First fruits of the Che Underground Rock-‘n’-Roll Weekend: Days after we posted about a video featuring “Prison Walls” from the Injections’ seminal 1980 single, the DaveFest Four put its own spin on the song at Lestat’s Coffee House on San Diego’s Adams Ave.
Dave Fleminger, who provides vocals and guitar on the track, describes the inspiration for the DaveFest Four’s version of “Prison Walls”:
“Hearing that single — with ‘Lies’ on the flipside — for the first time, it was just the most direct and clearest message I had ever heard from a San Diego punk band, or any punk band as far as I was concerned,” Dave writes. “Total conviction without any production pretense, just scary real and raw, sounded like it was recorded in some hellish cell.
“And then (Injections vocalist) Lou (Skum) told me last year that he considered it to be a cowboy song. And that thought stuck in my head ever since … Makes total sense. It’s a great folk song.
“As this was an all-ages audience event, I did try to tone down the language a bit but lost my cool during the second verse … The spirit moved me. Some day I’d like to know what the correct words are for the ‘at least they don’t run around’ lyric, so I skipped interpreting that line incorrectly. Can somebody please enlighten me?”
The lineup on this number also includes Dave Doyle (bass); David Klowden (drums); guest “Dave” Lou Damian (harmonica); and backup vocalist/guitarist Dave Rinck, who also offers a shout-out to the Injections.