Tuesday, September 1, 2009


The emergence of the "Rodney on the ROQ" radio show should never be underestimated when considering the growth of the Los Angeles punk rock scene. Hosted by taste maker Rodney Bingenheimer, the radio show began in August 1976 on the relatively unknown KROQ radio station then based in Pasadena, California. Within a short time, the "Rodney on the ROQ" radio program stood in stark contrast to the West Coast country rock sound that was dominating mainstream radio at the time. Bingenheimer himself builds on this idea:"I was always anti-Eagles, anti-beards. Within a few months, I was playing four solid hours of punk rock." Because Bingenheimer had such autonomy over what he played as a DJ,

Tracks by the Damned, Bad Brains, Circle Jerks, Stimulators, Black Flag, Wall of Voodoo, Adam and the Ants, Plasmatics, Go-Go's, Eddie and the Subtitles, Dead Kennedys, and many more are all featured on the episode.

Wendy O. Williams from the Plasmatics phones in from New York to discuss the scuffle that had just occurred at their show in Milwaukee. She talks about the incident in which she brutalized by the local police, the concept of censorship, her recent infamous performance on the Friday's television show, etc.

Former owner of the Masque, Brenden Mullen also joins Rodney in the KROQ studio and speaks about his then new magazine, Slush.

The quality of this recording is excellent. It is a first generation recording taped right off the radio when this was originally broadcasted. Unfortunately this is the entire 4 hours broadcast and does not contain the Circle Jerks in-studio interview. If anyone has a recording of this, please write me through this website.

This recording was obtained from the excellent "From the Garage" blog. This blog has numerous KROQ-FM radio shows from the mid to late 1970s. This blog can be visited at: http://fromthegarage.blogspot.com/



  1. Thanks for the link to From the Garage. Those Rodney shows are great.

  2. Oh my GOSH! Thanx SO much! Takes me so far back! We LOVED and LOVE Rodney! Just FINALLY saw "Mayor of the Sunset Strip" last week for the first time and was thrilled! Great piece of Rock-U-Mentary History! Cheers! -lancelot