If you like ‘power violence’ or 90s DIY hardcore in general, then you are most likely already very familiar with SPAZZ. I was probably the world’s biggest (and most annoying) SPAZZ fanboy in high school, but in my defense I feel like I had good reason. They were essentially the blueprint for everything I cover on this site, mixing brutal music with dumb inside jokes, and sprinkling in graffiti, hip hop, skateboarding, and streetwear– extremely advanced material for 1994! And on a srs note, they were all incredibly nice guys who tolerated what I can only assume were a lot of dumb questions from the 15 year-old Sergeant D, which was really cool of them and I appreciate very much.
The entire “Dwarf Jester Rising,” which is my personal favorite SPAZZ release. WORSHIP OR POSE.
Seems like this is as good a place as any to post this, my favorite song from the incredibly underrappreciated EMETIC. Dat cover art, so advanced o__o
This one is extra long, but SPAZZ is one of my favorite bands of all time and Dan is a very interesting dude to talk to so I think it’s definitely justified and turned out really well. We chatted about what Dan’s up to these days, 90s hip hop and graffiti, some forgotten West Bay bands like RADIOACTIVE LUNCH and EMETIC, and I asked him to explain a few of the stories behind SPAZZ classics like “Thrice The Hiney,” “Box” and ” and “Hairfarmer.” (PS I was wrong, “Gnome Servant” is not rly an instrumental, I had it mixed up with “Precision Fastening”)
Thanks to Dan for everything– holler at him on Twitter and remember: if you wanna step to OAK, be prepared cuz we’ll take no shit!!