Stephen DePace has been the drummer of San Fransisco punk pioneers Flipper since they started back in 1979. The band are back in action with live shows next month including Dec 10th at Commissary Lounge in Costa Mesa CA, Dec 13th & 14th at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood CA and Dec 30th & 31st at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Stephen gives some background on how he first discovered some of the bands that influenced him and talks about some of his favorite songs in this weeks edition of “Five For Friday” but first enjoy the Flipper classic “Ha Ha Ha”.
Jimi Hendrix “Purple Haze”(Live At Atlanta Pop Festival)
The next song on my Five for Friday list is Jimi Hendrix who I discovered when I was 13. The studio version of Purple Haze is off Are You Experienced, which is one of those albums I played countless times on that first stereo. I used to put that record on and listen with headphones while laying in bed before going to sleep! I chose the Live at Atlanta Pop Festival version for the visual and audio quality and it took place in 1970 when I really discovered Hendrix and began buying his albums.
The Rolling Stones “Sympathy For The Devil” (Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out Version)
Next on the list is the Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil off the album, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out, recorded live at Madison Square Garden, released in 1970. I chose this Stones album because I remember this being played at high school parties. it was the next evolution of things for me. The album cover is one of my all time favorites.The guitars on this song from Keith Richards and Mick Taylor are just “gnarly,” to borrow a term from high school. The studio version of this song is also quite epic and one of the defining songs from the Stones. There was a university study that looked at brain damage caused by guitar solos and Keith Richards’ solo on Sympathy for the Devil, topped the list at number one! Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out Version)
Iggy Pop “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (from TV Eye Live)
I bought this album in 1977 and it was really the first thing I heard that was very different from anything else I had ever heard. I loved it. I bought The Idiot and Lust for Life, after hearing this album. The original studio version of this Stooges song is fantastic, but this live version of the song off Iggy’s post Stooges, TV EYE is my favorite because it should come with a warning, that the opening guitar riff could potentially melt your face off.
The Sex Pistols “No Fun” (Live At Winterland)
Finally, The Sex Pistols. The raw energy was undeniable and it seemed accessible to me. I knew I wanted to do THAT! I chose No Fun because it was the encore that night at Winterland in San Francisco and captures the energy and attitude of the band. They had decided to end it all just prior to going out on Stage. Their intent was to do the worst show of their career and break up after that show. Hence Johnny Rotten’s comment at the end, “ever get the feelin you’ve been cheated.” Also, No Fun is an Iggy Pop song and the Pistols sighted Iggy as an influence on them. So, it fits the chronology as well… I have 2 links below, one is with video and the other with no video, is higher quality audio.