GODHEAD: I hung out and worked with the star and infamous BAD BOY of the new movie, THE RUNAWAYS: Mr. Kim Fowley on a daily basis...(1976-1980-or so...) As artist, songwriter, even limo driver...*I'd seen and done it all.
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Under Construction-pleasant nightmares greet you on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams...
"Cherie Curry Naked!" Kim's words exploded in my ears...
A few of the Outstanding Musicians included in the package: Stiv Bators (the Dead Boys) Denny Seiwell (Paul McCartney and Wings) Chris Darrow (Kaleidescope) Bruce Gary (the Knack) VINNIE VINCENT (KISS) Ray Manzarek (the Doors) John Locke (Spirit) Dan and David Kessel (Phil Spector) Leon and Mary Russell * Mark Peters (note: aka. The Fantastic TEENAGE OPERA-Mark Wirtz) Randy Winburn. Gary Pickus (Barry Manilow) Pooch (The Condors) Laurie Bell and Laurie McAllister (The Orchids and The Runaways) BLAKE XOLTON! and Kim's ever -so long list of urine queens! (Barks and grunts)
Repressive Days: As artist, chauffer, and right hand man... I had to get use to "Fowley Speak" on a "human level". Part of the jive was Kim's audio-imagery. HIS WOUNDS. "Cherie Curry naked..." That Tasty IMAGE. Burned into my brain. Day in and Day Out! Kim Fowley total indocrination. His real time Pain. Followed by the haunting chime of: "Cherie...waah..." Endless dogma... But it was Cherie Curry lead singer of the Runaways, the band Kim taught and made happen, who, I could only understand, had crushed Kim. Oh, the agony!
The Worst Record Ever Made: Greg Shaw of Bomp Records tells the story in his sleeve notes to the posthumous LA LA CD of rare and unreleased Stiv Bators material:
"I still recall, vividly, the moment of frozen horror when Jim Mankey called sometime in the middle of the night to let me know that the studio where Stiv was supposed to be recording his new single had been invaded by a horde of refugees from Hollywood's closing hour, led by none other than Kim Fowley. I knew with a sinking feeling that they'd be there for hours, nothing useful would get done, and I'd have to pay the bills...On hand was an army of hangers on, including BeBe Buell, and various members of Sham 69 and the Runaways. Also along was Fowley protege Tommy Rock, who helped throw together the songs and arrangements that ended up being put on tape, instead of the planned single...LA LA rewrites Louie Louie as a kind of exegesis of Stiv's Hollywood experience."
Fowley got Bators to re-record The Worst Record Ever Made. Add to that the fact that Bators went on to die in a hit and run accident and you have the stuff of PUNK legend.
With mutual admiration for all Kim's Dreamrockers and tiredless Drivers.
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"Dr. Rock" I could hear Rodney laughing on the phone with that Rodney Bingenheimer laugh.
" Tommy Rock!" Kim added with his bigger, more serious laugh.
That was my new show "biz" name for the next few years. It was kinda "square" to me back then-seventies. A straight middle-class kid from the suburbs of New York, but I didn't doubt. He handed me a dirty yellow piece of paper he had just scribbled on. The cold hands of money men the ultra cool..." it read. "Nice" I thought, waiting for his next move, picking up my guitar.
"Play dog!" adding melody to his words, tuning it up. Getting it right.
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"Punk Rock" 1978 Adults Only Western Ave. East Hollywood. My neighborhood. Across from the infamous Blacklight Bar
Curiosity notes on the background movie poster "Punk Rock": Carter Stevens cult classic. Wade Nicholis is a P.I. searching for Mafia killers in N.Y.C. (He also recorded a Disco Album for Casablanca under an alias) "Filled with lots of incrowd people you really don't want to see naked. The scenes with the Punk Band are a gift from God..."
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Louis (Fist) got in a fight while protecting the Orchids and was thrown in jail. Kim will bail him out but needs Louis' real FULL NAME in order to do that. Call Walter Hurst at 469-7200 or 469-7209 and Call Kim's service (466- 9131) with Louis' name or leave message that you don't know what it is. (They think his name is Gregory Louis Wanzo) - G (Gary Pickus)
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Tommy Rock on top/Louis Fist- bodyguard for Kim Fowley (center bottom)
"Here's something new...that just came out... this is the security guard at the Masque...not Tiny...not Tiny...this is Tommy Rock" Rodney Bingenheimer. KROQ. 1978.
Excerpt from the Insiders' Book: Cranked Up Really High: Genre Theory and Punk Rock by Stewart Home
"Sam IS Insane!"
Hey, I'm Tommy Rock. One of the pack of cult figure and legendary music man Kim Fowley's dogs... (or "failure cocks...")
This is my story, and I'm sticking to it.
"Who in the fuck gives a fuck about Tommy Rock. Fuck! Fuck Tommy Rock! AND WHO in the fuck gives a fuck...anyway..."
Phil Spector 1978 (first proper introduction by scenemaker Harvey Kubernik outside Le Dome on Sunset Blvd... the beginning of my career...)
This tirade went on for five or ten minutes, Spector lunging at me in the traffic, leashed to a black suited bodyguard on the left and one on the right. Drugged out of his mind. A trendy Hollywood welcome for a wide- kid eyed boy from Free Cloud called Long Island.