Posts Tagged ‘Jane Bunting’

Old Dogs, new tricks

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Detail: Rockin’ Dogs (Dave Ellison, Scott Harber, Sam Wilson, Cole Smithey)Lori Stalnaker-Bevilacqua continues to enrich our historical understanding of the Rockin’ Dogs with priceless artifacts. Here’s a pre-Jane Bunting photograph of the Dogs — ca. 1982 — when Scott Harber was the bassist.

“I loved this shot from the series,” Lori writes. “I love the fact that you got two lookin’ at the camera and two turned to the side. I don’t think I directed them to that, just spontaneous. Nevertheless, it works!

“That is one good-lookin’ band! ;)

“I remember the photo, but I don’t remember much about it other than the fact that the red plaid scarf belonged to a girl I was dating,” writes Dave Ellison. “Scott didn’t play with the band for very long. I remember he was planning a long trip somewhere … to another country, I think … so he was more or less filling in for a while.”

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Rockin’ Dogs around town

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Detail: Rockin’ Dogs/Noise 292; Saigon Palace; Feb. 10, 1984 (collection Lori Stalnaker-Bevilacqua)A long-sought contribution from recent blog arrival Lori Stalnaker-Bevilacqua: a flyer that puts a date (Feb. 10, 1984) to the legendary Saigon Palace gig featuring the Rockin’ Dogs and Noise 292.

This show (which found Sam Wilson covering all Rockin’ Dogs vocals while Dave Ellison recuperated from laryngitis and 17-year-old Wendell Kling evading ID inspection in the men’s room until Noise 292′s appearance) was also photographed by Ms. Stalnaker-Bevilacqua. But this is the first time we’ve been able to put it on the calendar. Mystery solved — thanks, Lori!

Detail: Rockin’ Dogs/Ripsaws/Jimmy & the Vandals; Headquarters; July 29. 1983 (collection Lori Stalnaker-Bevilacqua)Bonus artifact: an ad featuring a July 29, 1983, appearance by the Rockin’ Dogs at the Headquarters (with the Ripsaws and Jimmy & the Vandals). I’m afraid I didn’t catch this show; the Answers, Noise 292 and Hair Theatre were playing the Che Cafe that night.

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Three Dog day afternoons

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Detail: Rockin’ Dogs Cole Smithey, Sam Wilson, Jane Bunting, December 1984 (collection Cole Smithey)Courtesy of Rockin’ Dogs drummer and band archivist Cole Smithey, here’s a collection of photographs from the band’s last phase, when it became a trio with the departure of founding guitarist/vocalist Dave Ellison.

In addition to Cole, these pictures from late 1984 and early 1985 feature Sam Wilson (guitar, vocals) and Jane Bunting (bass, vocals).

Detail: Rockin’ Dogs Jane Bunting, Cole Smithey, Sam Wilson, December 1984 (collection Cole Smithey)Detail: Rockin’ Dogs Cole Smithey, Sam Wilson, Jane Bunting, December 1984 (collection Cole Smithey)Detail: Rockin’ Dogs Cole Smithey, Jane Bunting, Sam Wilson, December 1984 (collection Cole Smithey)Detail: Rockin’ Dogs Jane Bunting, Cole Smithey, Sam Wilson, December 1984 (collection Cole Smithey)Detail: Rockin’ Dogs Jane Bunting, Cole Smithey, Sam Wilson, October 1985? (collection Cole Smithey)

Detail: Rockin’ Dogs Jane Bunting, Cole Smithey, Sam Wilson outdoors, October 1985? (collection Cole Smithey)Detail: Rockin’ Dogs Jane Bunting, Cole Smithey, Sam Wilson, July 1984 (collection Cole Smithey)Detail: Rockin’ Dogs Jane Bunting, Cole Smithey, Sam Wilson, 1985 (collection Cole Smithey)

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Introducing the Rockin’ Dogs

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Detail: Rockin’ Dogs flyer (collection Dave Fleminger)Here’s a very early artifact from the Rockin’ Dogs’ oeuvre: a flyer introducing the band to Pacific Beach’s Headquarters club in August 1982.

“This was when we just started out, when we were in high school,” guitarist/vocalist Dave Ellison writes. “What an embarrassing flyer … haha! For one thing, we spelled ‘Headquarters’ wrong.

Early Rockin’ Dogs (collection Cole Smithey)“For another, we didn’t play rockabilly or r&b. We were probably trying to attract fans of the Paladins and Crawdaddys … and we probably didn’t care which, so long as someone showed up. (I can’t imagine anyone did on a Monday night!)

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The Rockin’ Dogs at Saigon Palace

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Detail: The Rockin’ Dogs’ Dave Ellison, Sam Wilson, Cole Smithey, Jane Bunting (collection Cole Smithey)Here’s a photo set from a memorable night in late 1983/early 1984 when the Rockin’ Dogs — guitarists/vocalists Dave Ellison and Sam Wilson; bassist Jane Bunting; and drummer Cole Smithey — took the stage with Noise 292 at Saigon Palace in what is now call the Gaslamp Quarter.

“The live color pics with Jane were the Saigon Palace!” Ellison recalls. “I was really sick, I had a fever and laryngitis really bad … to the point where I could do nothing but whisper for two weeks … so Sam sang all the songs that night.”

Detail: The Rockin’ Dogs’ Sam Wilson, Dave Ellison, Cole Smithey, Jane Bunting (collection Cole Smithey)Detail: The Rockin’ Dogs’ Dave Ellison, Sam Wilson, Cole Smithey, Jane Bunting (collection Cole Smithey)Detail: The Rockin’ Dogs’ Dave Ellison, Sam Wilson, Cole Smithey (collection Cole Smithey)

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The Rockin’ Dogs: “Always on the Run”

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

The Rockin’ Dogs’ Sam WilsonWe’re spinning another sizzling Rockin’ Dogs hit requested by the Wallflowers’ Dave Rinck, this one from early in the band’s extraordinary collaboration.

“‘Always On the Run’ was one of the first songs we did,” writes Rockin’ Dogs co-founder Dave Ellison. “I’m pretty sure Sam wrote it before we started the band. It was always a part of our set … at least for as long as I was in the band.

“I always liked playing the lead on this one, but I think I screwed it up a little here. Oh, well … no time to do it over when you’re a young musician on a budget!”

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