Self-portrait at “Rocket from the Tombs”
Acrylc on wood
This was done for a music themed lowbrow show in some resturant on Commercial. I’d just gone to see “Rocket from the tombs”, a reunion tour of the great Cleveland proto-punk band whose members would go on to form “The Dead Boys” and one of my all time favourite bands, “Pere Ubu”, at Richards on Richards. Once again I was mistaken for lead singer David Thomas. I thought the audience he turn out was dissappointing for such legandary musicians, there were kids in the audience who didn’t seem to know what they were looking at. I was up front and knew (almost) all the words, even to the Peter laughner songs and at the end I was given the set list. Incidentially, the song “Final solution” is about teen angst, not the Holocaust. Like many people of my generation our parents had lived theough WW2 and memories of the conflict were part of the culture. Still, taking words and images and putting them in a new context could get you into trouble and like Joy Division Pere Ubu were falsely accused of being Nazi’s and didn’t perform the song live for years. I”ve also read the song was inspired by a Sherlock Holmes story, “The Final Question”. This may be when I was at my heaviest. I was very careful rendering my plaid shirt.