GAJOOB Interviews Alan Herrick of Auricular Records
Oh yes - there were many memorable in-store performances. One of the first that occurred was Ron Anderson of the Molecules, prior to the formation of the Molecules. That performance spilled out onto the street eventually and definitely drew some attention. Lisa Suckdog & Costes was a very early performance. I don;t have to really tell much about that - suffice it to say it rode the fine line between uncomfortable and possibly requiring a series of permits we did not possess. Haters filling the entire store with bales of hay, shredded mattresses, broken toilets, couches and televisions playing static was a very memorable day. The performance lasted an entire afternoon. It evolved from shredding and pulling apart to resting and watching state, back to shredding. It was a Haters performance and probably the longest one I remember experiencing. I would have to check with GX to see if he has ever done one longer.
Some of my favorite shows were always the anniversary parties. We would put up a signup sheet and any performer could come in and sign up to play but you got paired up with other performers. This resulted in some pretty unusual combinations and sounds.
We also had some pretty memorable events in the store with Daevid Allen, Merzbow, Hafler Trio, Phauss, Bilting Karkowski, KK Null, Pain Teens, Big City Orchestra, Amber Asylum, Low Flying Aircraft. It really was a fantastic time.
My all time favorite show would have to be the Seemen though. If you saw the Seemen during the late 80's or early 90's you got a special treat. Kal would breath fire - shows included pyrotechnics and special effects, special effects, projections, video and much more. The Seemen had started to grind away in classic form and during the set had filled the store with smoke using a lawn fogger (with Pina Colada scented smoke) Smoke was pouring out the front door of the store. Lights were flashing, TVs were playing video, noise wasting noisy and Kal had just set a small upturned bucket a blaze to begin his ire breathing routine and firemen in full fire fighting great stormed in the door ready to fight the blaze someone had reported. It was so perfect it actually seems like part of the show. Kal immediately began interacting with them in a wonderful improv moment as the blast out the small fire on the bucket with a fire extinguisher. One firefighter tried to communicate something overrated nose to me but I just nodded and they went away and the show kept going. This was when i realized purchased a video camera to try to document some of what was happening would probably be a very good idea.