|Up to this point,
THE SCREAMERS have made two triumphant public appearences in the L.A.
area. The first earful of their music was heard at a party given by Slash
magazine in May, and the second assault was cimmitted at the Starwood's
Fourth of July bash. Celebrities such as Donovan, Peter Asher, and Sky
Saxon crept down from the Hollywood Hills to view L.A.'s most colorful
and controversial new band. Of course, THE SCREAMERS graced the hungary
crowds with their biggest hits like "I'm Going Steady With Twiggy,"
"Peer Pressure," and the Nico influenced rendition of Billie
Holliday's "Gloomy Sunday." With the lineup of Tomata Du Plenty
on vocals, Gear on synthesizer, David Braun on keyboards (and a wonderful
instrument he made out of car horns called a Klaxaphone), and K.K. on
drums, THE SCREAMERS music has been best described as "DANGEROUS."
From just these two appearances, THE SCREAMERS have been featured in such
respected periodicals as Hollywood Press, Slash, Fanzine for the Blank
Generation, Street Life, National Observer, New York Rocker, Twisted,
to THE SCREAMERS set at the Starwood was the of mixed emotions. Crazed
fan Cheri The Parakeet (or was it Penguin?), attacked Tomata, trying to
puncture him with her stiletto spiked heel. When asked to what she attributed
this spontaneous act of rage, Cheri calmly responded, "It's the music
that made me do it." Noted L.A. journalist, Jade Zebest, was driven
into such a tizzy that she was overheard screaming "VIOLENCE!"
thru most of the set. Her demands were met when upon hearing "Punished
of be Damned," the Germs demonic lead singer, Bobby Pyn, attacked
Jenny Stern and her chair. Right after THE SCREAMERS left the stage, a
deranged girl punk fled screaming out of the Starwood onto Santa Monica
Boulevard, lying herself postrate in the gutter until an army of three
ambulances, four fire trucks, and a pair of paramedics carted her away.
I would tell you about the one fan who had to be put in a straightjacket,
but everyone knows the story already.