Psi Com - Oki Dogs, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Date: 0?/??/1983
Location: Oki Dogs, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
Recorded: No known recording
Status: Unconfirmed
Type: Concert
Lineup: Perry Farrell
Aaron Sherer
Vince Duran
Mariska Leyssius
Rich Evac

Show Information:

According to an interview with Perry Farrell this was the first ever show for Psi-Com. Which means it took place before August 13, 1983.

The Minutemen were also on the bill for this show.

In an interview with John Doran Perry shares the following information in regard to this show:

My first gig with Psi/Com however was at a hot dog stand just off Hollywood Blvd. This guy said he would lend us the parking lot. We plugged into the electricity for the hot dog stand. And there was really only about five people there. But still I gave it my all. It's such a weird sensation, singing your heart out when there's only five people there just looking at you and a guy selling hot dogs. I thought to myself, 'Oh my God! What the Hell are you doing?' But these people went home and said, 'Actually this group is crazy, you should go and see them.' And the next time there were 12 people. We started to get a reputation.

Perry also mentions this show in his January 16, 2007 blog on the Satellite Party myspace.

This evening reminded me of the days when I first played music in the streets of Hollywood.

There was a handful of punk kids that came to an outdoor show we had set up on Hollywood Blvd. We played in the parking-lot of a hot dog stand called "Oki Dogs". There was room to dance and be messy and loud. We allowed our spirits to fly, we were courting a scene . As musicians; our concepts may have seemed "Mock-able." to those in the high towers, but out on the streets the energy was magnetizing. Even though it started small- it flipped the music industry onto it's ear.

Last night I twinkled like I did back then.

I felt the same potential.

This show is also mentioned on page 15 of Brendan Mullen's book Whores.

Norwood Fisher: We (Fishbone) were big Psi Com fans. We just loved watching Perry's kooky stage moves. We first saw them play in front of this hot dog stand near Hollywood Boulevard, and that's where we first met Perry. After that we'd go see him all the time. He was real entertaining to watch. We loved him. We just thought Perry was the shit.

Mike Watt: Psi Com was on the scene probably at the end days of the Minutemen, around '85, playing the same circuit, Lingerie, Al's Bar, Anti-Club, Lhasa, and stuff. We played with them on top of a hot dog stand or something. It was like synthesizer music. It wasn't like Jane's Addiction.

Thanks go out to Mike for the info on this show.