Dave Bradley played in Big Wig during the late 1980s and early ’90s. As owner of one of Roanoke’s largest punk record collections, he provided most of the records listed here.
Dave Fueglein played in Fall Out, Johnny Boy and most recently Dead End Heist. He owns Ace Piano Moving Company.
Jacki O’Rourke was a 17-year-old senior at Hidden Valley High School at the time of this interview. She has since moved to Arizona.
The Raticals: self-titled 7-inch record
DB: They did a reunion show around ’95 or ’96 at the Melting Pot. It was pretty good at the time. There wasn’t anyone locally doing this type of thing.
DF: There’s probably more California influence than anything. Maybe a little Dead Boys in there.
JO: (listening to “Lost in Oblivion”): This makes me want to go drive somewhere by myself on a dark night.
Blemish on Society: 7-inch record
DB: This record here is from ’85.
DF: Blemish started out trying to find anywhere they could to play. They’d try to get an off-bar night to have a punk show.
DB: This record isn’t too impressive.
Luke Puke and the Vomit: “Silence Through Violence”
JO: (looking at liner notes): Ugh. That’s the most disgusting thing. But I can’t stop looking at it.
DF: One time [John Krippendorf, aka Luke Pewk] got arrested before a show — drunk in public out in the parking lot. He had on football gear with nails sticking out and chicken chittlins hanging off it, and he was jumping on cars driving by on Salem Avenue.
JO: Where are the kids like that now?
DB: It’s all cookie cutter now.
JO: I wanna hang out with kids who’ll put on football gear with nails sticking out of it.
Eggbert: “Kudzu” (1985)
DB: I went to school with [singer Lawson Jaegar]. He was in my gym class every year. The aerobics thing was just getting popular. I remember Lawson talking to the gym teacher and we did aerobics to Eggbert — not for very long.
JO: It’s kinda calm and laid back to me. It’s not as angry as what I’m used to. Doesn’t mean I don’t like it. I like it. It’s funny how it works. Everybody in the scene is timid but the music’s all “rahr rahr rahr!”
MNP: “Mindecision” (1985)
DF: MNP was all political.
JO: “Let’s be political!” I just hear “blah blah blah blah blah blah.” If it’s a good enough song, I look up the lyrics.
DF: Mary Huff (MNP bass) is still playing in Southern Culture on the Skids.
Waltons: Discography cassette
JO: I actually like them.
DB: Yeah, I probably should have paid more attention to them.
JO: I really like this. I want a copy of this. I like really really obnoxious vocals but you listen and you’re like, “Well, actually they do have talent. It’s just different.”
Fallout: “It’s All Over Now” (1992)
DF: We started in 1985 and this was released in ’92. We never changed the lineup, really. … It was the three of us for 10 years.
JO: You have a good voice. What the [expletive]! I didn’t know that!