Live at Deaf Club, 1979

by Tuxedomoon

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“During San Francisco’s punk era, there were quite a few entrepreneurs looking for new cheap places for bands to play. Going about his daily business Robert Hanrahan (the then manager of The Offs and Dead Kennedys) noticed a small building one day on Valencia Street with a sign that read San Francisco Club Of The Deaf Inc. It was in this second floor social club for the deaf ‘that the most memorable series of punk shows to rattle San Francisco’s ear drums took place,’ starting on December 2nd, 1978 until by the end of the summer of 1979, when the club became the victim of its own success and closed down due to its inability to comply with fire codes and maximum occupancy regulations. Although the blossoming was brief, for a short-lived period the Deaf Club had become synonymous with punk and practically all the emerging bands in the city played there to capacity crowds. ‘The place was reminiscent of Beat novelist Jack Kerouac’s description of the underground jazz clubs in Frisco nearly three decades earlier. The crowd face to face with the band in a tiny, smoky, steam box of a room, pogoing, screaming, drinking, drugging, necking, pressed together, throbbing like one big heart (...) It was so loud that speech was as useless for the punks as it was for the deaf people who always came to the gigs.’
Tuxedomoon began to play there quite early on. “We were involved with the Deaf Club right from the beginning, remembers Reininger. We started to play there more often than we did this other place [i.e. at the Mab]. That was an interesting place. It was opened to new people (...)” […]

Peter Principle: “The Deaf Club was the center of a sub-scene but it was THE center. That was the place where you could go with no idea of what was going on there and be sure to be entertained. It was always interesting plus the atmosphere of the Deaf Club itself was a hundred percent unique because of the deaf people. They would just be snorting cocaine off the table in the back there, all those fucking deaf people. The bartender was deaf, so you had to order drinks and everything with sign language or writing. There was no way to talk your way in at the door either because the door person was deaf. This was fabulous! Plus they really liked it because they said they could feel the bass and everybody jumping made them feel good. So they were really depressed when it got closed but it was the fire laws that got it closed and rightfully so because the place was surely a fire trap. But that was a great club and they were for sure doing really bizarre stuff (...) We used to play there all the time actually.” “59 To 1,” one of Tuxedomoon’s best songs was created at the Deaf Club: “Steven and I once worked out an entire set for a duo show at the Deaf Club from which Tuxedomoon culled “59 To 1,”” recalls Principle.

Tuxedomoon were regulars at the Deaf Club until the very end and featured on the farewell compilation LP Can You Hear Me? Music From The Deaf Club that was recorded in September ’79.”

(Extract from Isabelle Corbisier’s Tuxedomoon biography, “Music for Vagabonds”, 2008; used by permission of the author)

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released March 10, 2018

Recorded live at The Deaf Club, San Francisco, 10 October 1979

Performers:
Steven Brown
Peter Principle
Blaine L. Reininger

Soundboard tape originally shared with Peter Principle
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018

Cover based on a flyer by Patrick Roques
Tuxedomoon logo by Patrick Miller

Project management and design by Heitor Alvelos

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