GET TO KNOW: Flipper drummer Stephen DePace

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Flipper | Photo: Edward Colver

FLIPPER interview by: Jess Braam
CONCEIVED: 1979
WHERE: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
REUNITED: 2005
BAND MATES: Bruce Loose(vocals), Ted Falconi(guitar), Rachel Thoele(bass).
MUSICIAN NAME: Stephen DePace (Drummer)

In your memory, what was the first punk band ever?
I have to say Iggy & The Stooges. For me that was the first Punk Band. I think Iggy kicked it off around 1969 or so. I also believe that Punk Rock goes beyond any one style of fashion or one style of music. If you only think of Punk as someone sporting a liberty spike and stud covered leather jacket with patches of their favorite hard core bands, then you are missing the point. Punk is not a uniform, it’s an attitude and the courage to get out and rebel against the shit music that the industry wants to sell you, or the way the government wants you to bend over and take it, or the way mainstream society expects you to look. People can decide to be what they want, so you can choose to be what everyone wants you to be, or you can blaze your own trail. Blazing your own trail, and doing it the way you want to do it, is Punk Rock.

What made you want to be in a band?
The Sex Pistols show at Winterland in January of 1978. I wanted to be in a band before that, but seeing that show is what made me go do it. We had the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, which was the city’s punk club, and that was all I needed to find the people to play with, and the place to play.

Who is the better band of brothers, the Ramones or the Meat Puppets?
Meat Puppets, and we are taking with them about trying to do some shows together this year. Let’s make it happen!

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and his iconic hand drawn Flipper T

What does it feel like to know you are looked up to by aspiring and accomplished bands alike?
It feels great, like we have accomplished something that will live on. Not only have we influenced countless bands, but countless individuals have expressed gratitude for our music having gotten them through tough times, and given them great memories of some of the wildest shows ever.

What is your favorite kind of fish?
Salmon. And like salmon, we have been swimming upstream for 33 years now. We have spawned many new bands, but we don’t die from spawning. We are Flipper and Flipper Still Rules!

Ultimate band to open for?
I would like to open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their current world tour. There, I said it. It’s out in the Universe. LOL

Why do you want to open for the red hot chili peppers?
I have known Flea and Anthony since they started in the Peppers. In the early days we hung out a lot, and I went to a ton of their shows, with my housemate, D.H. Peligro, drummer from DKs. He ended up playing with them for about a year, just before Chad Smith. I have always been a fan, and I think it’s amazing that they stuck it out, and have survived and thrived in spite of all they have been through. As far as why I would like to open for them, it’s because I do have that respect for them, and they are one of the biggest bands in the world. Who wouldn’t want to take the opportunity to play on a big stage like that, at least once.

Best band to open for you?
Violent Femmes opened for us in the early 80s, and Green Day opened for us in the early 90s. Can you believe it?

Favorite bands you have opened for?
Melvins / Iggy & The Stooges / Sonic Youth / GWAR

What do you think about Green Day and the success they’ve had while still claiming punk?
Once you start doing epic power ballads and Broadway plays, I think you give up the Punk thing. The term Punk, is used for marketing by the music industry.  Punk Rock in America, was originally the rebellion against what we called “corporate rock,” which was the status quo in the 1970s. Big commercial rock bands that had no connection to the kid in the street. Music had become so technical, and perfect, and sterile. If you were a kid and wanted to play in a band, it seemed unattainable because you felt like you had to be so technically proficient, that it would take you years of schooling, before you could even try to jam with someone. Punk Rock needed to come along to tear all that down. Johnny Rotton in 1978, said that the goal of the Sex Pistols was to destroy Rock n Roll. That is what he was talking about. You didn’t come out of the gate sounding like “Dookie.” You wanted to sound raw like “Search and Destroy.” If you were a kid and wanted to play in a band, at least you had a starting point. Punk Rock was about, “Anyone could do it.”

What was your favorite gig?
There have been so many amazing gigs that we have played, it’s impossible to name just one as a favorite. But one of the stand outs was, Bad Brains / Flipper / Gang Green, in the early 80s at the Rock Hotel in NYC.

What is your favorite Flipper album?
GENERIC FLIPPER, and it so happens that this album is celebrating it’s 30 years @ 33rpm anniversary in 2012. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GENERIC FLIPPER!!!
A limited anniversary edition on colored vinyl, will be available sometime this year.

What is your favorite live album? Favorite Flipper live album?
The first live album I got into was Iggy and the Stooges, TV EYE.  Another classic is Lou Reed’s ROCK N ROLL ANIMAL.
As for Flipper live albums, of course Public Flipper Limited is awesome, not only for the music but the fold out Flipper game board cover on the vinyl album will give you countless hours of fun! What other band gives you a full on board game to play while you listen to classic live Flipper recorded between 1980 & 1985. The story of how PFL got it’s name is classic too. Public Image copied the Generic concept for an album they released in 1985. We had this double live album planned for release, and I came up with the idea to call it Public Flipper Limited, so as to pay back the complement. The sincerest form of flattery and all….

Next serious studio session for a new album?
We are planning to write new songs beginning in January and will be recording in spring or summer, with a new release planned by fall 2012.
We will also be releasing “Kali” which is an album of never before released studio recordings from early 80s. This album is epic and classic Flipper!!! Also releasing a Live at CBGBs album from 1983.

Describe what CBGBS was to you.
CBGBs was AWESOME for me. We played there many times and every show was sold out and packed to the gills. It was a magical place to play. The sound on stage was the best anywhere. I have no clue why, since all the equipment looked like it had been to war and back. And I guess it had… We had a huge fanbase in NYC in the 80s. We played everywhere, but the favorite spot was always CBGBs. The first time we play was a two night stand, and we got lucky with parking spot directly in front of the club. The club manager from the prior gig, had given us a truck load of beer and booze to take with us. So we ended up setting up bar and serving drinks to everyone in front of CBs. That was classic… We left the truck parked out in front overnight, and when we came back the next afternoon, it was covered in graffiti. Welcome to the Bowery…

Describe your first “rockstar” moment.
Playing a gig at the infamous Studio 54 in NYC around 1983 or so…

Tell us your favorite punk story.
Getting shut down under threat of violence by gorilla sized bouncers and thrown out the back door of Studio 54, once they realized we were a PUNK BAND.

Which of the 7 dwarves are you?
The one that nailed Snow White. You didn’t know about that one, did you… ha ha ha

Was snow white easy or did you have to work for it?
Me being so small, I could easily slip under her dress as we danced and sang Flipper songs into the wee hours of the night. She never seemed to mind….
The toughest thing was keeping the other dwarves away. They all wanted a piece of my action.

How has technology changed your career?
The only thing that has changed for me is the way we record. The last studio record we recorded, “Love” was done on Protools, start to finish. We have also done mixing and mastering of old analog recordings in digital as well. We used to do all of that in analog on recording devices the size of a washing machine. Doing edits on tape with a razor blade, and rewinding over and over again during mixing. All of that is done inside a computer now. We used to walk away from recording sessions with these big heavy tapes, and now all the albums you ever recorded can fit on a pocket size hardrive. If we could afford to record on tape, we probably would, but digital is so much cheaper and more efficient. And you don’t have to store those big heave tapes anymore.

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Gone Fishin' Album artwork

What is your legacy?
All the recordings that we have released over 33 years. All the shows and tours we have done, as well as all the memories of all the crazy shit that we have lived through. All the fans and people we have touched with our music and insane shows. Having given our friends and fans the memories of those crazy shows and the stories to tell about them. I will close by saying this of our legacy… “FLIPPER SUFFERED FOR THEIR MUSIC, NOW IT’S YOUR TURN.”

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JUICE MAGAZINE – EVENTS CALENDAR

JUICE MAGAZINE EVENT LISTING 2011-2012

The Juice Magazine Event Listing represents a mix of dates from press releases and current news outlets. If you see a mistake, please email us. All event listings are subject to change. If you have news or an event you’d like to have listed please email juice@juicemagazine.com.

1031 Tour

Nov 8 – 1031 Tour

Nov 10 – RS2 Solid Sound @ Tres Gringos (San Jose, CA)

Billly Al Bengston

Nov 11 – Billy Al Bengston @ Subliminal Projects (1331 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026) 7PM – 10PM

Shut Up and Skate

Nov 12 – Texas Style Transitionary Ritual @ Overground Project ( 2117 S. Ervay St. Dallas, Texas

Coldman Jam

Nov 12 – Cold Man Jam 5 @ Pier 62, NYC, NY, 10AM – 3PM

Nov 12 – Recent Work by Peggy Oki Opening Reception @ the Sojourner Cafe (134 E. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, CA 93101)

Harold Hunter Day

Nov 12 – Harold Hunter Day V @ 12TH L.E.S. Skatepark (New York City, NY)

Nov 12- Kar and Bike Show @ Downtown Wilmington, NC on Princess St. from Frount St. to 3rd St.

Nuclear Blast Scion Music Showcase

Nov 12 – Nuclear Blast presents Exodus, All Shall Parish, Origin & Decrepit Birth @ The Roxy (9009 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069)

Nov 12 – RAT Tour @ Lewisville Skatepark (1031 S. Railroad Park, Lewisville, TX 75057)

Nov 12 – Memphis Skate Park Grand Opening (Memphis, TN) 10AM

Nov 12-Dec 20 – Vans Triple Crown of Surfing @ North Shore, Oahu, HI

Nov 13 – Invincible Skateboards Launch Party/Art Show @ Tiger Tiger Bar in North Park, San Diego, CA) 6PM

King of Crete

Nov 19 – King Of ‘Crete Florida Bowlriders Cup @ Orlando Skatepark (400 Festival Way Orlando, FL 32803) 11AM

Nov 19 – Grind For Ray @ Greenfield Grind Skate Park (1701 Burnett Boulevard, Wilmington, NC) 9AM

Nov 19 – Punk Rock BBQ Make Up Show @ The Queens Wharf (555 Pico Ave. Long Beach, CA)

Nov 19 – The Ian Tilmann Foundation’s Benefit Rock Fest & Board – A – Thon @ MLK Community Center / Stirling Skate Park (550 Laura Lane Dunedin, FL 34698-4927) 10AM

Nov 19-20 – Telekom Extreme Playground @ Berlin, Germany

Nov 19- Dec 31- Surfing Santa and Surfboard Auction @ The Ritz- Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Nov 24-Dec 6 – O’Neill World Cup @ Sunset Beach, Oahu, HI (tentative)

Nov 26 – Venice Surf-A-Thon @ Venice Beach, CA

Nov 26 – Venice Thanksgiving Throwdown @Venice Beach Skate Park (Venice, CA)

Dec 1- 4 – Tampa AM @ Skatepark of Tampa, Tampa, FL

Dec 1-Feb 28 – Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau @ Waimea Bay, Oahu, HI

Dec 3 – N-Men 2011 Christmas Party @ The Blue Lamp (Sacramento, CA) 9PM

Dec 8-20 – ASP World Tour Billabong Pipe Masters @ Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, HI

2012

Agenda Trade Show

Jan 5 – 6 – Agenda @ Long Beach Convention Center (300 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802)

March 19 – 23 – The Ultimate Boarder Surfing on Seaside Reef in Cardiff, CA

Mar 23-25 – Tampa Pro @ Skatepark of Tampa, Tampa, FL

March 24 Ultimate Boarder Skateboarding @ The Del Mar Fairgrounds

May 12 – 13 – OluKai Ho’Olaule’a Ocean Festival (Maui, HI)

June 8 – 10 – 16th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival @ The Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)

June 15 – 17 – AM2 2012 @ The Anaheim Convention Center (800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802)

PHOTOS from Surf Skate Culture Collection 3: A Benefit for Babette

BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED. Check out some flicks from the Juice Magazine Surf Skate Culture Collection 3: A Benefit for Babette.

Want to send us your pictures? Have any questions? CLICK HERE to get on our Kaptur page and see everyone’s posts, photos, and videos from the event.

Color photos by Dan Levy. Black and white photos by Alicia Gilmour.

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Thank you to everyone that donated, attended, volunteered and participated. The event was a huge success!

THANK YOU:

G.F.P.:
Nick Manning – Drummer (Southbay Nick)
Tom Davis – Lead Singer (Crazy Tom)
Aime Caron – Guitar
Tony Alva – Bass

DJ: Ray Flores

EVENT SPONSORS
Vans
DTA Posse
Sector 9
House of Marley
Juice Magazine

AUCTION DONATIONS
Big Daddy & Sons
Bloodhorse
Carter Slade
Century Media Records
Chris “Slappy” Sutherland
Cliche Skateboards
DC Jam Records
Dave England
Dickhouse Productions
Dogtown
Enjoi
Eric Dressen
Evil Goods
Fender
Garage Skate Shop
Ger-I Lewis
Gullwing
Jackass
Just Chill Water
Maui & Sons
Monster Energy Drinks
Munson Industries
Native Shoes
Nitro Circus
Ozone
Picollo
Powell Peralta
Red Bull
Six Stair
Subjekt Audio
SPA USA
Tom from HB     & wife
VSA – Venice Skateboard Association
Vans
Venice Originals
Venice Paparrazi
Vinyl Solution
Wayne Kramer

CATERING DONATED BY:
Sushi Girl
Hemp Ale
Just Chill Water
Terri’s Meatballs
Ona Gauthier

SKATE RAMP DONATED BY
Old Star
Jim Callans
Chris Eidem
David Wiley
Doug Smith (art)

ART DONATED BY:
C.R. STECYK III
SUSANNE MELANIE BERRY
STEVE OLSON
DAVID HACKETT
JEFF AMENT
WES HUMPSTON
WYNN MILLER
TONY ALVA
SHEPARD FAIREY
JAMES O’MAHONEY
ERIC DRESSEN
PAT NGOHO
KELLY D. WILLIAMS
ONA GAUTHIER
TIM KERR
LIBBY KNUDSEN
PANHANDLE SLIM
GEORGE PETERSON
ERIC “TUMA” BRITTON
JESSE MARTINEZ
JAMES MUIR
DOUG SMITH
CHICKEN
ANN SUMMA
JAY ADAMS
BART SARIC
DAN LEVY
BLOCK
CHUCK KATZ
JADE CURLY
DAVID FLORES
STEVE CABALLERO
DEREK ALBECK
MARCO ZAMORA
TONAN
MATT SMITH
MITCH REITER
BRETT HAMMOND
BILLY DUNLOP
CRIS DAWSON
ADAM PAUL
SLAPPY
ERRANDBOY
BRAD BOWMAN
SUSAN WEINBERG
DAVE FLYNN
KELLY JACKSON
CHRISTIAN GUNTHER

STATE OF SKATE WALL SKATEBOARDS
ALMOST
ARBOR
BULLDOG SKATES
CHOCOLATE
DOGTOWN
EVIL GOODS
FACTORY 13
GIRL
MYSTERY
POWELL PERALTA
SKATEPUCK
SKATERMADE
SLAVE
VERTICAL SMILE
ZERO

VOLUNTEERS
Tanya Martin
Alicia Gilmour
Lauren Wiley
Bill’s Nelson Painting
Libby Knudsen
Ona Gauthier
Sharon Wu
Nikki at Sushi Girl
Tonan
David Wiley
Nick Dunlop
Dom Bertolami
Trevor Thorpe
Patrick Wilson
Joaquin Sahagun
Chris
Steve Davey
Willy Sions
Susanne Melanie Berry
James Reed
Gabe Reed
Jesse Martinez
Doug Smith

PERSONAL DONATIONS
Barbara Lonsdale
Christian Guenther
Traci Robinson
Drew Kunze
BooBoo
Louis
Joaquin Sahagun
Peter Klimenko
Jamie Valasquez
Todd
Amy & Gemma
Janis Gaudy
Molz Anqelbralt
Dwnowels
Kate Minelain
Kimmie Welsh
Rita Gonzalez
Tamra Hernandez
Steve Waugh
Wolfe
Teddy K
Casey Stevens
Dylan Gasperik
Jon Penson
Kody Noble
Spread Inc.
Jesse Martinez
Gabriel Sanchez
Melissa Daly
Monique Reynolds
Crystal Skinner
Jamison Sinclair
Lanie
Bennett Harada
Mark Sweetzer
Eduardo Sallada
Mauro Monteiro
Peck
Patty Nemenz
Lori Lorenzo
Nadine Wright
Dave White
Denise Fleming
David Stockard
Mario Correa
William Meyerchak
Heidi Lemmon
Garage Skate Shop
Scott Manning
Dave England
Mikey Samuelson
Dave Maralas
Matt Smith
Joey Casillas
Brian Zarate
Michael Bernheim
Jeremy Parker
Christine & Bob Milam
Dave Flynn
Roland “Cholo” Sanchez
Joey Gant
Lance Carrera
Masao Miyashiro
Simon Brown
Ian Dean
Neil Carver
Greg Falk
Jen Wolf
Andree Lacourciere
Aime Caron
Anthony Peters

Juice Surf Skate Culture Collection 3 Art Show Auction is LIVE!

We wanted to thank everyone that came out to the Juice Magazine Surf Skate Culture Collection 3: A Benefit for Babette! The photos and video are in progress and we’ll be posting all the coverage soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to put out an update on the current items up for auction to help Babette. We had some amazing artists contribute pieces to the auction. Here are the first four items ready to be bid on.

Wes Humpston One of a Kind Bulldog Tribute to Jeff Ho Zephyr Skateboard

Wes Humpston One of a Kind Bulldog Tribute to Jeff Ho Zephyr Skateboard

Pearl Jam Autographed Fender Squier Bass w/ Soft Road Case

Pearl Jam Autographed Fender Squier Bass w/ Soft Road Case

C.R. Stecyk III "On Strike" Jay Adams Bicknell Hill 1974 Framed Print

C.R. Stecyk III "On Strike" Jay Adams Bicknell Hill 1974 Framed Print

Autographed Shepard Fairey Print of a Tony Alva Photo by Wynn Miller

Autographed Shepard Fairey Print of a Tony Alva Photo by Wynn Miller

TEXAS STYLE TRANSITIONARY RITUAL

TEXAS STYLE

Creature Skateboards presents Shut Up & Rumble Vertical Jam. This Texas Style Transitionary Ritual goes down on Nov. 12, 2011 at Overground Project at 2117 S. Ervay St. Dallas, TX. Vintage Car show and pin-up girls by Robs. Pro riders, bands and more!

BENEFIT FOR BABETTE AND JEFF HO – 10.20.11

Juice Magazine is hosting a once-in-a-lifetime group art show/fundraiser on October 20, 2011 at the Juice Magazine headquarters on the Venice Beach Boardwalk and we would like to extend this invitation to you and your guests to attend.

The Juice Magazine Surf Skate Culture Collection 3 is a Benefit for Babette & Jeff Ho. Babette has been diagnosed with late stage cancer, and all proceeds from the event will go to help Babette and Jeff Ho to defray medical expenses. Jeff Ho and Babette have been pillars of the surf/skate community for over three decades. This show is more than a benefit. It is a chance for all of us to show how the surf/skate community can rally and support two of our most distinguished participants. Join us in this very special evening and let’s show how we can make a real difference in Jeff and Babette’s lives.

Featured artists that have contributed artwork to the group show include Block, C.R. Stecyk III, Cris Dawson, Chuck Katz, David Hackett, Doug Smith, Eric Dressen, Eric “Tuma” Britton, Jason Adams, Jason Jessee, Jay Adams, Jesse Martinez, Kelly D. Williams, Libby Knudsen, Pat Ngoho, Bart Saric, Panhandle Slim, George Peterson, Errandboy, Brett Hammond, Mitch Reiter, Ona Gauthier, Steve Olson, Susanne Melanie Berry, Tim Kerr, Wes Humpston & many more. Jeff Ament has also donated his Fender Squire bass guitar autographed by all the guys in Pearl Jam to help Babette and Jeff Ho, as well as a hand-painted Zephyr tribute skateboard to benefit Babette and Jeff Ho.

This unique evening will also include a very special musical performance by Tony Alva (Babette’s half-brother) and his band G.F.P. Skateboarding legend Ray Flores will be spinning old school classics all night.

Sponsors for the benefit include: Vans, DTA Posse, House of Marley and Sector 9.
Catering provided by: Sushi Girl, Just Chill Water, Hemp Ale and Lagunitas Brewing Company.
Volunteers: Alicia Gilmour, Tanya Martin, Chris Eidem, Jamie Anderson, Lauren Wiley, David Wiley, Bill Nelson, Daryle Jenewein, Sharon WuTang, Libby Knudsen, Jess Braam, Vanessa Davey.
Raffle Items provided by: Subjekt Audio, Carter Slade Surf Videos, VSA, Native Shoes.
State of Skate Wall features skateboards from: Girl, Chocolate, Dogtown, Element, Shut Skates, Zero, Mystery, Slave, Blind, Darkstar, Enjoi, Almost, Cliche, Black Label, Powell Peralta, Bulldog Skates, Skull Skates, Factory 13, Skatepuck, Evil Goods, Pool Kings, Skatermade and Black Label.

When: October 20, 2011 – 6pm-10pm
Why: A Benefit for Babette and Jeff Ho
Where: Juice Magazine – 319 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
What: Group Art Show + Skateboarding + Music + Food + Drinks + Fun
Who: Tony Alva’s Band G.F.P. will be playing a special jam session & Ray Flores will DJ for the show.
How: $20 Suggested Donation at the Door. All ages welcome. RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Juice@JuiceMagazine.com

If you can’t attend the event, but would still like to donate, below is the link to the donation page.
http://www.juicemagazine.com/BABETTEBENEFIT.html

Please feel free to forward this link and/or post the event flyer. We hope to see you there!

Thank you!

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VENICE, CA 90291
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PINK MOTEL PARTY

 

PINK MOTEL PARTY

CALIFORNIA

OCTOBER 1, 2011

Beers, bros and the ultimate backyard, the Pink Motel… This party in the Pink was one good time for all. When you need a dose of the brotherhood of skateboarding, here it is. There was endless heckling and boards tapping on the coping all night long. Special guests included some of the heaviest characters in skateboarding with Rick Blackhart cheering and jeering every run, while Malba emceed and tried to control the flow of the session, and Duncan, Reategui, Ngoho, Skreech and a slew of hardcores partied their heads off. Badlanders massacred the deep end, while Lance Mountain provided decades of Pink Motel inspiration to the generations of skateboarders that got together for this bro-down. We could go on and make a giant list of names of all the pool warriors that were there and tell you how hard they all ripped, but check out this video instead and see for yourself. This is skateboarding.

Filming by Dan Levy and Alicia Gilmour. Editing by Alicia Gilmour © 2011 Juice Enterprises, Inc.

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