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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 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 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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