Homage to West Coast Punks

about 5 years ago
L.A. could not only accommodate straightforward punk bands (the Dils, the Avengers, the Zeros) but also artists like the Middle Class, who, says Savage, were "four extremely pissed-off adolescents who were playing incredibly fast songs, all about a minute long". There were also the Weirdos, influenced by pop art, and the Screamers. The latter had two lead vocalists, two synth players and no guitarists; they grandly announced that they wouldn't release any records—just videos. "If it was creative and energetic, it was fine," says KK Barrett, then the Screamers drummer, now a film designer for such stars as Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze.
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