Ring 13--- Man, we were just what you did next in the day. Hardcore punk was new. We were nice -hell everyone was nice. Just a bunch of regular guys-lucky enough to be there for one of the last original time periods of rock-- we were able to hang out with our rock stars. So fun. Radio rock was so far off and untouchable. I am far angrier now- we thought things were bad then.
true story-- me and my folks always had a great relationship though they didnít understand the whole hardcore punk thing(which was another cool thing about the music) for the most part they let me be who I was and I could pretty much do as I please.
Other than confiscating my ďto drunk to fuckĒ 45(which I brilliantly played as loud as I could) they were cool.
That said one summer day after a practice we recorded, I took a shower and listened to some of our new songs. After about 5 minutes my mom barged in and demanded to know who that music was by, and that I didnít even know what those lyrics mean! Covering my junk I screamed MOM! GET OUT. Then I told her it was some band from Chicago. It was easer to lie. Hey, I was a naked 17 year old.
Anyway, the true meaningful things in life seem to be lived without any knowledge of there importance.
That was the case with ring 13: you like punk rock so do I--- we need a bass player, I know this kid- we could show him were to put his finger, yea I know his older brother--- hereís some new songs ,oh Iíve never written songs before but lets play these--yea Iíll cut your hair---screw you bum--paint my dick----yea lets record all our songs in a couple hours, sure!--Iíll use there drums and you just bring my tiny peavey practice amp, that should do--whatís for lunchÖ.
The cool thing is we were good--- there wasnít that much punk around so.. We made our own.
In retrospect I think the people saw us knew more about what was going on in our music than we did --hell we were just playing.
I think ring 13 showed me that there wasnít a band I couldnít play in. unfortunately most bands arenít worth playing in. Iíve been lucky enough to continue playing with many ďrock actsĒ a few have been damn worth while too.- though the innocence of what was happening in with us in 1983 through 85 can not be replicated. Thereís so much more to tell. I could go on.. And maybe I will --- maybe later.