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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 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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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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