Jess Raspe and Glenn Vistica booked alternative bands for the club Rock The House in northern New Jersey (Wallington). The last band they booked was Possum Dixon. Check out this great live soundboard recording. A treat for lovers of bootleg tapes.
Rob Zabrecky – vocal, bass
Celso Chavez – guitar
Robert O´Sullivan – guitar, keys
Richard Treul – drums
She Drives (partial)
We’re All Happy
Here She Comes
Damn The Rainbow
Watch The Girl Destroy Me
Executive Slacks/Borderline (Madonna)
For Your Love (Yardbirds)
The Days Of Wine And Roses (The Dream Syndicate)
Source: The Adventure Of Jeff & Unkajeff
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.
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.
Interview with Rob Zabrecky promoting the debut album. No pictures. Read 2 page interview (in Italian).
Another interview with Rob promoting the debut album. Read 2 page interview (in Italian).
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Size: 12,5″ x 28,5″
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