Monday, August 10, 2009


This is the second Black Randy telephone call featured on MORE THAN A WITNESS and is a total riot.

Before Black Randy and the Metrosquad performed in San Francisco for their first ever gig there, they contacted Paul Rat (aka Paul Bachavich) who promoted punk shows in the city at Temple Beautiful. Knowing the importance of aligning himself with other bands that would further his own infamy, Randy demands that the Metrosqaud share the bill with the Mentors and Wall Of Voodoo. He claims that this package bill is akin to going to a porno store and purchasing a three pack of magazines: “one is little girls on the front, the one in the back is dogs, but the one you can get in the middle, you’re never sure. It could be people crapping on each other or it could be a nudist book.” This is one phenomenal metaphor for booking a punk rock show.

It gets better. The cringe that Randy lets out after hearing that Paul Rat wants to book Tuxedomoon on the show is hilarious. Randy goes on to refer to the Go-Go’s as “halloween punk shit” and compares sharing the bill with them to the “brothers in the jungle wearing alligator shoes.” Joe Nanini from Wall Of Voodoo can be heard in the background and is clearly encouraging Randy’s behavior. The comedic value of this phone call is off the charts and should be downloaded immediately.

This tape belongs to Dangerhouse founder/Black Randy and the Metrosqaud member David Brown. Special thanks to Ryan Richrardson of Break My Face for this recording.



  1. You are a king,god like,some great stuff here
    amazing,someone needs to suck your dick for being so damn cool...cant wait to hear what you rip and post next

    Pat Rubbish

  2. Very stoked to discover More Than A Witness, via Henry @ Chunklet. There are some...I dunno, remarkable (?) recordings here. I'll definitely be checking in often.


  3. this site is amazing!!!

  4. ok you're officially the best punk related site on the web.
    handzz down, asses up.

  5. Paul Ratt was (is) a fucking snake in the grass.
    The consummate Californian Malcom McClaren.

  6. Paul was a gentleman. He was fair. And a good guy.

  7. "Paul was a gentleman. He was fair. And a good guy." Please! Give me a fucking break. He managed Tales of Terror in the early 80's. Got tired of not making (stealing) enough money from the band and unhooked their trailer in the middle of the night leaving them stranded. Then had the gall to copyright all their songs and name himself songwriter.

  8. Going through my closet I've found (oh, I always knew it was there) an old Paul Rat RRZ Productions T-shirt and I'm thinking . . . what ever happened to that guy . . .

    I lived and worked in the On Broadway, with Dirk Dirksen and Paul Rat here in SF from Aug of 82 until we closed it all down June 16th 1984
    (have the T-shirt too) . . . My official title was "house photographer" but I was really the guy who cleaned the place up and ran the show in front of the stage . . . I took a lot of pictures of a bunch of bands and while they don't equal that of the many other photogs that were elegantly, artfully and with much more technical expertise than me, covering the scene . . . I'd be happy to toss them out there in the hopes that some of them might find an audience . . .

  9. Hey, thanks for this!

    I just wanted to point out that the Rock Archaeology 101 blog gives a good history of the Temple as a music venue going back to the 1960s, and in the comments, I fill in some details about the later history of that venue and a bit about Paul Rat: