Tokyo Damage Report

PART TIME CHRISTIANS

 I love gimmick bands. It hurts my feelings all the way down to the very center of my nads when someone says “gimmick band” as if it’s a BAD thing. Whether it’s Village People, Crucial Youth, Hatebeak, Jud Jud, Turbonegro, Crime, Bushwick Bill, Narduar’s Goblin band, or (from the rap side) the Afros, Fat Boys, MC Hawking, Yeastie Girlz, or Thirstin Howl the Skillionaire, or pretty much any surf band with matching astronaut costumes, I’m totally happy the band exists, even if I don’t necessarily like it (‘it’ meaning the surf bands).

 

But nobody had a better gimmick than the Part Time Christians. They were skate-punks ,. . .  from FRESNO.

 

Also, they were Cholos. But not the Mike Muir kind – they’d rather bowl with you and drink beer than stab you in the pit. In fact, they called themselves BOWL-OS. As if that was not enough of a conceptual foundation, the singer also used a Steve Martin “Wild And Crazy Guy” voice in arbitrary parts of the songs.

 

PLUS they had a full-on, Roland 808-plus-live-bass RAP song like a century before Anthrax did "I’m The Man". (“Bowling Pin Massacre”, I believe the PTC song was called = ‘I step up to the wood, grab the ball/ the pins see it come, down they fall/ I turn to my homeboys and say with a grin/ I’m a damn good bowler for the shape I’m in’) They were genius on so many levels it hurts me that they never got famous.

 
Also their songs were just fucking awesome. Many styles of punk, from  thrash, to FANG-ish mid-tempo, to skate-punk, played in a heavy fucking way with totally raw vocals that – to me anyway –  are the Essence Of Teenage Male than any other singer. Their album is called ROCK AND ROLL IS DISCO.  If you find it, get it.
 
ROCK AND ROLL IS DISCO is not 100% skateboards, graffitti, and bowling : There is also a song about calling 1-900 numbers and masturbating to phone-sex women with French accents.  Are you beginning to understand the fuckin’ cornucopia of, the fuckin’ rennisance that these guys brought? 
 

 No youtube, but their myspace is here. I get to see some good bands in Japan but I was fuckin’ bummed that I missed their reunion in California. If you live in CA, you might be able to see their  wizened version.

 

 

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  1. Steve October 19th, 2009 10:17 am

    I understand what you’re saying about how gimmick bands aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Kool Keith proves that again and again, but how the heck is Thirstin Howl the Third a gimmick?

    Appreciate your music posts as always.

  2. Dan October 19th, 2009 8:29 pm

    I guess I have to ask your thoughts about the Red Elvises as a gimmick band. True or false? I mean that Balalaika is simply majestic…

  3. admin October 20th, 2009 6:34 am

    @dan: of course they’re a gimmick band. Although I’m not so familiar with them – the only songs I ever heard were on the six-string samurai soundtrack. “why don’t we do the boogie-woogie, cha cha cha!”

  4. admin October 20th, 2009 6:36 am

    @steve: Thirstin – shit, I should do a whole post on him. He is a genius in many ways, one of few guys who is lyrical and criminal and funny at the same time. I guess his gimmick is every other song AND every single album cover is about ralph lauren. Dude might have some OCD going as well.

  5. Steve October 20th, 2009 7:14 am

    Yeah I guess having an entire rap crew devoted to Polo shirts is a kind of gimmick.

    Does this mean Kanye West is a gimmick too, because he teaches us how to dress like bigger clowns than ICP?

  6. admin October 20th, 2009 6:30 pm

    kanye west . . . I guess he’s the black Glenn Beck? He tries way too hard to get a reaction, cries a lot, and you’re kind of ashamed that you know who he is.

  7. fizgig October 21st, 2009 1:20 am

    Do you mean (Narduar’s) Thee Goblins? (canadian guy who does the abstract interviews)

    I’m also kinda miffed you never name-dropped the Electric Eels in any of your punk rants.. (not really)

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