Al’s Bar

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Al’s Bar was an important venue for hearing new edgy music in the 80s and 90s, and many bands played there before they made it big: Nirvana, Beck, Misfits, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth. It was located in 303 S. Hewitt St. downtown L.A. The bar closed in 2001,¬† but thanks to youtube you can check out how it was in this Walk Through Al’s Bar video. Possum Dixon played the modest stage at Al’s Bar already in the early stage of the band when they¬† still were doing their circus act. Flyer is from a show where they shared stage with Permanent Green Light where Matt Devine played guitar. Matt played guitar on the first version of Watch The Girl Destroy Me recorded by Rush Riddle in 1990. The song wasn’t released by Pronto Records, but released unauthorized by Freak Scene Records. Matt rejoined the band for the 3rd studio album New Sheets in 1998. Also billed to play was Beck who used to do support gigs for Possum Dixon. This is before Beck released his smash hit record Mellow Gold in 1994. Fun fact: Rob Zabrecky plays upright bass on the song Blackhole from the same record.

Press Kit Star Maps (1996)

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Photo: Jennifer Broussard

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Photo: Marina Chavez

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Press kit included 2 promo photos, original star map (foldout) and xerox copies of articles from:

  • Sassy (01.1996)
  • Los Angeles Times (02.12.1994)
  • Puncture (04.1994)
  • Pollstar (03.08.1994)
  • Fizz Magazine (only front cover with Possum Dixon)
  • Bam Magazine (11.19.1993)
  • Los Angeles reader (04.30.1993)

Read all articles.

Lollapalooza (1995)

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Check out MTV covering Lollapalooza Festival at Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA 07.04.95. Features short interviews by Sonic Youth, Pavement, Beck, The Jesus Lizard, Sinead O’Conner, Perry Farrell, Cypress Hill and Mighty Mighty Bosstone. There’s a short live clip of Rob Zabrecky at 02:02.

Source: Hijacked Flavours

Poster Children reminisce about Possum Dixons performance:

“The crowd was small, but receptive. Then, Possum Dixon goes on the stage, and a crowd gets larger. In fact, the crowd starts moshing!! I’ve never seen a pit for Possum Dixon, yet. The audience, crammed in front of their metal gate, roared after each song. Possum Dixon’s music is pretty straight-forward, and they all look like movie stars, but they put on a very good show, and the audience loved them! It was really nice to see a band get such a great response!”

And here’s a short glimpse into backstage mingling:

“I don’t think David Yow looks very happy,” Rick said. I stared worriedly at Yow slumped in the corner with his back turned away from everyone while one of the movie-star-Possum Dixon guys, sitting next to Georgia, talked at us for a half an hour about David Yow throwing beer bottles at him during an interview today (making me feel even worse for Yow), something about Yow yelling during the interview that he wanted to “Fuck Sinead O’ Connor” (we laughed about this) and a couple of other sexual references, more beer bottles being flung at him by Yow, and the interviewer deciding to end the interview prematurely.”

Source: Poster Children

The New York Times summary of what went down on the 2nd Stage when Lollapalooza played Gorge Amphitheater July 4:

“Poster Children and Yo La Tengo, both college-circuit regulars since the 1980’s, showed the benefits of experience in their second-stage sets. Poster Children played fierce, tuneful punk-rock and Yo La Tengo moved from terse songs to tumultuous jamming. Possum Dixon, which released its first album last year, updated 1980’s new-wave rock for tales of suburban surrealism. Doo Rag, an ersatz blues band, and Blowhole, a free-improvisation rock band, also performed on the second stage. A different second-stage lineup is scheduled when the tour reaches New York on July 28 at Downing Stadium on Randalls Island.”

Source: The New York Times

Interview of Possum Dixon at the Lollapalooza Festival.

They where booked to perform on the 2nd Stage with Poster Children, Doo Rag, Coolio, Yo La Tengo and Blowhole.

Source: Robert Sullivan