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December 16, 2003: Live music from KINGFACE -- Recorded at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, 1988

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  Backstory: In 1996 or 97, I was sitting in a subway station with the co-editor of the zine I used to edit. I was flipping through the club listings in the city paper to see what shows were coming up when my friend noticed the gurgling noise coming from my mouth, the fact that my eyes were bugging out of my skull, and that I was slapping the page with both hands, pointing at the upcoming listings for former NYC venue Brownies.
  To blame for my temporary loss of motor skills was that one of the greatest rock bands of my teenaged punk rock youth was playing a reunion show and we were to be a pair of good-goddamned failures if we were going to let this opportunity to get them in the pages of our modest rag slip away.
  Anyway, phone calls were made, strings were pulled, favors were called in, and in two weeks time, we'd parked ourselves at the bar with Kingface frontman Mark Sullivan for what wound up being a really great interview in the eventual zine. And more importantly, the show was absolutely riveting. As someone who's seen more than a few bands embarrass themselves and piss on their own legacy by reuniting for the purpose of grabbing frantically at the old glory, I can say with some authority that Kingface's reunion show in New York was an obvious example of four modest guys with incredible talent doing it one more time just for the fuck of it, to have a good time with some old, disconnected friends and fans, and damn the consequences anyway.
  Fast forward to 2003: Kingface axeman supreme Patrick Bobst and I connect thanks to the miracle of Googling and we swap some recollections of the band, I tell him how proud I was to have them in the pages of my (now defunct) magazine, and I lay on a substantial amount of rock star hero worship... Patrick -- Ace guy that he is -- rewards me by sending along an absolutely incredible assortment of Kingface swag, including a live-off-the-board recording of the band performing live at Washington DC's storied 9:30 Club, in 1988. After a few listens, it's evident that it needed to be played on the air in its' entirety, and this archive is the result of that decision.
  Friends, ounce for ounce, Kingface rocked harder than any half dozen of their contemporaries did. They played no-frills hard rock with a ferocious DIY aesthetic, released two incredible EPs (that are now sadly out of print and pretty much impossible to get), they shared the stage with revered DC compatriots like Scream, Fugazi, Government Issue, and Beefeater, and they left behind an exemplary legacy that reflects the wildly different world that independent rock bands were reckoning with 15 years ago. It was an honor to have been there, and an even greater joy to be able to bring this incredible recording to the WFMU listenership. I extend hearty pats on the back and warm handshakes to Mark, Larry, Andy, and Patrick. Enjoy!

[UPDATE: You can now download the entirety of this live session in MP3 by going here.]
Kingface  Dirty Wings   State of the Union (compilation)  This is still available through Dischord Records. In my opinion, the definitive compilation of the tail-end of the 80s with Scream, Marginal Man, Shudder to Think, Fugazi, One Last Wish, Ignition, Soulside, and Fire Party also making amazing contributions.    0:00:35 Pop-up)
The Gun Club  Run Through the Jungle   Miami      0:03:11 Pop-up)
Cobra Verde  Catalogue   Vintage Crime      0:07:14 Pop-up)
Alan Hull  We Can Swing Together   Children of the Sun 2xCD  compilation  *   0:10:05 Pop-up)
Merle Haggard  Back to the Barrooms Again   Back to the Barrooms      0:13:23 Pop-up)
Flamin' Groovies  Slow Death   Sixteen Tunes: The Goldstar Tapes & More    *   0:15:53 Pop-up)
Christmas  Stupid Kids   12"  (And also featured on the 'Ultraprophets of thee Psy-Kick Revolution' LP, but I'm a stickler for accuracy this morning.)    0:20:29 Pop-up)
The Rammellzee  Cheesey Lipstick   7"    *   0:23:24 Pop-up)
The Rondelles  Please Shut Up   The Fox      0:27:36 Pop-up)
Legowelt  Run to the Hills   Powerslaves  Iron Maiden cover    0:41:02 Pop-up)
Flipper  Not Crazy   American Grafishy      0:45:38 Pop-up)
Missy Elliott  Spelling Bee   This is not a Test!    *   0:48:41 Pop-up)
Com.A  Winner of the 200   My Way: Singles/Remixes Collection    *   0:52:18 Pop-up)
Silverhead  Ace Supreme   Clap Your Hands, Stamp Your Feet!: More Junk Shop Glam  compilation    0:56:14 Pop-up)
T. Rex  Raw Ramp   T. Rextasy 1970-1973      0:59:58 Pop-up)
Sylvain Sylvain  Hungry Girls   Paper, Pencil, and Glue    *   1:02:10 Pop-up)
Blackbird  I Need You   The Big One  compilation    1:05:41 Pop-up)
The Bubble Puppy  Hot Smoke and Sassafras   A Gathering of Promises      1:19:06 Pop-up)
Circle  Teraskylpy   Guillotine  Monster riffage, maaaaan!  *   1:21:18 Pop-up)
Van Halen  Everybody Wants Some   Women & Children First      1:32:08 Pop-up)
  Kingface - Live at the 9:30 Club 1988         1:42:03 Pop-up)
  Mike talks to Patrick Bobst of Kingface         2:28:34 Pop-up)
Starlite Desperation  Go Kill Mice   Go Kill Mice      2:47:15 Pop-up)
Boys from Nowhere  I Don't Bother   Hired and Fired      2:56:07 Pop-up)

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