January 29th, 2014
Freebase
Cat Butt
Journey To The Center Of

rawpowerwritings:

As I may have mentioned, due to rain and no work, I dedicated my entire day yesterday to listening to records.  I also finally got around to digitizing the piece above, Cat Butt's Journey To The Center Of.  I got to meet and hang out with Cat Butt’s lead singer, David Duet, on many occasions in Los Angeles a few years ago before he moved back to Austin, TX.  His stories about playing with the above band, partying in Seattle, and epic tours across the US with Cat Butt, Girl Trouble, and The U-Men back in the late 80’s intrigued me so much that I went out of my way to track down a copy of Cat Butt’s one and only 12”, Journey To The Center Of.  The record marks one of Sub Pop’s early releases and caught the band at the height of their success making a ruckus across the Northwest and gigging with the soon to be sensations like Nirvana, Mudhoney, and L7.The record captures the intense brand of psychedelic garage punk that the band delivered and offers a glimpse of the multitudes of sounds and influences that were churning around in the early days of Seattle’s grunge scene.  Though I never saw Cat Butt live (I was just starting elementary school when they played their last show) I get the feeling that these recordings only hint at how out of control they must’ve been when they took the stage.  Based on the stories David told me about how wild their shows were and the even wilder after parties that would follow, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that they may have scared away any major label interest that was in the area signing many of their peers.  It probably also didn’t help that the run-out groove on this EP reads, “When The Man From Geffen Comes… Shoot Him With A Gun.”  If you ever see a copy of this record or their one and only 7” floating around, snag’em.  Cat Butt was an integral part of early Seattle grunge and their music is well worth having in any collection. 

Since his Cat Butt days David Duet has been in several groups including his most recent project, Austin, TX’s El Pathos, which also features members of The Dicks and The Offenders.  However, several months ago, David was side lined big time by an extremely virulent infection which almost cost him his hand and part of his arm.  David being the tough SOB he is, beat that stuff back and is back on the stage performing again, even doing a few numbers at the benefit for Gary Floyd the other weekend alongside David Yow, from Jesus Lizard, and The Dicks.  Though David is out of the woods with his hand, he’s still got a ton of medical bills to contend with so if you have any interest in helping the guy out, check out the El Pathos site for information on how to donate.

Reblogged from Raw Power Writings
August 2nd, 2013

fantagraphics:

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"Our anti-hero is floating in a tiny lifeboat made of heroin, graveyard shifts & rock music. His companions are two fabulous women; a bombshell who robs banks & a beautifully pale rock violinist who can barely dodge suicide. ICWD is much funnier & more satisfying than any other junkie rock’n’roll tragedy.” – John Doe (X)

"Bland is a brutally funny and bravely honest writer. A perfect guide through the bloodshot streets and desperate bedrooms of the underground wilderness." – Dave Alvin (Blasters)

In Case We Die is a poetic and elegant journey … straight to the gutter.” – Wayne Kramer (MC5)

"Beautiful, literary redemption." – Exene Cervenka (X)

"A great piece of work — full of filth and heart." – Steve Earle

"A suitably Peckinpah finale. Bravo. It has been like a traveling dream state and sometimes familiar look into the abyss." – Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)

"I am a believer in what Bland has to say. He writes with eloquence, candor, darkness, and humor….the good stuff!" – Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N’ Roses)

"Danny Bland is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever known. Beneath a crusty, punk rock exterior lies one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen. This book? It’s the literary version of Danny Bland." – Damien Echols (West Memphis Three)

In Case We Die
by Danny Bland; illustrated with photos by Lance Mercer

248-page black & white 6” x 8.5” hardcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-675-1

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July 23rd, 2013

suzisafari:

VINTAGE 1989 CAT BUTT & L7 MOTOGRUNGE SUB POP TOUR T-SHIRT

Reblogged from $uzi Safari
January 29th, 2013

Danny Bland, of Cat Butt/Dwarves/Best Kissers in the World fame, has a novel coming out this summer via Fantagraphics. The audio book sounds particularly exciting:

An exclusive roster of legendary artists, musicians, actors and friends have lent their support and donated their talent by reading and recording chapters of the book including Dave Alvin (Blasters, Knitters), Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers), Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, American Splendor), Blag Dahlia (Dwarves), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), John Doe (X, Knitters), Jacob Pitts (actor, Justified), Damien Echols (West Memphis Three), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Rob Delaney (comic, Twitter superstar), Lou Beach (author, artist), Steve Earle (singer, songwriter, actor), Mark Boone Jr. (Sons of Anarchy), Aimee Mann (singer, songwriter, actress), Marc Maron (WTF podcast), John Sinclair (White Panther Party, MC5 manager), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects, The Walking Dead), Mark Arm (Mudhoney) and others t.b.a., with a portion of the proceeds benefiting MusicCares, a non-profit organization helping musicians and roadies gain sobriety and obtain medical care.

fantagraphics:

Fantagraphics Books to publish In Case We Die, a novel by Danny Bland

May 15th, 2012

David Duet of Cat Butt fame joins Mudhoney onstage to perform the Dicks’ “Hate the Police” in Austin, November 2011.

March 10th, 2012

'Everybody Loves Our Town': The Audio/Visual Experience!

To celebrate the trade paperback release of my book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge (out this Tuesday, March 13; order info here), I’ve rounded up video clips of 10 of the musical performances discussed in the book, along with corresponding excerpts (note: all page numbers are for the paperback edition). Hope you enjoy the ELOT A/V experience!

1. Mudhoney headline the Sub Pop Lamefest, the Moore Theatre, Seattle, June 9, 1989



BRUCE PAVITT (Sub Pop Records cofounder) The manager of the Moore Theatre had actually sent most of his security guys home because he was convinced that nobody was gonna show up. So when the local youth went off at the show, stage-diving and everything else, the security staff on hand was overwhelmed. Mark Arm very famously kicked a security guard and knocked him right off the stage. That show ignited the city’s youth and put Seattle on the map. (p. 200 of the paperback edition)

2. L7 and Cat Butt singer David Duet cover the Sonics’ “Strychnine,” the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, August 27, 1990



DAVID DUET (Cat Butt singer) I checked myself into a five-day-detox wino hospital. Stayed there about three days. L7 was playing down the street, and I convinced the nurse to let me out, that it would be better for me to go play rock and roll, and she did. It was amazing. I hobbled down the street, got on stage with L7, did a Frank Sinatra version of “Strychnine” ‘cause I was so looped out from all the medications they had me on, jumped in the van with L7, went to Canada. (p. 225; video is from Canadian tour)

3. Pearl Jam’s first show (performed under the name Mookie Blaylock), the Off Ramp, Seattle, October 22, 1990



DAVE KRUSEN (Pearl Jam drummer) A week later, we played a show. It was at a place called the Off Ramp, and we were called Mookie Blaylock. I didn’t know anything about basketball, so I did not know who Mookie Blaylock was. I remember somebody asking, “Why Mookie Blaylock?” And Jeff answered, “Michael Jordan is just not very cool-sounding.” (p. 269)

4. Nirvana debut “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the OK Hotel, Seattle, April 17, 1991

KURT BLOCH (Fastbacks/Young Fresh Fellows guitarist) That show at the OK Hotel was legendary! There were a few genre-defining shows, and certainly that was one of them. I remember standing next to Nils Bernstein, and then, “Hey, here’s a new song, blah blah blah.” They started playing “Teen Spirit,” and Nils and I looked at each other like, Holy fuck! This song is unbelievable. (p. 278) 

5. Screaming Trees trash the stage, Roskilde Festival, Denmark, June 25, 1992 



BARRETT MARTIN (Screaming Trees drummer) After Roskilde, something shifted in the way we were perceived: as being real brutish, tough, beating people up, looking for fights, fighting amongst ourselves. But it was a distortion of reality. I’m not saying that it didn’t happen on a small scale from time to time, but you wouldn’t have the energy to keep going if you did that all the time. (p. 338)

6. L7 singer/guitarist Donita Sparks throws a used tampon at the crowd, the Reading Festival, England, August 30, 1992



JENNIFER FINCH (L7 bassist) People were throwing mud at us when we were playing. Donita was like, “Fuck this!” and went behind her amp and pulled out her tampon and threw it into the audience. It was hysterical. That’s something we used to do, growing up: drive around and pull our tampons out and throw them at people that made comments. It’s the ultimate kind of “fuck you.” (p. 369)

7. Journalist Everett True wheels Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain onstage, the Reading Festival, England, August 30, 1992



EVERETT TRUE (U.K. music journalist) I was trying to walk in a straight line, and so I start pushing Kurt towards the mic, and he reaches up and grabs me. I thought, Oh cool, he wants to have a mock fight onstage like we always used to have. So I start kind of punching him, and he’s saying, “No, you asshole, you’re pushing me to the wrong microphone.” (p. 370)

8. Pearl Jam’s drunken MTV Singles film premiere party performance, the Park Plaza Hotel Ballroom, Los Angeles, September 10, 1992



DANNY BRAMSON (Singles music supervisor) The show started, and Vedder goes out onstage begrudgingly. He’s got a bottle in one hand, and he grabs the mic and his opening words are “FUCK HOLLYWOOD!” That set the tone for the entire evening. (p. 390)

9. Nirvana play MTV Unplugged, Sony Music Studios, New York, November 18, 1993



ALEX COLETTI
(MTV Unplugged producer) At the end, I asked them, “Is there anything else you wanna try? We don’t have to use it.” I didn’t even dare suggest “Teen Spirit.” And Krist and Dave were kinda brainstorming, and Kurt just looked at me and said, “How do I top that last song?” I remember reaching to my headset and going, “That’s a wrap. We’re done.” (p. 436)

10. Alice in Chains play MTV Unplugged, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Majestic Theater, April 10, 1996



MIKE INEZ (Alice in Chains bassist) Layne that night was so haunting. His voice, especially his performance on “Down in a Hole,” it still brings a tear to my eye. There was a couple times I had to pull my eyes off of Layne and remind myself, Hey, I’m at work. Instead of being a fan here, I better concentrate on my bass chords. He was just so mesmerizing. (p. 486)

December 21st, 2011

Everybody Loves Our Town makes Spin’s Top 10 music books of 2011 list



There’s certainly no shortage of entertainingly thorough books documenting the early ’90s alt-rock boom and What Kurt Hath Wrought. But for exhaustive detail about Seattle’s unlikely, meteoric stint as the center of the universe — from Cat Butt to Candlebox and all points in between — this is hard to beat. As Yarm himself testifies, “It’s got it all: tragedy, comedy, corporate greed, media insanity, Courtney Love, and dudes who wore long johns under their shorts.” [Read the rest here.]

And there’s still time to get it as a holiday gift! North Americans, order ELOT at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indiebound. U.K. residents, buy it at Amazon.co.uk or Waterstones.com.

August 18th, 2011

See ultra-rare Nirvana and Mudhoney photos now!

Get a sneak preview of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge's amazing photo section over at the book's Facebook page (and while you’re there, please “like” the page).

This spread
features never-before-seen pics of Nirvana, Mudhoney and Cat Butt!

June 27th, 2011
On the [Cat Butt] record-jacket spine, we thanked the girlfriends of Mudhoney, TAD, and Nirvana. I said it as a joke, and [Sub Pop’s] Bruce Pavitt insisted that we put it in there. It was very much based on reality, though, except for Nirvana. Kurt’s girlfriend came up to me at one of our shows and said, ‘Why did you guys put that on the record? None of you have ever done me.’ (Laughs.) I said, ‘It was just to balance it out, honestly.’ It sounded better with Nirvana in there.
from my interview with ex-Cat Butt singer David Duet
May 20th, 2011
When [Cat Butt] were in New York, L7 were walking up ahead of us and all of a sudden the girls were being harassed by a group of Puerto Rican teenagers, all carrying backpacks. So Danny [Bland] and I step up to be the gentlemen and the protectors, and the kids whip hatchets out of their backpacks! One of the kids swings at Danny and breaks the bottom of his beer off. We were tripping on psychedelics, and at that point all the Cat Butt guys just started dying laughing. And then the girls started laughing. And then the guys with the hatchets started laughing. They put away their hatchets and walked away, laughing their heads off.
former Cat Butt frontman David Duet tells me about the infamous Cat Butt/L7 Swapping Fluids Across America tour of 1990
April 7th, 2011
Beefcake from GWAR took [Cat Butt] on a tour of the cemeteries in Richmond. James Madison, the president, he’s got a beautiful grave with like white marble and an American flag and everything. And Beefcake fuckin’ whipped out his dick and pissed right on it. I was thinkin’, James Madison wasn’t that bad a president, was he?
from my interview with ex-Cat Butt guitarist James Burdyshaw
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