Guns show, originally scheduled for 500
Cafe, is moved to Charlie Gilder's Circle A Ranch after 500's owner
Brian Panza was warned by Theatre Gallery's owner that the Buttholes
crowd would tear up the place. Hobbs was apparently not worried about
the same thing happening at Gilder's club.
October 3: Members of the Theatre
Gallery staff start up Family Management, an organization devoted to
aiding most existing downtown bands, including Da Nu Man, Shallow
Reign, Howling Dervishes, The Trees, The End, The Underground, and
Three on a Hill. TG spokesman Jeff Liles says Family Management is
talking with 462's Mark Lee, once a partner in new-wave paradise the
Hot Klub, about placing some of its bands with 462's national touring
November: 4 Reasons Unknown accepted
for MTV's Basement Tapes for the video "Visual Signs." The
band is then accepted to perform on -- so help us God --Star Search.
November 20: A Deep Ellum Clubowners
Association is proposed, spearheaded by Club Clearview's Jeff Swaney
and Steve Clohessy. According to Swaney, the cooperative effort is
intended "to better the area's image, to bolster security and
awareness of the area, and to [create] a focused concept of what
everyone's venue is." The group's first meeting is held November
20 at Video Bar, and representatives from Deep Ellum's major clubs --
Video Bar, Adair's Saloon, 500 Cafe, Theatre Gallery, Twilite Room,
and Kool Vibes -- are invited to attend. TG's Hobbs is ambivalent,
agreeing with the idea of an organized scene but not with the notion
of creating a scene. He thinks the area should evolve naturally.
November 29: Theatre Gallery's
management company, 12 to 21, Inc. (whose owners are Hobbs and Logan
Daffron, with Jeff Liles acting as public relations director-booking
agent-creative consultant) opens the Prophet Bar. The club's grand
opening takes place December 12. The bar is located just down the
street from Theatre Gallery at 2713 Commerce, and is targeted for
"an older crowd," according to Hobbs. Hobbs says he opened
the bar because there are no clubs in the area dedicated to the fine
arts of drinking and conversing. At the time, Liles claims he would
"run through hell in a gasoline suit" for Hobbs. Shortly
after the Prophet Bar opens, Jim Heath begins a regular Monday-night
solo gig there under the name Reverend Horton Heat, after disbanding
his group the Polytones.
December 1: New Bohemians perform with
10,000 Maniacs at Theatre Gallery.
February: Hobbs and Liles form Deep
Ellum Records, a label to be managed by Liles. Liles says the label is
a "logical extension of Theatre Gallery and Prophet Bar."
The company will be based above the Prophet Bar, and will open a store
in Theatre Gallery's lobby in the coming months. The label's first
release, Feet First's EP In a Great Big Room, will be released April
21. Deep Ellum will also reissue The End's "Das Svidanya"
b/w "Seven Day Servant" single. It will also distribute The
Trees' Locomotion vs. Hittin' the Brake and an upcoming Shallow Reign
single after the first 500 copies are sold. Austin's Pool Records,
headed by Patrick Keel, holds the rights to the first pressings of
February 9: 4 Reasons Unknown win MTV's
Basement Tapes with 29 percent of the vote, after a call-in party at
the Fast and Cool Club. The band is awarded a recording contract with
Epic Records, as well as a full line of Casio equipment.
February 15: Buck Pets, Shallow Reign,
and Self Is On The Throne (with drummer Mischo McKay) perform at
Theatre Gallery. Former New York Dolls Johnny Thunders and Sylvain
Sylvain play at Circle A Ranch/Twilite Room. The Nervebreakers open.
February 20: Circle A Ranch staffers
challenge the crew at Theatre Gallery to a game of Photon.
March 20: Owner Charlie Gilder bails
out of the Circle A Ranch/Twilite Room venture.
March 21-22: Elektra's Michael Alago
and then-MCA A&R director Kim Buie visit Dallas for the first
March 22: The Mentors, Killdozer,
Scratch Acid, The Larries, and Stick Men with Ray Guns perform at
Circle A Ranch. Years later, Mentors frontman El Duce claims he was
offered $50,000 by Courtney Love to kill her husband, Kurt Cobain.
April 3: Ex-Telefone Steve Dirkx
releases Fate City Limits on VVV Records. The Trees put out Locomotion
vs. Hittin' the Brake on Pool Records.
April 4: Loco Gringos, featuring Tom
and Don Foote (both former members of The Devices), play their first
show, at the Prophet Bar.
April 5: Deep Ellum veterans Legendary
Revelations, who haven't stepped on a stage together in decades,
perform at the Prophet Bar.
April 11: Under new ownership, Circle A
Ranch/Twilite Room becomes The (Ob)Scene, with a show featuring Poison
13 and the Peyote Cowboys.
May 2-3: A&R reps Michael Alago and
Kim Buie return to Deep Ellum.
May 15: The End changes its name to End
June 5: Shallow Reign releases its
self-titled debut on Pool Records.
June 20: Three on a Hill releases
Biting on Tin Foil on Deep Ellum Records.
June 26: Former Twilite Room/Charlie's
Liberty Hall/Circle A Ranch owner Charlie Gilder invests in the
laundromat-nightclub Bar of Soap, located in Exposition Park. Do these
fellas look honest to you? Hank Tolliver and Charlie Gilder stake out
The Honest Place.
June 29: The (Ob)Scene shuts its doors
for the last time after a Sonic Youth show.
August: Texas Monthly staff writers Joe
Nick Patoski and Jody Denberg do stories on the Deep Ellum music
August 8: The Starck Club is raided
after a six-month investigation by the Dallas police vice squad.
Officers arrest 37 people, including night manager Ricky Lee Hall and
employee John Thomas Anderson. Arrests include 15 for drug possession
and 17 for public intoxication.
August 14: Liles and Hobbs move their
apartments and offices out of the top floor of the Prophet Bar to make
room for a restaurant, Tapaz, scheduled to open in October.
September: Liles leaves his longtime
post as Theatre Gallery booking agent because of a falling-out with
Hobbs. "I cannot have Theatre Gallery constipated anymore,"
Hobbs says. Several months earlier, Hobbs relieved Liles of his
booking duties at Prophet Bar, TG's sister nightclub. Hobbs, the
majority investor in 12 to 21, Inc. -- now the umbrella organization
covering Theatre Gallery, Prophet Bar, and Deep Ellum Records -- says
Liles was let go because he was dissatisfied with recent TG bookings,
and because Liles has "an attitude problem." Hobbs says
Theatre Gallery started because he was looking for a place to live in
Deep Ellum, "and it just snowballed from there. I guess I made
the mistake of letting Jeff take over control of the bookings. He's
looking for different values than I am...The club was founded as this
open-minded thing, and Jeff was booking the bands he liked and
refusing to book bands he didn't like. Theatre Gallery is a community
club, not just one guy's club."
Shallow Reign singer-guitarist Bob
Watson says, "It all seems so weird. We think Russell is really
cool, and we have a lot of respect for him, but it's like, Jeff was
the guy who put all the bands together and all that. I don't know
anybody who's as well-versed in local music and in underground music
around the country." In a remarkable bit of foresight, Watson
added, "My personal opinion is that a lot of those bands that
play Upper Greenville and stuff will probably be coming down to play
Deep Ellum now."
September 1: Drinking age officially
raised from 19 to 21.
September 11: Theatre Gallery hires
Robert Englund, a friend of Hobbs, as its new production manager.
Englund and Hobbs worked together at a radio station in Alaska during
college. Englund will take over some of the functions formerly held by
booking agent Liles.
September 22: Newsweek runs a story on
the nation's burgeoning mini-SoHos, including Deep Ellum. A photo of
Russell Hobbs is included.
September 26: Club Dada opens, owned by
Victor Dada comedy-performance art troupe members David Border and Tom
Henvey, with live music scheduling handled by Jeff Liles. Liles also
recently began booking The Longhorn.
October 9: Deep Ellum Records releases
"Sidestreets" single by Da Nu Man.
November 6: The rift that occurred in
September between Hobbs and Liles, which led to Liles' move to The
Longhorn and Club Dada, is now healed. Liles says the two have been
talking about the future of Deep Ellum Records. "We're friends
again," Liles says.
November 11: 500 Cafe holds its last
musical performance, a concert by the New Bohemians. The club will
later open an outdoor patio, dubbed the Exposition Street Theater,
where bands will perform. The first show is Reverend Horton Heat and
Randy Erwin on December 18.
November 13: The old Clearview Blind
building goes up for sale, forcing Club Clearview to move.
November 18: Hobbs, who's managing
local band Spam, receives a cease and desist letter from Geo. A.
Hormel & Co., informing Hobbs of his band's copyright infringement
of Hormel's processed meat product.
December 18: New Bohemians release
their debut, cassette-only It's Like This. The tape immediately sells
January: Geffen Records signs New
Bohemians to a two-album deal.
January 22: Liles is no longer booking
at The Longhorn. Liles, however, continues in that capacity at Club
Dada on weekends.
February: Liles forms Decadent Dub Team
with David Williams (Self Is On The Throne) and Paul Quigg.
February 12: Patrick Keel officially
moves Pool Records to Dallas. The label will be located at 4004 Main
and will also serve as a rehearsal space for Shallow Reign.
February 16: Liles and Angus Wynne team
up as booking agents for the Hard Rock Cafe's new live music series,
beginning with a performance by Roomful of Blues and Earl King.
February 27: Da Nu Man records a live
album at Theatre Gallery. Three of the four members of The Shitty
Beatles regroup as The Potatoes.
March 7: Theatre Gallery hosts a record
release party for End Over End's first full-length release, Scenes
from a New World issued on Deep Ellum Records.
March 19: Deep Ellum Records has named
a board of directors to oversee its day-to-day operations. The board
consists of Hobbs, Liles, End Over End drummer David Mabry, Three on a
Hill's Peter Schmidt, and Jim Heath.
March 25: Club Clearview reopens at its
new location, 2806 Elm.
April 3: Hobbs signs Johnny Paycheck to
perform at The Longhorn. Reverend Horton Heat opens. All profits from
the gig will support the Horton Heat album, due for release on Deep
Ellum Records. The record is never released.
April 16: Theatre Gallery inducted into
Dallas Observer Nightclub Hall of Fame.
May 3: Theatre Gallery hosts a TABC
Benefit Concert for its sister club, Prophet Bar, featuring 11 bands
for $5, including The Daylights, Loco Gringos, League of None, End
Over End, Shallow Reign, Da Nu Man, Three On A Hill, Lost Cause,
Graceland, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!, and Twang Popes. The benefit is to raise
money to pay back taxes the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says
the Prophet owes them, some $10,000 by May 4.
May 7: Patrick Keel is hired by Planet
Dallas Studio as a full-time production assistant.
May 7-9: The TABC raids Theatre
Gallery, Prophet Bar and Club Clearview in a crackdown on underage
drinking. A handful of patron arrests are made at each club, with the
majority being for public intoxication. The bartender at Prophet is
arrested for allegedly serving alcohol to intoxicated persons, and
four Clearview employees, including co-owner Jeff Swaney, are booked
on similar charges.
May 9: Decadent Dub Team debuts at
May 12: The Deep Ellum Freedom Festival
is canceled five days before it was scheduled to take place. The Deep
Ellum Planning Association had a verbal agreement with the city for a
street permit, but in light of the recent bust, the city rescinded its
offer at the last minute. The clubs involved in the festival were
Video Bar, Club Clearview, Prophet Bar, and Club Dada.
May 16-17: Capitol Records' West Coast
A&R rep Rachel Matthews is in town checking out. The Buck Pets,
Loco Gringos, Princess Tex, Three on a Hill, and Reverend Horton Heat.
None of the bands will ever sign with Capitol.
May 30: Legendary Revelations, made up
of veterans of the original Deep Ellum scene of the 1930s and 1940s,
record a live track at the Prophet Bar for inclusion on the Deep Ellum
sampler, The Sound of Deep Ellum, compiled by Kim Buie and Jeff
Liles and released by Island Records.
June: Hobbs begins printing up
"Prophet dollars." The currency, available in $100
increments, equates to a "free summer cover" at the Prophet,
including nightly shows, road shows, special events, and entry into
the Prophet's sister club, Tapaz. The move is designed to give Hobbs'
club empire an influx of cash, since both Prophet and Theatre Gallery
are in financial straits. In a related note, after the bust a few
weeks earlier, Hobbs is now forced to give Dallas police 45 days'
notice for any outdoor shows.
June 4: Hobbs receives a letter from
the TABC informing him that he has until June 14 to pay $9,400 in back
taxes or the agency will shut down the Prophet Bar and Theatre
Gallery. In order to avoid the closings, Hobbs plans a fundraising
marathon on June 12 at Prophet featuring more than 30 bands.
Performers include White Animals, End Over End, Shallow Reign, Three
On A Hill, Decadent Dub Team, Larry's Dad, Changes, Loco Gringos, The
Buck Pets, Princess Tex, Lost Cause, League of None, Josho Misho, The
Daylights, Idea Men, Wild Peach, New Bohemians, White Shapes, The
Trees, and Ten Hands. The concert raises enough money to keep the
July 9: The Crowdus Street Fair,
scheduled for July 10-12, is canceled at the last minute after four
skinheads allegedly beat an undercover Dallas police officer with lead
pipes on Oakland Avenue (now Malcolm X Boulevard).
July 23: Drummer David Mabry leaves End
Over End. At the time, singer-guitarist Tench Coxe and bassist Kevin
Moore plan to continue together after finding a new drummer and a
second guitarist. However, Mabry will rejoin the band a month later.
August 24: Island Record's compilation The
Sound of Deep Ellum is released, featuring songs by Three On A
Hill, Decadent Dub Team, The Buck Pets, Shallow Reign, Reverend Horton
Heat, New Bohemians, The Trees, End Over End, The Daylights, and
September 10: Hobbs returns from a
six-week European vacation with new plans for his embattled clubs on
Commerce Street. Prophet Bar and Theatre Gallery were recently
ticketed by the health department, as well as inspectors from the
building, mechanical, and electrical offices. Hobbs decides to
transform Prophet into a reggae bar, saying, "We've had enough of
giving bands chances and once they get a gig somewhere else, they
forget where they came from. We're not doing new music anymore."
Theatre Gallery, rumored to be closing for the last few months, will
be stripped down essentially to four walls and a stage in order to
comply with city codes. TG will also stop serving mixed drinks,
eliminating the need for a health permit. Among other things, Hobbs
insists he's opening a "skinhead Nazi topless bar on Elm,"
the street where many of his detractors - most notably Club Dada
co-owner Tom Henvey - operate.
September 21: The first single from
Island Records' The Sound of Deep Ellum compilation, Decadent
Dub Team's "Six Gun," hits record stores. The A-side is a
12-inch remix produced by NWA's Dr. Dre. On September 15, DDT left for
Los Angeles to record a demo for Island.
October 22: Josho Misho bassist Wes
Martin leaves the band to read James Joyce's Ulysses. Martin
will later join Josho Misho's Josh and Mischo McKay in Macha.
Meanwhile, Russell Hobbs says he wants to "powwow" with Hard
Rock Cafe owner Isaac Tigrett in order to set Tigrett's karma
straight. Hobbs also threatens to install a "Prophet Bar across
the street from the Hard Rock in every city in the world."
November 4: Alan Govenar presents two
of his films and hosts a visual tour of historical Deep Ellum at 500
Cafe. Jeff Liles speaks on the current Deep Ellum music scene.
November 14: New Bohemians leave for
England to record their Geffen Records debut with producer Pat Moran.
November 29: Decadent Dub Team signs
with Island Records. The deal calls for the band to release a second
12-inch single for the label, a follow-up to "Six Gun."
December 1: According to manager Jeff
Liles, Rigor Mortis will sign a letter of intent with Capitol Records,
a preliminary to signing a full-fledged recording contract with the
February 6: Feet First calls it quits, going out with a show at
the Arcadia with End Over End and Reggae Force.
February 18: Hobbs bans secular music
at both of his clubs, Theatre Gallery and the Prophet Bar. In December
1987, Hobbs had transformed the Prophet Bar into The Prophet, cutting
off alcohol and promising to donate 12 percent of the club's proceeds
to the homeless and his church, in conjunction with his conversion to
Christianity. At the time, Hobbs was quoted as saying, "The Devil
has left the Prophet Bar, and God has arrived...I think alcohol is
supported by the government to keep the masses down."
Now, Hobbs has wiped everything off both clubs' calendars, saying all
bands have to glorify God or they can't play. He also says that Three
on a Hill and Lithium X-Mas can't play anymore until they change their
"blasphemous" names. Outgoing Theatre Gallery booker Kelley
Walker says that Hobbs told her he would allow the performance by The
Exploited - a gig Hobbs booked personally - to continue, with these
conditions: that gospel music be piped between sets, and that "an
inspirational speaker" get up on stage and attempt to
"convert the skinheads."
"I have been totally misjudged, and I have not been
appreciated for what I've done," Hobbs says. "Prophets are
never appreciated in their hometown. I gave people the
murals on the walls [at The Prophet]. I gave them the music.
Now that I'm taking it away, they're all crying and moaning and
persecuting me. But you know, the two [Satan and God] can't live in
the same house. The Bible says that. I've repented, and my beliefs
have changed. Everybody thinks I'm a fanatic, but I'm really a
blessing in disguise."
February 25: Tim Sanders, a member of
local band The Affirmative and spokesman for music-festival-cum-local
music watchdog Change Your Life, responds to Hobbs' decision to ban
secular music from The Prophet and Theatre Gallery. "We will
get Russell Hobbs out of Deep Ellum at all costs," says Sanders,
who now works for Broadcast.com. "This is war now."
Sanders' problems with Hobbs' format chage aren't aesthetic or
religious, he stresses, just realistic. Sanders points out that Hobbs
canceled a total of 41 scheduled bookings at his two clubs. He also
adds that Change Your Life members vote to give $7,000 to The Prophet
after a September festival on several conditions, including that
liquor be sold. Sanders plans to sue 12 - 21, Inc., Hobbs' umbrella
company that owns both clubs.
April 7: New Bohemians replace drummer
Brandon Aly with Ten Hands' Matt Chamberlain.
May 24: The Buck Pets sign a one-album
deal with Island Records, with options for six more.
May 28: Club Clearview's Jeff Swaney
and short-film specialist Rob Thomas are conscripting a film with the
working title of The Deep Ellum Movie. The budget is $250,000,
and a number of local bands potentially will be included. The duo
begins hosting talent nights at Clearview, looking for everything from
extras to gofers to prospective musicians.
June 2: Despite major-label
breakthroughs by The Buck Pets and Decadent Dub Team (both on Island
Records), New Bohemians (Geffen Records), and Rigor Mortis (Capitol
Records), many - including Island's Kim Buie - are having doubts about
the Dallas music community. "There's really no scene at
all," Buie says. "The live music scene is stagnant, and
there's no real hook. With [The Sound of Deep Ellum] it was
Deep Ellum." A follow-up to Deep Ellum is deemed unlikely,
even though the compilation had fairly strong sales.
June 30: Ex-Peyote Cowboy and future
Old 97 Murry Hammond releases the cassette-only The Watering Wheel,
his first solo album.
July 8: An argument between skinheads
and punks breaks out at Greg Winslow's Commerce Street Club, Honest
Place. Winslow whips out a .22 rifle and fires nine shots into a
passing van carrying 12 members of the Confederate Hammerskins. One
skinhead girl is shot in the back but not killed; several others are
injured. Winslow is taken into custody by Dallas police but released
the same day.
July 19: Rigor Mortis' self-titled
debut is release on Capitol Records.
August: Decadent Dub Team now consists
of only Jeff Liles, as David Williams leaves the outfit, saying he can
do "without all the megalomaniacal bullshit." "I'm not
in it anymore," Williams says. "As far as [Jeff's]
concerned, he's always been DDT." Liles responds, "Nothing's
changed. Nothing's going down with DDT. Everything's going up."
Paul Quigg was either tossed out or left DDT earlier in the year.
September 4-5: Club Clearview hosts its
first annual Labor Day Weekend Party in its parking lot, featuring
Course of Empire, Pack of Fags, Last Rites, Hash Palace, and New
September: An anonymous machine-gun
attacker leaves holes in the Loco Gringos' Gringo Hearse. The Gringos
hit the floor and escape unscathed.
October 16: The Prophet burns to a
crisp. The Dallas Fire Department traces the cause to faulty wiring on
an electric deep fryer in the kitchen. Estimated damages are $25,000.
Hobbs can't be reached for comment, but it's believed neither God nor
Satan is to blame.
October 29: Arcadia hosts "Munsters
of Rock" show, featuring End Over End, Three on a Hill, Shallow
Reign, Last Rites, Course of Empire, and Hash Palace.
November 5: Edie Brickell and New
Bohemians are musical guests on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
November: Decadent Dub Team goes into
the studio to record an LP for Triple XXX Records at Dallas Sound Lab.
Liles is also planning a Deep Ellum compilation record of "all
hard, heavy guitar bands," titled Dude, You Rock, to be
released early 1989.
November: A sign is posted in front of
the recently toasted Prophet. It reads, "Firewood for Sale."