There was a period of time around 1977 when Nina worked with Frank at his Haste Street storefront when he was doing relationship counseling 8 to 10 hours a day! We taped this San Francisco Examiner article to the front window and it stayed there until we moved out of Haste Street and into the Blind Lemon in March of 1979.
Download a pdf of the article to read.
We just ran into this poster for the Mutants show at our club, The Blind Lemon. Here’s something Frank wrote about the Blind Lemon:
We got the little theater that I named THE BLIND LEMON (because there was a painting of Blind Lemon Jefferson in the lobby) on San Pablo Ave in Berkeley in 1979. In the thirties it was the communist center. In the sixties it was a hippie club at which Bob Dylan once played. Obviously it also had been a blues club. So I continued the tradition! I did a lot of different things in the space. Including having bands play on Fridays. I was doing THE OUTRAGEOUS BEAUTY REVUE at the San Francisco punk club, THE MABUHAY GARDENS on Saturdays. So I booked bands that played at the Mab at my club. It was an all-ages club before all-ages club was a popular concept! Sure, no drugs/booze. But also no smoking! I actually made the scary hard-core chain smoking band, THE MUTANTS, to not smoke! Hey, I have always been a mother fucking bad ass, not a “harmless” guy as Kevin described me below. Would Kevin write the below great piece thirty years after I only booked him. Not ripped off his clothes and licked his nipples! But I am flattered. The work just is that powerful! Thanks, Kevin !
We ended having bands play at THE LEMON because we thought we were doing too many different projects. Which seems silly considering how much we are doing now!
Here is the link to read Kevin’s piece:
In 1996, Frank re-ordered Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 500 Songs of All-Time List” to his liking. He then had Mikee download all of the songs on the list and add them to the mix on his internet station, LUVeR.com.
Here’s his top 50! (There’s a link to a .pdf of the entire list below)
FRANK’S ROOTS ROCK’N’
Sunday, December 01, 1996
- I Put a Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
- Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
- Downhearted Blues – Bessie Smith
- Ain’t That a Shame – Fats Domino
- Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
- Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
- Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
- Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters
- Imagine – John Lennon
- Yakety Yak – The Coasters
- The House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals
- I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
- (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
- Hound Dog – Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton
- Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
- Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley
- River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner
- The Great Pretender – The Platters
- Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King
- Boogie Chillun – John Lee Hooker
- Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
- This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie
- Bus Stop – The Hollies
- C.C. Rider – Chuck Willis
- Got My Mojo Working – Muddy Waters
- Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
- Hey Jude – The Beatles
- Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King
- Ball ‘N’ Chain – Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton
- Pastures Of Plenty – Woody Guthrie
- Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan
- C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran
- Caldonia – Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five
- Driftin’ Blues – Charles Brown
- Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
- Pretty Boy Floyd – Woody Guthrie
- Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard
- Dust My Broom – Elmore James
- The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
- Give Peace A Chance – John Lennon
- We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – The Animals
- I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
- Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Good Rockin’ Tonight – Wynonie Harris
- Walk Away Renee – The Left Banke
- I Fall To Pieces – Patsy Cline
- The A Teenager In Love – Dion And The Belmonts
- Party Doll – Buddy Knox
- Respect – Aretha Franklin
- Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
Download the entire list (.pdf)
We dropped off 45 old 5.25″ floppy discs from Frank’s Atari computer from the 1980s at our computer repair store this evening to see if they can access the files and transfer them to a data CD.
The Used Computer Store on Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley.
by John Seabury … he came over and Frank modeled for this in the early 1990s. Frank knew John since the 1970s. We performed our Outrageous Horror Show at the Psycotic Pineapple reunion show at the Berkeley Square in 1988 by invitation. We were honored. John also played in Frank’s Cherotic All Star Band.