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Burger Boogaloo 2019: Day 2 Recap

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The second day of the Burger Boogaloo (head here for day 1) brought more summer fun to Oakland’s Mosswood Park, including John Waters’ inimitable band introductions, Shannon & the Clams’ stage shenanigans, the Chats’ high-energy hijinks, and the Jesus & Mary Chain’s encore performance. Afterwards, Spain’s Hollywood Sinners and Canada’s Tommy & the Commies closed out the weekend at Eli’s Mile High Club while Wild Billy Childish & CTMF did the same at Starline Social Club. Thanks to Marc and his hardworking crew for another fantastic weekend! While we don’t know what Burger Boogaloo 2020 will bring, it might be wise to pick up some tickets now while they’re still a steal!

Swipe through for some of our favorite moments of the day, and check back soon for more photos of the many faces of the Boogaloo!

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TIMMY’S ORGANISM

Despite some technical difficulties, this Detroit trio heralded the new day with their electric blend of musical mayhem and performance artand a generous dose of Boogaloo sparkle that would last all day on those who were anywhere near the stage.
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THE CHATS

We didn’t catch these Aussie upstarts on smoko the entire weekend, but they did pummel the crowd with that viral hit, “Pub Feed,” and other fist-pumping punk anthems.
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DERV GORDON WITH SO WHAT

Derv caused more than a slight diversion when he and Bay Area backing band So What crushed Equals classics such as “Softly, Softly,” “Baby, Come Back,” and “Police on My Back.”
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DAVILA 666

After an eight-year hiatus, these Puerto Rican punks and their special Argentinian guest (saxophonist Sergio Rotman) revived their unique brand of fuzzy, razor-edged pop and psych. Boogaloo mastermind Marc was so excited that he accidentally knocked his mom down in the pit!
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MUSK

The Bay Area’s premier dirgemongers channeled the Birthday Party, the Cramps, and the Gun Club for their glorious, hair-raising performance.
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THE SCIENTISTS

These Aussie post-punk legends set the afternoon on fire with “Atom Bomb Baby,” “Swampland,” and other throbbing delights.
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KING TUFF

Kyle Thomas and crew performed King Tuff’s 2007 release Was Dead in its entirety, hearkening back to the very first “Burger Boogaloo” in 2011.
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SHANNON & THE CLAMS

These Boogaloo veterans charmed and enchanted with dancing ghosts, mischievous apes, and their signature shimmery hipshakers.
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JESUS & MARY CHAIN

The distortion devotees rose again on the second day…and aptly blew the power five songs into their set. Fortunately, they were back up within a few minutes and treated fans to a slightly different mix of old and new tracks from the night before, including “Never Understand,” “Darklands,” and “In a Hole.” Bernadette Denning, who appeared on the band’s latest album Damage and Joy, joined them again for “Just Like Honey.”
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HOLLYWOOD SINNERS

Searing garage punk from Spain
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TOMMY & THE COMMIES

Pogo-friendly mod-tinged punk from Canada
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Burger Boogaloo 2019: Day 1 Recap

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We can’t believe it’s been a decade since the Burger Boogaloo‘s humble beginnings as Total Trash Fest, where Marc Ribak and his intrepid crew packed cozy San Francisco venues the Knockout and Thee Parkside with bands such as the Spits, Shannon & the Clams, and Thee Oh Sees. Two years later in 2011, Total Trash teamed up with Burger Records and renamed the beer-soaked weekend “Burger Boogaloo,” inviting garage-punk favorites such as King Tuff, Nobunny, Traditional Fools, and Davila 666 to tear up Thee Parkside. In 2013, the Boogaloo moved across the bay to roomier digs (Oakland’s Mosswood Park) and expanded even further in 2015, when it unveiled an extra stage and welcomed legendary director John Waters as its master of ceremonies. (If you missed the magic of previous years, visit our posts from 2013, 2014201520162017, and 2018.)

This year, the two-day Boogaloo celebrated its 10th anniversary by inviting back some of the bands from its early days (Shannon & the Clams, King Tuff, Nobunny, Davila 666) as well as Boogaloo veterans such as the Phantom Surfers and Nikki Corvette; embracing an Aussie contingent (the Scientists, Amyl & the Sniffers, the Chats); having post-punk paragons the Jesus & Mary Chain headline both nights; and scaling back to one stage to avoid displacing the homeless population that had set up camp in the park. Happily, the Pope of Trash also returned with hilariously bawdy band introductions that were eagerly anticipated if rarely family friendly.

Amazingly, we managed not only to catch all the Boogaloo bands but also have enough energy for the weekend’s afterparties, which featured the likes of Billy Childish, the Sneaky Pinks, and Tommy & the Commies. Here are some highlights from day 1 (for full videos of the weekend, check out PressureDrop’s playlist). Click here for day 2, and stay tuned for portraits of some of the fine folks who helped make the weekend a winner!
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NIKKI CORVETTE WITH PRIMA DONNA

Detroit’s bubblegum queen and her LA backing band kicked off the weekend with hip shakers such as “He’s a Mover,” “Girls Like Me,” and “Shake It Up.”
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TERRY & LOUIE

Terry Six and King Louie unleashed not only a thousand catchy, glammy guitars but also Exploding Hearts and Persuaders tunes.
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AMYL & THE SNIFFERS

Hearty head banging and hair flinging ensued when this Aussie group tore up the stage with the fervor of Iggy and Wendy O.
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SHEER MAG

These Philly punks cranked out ’70s-tinged rockers that were perfect for a lazy, sunny afternoon.
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NOBUNNY

A masked imposter (taken out by the real Bunny with a beer bottle), flaming drums, and a crowd-surfing panda were just a few of the delightful shenanigans that marked Nobunny and his motley crew’s hippity-hoppity garage-punk set.
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PHANTOM SURFERS

Clad in snazzy pink suits and their signature masks, this Bay Area quintet ripped through surf instrumentals and garage punk classics while a primitive soap opera unfolded onstage.
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THE DWARVES

Blag the Ripper, He Who Cannot Be Named, and their cohorts whipped up the pit with tunes ranging from the poppy “Everybodies Girl” to the sludgy “You Gotta Burn.”
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THE DEAD BOYS

We didn’t know what to expect here, what with Cheetah Chrome being the only original member, but he and the Bay Area musicians who supported him delivered an impeccably solid set. Even singer Jake was seemingly possessed by the spirit of Stiv Bators as he belted out a handful of Young Loud and Snotty stalwarts like “Sonic Reducer” and “I Need Lunch.” Protopunk pioneer James Williamson joined them at the end for “Search and Destroy” and other Stooges classics.
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JESUS & MARY CHAIN

The Reid brothers and co. ushered in the night with “April Skies,” “Some Candy Talking,” The Living End,” “I Hate Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and other fuzzed-out favorites that spanned their tempestuous career. While we were slightly disappointed that neither Nikki Corvette, Amy of Amyl & the Sniffers, or Tina Halladay of Sheer Mag provided backing vocals for “Just Like Honey,” their tribute to Roky Erickson (“I Think of Demons”) was a sweet surprise.
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WILD BILLY CHILDISH & CTMF

Headlining two nights of sold-out shows at Starline Social Club, thee garage-rock legend and his latest project cranked out lo-fi goodies from his early bands and ’60s giants like the Kinks and the Who.
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SNEAKY PINKS

They made merry and dished up ooey-gooey garage punk at Eli’s Mile High Club, and it’s just what we needed.
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The Neat Neat Neat Faces of Burger Boogaloo 2018

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Music aside, some of the best things about the Burger Boogaloo are catching up with local friends, reuniting with those who live far away, and making new BFFs. Here are some friendly folks we ran into while jetting between the Toxic Paradise amphitheater and Pleasure Pier stage, including one woman distributing sparkles who really made one little girl’s day. (For the music portion of the weekend, check out day 1 and day 2.)

(Thanks to Karen of Xposure Arts for the photo of Tiger Lily with Fifi!)
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BURGER BOOGALOO 2018: Day 2 Recap

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The second day of the Burger Boogaloo (head here for day 1) boasted punk pioneers the Damned, several reunited bands (Battleship, Gris Gris, Le Shok…the Rip Offs with the original line-up), and Firestarter’s first-ever show in the U.S. We don’t know what Marcos and the Total Trash crew have planned for next year but it’s definitely worth investing in the early-bird tickets for 2019, which are on sale now for dirt cheap! Here are some of our favorite moments of day 2. Click here for the neat neat neat faces of Burger Boogaloo!

BATTLESHIP

Ash from nearby wildfires fell from the sky as these Oakland malcontents unleashed their demons in the Toxic Paradise amphitheater.
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GRIS GRIS

A cloudy sky, majestic redwoods, and kitschy stage decor formed the perfect backdrop for this Oakland four-piece’s distinctive brand of psychedelia.
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SUBSONICS

These Atlantans administered primal beats and lo-fi rock’n’roll swagger.
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NOBUNNY

A last-minute replacement for the Dwarves, the lovable masked maniac and his crew charmed the audience with cheeky, lo-fi garage-pop gems that were, according to John Waters, “catchier than herpes.”
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THE FLAKES

This Bay Area five-piece, featuring ever-energetic Russell Quan on drums, delivered punchy garage punk.
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FIRESTARTER

The former Teengenerates thrilled the crowd with their power-pop imports and an encore that included smash hits such as “Dressed in Black” and “Sex Cow.”
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QUINTRON & MS. PUSSYCAT

This inventive New Orleans duo dished up quirky diversions followed by a puppet show.
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THE RIP OFFS

After transforming the Pleasure Pier into a crime scene, these nylon-loving budget rockers rolled onstage on an SFPD motorcycle and bulldozed each other and the audience with classics such as “Rip Your Heart Out” and “Fed Up.”
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LE SHOK

Southern Californian electropunks brutalized the Toxic Paradise before smashing all of their guitars (which we missed, alas).
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GIUDA

These Roman rockers slayed (slade?) with their hand-clappin’ stompers.
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THE DAMNED

Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, and company waited for the blackout, jammed out on “Neat Neat Neat,” and smashed it up, ending the night with a tribute to Steve Soto (of the Adolescents, Agent Orange), who had passed away four nights earlier.
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BURGER BOOGALOO 2018: Day 1 Recap

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Six years in, Oakland’s two-day Burger Boogaloo music festival at Mosswood Park still continued to excite, surprise, and shock with its lineup of 22 punk trailblazers, trashy rock’n’rollers, and weirdo whathaveyous. Sultan of sleaze John Waters (noted filmmaker, rebel rouser, and wordsmith) and Chuck Ribak (father of Boogaloo organizer Marcos Ribak) returned as hosts, supplying laughs and groans in between sets by Boogaloo veterans such as the Mummies, Quintron & Ms. Pussycat, and the Spits, and new Boogalooers such as the Damned, Giuda, Firestarter, and the Rip Offs. (If you missed the magic of previous years, visit our posts from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.)

This year, we managed to capture all of the bands at the Toxic Paradise amphitheater and Pleasure Pier stage except for the Francis Lau Experience, who performed the very first slot of the festival. We regret missing this talented boy with a keyboard, who was no doubt the perfect start for Devo day. Devo-tees were out in full force, rocking trademark red energy domes as well as homemade outfits. Here are some highlights from the first day (head here for our day 2 recap and here for the neat neat neat faces of the Boogaloo)!
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NOTS

This Memphis quartet filled the Toxic Paradise amphitheater with glorious, synth-laden noise.
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POOKIE & THE POODLEZ

This Oakland trio dished up sassy lo-fi bubbleyum.
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THE OKMONIKS

Pleasure Pier patrons were treated to Okmonik-vision glasses and garage-pop goodies by this local four-piece.
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THE FLYTRAPS

These L.A. rockers shredded Toxic Paradise.
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HUNX & HIS PUNX

Seth Bogart and his fabulous team served up fresh and fruity summertime surprises.
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THE SPITS

John Waters introduced these pyromaniacal punks, whose firecrackers and incendiary set ignited the crowd.
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MUDHONEY

The Seattle grungemasters cranked out earsplitting staples such as “Suck You Dry” and “Touch Me I’m Sick,” and even a cover of the Angry Samoans’ “You Stupid Asshole.”
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TRADITIONAL FOOLS

Ty Segall has come a long way from playing house parties and basement shows, but he and Fools Dave and Drew easily picked up their surfy garage jams like it was yesterday.
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THE MUMMIES

These bandaged budget rockers are mavens of making an entrance. At past Boogaloos, they peddled in on tricycles and paraded in atop their mummie-mobile. This year, they were escorted on stage by prominent primate Dr. Zaius and his furry cohorts. Of course, their classic “(You Must Fight to Live) on the Planet of the Apes” kicked off their delightfully shambolic set. By the end, smoke from fires in a nearby county colored the sky.
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DEVO

Devo needs no introduction, but it was a hoot hearing John Waters wax nostalgic about this seminal band, exclaiming that they’re a “Burger Boogaloo wet dream!” With actor/comedien Fred Armisen on drums, they crushed hit after singalong hit. Booji Boy made a special appearance during the encore for “Beautiful World” and “The Girl Can’t Help It.”
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THE PRETTY FACES OF BURGER BOOGALOO 2017

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While folks ostensibly attend Oakland’s Burger Boogaloo for the music (relive the magic of Day 2 here), a big part of the fun is running into old friends and making new ones, as well as simply watching the diverse parade of colorful, sometimes zany festival-goers. Here are some of the friendly faces we encountered when we weren’t running between the Butt City stage and the Gone Shrimpin’ amphitheater.

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Burger Boogaloo 2017: Day 2 Recap

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Now a summertime staple for many aficionados of trashy punk and rock’n’roll, Oakland’s two-day Burger Boogaloo music festival celebrated its fifth incarnation by bringing the Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop; punk legends the Buzzcocks, X, and Redd Kross; and leather-clad jet rockers Guitar Wolf to humble Mosswood Park. Rulebreaker, filmmaker, and wordsmith John Waters returned to deliver his now-highly anticipated band introductions, as did co-emcee Chuck Ribak and his arsenal of charming dad jokes (he is, after all, the father of Boogaloo mastermind Marc Ribak). (To witness the evolution of this Total Trash Productions and Burger Records love child, or simply relive the magic, visit our posts from 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016).

The first day saw Iggy, Guitar Wolf, Redd Kross, the Losin’ Streaks, and Wounded Lion annihilate the Butt City stage, while acts like Nobunny, Bloodshot Bill, Baby Shakes, and Personal and the Pizzas packed the toe-lovin’ Gone Shrimpin’ amphitheater. Unfortunately for us, our cameras were needed elsewhere that epic day but Aaron Rubin’s photos are incredible (check them out here).

Luckily, we were available to capture the filth and frivolity of Day 2, including performances by the Buzzcocks, X, Shannon & the Clams, and La Luz. Here are some of our favorite moments. (See the many faces of the Boogaloo here.)

GLITTER WIZARD

These local lads channeled early Sabbath and Stonehenge for their hairflinger of a set. (The Otter Pop aftermath was a welcome surprise.)
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ROY LONEY

Flamin’ Groovies co-founder and his crew cranked out both FG and Phantom Movers classics like “Teenage Head” and “Don’t Believe Those Lies.”
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JACUZZI BOYS

Fuzzed-out toe-tappers by this Miami trio
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LA LUZ

Recently relocated to Los Angeles, former Seattleites La Luz dazzled with their shimmery surf tracks.
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NRBQ

Keyboardist Terry Adams and co. satisfied old and new fans alike with originals and covers.
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QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT

A cute puppet show kicked off this New Orleans duo’s fun-filled performance, which included an explosion of colorful balloons.
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FM KNIVES

Veteran Sacramento/Bay Area punks were as snotty as ever.
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SHANNON & THE CLAMS

The Oakland darlings and Boogaloo veterans’ sparkling set was punctuated by stagedivers and crowdsurfers galore, including Pookie of the Poodles.
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X

Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake tore up Butt City with hits such as “We’re Desperate,” “Los Angeles,” and “Johnny Hit and Run Paulene.”
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THE BUZZCOCKS

The crowd went wild for “Orgasm Addict,” “Noise Annoys,” “Boredom,” and other gems by this influential band. One lucky couple somehow managed to climb above the chaos!
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The Many Faces of Burger Boogaloo 2016

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The fourth edition of the Burger Boogaloo at Oakland’s Mosswood Park once again brought together a motley crew of music-loving folks. When we weren’t capturing the action at the Dirty Mouth amphitheater and the Tassel Castle stage (relive the magic of Day 1 here and Day 2 here), we snapped some shots of the people who performed, worked, and attended. Check out the hot dog costumes, dirt-smeared faces, portapotty kisses, and other summertime fun our cameras caught.
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Burger Boogaloo 2016: Day 2

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The Burger Boogaloo‘s second day of summertime fun at Oakland’s Mosswood Park continued with musicians like Seth Bogart, Shannon and the Clams, and the Dwarves exploring the Dirty Mouth amphitheater and King Khan and the Shrines and the Flamin’ Groovies ruling the Tassel Castle. Legendary filmmaker John Waters offered priceless band commentary and said the sweetest things about Shannon of the Clams, while off-color comic Tony Clifton received mixed reactions for his schtick. (For a recap of Day 1, head here. Check out the many faces of Burger Boogaloo here!)

Here are some of our favorite still and animated moments from the action-packed day, including the Fadeaways’ backflip off their drum set!

POONTANG WRANGLERS

We missed their red flannel pajamas in the Dirty Mouth but caught them performing an impromptu downhome set with their washboards and other humble instruments.
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BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS

Lo-fi punk disasters from New Orleans.
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DEATH VALLEY GIRLS

This LA quartet pounced on the Tassel Castle with their Sharpie tattoos and self-described “doom boogie.”
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SODA BOYS

These St. Louis punks fired up the Dirty Mouth with sparklers, Roman candles, and catchy lo-fi punk.
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THE FADEAWAYS

This Tokyo trio delivered a dynamic, partially airborne garage-punk set punctuated by high jumps, amp diving, and a backflip off their drum set.
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GIORGIO MURDERER

Absurdist synth punk from New Orleans featuring members of Buck Biloxi and Static Static.
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FLAMIN’ GROOVIES

The Shake Some Action team of Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson, and George Alexander were joined by Roy Loney for a hit-laden set that spanned the band’s storied career.
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THE DWARVES

The crowd went wild for punk classics such as “Drug Store,” “Fuck ’em All,” and “You Gotta Burn,” and one guy even broke his leg in the pit. It was oddly heartwarming to see several people immediately form a protective circle around him, scoop him up, and carry him out to safety.
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TERRY & LOUIE

Former members of the Exploding Hearts, Terry and Louie cranked out their power-pop gems as well as Exploding Hearts delights such as “Modern Kicks.”
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SHANNON & THE CLAMS

John Waters’ touching introduction about these Oakland sweethearts kicked off their shimmery set.
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KING KHAN & THE SHRINES

These multi-instrumental maniacs threw an unhinged dance party complete with provocative costumes and a collective kneeling moanfest.
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SETH BOGART SHOW

Seth Bogart set aside alter ego Hunx for this steamy, one-man electro show set against a backdrop of fun, specially made videos and male and female go-go dancers.

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Burger Boogaloo 2016: Day 1

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Total Trash Productions and Burger Records proclaimed 2016 the “summer of filth” and brought back the Pope of Trash himself, John Waters, to host the Burger Boogaloo. Now in its fourth summer at Oakland’s family-friendly Mosswood Park, the Boogaloo weekender has become somewhat of an annual pilgrimage for budget rockers, goners, and garage punks around the world. Meet-and-greets by B-movie babe Traci Lords and schlocky off-color comic Tony Clifton (yes, that one!) added extra spice to an already sizzling line-up of rock’n’roll trailblazers. (If you missed out on previous incarnations, you can look back on 2015 here, 2014 here, and the second day of 2013 here.)

Each day saw 12 bands divided between two stages (Dirty Mouth amphitheater, Tassel Castle stage) and this year we somehow managed to catch each one, although we were sad to miss some of Waters’ delightfully bawdy band introductions. Here’s a recap of the first day, which includes the return of the Mummies, the Trashwomen, Thee Oh Sees, and The Thunderroads’ graceful amp dive. (Here’s Day 2. Check out the many faces of Burger Boogaloo here!)
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THE OKMONIKS

This San Francisco quartet kicked off the festivities with Farfisa-infused garage-pop confections such as “Not That Good” and “Teenage Timebomb.”
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PSYCOTIC PINEAPPLE

Berkeley’s zany party rockers shared the stage with a giant dancing pineapple.
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AMPLIFIED HEAT

This Austin trio channeled Lemmy Kilmister’s bluesy side.
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YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS

Seattle goofballs, including the Fastbacks’ Kurt Bloch on guitar, bounced through their poppy set. Their drummer, who wore a bulky white spacesuit, somehow defied both gravity and heatstroke.
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INTELLIGENCE

Angular post-punk by Lars Finberg and friends
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ANGRY SAMOANS

Metal Mike and his cohorts riled up the pit with ’80s punk staples such as “My Old Man’s a Fatso” and “Inside My Brain.”
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REAL KIDS

The Boston legends had trouble hitting the high notes on anthems such as “Solid Gold,” “Do the Boob,” and “All Kindsa Girls” but their fans were singing along so loudly they probably didn’t notice.
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LYRES

Tokyo upstarts The Fadeaways backed up Jeff Connolly’s garage-rock screamers.
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THE THUNDERROADS

These Tokyo garage punks’ third consecutive Boogaloo appearance featured their now-legendary amp dive.
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FINK WITH THE THUNDERROADS

Fink of Teengenerate joined The Thunderroads for classics such as “Mess Me Up,” “Dressed in Black,” and “Let’s Get Hurt.”
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THE TRASHWOMEN

Bay Area surf queens rocked the tonsils off the Dirty Mouth.
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THEE OH SEES

John Dwyer, double drummers, and enthusiastic fans shredded the Tassel Castle.
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THE MUMMIES

With the help of a bonafide marching band, the Bay Area’s bandaged budget rockers surfed to their exclusive stage atop their mummie-mobile, an old ambulance emblazoned with their handiwork. They cranked out crowd favorites atop the mummie-mobile and, on occasion, a sturdy Farfisa. As far as we know, the only casualty at the end of their raucous set was a sunburst guitar.
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