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Sun City Girls Spun

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Sun City Girls Spun

I DJ’d at Harriet Brewing in Mpls tonight and played nothing but the Sun City Girls. I provided the below info about them and thought I’d share here, so, here:

KFAI’s VINYL VOICES, September 30, 2014

 

Sir Richard Bishop, Charlie Gocher, Alan Bishop

Sir Richard Bishop, Charlie Gocher, Alan Bishop

I will delight in playing the legendary Sun City Girls for you tonight. For the uninitiated, it’s often hard to find the words to describe them; I’m not a music writer, per se, just a dj and lifelong fan of SCG, and have had the honor and privilege of getting to know them.

Since I am much better at presenting the music rather than blabbing about them, I thought I’d share this article by the fabulous Mike McGonigal of Yeti Magazine from back in 2002: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/sun-city-girls/Content?oid=10798 – check it out sometime….

Since that time, SCG’s drummer (well, he was really so much more than that), Charlie Gocher, passed away from cancer in February of 2007, and the Girls are no more. The Bishop Brothers embarked upon a memorial tour to celebrate the music of the Sun City Girls in May 2008, called “The Brothers Unconnected: A Tribute to the Sun City Girls and Charles Gocher.”

Alan and Richard Bishop continue to create at a mind-blowing pace on their solo musical paths as Alvarius B and Sir Richard Bishop, respectively, singularly and collaboratively with other trouble-making cohorts.

I’ve tried to stay on top of collecting their vinyl over the years; it hasn’t been easy, as they’re so prolific! But I’ll try and play the Sun City Girls’ greatest hits, and I hope that you, too, will become a rabid fan.

-Patti Walsh, KFAI

Here is their discography (includes cassette-only releases)

Midnight Cowboys from Ipanema CS (Breakfast Without Meat) 1986, LP/CD reissue (Amarillo Records) 1994
God is My Solar System 1982 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Superpower 1982-83 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Hatchet Rain 1983 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Bleach Has Feelings, Too! 1983-85 CS (Cloaven) 1987
To Cover Up Your Right To Live 1983-85 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Def in Italy 1984 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Folk Songs of The Rich and Evil 1985 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Fresh Kill of a Cape Hunting Dog 1985-86 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Exotica on Five Dollars a Day 1986 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Fruit of The Womb 1986 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Polite Deception 1986 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Famous Asthma 1986-87 CS (Cloaven) 1987
The Palm Leaves of Victory 1986-87 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Cloaven Theatre No. 1 1987 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Cloaven Theatre No. 2 1987 CS (Cloaven) 1987
Tibetan Jazz 666 1987 CS (Cloaven) 1987
The Multiple Hallucinations of an Assassin 1987-88 CS (Cloaven) 1989
Cloaven Theatre No. 3 1988 CS (Cloaven) 1989
Audio Letter to Mitch Meyers 1988 CS (Cloaven) 1989
That Old Western Sieve 1988 CS (Cloaven) 1989
Graverobbing in the Future 1988 CS (Cloaven) 1989
Extra-Sensory Defection CS (Cloaven) 1989
The Great North American Tricksters CS (Cloaven) 1990
Pelican 92 CS (Abduction) 1993

LP’s/CD’s

Sun City Girls LP (Placebo) 1984
Grotto of Miracles LP (Placebo) 1986
Horse Cock Phepner (Placebo) LP/CS 1987
Torch of the Mystics LP (Majora) 1990, CD reissue (Tupelo) 1993
Dawn of the Devi LP (Majora) 1991
Live from Planet Boomerang 2-LP (Majora) 1992
Bright Surroundings, Dark Beginnings LP (Majora) 1993, CD reissue (Majora) 1998
Valentines from Matahari LP (Majora) 1993, CD reissue (Majora) 1998
Live at C.O.N. Artists LP (Poon Village) 1993
Kaliflower CD/LP (Abduction) 1993
Juggernaut LP (Abduction) 1994
Piasa…Devourer of Men LP (Abduction) 1994
Jacks Creek LP (Abduction) 1994
Dante’s Disneyland Inferno 2-CD (Abduction) 1996, 3-LP reissue (Locust) 2002
330,003 Crossdressers from Beyond the Rig Veda 2-CD (Abduction) 1996, 3-LP reissue (Locust) 2001
Live from the Land of the Rising Sun City Girls CD (Japan Overseas) 1997
Box of Chameleons 3-CD box (Abduction) 1997
Dulce soundtrack LP (Abduction) 1998
Cameo Demons and Their Manifestations CD (Abduction) 2000 – CFR vol. 1
The Dreamy Draw CD (Abduction) 2000 – CFR vol. 2
Superculto CD (Abduction) 2000 – CFR vol. 3
A Bullet Through the Last Temple CD (Abduction) 2000 – CFR vol. 4
Severed Finger With a Wedding Ring CD (Abduction) 2000 – CFR vol. 5
Sumatran Electric Chair CD (Abduction) 2001 – CFR vol. 6
Libyan Dream CD reissue (Abduction) 2001 – CFR vol. 7
The Handsome Stranger CD (Abduction) 2001 – CFR vol. 8
High Asia/Lo Pacific 2-CD reissue (Abduction) 2001 – CFR vols. 9 & 10
Wah CD (Abduction) 2002
Flute and Mask CD (Abduction) 2002
God is My Solar System/Superpower 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2003
Bleach Has Feelings, Too!/To Cover Up Your Right To Live 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2003
Carnival Folklore Resurrection Radio 2-CD (Abduction) 2004 – CFR vols. 11 & 12
The Fresh Kill of a Cape Hunting Dog / Def In Italy 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2004
98.6 IS DEATH CD (Abduction) 2004 – CFR vol. 13
Folk Songs of the Rich and Evil / Exotica on $5 a Day 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2005
Uncle Jim’s Superstars of Greenwich Meantime LP (Black Velvet Fuckere Records) 2005
Static from the Outside Set CD (Abduction) 2006 – CFR vol. 14
Uncle Jim’s Superstars of Greenwich Meantime CD reissue (Abduction) 2006
Live Room CD (Three Lobed) 2006
Montreal Pop CD
Djinn Funnel LP (Nashazphone) 2006
Piano Bar LP (Ri Be Xibalba) 2006
For Drummers Only LP (Ri Be Xibalba) 2006
Beginnings Dark LP (Enterruption) 2007
Mister Lonely: Music From A Film By Harmony Korine with J. Spaceman LP/CD (Drag City) 2008
Funeral Mariachi LP/CD (Abduction) 2010

7-inch

And So The Dead Tongue Sang (Pulp) 1987
You’re Never Alone With a Cigarette (Majora) 1990
Three Fake Female Orgasms 2×7″ (Majora) 1991
Let’s Just Lounge (Majora) 1992
Napoleon and Josephine (Scratch) 1992
Caroliner tribute (Nuf Sed) 1992 [split with Thinking Fellers Union Local 282]
Eye Mohini (Majora) 1992
Borungku Si Derita double 7″ (Majora) 1993 [also issued as a single 7″]
Live…For Chilly (bootleg) 1993
Carl the Barber 2003 [split 7″ with Carl Wellman]
Uncle Jim’s True Confessions of Homeland Security (Empirical) 2003

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The Pseudonymphs’ 1990 Tour

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I was on a little hiatus from laboring for lawyers (read: got unfairly and unjustly fired from a big, ugly, selfish, majorly dickish law firm) in the spring of 1990; I wasn’t really doing anything important this particular summer. My good friend, Drew, suggested that I go on the road with his girlfriend, Ruth’s, band, the Pseudonymphs (hereinafter, the P’nymphs.) I had not met or seen this three-women punk group before, but I gave it some thought, and decided to meet with Ruth and the girls. I got together with Ruth Hampton, and sisters Carrie and Julie O’Baoighill, one hot July afternoon, and we really clicked right away. It was decided that I would assist with driving and just sort of help them manage their East Coast tour. It mattered not that I didn’t have a driver’s license at the time.

So the plans were in motion. We’d leave Minneapolis in a couple of weeks for an East Coast tour, with shows starting in Connecticut and ending up in Carrie and Julie’s hometown of Portland, Maine.

My boyfriend (who is now my hubby) was cool with the whole thing, and even encouraged me to go do something adventurous and different. The weekend before I was to leave, however, we were playing softball with a bunch of English guys who didn’t know you needed to get out of the way when someone is sliding into a base…which is a long way of saying that my boyfriend, now hubby, broke his leg while sliding into a base being manned by an English guy who wouldn’t get out of the way. Snap! Broke in two places. Holy shit! The doctors put him in a cast but were evaluating and trying to decide whether they should do surgery and put in a screw or two, which would have meant that I would not be going with the P’nymphs. My now hubby decided against the screws, so my trip was on. He still hasn’t shown any signs of resentment, even though his dad came and stayed with him while I was gone. Sorry, honey.

Alright, trip on! We gathered at the Seward Café to meet up with the guy loaning us his van, a 1971 Ford Econoline with a hole in the gas tank, so we could never quite fill up the tank all the way…swell. It was really nice of the van owner to loan it to us though.

Our first destination was to Ruthie’s parents’ farm in Northeastern Iowa. We got there pretty late at night, and I was amazed to see how beautiful it was in the morning when we got up – rolling hills and lots of trees – not all flat and corny. I mean, lots of corn of course, it was a corn farm. Ruth’s dad was funny, making corn smut jokes that I didn’t quite get, not understanding what corn smut was. Both of her parents were very lovely people – Quakers – whom I’ve grown a deep respect for in the years since meeting them.

I think all of us started getting our sea legs, and were ready for the trek out East. These girls were prepared – they had the mechanisms for cooking on the road and making coffee – they weren’t going to pay me anything, but they sure did take care of me. We ate very healthy meals and always had the java going. We went through all the “I” states, as Julie called them – I did all the driving through Ohio – I couldn’t see straight anymore and I think it was Carrie who took over the driving duties while I slept in the back of the van.  [here is one of the P’Nymphs’ big hits “Premature Ejaculation” http://youtu.be/JbO2e0z4BvQ ]

First gig was at the Third World Café in New Haven, Connecticut, the P’nymphs would be opening for a group called The Sun City Girls (actually, 3 guys from Arizona, and hereinafter “SCG”.) SCG was 2 brothers, Alan and Richard Bishop, and their soul brother, Charlie Gocher (Goshay, dammit.) I loved these guys instantly, their performance was amazing, and they were spectacular human beings. We all got along famously – went to a Denny’s after the show and then stayed with the club’s manager, Fernando, that night. We thought it was great that Fernando’s place was right on the ocean and went for a dip that morning, but jesus there were hypodermic needles and condoms on the beach…it was crazy! [here’s more stuff about those sun city girls – I guess they were kind of a “thing”  http://www.suncitygirls.com/about/]

Then it was on to Worcester, Massachusetts (worstah) for another show with SCG at Worcester Artists Group (WAG), a large warehouse space. This was a really cool show, although during the P’nymphs’ performance I sort of had to strong-arm some really stupid frat-boy types sitting in the back who wouldn’t shut up. I made them shut up.

That night we (P’nymphs and SCG) stayed with booking agent Bob Jordan – I slept in the van – we had a big breakfast feast and then just hung out in Bob’s living room for a spell. One of the guys from WAG was filming us singing “Those Were the Days,” from All in the Family…I would kill to see that video. After the sing-song, Julie goes “what does that mean ‘geeouroldlasallerangreat?’” and then Alan broke it down and explained it to her. Priceless!

We parted ways with SCG – they had a gig in Boston, and so did the P’nymphs, only in different venues. Things got a little screwed up for the P’nymphs – we got to this weird little club and the sign said “The Acoustic Nymphs” – there was no way the P’nymphs were going to do anything acoustic. So we just hung out at this place for a little bit, and then decided to head on up to Portland.

The O’Baoighill girls had a great gig in their hometown at Geno’s. Girl group band The Brood opened…and the P’nymphs blew everyone’s socks off. We were all invited to a lobster beach party hosted by The Brood the next day, and when we got there (and we weren’t late), the people were having a food fight on the rocky beach, throwing lobsters and other food items at each other. They didn’t acknowledge our arrival or existence. Were they paying us back for kicking their asses the night before? We were soooo hungry.

We stayed at Carrie and Julie’s mom’s house that night and, after getting fully rested, we cleaned out the van the next morning and got our shit together for the long journey home. We pretty much drove straight through, making sure that there was at least one licensed driver up front at all times. We got pulled over in Calumet, Illinois (one of those dammed “I” states) and had to do a big switcheroo – Ruthie had to quickly jump in the driver’s seat (I had been driving) – and the O’Baoighill girls were naked in the back and had to quickly put some clothes on. It was hot, ok? All of this happened in front of an oil change place where a bunch of the mechanics were on their lunch break, and they were thoroughly entertained by the whole scene. We got a ticket for something minor, I can’t recall what it was for, but I guess it could have been a lot worse.

Got back to Minneapolis and was glad to see my poor now hubby with his poor broken leg. I made life-long friends with the P’nymphs and won’t ever forget this trip. The Sun City Girls came through Minneapolis towards the end of their tour, played at the Uptown (may it rest in peace) and stayed with us. More life-long friends.

If anyone asks you to be a road manager, don’t let something like not having a driver’s license hold you back.