Friday, June 20, 2014

The Starwood Nightclub 1980 and 1981

by Hanson Meyer
First of all, let me say that this is a work in progress as there is so much to add. So bear with me and check back regularly as I'm constantly adding to this blog. (Last revision 12/17/2017)

Before it became my punk rock mecca in 1980 and 1981, the Starwood was a fashionable club in the 60's known as PJ's and it catered to the stars of the Hollywood television and film industry at the time. During the early and mid 70's, it transformed into one of the leading rock clubs in Los Angeles when it was renamed the "Starwood". It was located at 8151 Santa Monica Blvd and sat on the corner of Crescent Heights where there is currently a strip mall type deli.
Looking at the Starwood from the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Crescent Heights
At the close of the 1970s in Los Angeles, it was difficult to find clubs that would consistently book punk rock bands and along with the Masque, Club 88, the Fleetwood, Madame Wongs and the Whisky, the Starwood became one of the few to do so. I was fortunate enough to make it to a couple of shows there in 1980 and early 1981 before the club eventually closed down permanently in October, 1981 due to underage drinking and a number of other citations. Shortly after it's closure, the building caught fire... and although it didn't burn completely, the city bulldozed the entire structure to the ground.

For the two years leading up to its closure, the Starwood stuck to its mainstream acts on the weekends but they needed to fill the slower, mid-week slots with something else. Owner, Eddie Nash, allowed his staff to fill these nights with punk rock and new wave performers. My friends and I always searched through the Calendar Section of the L.A. Times for the Starwood advertisement with all of the upcoming shows.

I was able to collect a number of the advertisements, and I have added the relative flyers and tickets that were distributed back then by both the club and bands performing there. Many of these images are mine, but there are other tickets, flyers and photos that I have added from other contributors to create a comprehensive chronological collection to give the reader a true idea of what was going on at that time.

Jan 9, 1980: The Last and The Go-Go's

This show would have been listed in the first Starwood ad of the year in the Sunday Calendar section of the LA Times dated January 6, 1980 (not pictured here). Although their ads ran every Sunday in the Calendar section, the Starwood listed all their shows for a full month as of the date of the ad and so we would see many of the dates and shows every week leading up to the show. 

Sunday, January 13, 1980

Jan 13 - Feb 9, 1980: Starwood Ad

This ad was found in the Sunday, January 13, 1980 Calendar section of the LA Times.
The Plugz and the Gears played together on January 15th.

The Textones featuring Kathy Valentine (pre Go-Go's) performed on the 16th with Mick Smiley. The Textones had only been together for about a year but were gaining notoriety.

The Plimsouls performed on January 21st with the Great Buildings. They had been together for nearly two years by this time and were working on releasing and EP with what would become their hit single, "Zero Hour". The Great Buildings was made up of a few members of the band "The Quick". They were friends with members of the band, The Dickies and actually steered a few of the band members toward the Dickies including frontman Leonard Graves Phillips. Without the band the Great Buildings, the Dickies may never have existed.

It's also interesting to note that KROQ-FM DJ, Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney On The ROQ), was spinning records there at the Starwood every Tuesday and Wednesday and continued to do so until the club closed in 1981.

Some of the bands that played during the dates of the Starwood ad but were not shown in the ad had flyers and tickets for their shows there...

The Twisters and Tripper ticket (this show appears in the Starwood Ad)
The Robert Stoddard Band played at the Starwood with the Makers on January 23rd. Robert Stoddard later went on to play with the glam metal hair band, L.A. Guns in 1985.


Sunday, February 3, 1980

Feb 3 - Mar 1, 1980: Starwood Ad

Feb 7, 1980: Alternate "Weekly" Ad
The Alley Cats, Sue Saad and The Next (Not in the Starwood Ad)

Feb 12, 1980: The Go-Go's promo for the show


Unfortunately, I don't have any Starwood ads for the latter part of February and nearly the entire month of March, 1980. The following tickets and flyers represent some of the shows that happened during this time period at the Starwood.

Feb 26, 1980: Starwood Ticket for The Last and The Gears show

Feb 26, 1980: The Gears version of the flyer
Feb 26, 1980: The Last version of the flyer

Mar 4, 1980: The Bags and Alleycats flyer
Mar 10: 1980: The Twisters and Kingbees Newspaper Ad


Sunday, March 30, 1980

Mar 30 - Apr 26, 1980: Starwood Ad

Apr 9, 1980: The Gears version of the flyer
Note that the Go-Go's were playing there two nights... The first night with Wall of Voodoo on April 1st, and the second night with the Plugz on April 2nd. The Go-Go's didn't even have a record out at this time, only a five song demo that allowed them to tour with Madness later in 1980. Wall of Voodoo was just releasing their first EP with a very unique version of Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire" on it. Their hit "Mexican Radio" wouldn't come out for another three years after this show. The Plugz had released a single in 1978 and their album "Electrify Me" in 1979.

Apr 9, 1980: The Weirdos version of the flyer
Berlin performed on April 8th, but it isn't known if this was the version of Berlin with Terri Nunn singing, or if it was the version with Virginia Macolino while Terri was pursuing an acting career... and even reading for the part of Princess Leia in Star Wars.

At the time of their show at the Starwood on April 9th, the Weirdos had an EP and a few singles out including the hit "We've Got The Neutron Bomb". The Weirdos were already veterans of the LA music scene starting out in 1976 and would break up a year after this show. Playing with them were the Gears from Huntington Beach. The Gears had already recorded a number of demos in 1979 and released their album "Rockin' at Ground Zero" right around the time of this show in 1980.

Apr 15 & 16, 1980: Starwood Ticket for The Pop and Alley Cats show
On April 15th and 16th, The Pop played with the Alley Cats. The Alley Cats had a couple of records out at the time of this show including the single "Nothing Means Nothing Anymore" b/w "Give Me a Little Pain" released March 30, 1978 and a track on the Yes L.A. compilation called "Too Much Junk" released in 1979 on Dangerhouse Records. Also around this time, they were filmed and would be featured in the movie "Urgh! A Music War" which was released two years later in 1982.


Sunday, April 20, 1980

Apr 20 - May 21, 1980: Starwood Ad
Interesting to see that John Doe from "X" performed a solo act on radio station KLOS's "Rock Night" on Monday, April 21st.

On Tuesday, April 22nd, The Robert Stoddard Band played with the Textones. Textones founder and guitarist, Kathy Valentine, had moved from Austin, Texas to Los Angeles in late 1978 where she formed the band. While in the Textones and during the time period of this performance, she had written two songs, "Vacation" and "Can't Stop the World" which she would take with her when she joined the Go-Go's eight months later in December, 1980. Her first show with the Go-Go's was New Years Eve, 1980 at the Whisky. 

The Bags and FEAR played together on Wednesday night, April 23rd.

Apr 23, 1980: Starwood Ticket for The Bags and FEAR show
The Offenders a punk band from a small town near Austin, Texas played with the Whizz Kids who were a pop rock band on tour from New Zealand to promote their single "Occupational Hazard".

Bates Motel performed on April 28th and was made up of members who would later be part of the band Sparks as well as the band Gleaming Spires who had a hit the next year in 1981 called "Are You Ready For The Sex Girls". Also performing that night on April 28th was a band from Richmond, Virginia called "Single Bullet Theory" who had released a self titled record a few years before in 1977.

 X and The Last played two consecutive nights on April 29th & 30th.

Phil Seymour was a multi talented musician who's primary instrument was the drums. He played with many bands who are seen scattered throughout these Starwood ads including the Textones and 20/20 who performed with him two nights, May 2nd and 3rd. He had even performed with Tom Petty at the time.

The Plimsouls were becoming increasingly more popular and were favorites at the Starwood back then. 

May 7, 1980: Starwood Ticket for The Kingbees and The Blasters show


Sunday, May 18, 1980

May 18 - Jun 14, 1980: Starwood Ad
May 20 & 21, 1980: Starwood Ticket for Gang of Four and Plugz show

May 20 & 21, 1980: Plugz version of the flyer
Gang of Four and the Plugz played two nights, May 20th and May 21st. Gang of Four had charted with their single "Damaged Goods" in England and they were playing the circuit in the U.S.A.

On May 27th, The Bags and the Crowd played. It was around this time that Penelope Spheeris filmed the Bags for her first feature film, the Decline of Western Civilization. They had one single out at the time called "Survive". The Crowd was a Huntington Beach band who had been featured on the compilation album "Beach Blvd." that was released in 1979.

May 27, 1980: Starwood Ticket for the Bags and Crowd show
The Weirdos and Berlin were an odd combination but played together on June 3rd.

Joy Division was supposed to play on Monday, June 9th as a part of their American tour. But on the date of this ad, May 18th, lead singer, Ian Curtis took his own life the day before the band was supposed to leave for America, and as a result, the band did not tour and did not play this show. 

On June 10th and 11th, the Alley Cats played.

Also, interesting to note that Quiet Riot and Dokken were playing there as "The People's Choice"... Funny!

 Sunday, June 1, 1980

Jun 1 - Jul 9, 1980: Starwood Ad

Starwood Calendar for the Month of June, 1980
The Weirdos and Berlin performed together on Tuesday, June 3rd.

The next night on June 4th, Bates Motel (Gleaming Spires) performed with opening band Allnight.

On June 6th & 7th Phil Seymour and the band 707 played both nights. It was just about this time that 707 released their first record which contained the hit "I Could Be Good For You".

Interesting to note that since Joy Division cancelled their U.S. tour and hence their show at the Starwood on June 9th, this ad shows that the Starwood filled the date with the Textones and Dyan Diamond.

Jun 10 & 11, 1980: Starwood Ticket for the Alley Cats,
Wall of Voodoo, and The Offs show

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - On June 10th and 11th, the Alley Cats added Wall of Voodoo and a San Francisco band called the Offs to the bill. The very first show that the Dead Kennedys played was opening for the Offs in San Francisco.

Geza X and the Mommymen opened for Fear on June 17th. (more about this show in the next section)

On June 24th Wayne County of Wayne County and the Electric Chairs performed. (more about this show in the next section)

The Go-Go's played on July 8th and 9th.

Also interesting to note that the Plimsouls played the Starwood quite often.

Sunday, June 15, 1980

Jun 15 - Jul 5, 1980: Starwood Ad
Phil Seymour and the Blasters performed on June 16th.
Geza X and the Mommymen opened for Fear on June 17th. Geza X produced records for many punk bands at this time including the Dead Kennedys, the Germs, Black Flag, the Avengers and the Weirdos. Fear had one single out at this time "I Love Livin' In The City" that was released in 1977. It was also just a little bit before this time that Penelope Spheeris met the band while they were handing out flyers and she asked them if they wanted to be in her movie "Decline of Western Civilization". Filming of Fear for the movie happened right around this time.

On June 24th, self-proclaimed transgender, Wayne County, of Wayne County and the Electric Chairs performed. Wayne County had been performing since 1976 and although the band was from the United States, they were actually more popular in England and Europe. They had a number of albums and singles out by the time they played the Starwood, and they had even appeared in the Don Letts film, "The Punk Rock Movie". Interesting to note that Wayne had recently changed his name to "Jayne County" and had either made that change since the previous ad on June 1st or had clarified it with Starwood booking to make sure that they got his name right before the performance.

Jun 25, 1980: Flyer for the Falcons


Unfortunately, I don't have all the Starwood ads for the two month period of July and August of 1980. The following tickets and flyers represent some of the shows that happened during this time period at the Starwood.

Jul 29, 1980: Ad in Newspaper for FEAR

Jul 29, 1980: The Crowd's flyer for the show with Fear

Jul 30, 1980: The Gears backstage at the Starwood

Aug 4, 1980: Flyer for The Twisters and Beachy & The Beachnuts

Aug 5, 1980: Starwood Ticket Wall of Voodoo and Human Hands show


Sunday, August 17, 1980

Aug 17 - Sep 6, 1980: Starwood Ad
Aug 31, 1980: Black Randy promo card
Aug 19, 1980: Starwood Ticket The Gears and Suburban Lawns Ticket

Sep 5,6, 1980: Flyer for the Rubber City Rebels


Sunday, September 7, 1980

Sep 7 - Oct 18, 1980: Starwood Ad

Sep 9, 1980: Ticket for Wall of Voodoo and BPeople show
Sep 9 1980: Flyer for Wall of Voodoo and BPeople

Sep 10, 1980: Flyer for Human Hands and The Last

Sep 17, 1980: Flyer for The Crowd and The Weirdos at the Starwood and others


Sunday, September 28, 1980

Sep 28 - Nov 8, 1980: Starwood Ad

Berlin and the Nobodys played on Tuesday, September 30th.

Darby Crash of the Germs was doing his solo thing and played with the Chiefs on October 1st. This was one of only a few shows that Darby did as "The Darby Crash Band". Pat Smear of the Germs and Lucky Lehrer of the Circle Jerks played in this line up. This show was just a little over two months before he died on December 7th, 1980.
October 7th the Human Hands and Geza X performed together.
The Go-Go's and the Plimsouls are found again on this ad.

Oct 7, 1980: Flyer for Human Hands and Geza X
Oct 14, 1980: Adolescents Guest List (submitted by Eddie Subtitle)

Oct 14, 1980: Ticket for The Crowd and Adolescents show

Oct 21, 1980: Flyer for The Gears and The Mentors
Nov 4, 1980: Flyer for Alley Cats with the Circle Jerks and Middle Class

Sunday, November 9, 1980

Nov 9 - Dec 31, 1980: Starwood Ad

November 11th, Fear, The Screws and 45 Grave played.

The next night, November 12th, the Suburban Lawns played. Their single "Gidget Goes To Hell" had been out for a year before this show.

The next week on November 18th Black Flag headlined a show with Eddie & The Subtitles and the Minutemen. From a flyer perspective, this is an interesting show for Black Flag. Greg Ginn's brother Raymond Pettibon had created the bulk of the artwork for Black Flag's flyers and record covers. In 1980, he had developed the new 4 bar Black Flag logo and their trademark font for their name. They had just released and distributed all of their records from the 2nd press of Nervous Breakdown and that particular pressing with the light blue ink and large artwork on the back was the very first item released by the band that had the new logo and font. For more information on the Nervous Breakdown EP Pressings and Versions click here: Nervous Breakdown EP. Black Flag's second record "Jealous Again" had also just been released and SST was eager to promote it and created their own version of the flyer (the 4th). The four Black Flag flyers below show two different versions of the Black Flag font as well as the new 4 bar logo. Although there are other flyers with the new font and logo for other venues previous to this date, this would be one of the last times that a flyer was made by Ray Pettibon without the new logo.
November 19th, The Mutants and The Offs played. Both bands were from San Francisco and had been featured on the album "Can You Hear Me? Music From The Deaf Club" that had just been released earlier in the year and featured live music from a number of San Francisco bands. The Dead Kennedys also appeared on the album performing Police Truck and a few other songs.

Other bands listed on this ad include The Blasters, X, D.O.A. and the Surf Punks. Oh Yeah... and we can't forget "the people's choice"... Quiet Riot!

Nov 11, 1980: Ticket for FEAR, the Screws and 45 Grave
Nov 11 1980: Flyer for FEAR and the Screws

Nov 11 1980: Flyer for 45 Grave, FEAR and the Screws


Sunday, November 16, 1980

Nov 16 - Dec 31, 1980: Starwood Ad

Nov 18 1980: Pettibon Flyer #1 for Black Flag, 
Eddie and the Subtitles and The Minutemen

Nov 18 1980: Pettibon Flyer #2 for Black Flag, 
Eddie and the Subtitles and The Minutemen
Nov 18 1980: Pettibon Flyer #3 for Black Flag, 
Eddie and the Subtitles and The Minutemen
Nov 18, 1980: Black Flag on Stage at the Starwood
Nov 18, 1980: The Minutemen at the Starwood

Nov 18 1980: Pettibon Flyer #4 for Black Flag, 
Eddie and the Subtitles and The Minutemen

Nov 18 1980: SST Flyer promoting the new record at the show
Nov 25 1980: Flyer for The Plugz
Nov 18-19, 1980: Ticket for Black Flag, Eddie & the Subtitles, The Minutemen, 
The Mutants and The Offs

Sunday, November 30, 1980

Nov 30 - Dec 31, 1980: Starwood Ad
This particular ad is a very important one for me personally. It lists both the last show the Germs would ever play as well as my first Punk show I ever went to... The Dickies.

December 2nd, The Gears, The Crowd and Mad Society played. The Gears and the Crowd were from the southern California beach areas and Mad Society was a band made up of kids all under 12 or 13 years of age. They were only together for 11 months so, seeing them here in this Starwood ad is a rarity.

The infamous last Germs show happened at the Starwood on December 3rd, 1980. Darby Crash killed himself with a drug overdose four days later on December 7th. Middle Class and the Screws were the opening acts. Middle Class is considered by some to be the first "hardcore" punk band to come out of California as their "Out of Vogue" EP was out in 1978 before Black Flag had officially released their Nervous Breakdown EP in early 1979. See the history of Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown EP here:

On December 9th, Fear and the Circle Jerks played with the Adolescents opening. The Circle Jerks had only been together for a year and had their album "Group Sex" out for about the same amount of time. By the time the band did the show on this date, they had just signed a contract with I.R.S. Records to do the album "Wild In The Streets" which was released in 1982. The Adolescents had been together for less than a year and had their single "Amoeba" out which was getting airplay on KROQ. Their self titled "blue" album had not been recorded and released yet and wouldn't be until the following year.

The Dickies played with the Great Buildings on December 23rd. This was the first punk show I ever went to. The Dickies had already been playing for about three years and had already released two albums an EP and about nine singles. The band was in true form with its original line up of band members including Chuck Wagon who would die from suicide six months later. The Great Buildings was created from members of The Quick who wrote the song "Pretty Please Me" which was later covered by both the Dickies and Red Cross. Original members of the Great Buildings went on to become the Rembrandts.

The Surf Punks, although not really punk, were also a fun band to see and they played New Years Eve.

Dec 2, 1980: Flyer for The Gears, Crowd and Mad Society
Dec 3, 1980: Flyer for The Germs final show

Dec 3, 1980: Set List for the Germs final show

Dec 3, 1980: The Germs on Stage and Darby's final performance



Sunday, December 7, 1980

Dec 7, 1980 - Jan 3, 1981: Starwood Ad

This Starwood ad came out in the L.A. Times the same day that Darby Crash died... December 7, 1980. The Germs played their last show four days prior on December 3rd as can be seen on the previous ad.

Dec 9, 1980: Ticket for FEAR, Circle Jerks and Adolescents
Dec 9, 1980: Flyer for Adolescents, Fear and Circle Jerks

Dec 9, 1980: Flyer for FEAR, Circle Jerks and Adolesccents
Dec 9, 1980: Circle Jerks on Stage at the Starwood
Starwood Show is the last one shown on this flyer


Sunday, December 14, 1980

Dec 14, 1980 - Jan 17, 1981: Starwood Ad

Black Flag played two nights and if it wasn't violent enough inside, each night the riot squad was there to clash with the punks after the shows.

The Plimsouls had just released their EP called "Zero Hour" which was getting regular airplay on KROQ in Los Angeles. They were a club favorite and played everywhere in the greater LA area including the Starwood.

20/20 was a locally popular power pop band from Hollywood. They played all the local clubs and even played at one of my high school dances in 1982...

Dec 16, 1980: Ticket for Eddie & The Subtitles, Mau Maus and Castration Squad
Dec 16, 1980: Flyer for Castration Squad



Sunday, December 21, 1980

Dec 21, 1980 - Jan 31, 1981: Starwood Ad

Dec 23, 1980: Ticket Stub for the Dickies and Great Buildings show


Sunday, December 28, 1980

Dec 28, 1980 - Jan 31, 1981: Starwood Ad

When I was at the Dickies show the previous week on December 23rd, I was given a discount ticket for $1.95 to see the Blasters and Adapters on December 29th. It seemed that the Starwood was a little late in booking bands toward the end of December likely because of the Holidays and possibly because they were being threatened by the local authorities that they were going to be shut down because of problems with the local residents in the neighborhood and recent clashes with the police. I think they gave out discount tickets to the regulars who were attending shows in December to entice them to come and help the club hit "critical mass" during the nights leading up to New Year's Eve. I really think that the Starwood was afraid that there weren't going to be very many people showing up. I didn't end up making it to the Blasters show, but I still have the ticket. The Blasters' album "American Music" had just been released a little earlier in 1980 and they had started to become a local favorite and an early foundation for the second wave of Rockabilly. They played at the Starwood often in 1980 and 1981.

December 30, 1980 - Black Randy and the Metrosquad played with Human Hands and Speed Queen. Black Randy had a few singles out including "I Slept In An Arcade" which was released a little more than a year before this show date. The Metrosquad featured some revolving backup singers called the "Blackettes" and included frontwomen from other bands such as Exene Cervenka of X, Alice Bag of the Bags, Lorna Doom of the Germs as well as Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's.

Surf Punks played on New Year's Eve as written previously about the Starwood ad printed on Nov 30th.

Other notables shown on this Starwood ad are the Plimsouls, John Hiatt, 20/20, and Gary Myrick & the Figures.

Dec 29, 1980: Ticket for the Blasters and Adaptors Show
Dec 30, 1980: Flyer for Black Randy and the Metro Squad,
Human Hands and the Speed Queens

Sunday, December 28, 1980

Jan 4 - Feb 7, 1981: Starwood Ad
Although the Starwood had previous problems with the violence that followed Black Flag, and they were receiving pressure from the local authorities not to showcase punk rock bands, Black Flag ended up playing two nights back to back there in January, 1981... One on Tuesday the 6th and the other on Wednesday the 7th. On the 6th, Social Distortion (not listed in the Starwood ad but is listed on the flyer to the left) followed by Middle Class were the opening bands. Social Distortion was just getting ready to release their first single "1945" on 13th Floor Records but was fairly unknown up to this point. Middle Class had released their EP "Out of Vogue" in 1978 and had a good local following. China White (not listed in the Starwood ad but appearing on the flyer to the left) and the Adolescents opened the show for Black Flag on the 7th. Similarly to Social D, China White was just getting ready to release their EP, "Danger Zone" that came out later in 1981.The Adolescents had been together for less than a year and their single, "Amoeba" had just been released several months before this show. Both Black Flag shows erupted into violence and were met with the LAPD riot squad outside the venue.

The page from BAM Magazine shown here illustrates the violence that impacted virtually every Black Flag performance regardless of where they played. Fists are flying in the "slam pit" in the center photo and in the bottom photo you can see Tony Cadena, lead singer for the Adolescents on stage overlooking the melee below him in the crowd. The punk who is seen crowd surfing just after a stage dive is Myke Bates, a founding member, guitarist, and songwriter for Uniform Choice which was formed a little more than a year after this photo. The writer responsible for the article in BAM Magazine, Mitchell Schneider, was very unimpressed with all the young Huntington Beach punks, referred to as "HB's" by Henry Rollins in his book, Get In The Van". They were like piranhas... after one of them took a bite, all the others followed the scent of blood and swarmed whoever was at the receiving end not even knowing who the person was or why he was receiving the ass kicking.

Jan 6 & 7, 1981: White Flyer for Black Flag, Middle
 Class, Social D., the Adolescents and China White

Jan 6 & 7, 1981: Pink Flyer for Black Flag, Middle
 Class, Social D., the Adolescents and China White
Jan 6, 1981: Flyer for Black Flag,
Social Distortion and the Descendents (no Middle Class)
Jan 6, 1981: Social D's Flyer for Black Flag,
Social Distortion and Middle Class (no Descendents)
Jan 6, 1981: Starwood Marquee
Jan 6, 1981: Black Flag on Stage at the Starwood
Jan 7, 1981: Dez of Black Flag

Jan 30, 1981: BAM Magazine Article about
Black Flag show on Jan 6th

Sunday, January 11, 1981

Jan 13, 1981: Ticket for Suburban Lawns (courtesy Christy Pulliam)

Jan 14, 1981: Flyer for The Toasters


Sunday, January 18, 1981

Jan 18 - Mar 4, 1981: Starwood Ad
Jan 20, 1981: Ticket forAlley Cats, The Gears and Gun Club

Jan 20 & 21, 1981: Ticket for two nights

Jan 20, 1981: Flyer for Gun Club

Jan 20, 1981: Flyer for Gun Club

Jan 20, 1981: Flyer for Alley Cats, the Gears and Gun Club


Sunday, January 25, 1981

Jan 25 - Mar 7, 1981: Starwood Ad

Jan 27, 1981: Ticket for the Circle Jerks, Crowd and Mad Society Show
Jan 27, 1981: Flyer for Circle Jerks,
The Crowd and Mad Society

Jan 27, 1981: Flyer for Circle Jerks,
The Crowd and Mad Society
Jan 27, 1981: Flyer for Circle Jerks,
The Crowd and Mad Society

Jan 27, 1981: Mad Society's Flyer for Circle Jerks,
The Crowd and Mad Society
Jan 27, 1981: Circle Jerks on Stage at the Starwood
Feb 3, 1981: Ticket for The Weirdos, Middle Class and Agent Orange show
Feb 3, 1981: Flyer for The Weirdos

Forming in 1975, the Weirdos were one of the first firmly established punk bands in Los Angeles. They had already released two EPs and two Singles one of which was the timeless classic punk staple, "We've Got The Neutron Bomb". They went on to record a number of other records before they disbanded  later in 1981.


Sunday, February 8, 1981

Feb 10, 1981: Ticket for The Adolescents, 
Eddie & The Subtitles and 45 Grave show
1981: Tony Cadena and Casey Royer of Adolescents on stage

Feb 17, 1981: Flyer for FEAR, China White and the Chiefs show
Feb 17, 1981: Ticket for FEAR, China White and the Chiefs


Sunday, February 22, 1981

Feb 22 - Mar 28, 1981: Starwood Ad

Feb 23, 1981: Ticket for Human Sexual Response and BPeople


Sunday, March 1, 1981

Mar 1 - Apr 11, 1981: Starwood Ad
March 4, 1981 - Memo to Starwood Patrons handed out at Wall of Voodoo show (image courtesy Michael Colacion)


Sunday, March 8, 1981

Mar 8 - Apr 25, 1981: Starwood Ad

Mar 10, 1981: Flyer for the Circle Jerks, Crowd and Mad Society show
Mar 12, 1981: Guest List for the band "X"


Sunday, March 15, 1981

Mar 15 - Apr 25, 1981: Starwood Ad
Mar 17, 1981: Flyer for Weirdos, Middle Class,
and Agent Orange show

Mar 17, 1981: Agent Orange's flyer for Weirdos,
Middle Class and Agent Orange show


Sunday, March 22, 1981
Mar 22 - Apr 20, 1981: Starwood Ad
Mar 24, 1981: Adolescents flyer for the
Adolsescents, 45 Grave and Gun Club show
Mar 27-28, 1981: Boxboys flyer for their show
with Gary Myrick & The Figures


Sunday, March 29, 1981

Mar 29 - Apr 20, 1981: Starwood Ad

Mar 31, 1981: Flyer for FEAR, China White and the Chiefs show

Mar 31, 1981: Flyer for FEAR, China White
and Chiefs show

April 1981: Starwood Calendar


Sunday, April 5, 1981

Apr 5 - May 2, 1981: Starwood Ad

Apr 7, 1981: Flyer for D.O.A. and the Crowd show,

Apr 7, 1981: D.O.A. on stage at the Starwood

Apr 21, 1981: Flyer for the Circle Jerks and T.S.O.L show

Apr 24-25, 1981: Flyer for Motley Crue show

Apr 24, 1981: Motley Crue on stage at the Starwood


Sunday, Apr 26, 1981

Apr 26 - Jun 6, 1981: Starwood Ad


Sunday, May 3, 1981

May 3 - Jun 6, 1981: Starwood Ad
May 5, 1981: Flyer for Weirdos show


Sunday, May 10, 1981

May 10 - Jun 6, 1981: Starwood Ad
May 12, 1981: Agent Orange's flyer for Agent Orange,
the Crowd and 45 Grave show
May 12, 1981: Agent Orange's flyer for Agent Orange,
the Crowd and 45 Grave show


Sunday, May 17, 1981

May 17 - Jun 20, 1981: Starwood Ad

May 19, 1981: Flyer for Alice Bag Band,
100 Flowers and 45 China White show (Alternate Flyer)

May 19, 1981: Flyer for Alice Bag Band,
100 Flowers and 45 China White show

May 19, 1981: Police at the Starwood
May 20, 1981: Flyer for BPeople, Human Hands,
and Johanna Went show


May 20, 1981:Starwood Ad


Sunday, May 24, 1981

May 24 - Jul 1, 1981: Starwood Ad

May 25, 1981: Flyer for A La Carte and Motley Crue show
Jun 1, 1981: The Starwood Marqee with all the bands
coming in the month of June


Sunday, June 7, 1981

Jun 7 - Jul 18, 1981: Starwood Ad

June 9th, Fear, The Chiefs and the Ozienares. The Decline of Western Civilization would be released less than a month later on July 1st where John Belushi from Saturday Night Live saw them and lobbied for the band to appear on the show on Halloween.

Jun 9, 1981: Flyer for FEAR show

Jun 9, 1981: Flyer for FEAR, Chiefs and Oziehares show

Jun 9, 1981: Flyer for FEAR, Chiefs and Oziehares show


Sunday, June 14, 1981

Jun 14 - Jul 18, 1981: Starwood Ad

Jun 16, 1981: Flyer for China White,
Mad Society and the Stains show
Jun 16, 1981: Stains flyer for China White,
Mad Society and the Stains show

Jun 17, 1981: Kommunity F.K. flyer for Geza X,
Kommunity F.K. and Wild Kingdom show


The Starwood closed down later the year in October, 1981 due to a number of challenges.

The old Starwood sign inside for the "Hot 100 Club"

 Content written by Hanson Meyer

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  1. The surf punks were one of the best and most crucial punk bands..if this page is still active email me an tell me why they seem underrated..joshthekook at gmail dot com

    1. I agree that the Surf Punks were a great band. I bought their album "My Beach" when it came out back in 1980. I remember hearing them on KROQ in Los Angeles and thinking that they were funny and wore my record out.

      Although they had the word "Punk" in their name, the band was not considered a punk band back then and never played shows with any of the LA or OC punk bands of that time... They did play some of the same venues such as the Starwood and Cuckoo's Nest, but they always played on nights considered "new wave" and not "punk". Besides, they had long hair and that was a No-No at any punk shows... I literally saw guys get their long hair torched with lighters at some shows.

      The truth is that the Surf Punks appealed to a very small Pop demographic in and around the LA area with songs targeted towards Malibu Beach and Surfing and they were not commercial enough to make it nationally at the time. They were Malibu surfers who were also good musicians that probably got drunk one night and decided to write some funny songs and record them... thank god they did, because "My Beach" is still a favorite album of mine.

  2. Hi! I love this blog! Thanks for posting so many great memories from the 80's; loved The Starwood!