Lemonheads Try, But Frenzy Calls The Tune

Christel Burt from Desert News reports from the concert at Fairpark Coliseum (1994) where Possum Dixon was one of the support acts for Lemonheads.

The second opening band, Possum Dixon, carried the frenzy along as moshers began throwing shoes, clothes, and water. Then came the crowd-surfers. Bodies went bouncing into the air. Some landed on enough upraised hands to be carried across the crowd for several seconds. Some people were dropped on their heads. All night long, noses were bloodied and feet mashed.

After a long, sweaty 30-minute intermission between bands, the Lemonheads came onstage. “This is the place,” said Evan Dando.

Two songs later, the band stopped playing. A swarm of bugs surrounded the stage and no bug spray could be found. The band members smoked cigarettes for the duration of the performance to keep the insects away.

A delerium of bodies hopping and bashing in the mosh pit paused momentarily when Evan Dando, lead singer, said, “You in the front row have the best seats in the house. Turn around and face us.” A few minutes later Dando stopped playing again, and asked the crowd to stop crowd-surfing.

True Lemonheads fans were overrun by an overwhelming number of young (even pre-teenage) concertgoers who clearly preferred Possum Dixon, one of the opening bands. Possum Dixon’s electrified, emotionless style, with its punky, hysterical outcrank was more dedicated to stirring the mosh pit than the musically sincere Lemonheads.

Italian Magazines

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Interview in an Italian magazine dated November 1992. That’s even before the record deal with Interscope Records and the debut album in 1993. Unfortunately I don’t understand Italian, but there’s a great picture of Rob, Celso and Robert. A smaller version of the picture was used in an interview done by Flipside Magazine May / June  edition in 1993. Also included is a cute folkyinspired flyer from Al’s Bar. Check out the 3 page article.

buscaderoInterview with Rob Zabrecky promoting the debut album. No pictures. Read 2 page interview (in Italian).

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Another interview with Rob promoting the debut album. Read 2 page interview (in Italian).

Flipside Fanzine

Flipside was a punk zine operating out of Los Angeles from 1977 – 2000.  It was one of the first and longest running US punk zine. The magazine had it’s own record label: Flipside Records. They distributed a great 7″ with Possum Dixon in 1992. Other band in the rooster is Babyland, At The Drive In, The Abe Lincoln Story. Also known for the first record Beck released, a split 7″ with the Beans in 1993.

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# 77, March / April 1992

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Sully, Rob, unknown drummer and Celso

“Sort of like herpes. We’re fine for awhile and then we break out in a rash of bad shows.”
–  Sully (Flipside March / April 1992)

Check out an early interview of the band after a buzz around the 7″ Watch The Girl Destroy Me on Freak Scene Records. Fun fact: The band on the cover of this edition is Trash Can School, a band Celso for a brief period played guitar in before teaming up with Rob and started the band we all love.

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# 84 May / June 1993

The band talking about playing live, their favorite performance, recording cassettes and 45s, how Rich Treuel ended up on drums, monitors in Al’s Bar, the love for Screamin Jay Hawkins and more. Read 3 page interview by Jennifer Wolfe and Craig Ochoa.

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# 90 June / July 1994

Rob Zabrecky and Celso Chavez talks about fans, fanzine, touring, backyard party with Thurston, how they got discovered by Interscope Records and more. Read 4 page interview by Gus and Michele.

Albuquerque Journal (12.22.95)

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“Couches, especially old ones, can be beautiful things.”
– Rob Zabrecky

Read interview by Kevin Hopper. Promotion for the split gig with The Drags and The Honeys at Golden West. The Drags is a local band, and there is a review of their record Dragsploitation…..Now! at bottom of the article. It made me want to check ’em out. Here’s a link where you can hear what its all about. I dig it!

MTV Boston

MTV covering local AIDS charity in Boston featuring 19 artist on 5 different venues. Short interviews and live clip by Possum Dixon (Nerves and Lucky Star (Madonna cover) at 00:49) Beck, Indigo Girls, The Proclaimers, Sheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, Inspiral Carpets, Violent Femmes.

Source: Robert Sullivan

The News Journal (04.26.94)

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Sully, Rob, Rich and Celso (Photo: Interscope Records)

“At the street corner where the Velvet Underground and Devo met up is where Possum Dixon fell out of their pocket.”
– Rob Zabrecky

Read interview by Joe Szczechowski. Promotion for the split gig with The Reverend Horten Heat at the Stone Balloon, Newark.

KRZQ BALL

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KRZQ Ball hosted by KRZQ Radio featuring Possum Dixon, Material Issue, Violent Femmes and Rollins Band at  Livestock Events Center, Reno, Nevada, 06.09.94. Valerie ,who runs the site 1984 To The Present – A Musical Journey, attended the show and stated that Beck also was billed to play. Unfortunately Valerie don’t remember anything from the Possum Dixon performance. Or Beck. Or Violent Femmes.

Source: 1984 To The Present – A Musical Journey