RANDOM CHILDREN AT JC DOBBS


Here are some random shots of Random Children playing at J.C. Dobbs on South Street. There are no details on the backs of these photos as to the date these were taken or which show, but judging by the length of Ralph’s dreads and Greg’s rather impressive two rack tom set-up, we’re looking around mid 1991.

In the first picture, it’s Greg doing his thing while wearing his, now legendary, blue and grey Swatch watch. Next to him you will see my first major musical instrument purchase. A Peavey, 2×15″ bass cabinet that I bought from the folks who ran Rave Records (remember the Rave warehouse?) The cabinet cost me $150 and featured a blown lower speaker cone and more beer/puke? stains on it than one could ever imagine, but it got the job done. I remember driving home with that speaker in the back of my 1982 hatchback Honda Accord and thinking that with this impressive speaker NOTHING would be impossible.


This photo features my back rather prominently. A back that would go on to be featured at many a Franklin show due to a belief that looking forward to the audience who had gathered seemed elitist and too rock and roll.

Again, notice Greg’s kick-ass double rack tom action. Sick.


Lastly, we have TJ mid-jump displaying his patented “falcon-claw” finger posture for the ultimate in power-chord perfection and Ralph in his ever so stylish Christ on Parade t-shirt, 7 to 8 mini-dreads and a sweet fade.

Behind them, a myriad of framed photos that covered the side wall at JC Dobbs. I never did look closely at any of those photos to see if they were of anyone (or anything) interesting. Truly, the only time I made any sort of mental note of them was when Nation of Ulysses played and Steve Gamboa, bass player of NOU, took the head of his bass to several of the photos, smashing them. I assumed, rightfully so, that someone was gonna be upset about that.

RANDOM PHOTOS FROM RANDOM TIMES

Ever gotten ahead of yourself?

I realized this afternoon that I had uploaded many, many images and photos that I have yet to post here on the GoKidGo blog. Thus, it’s already time for some housecleaning. Meaning, before I add anymore files to our server, I am promising to clean out the backlog. The positive of that being more posts at a quicker clip.

The negative? Well, I’m not sure there is but I’ll keep thinking.

Today, we’ve got several photos that were sent to me a while back. While I don’t have any real stories to accompany these photos, I hope they kick start something from your own memory if you were there.

Most of these photos were taken during matinee shows at JC Dobbs on South Street. I’ve talked ad nauseum about JC Dobbs and how important that space was for putting on shows and seeing shows in the early 90’s but it really can’t be stressed enough. The photo above is actually Chumbawamba playing Dobbs on the Shhh! tour. Fracture opened up the show.


Here’s a somewhat random photo of Dan Goldberg (who had played with Vile, Up In Arms and Public Descent playing guitar with a later band of his. Unfortunately, I’m not positive which band this might be.


I have absolutely NO idea who this is. However, I wanted to post it because it’s just fun looking at old photos from Dobbs. For all I know, this could be Nirvana. It isn’t of course, but that’s how little I know about this photo.


This might be my favorite photos of all time. It features Atom with Rob who played drums for Fracture, Barry and Matt. I believe the name of this band was Pleasant Greene but again, I have no idea. I just like that everyone looks confused.


Finally, here’s a photo of the 2.5 Children playing at JC Dobbs. Again, sadly, I don’t know much about this photo or the band in general but maybe you do!

RANDOM CHILDREN AT J.C. DOBBS

Here’s another photo of The Random Children playing at JC Dobbs. Unfortunately, I’m not sure who was on the bill for this show. There don’t seem to be any notes with the photo.

This photo was taken by a fella named Max Fisher. He was a drummer and liked grainy photos.

JC DOBBS – IT WAS SOMETHING

As I had mentioned, being from the suburbs, there was no real awareness of what to do once you actually did have a band up and running. We had started playing music in the summer of 1989 as The Tazmanians, but other than playing in some random basements of friend’s houses, there wasn’t much really to accomplish. The dream was always playing somewhere that didn’t have a parent or two wandering around overhead.

After a few years actually learning the instruments we had selected to play. A process that was, as I recall, completely random, we met a fella named Ralph and became The Random Children. Ralph was from Mt. Airy which was at least a bit closer to the city than we were. He attended school at CAPA and knew people in the city that could actually book us a show or two. So, as The Random Children we started playing a couple of honest to god shows.

The first show we ever played in the city was at the Olde City Arcade. It was a couple of doors down from The Continental at 2nd and Market and still sits abandoned today. At the time, Old City was not the “charming” tourist adventure it is today, but instead, a burned out warehouse district. It was actually scary at night.

We played that show with our friends band The Mad Planets and a couple of other local bands. I think there was about 30 people there and it was like playing in a dark, horrible afterbirth of construction…but it was incredible. After that show, and the fight that broke out causing someone to fly through the front pane of glass (how great is that, right?) we really felt like, “Hey, we’re gonna get out of the burbs and actually play some fucking music.”

Of course, the reality was that wanting to play shows and actually playing shows is drastically different. Even if you wanted to play, there weren’t many places to play. So the logical step was finding some sort of venue that would let young kids have all ages shows. JC Dobbs was that location. I’m not sure what caused us to pick that JC Dobbs located at 3rd and South. I can only assume someone mentioned they knew someone there and we thought that was enough of an in to give it a go. So one day, we called the club, spoke to the booking agent there, a woman named Kathy James, and amazingly, she let us have a go at it. Sunday afternoon’s 3 to 8, all ages.

We booked a lot of shows at Dobbs. Maybe 30 people would come out? Sometimes even 50. But at the time, that seemed like an army. An army of like minded kids looking to form some sort of community in a city where there didn’t seem to be one.

Those sunday shows were like an event. Everyone would plan for them. Everyone would be excited for them…I guess as only kids could ever really be.

The photo above was taken outside of JC Dobbs during one of those matinees. Must have been around 1990. Most of the kids in the photo are from the bands that were playing that day. It wasn’t a lot but it was something.