and GoGo Belinda was there from the get gogo.
1976 - 77 - Local Music by Local Bands
New YorkHowever, the scene in LA was different from the scene in New York and London.
New York Scene
It started in New York around 1974. But here punk music was either way out there flamboyant (think New York Dolls) or dreamy/arty types (think Velvet Underground, Talking Head, Patti Smith). And then there was the Ramones! Yeah! They would play regularly at CBGB's. The Ramones were cool - and still they are everyone's favorite punk rock band.
CBGB's had only one rule for a band to follow in order to play at the venue: they had to write original music. No cover bands were booked to play there. However, regulars like Television and the Ramones sometimes played a handful of covers during their sets. http://en.wikipedia.org
The youth in England caught on to punk quickly. It started as a fashion/ music revolution, then it quickly evolved to a social/political movement.
The youth in many of the big industrial centers of the UK were angry at the government and the high unemployment levels. In fact, unemployment and poverty reached unprecedented highs. They were angry at prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Racial tensions were brooding. Punks kids became anti-establishment and anti-authority. They were frustrated and lashed out at the system. This anger often became violent - hooligans!
The English punks were cynical, ferocious, anarchic, brutal, amoral and illiterate.They were often described as the new barbarians, mainly because they were. They hated everybody and everything. It wasn't anger, it wasn't depression: it was sheer loathing. They wanted the fight and they never missed a chance to get in trouble.
source: scaruffi history of music
The Hollywood punk music scene was not so political or social. It was never about destroying civilized middle-class values. They were not nihilistic. They did not participate in barbaric anti-social aggression. They did not wear all-black militaristic dress and combat boots.
Capitol Records in Hollywood
lapl photo data baseHowever, teenagers here were truly frustrated with the music industry in general. The industry had a lock-hold on the radio and live clubs. The industry seemed determined to suppress or ignore punk music. Kids and young adults were extremely frustrated that the corporate industry types had taken over a cherished avenue of expression for them. The music they were presented with did not express or reflected anything that these young people felt. To them it was all schlocky music force fed to by a solely profit driven companies in control of the clubs and airwaves.
For the most part, teenagers could not related to any of this:
February 2 - February 8: The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand
March 23 - March 29: Dark Lady - Cher
March 30 - April 5: Sunshine On My Shoulders - John Denver
July 6 - July 12: Rock The Boat - The Hues Corporation
July 13 - July 26: Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
July 27 - August 9: Annie's Song - John Denver
August 10 - August 16: Feel Like Makin' Love - Roberta Flack
August 24 - September 13: (You're) Having My Baby - Paul Anka & Odia Coates
September 21 - September 27: Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
October 5 - October 18: I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
October 26 - November 1: Then Came You - Dionne
Warwick & The Spinners
November 2 - November 15: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet –
December 7 - December 20: Kung Fu Fighting - Carl
or any of this in 1975
January 18 - January 24: Mandy - Barry Manilow
January 25 - January 31: Please Mr. Postman - The Carpenters
February 1 - February 7: Laughter In The Rain - Neil Sedaka
February 15 - February 21: You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt
March 1 - March 7: Best Of My Love - The Eagles
March 8 - March 14: Have You Never Been Mellow - Olivia Newton-John
March 15 - March 21: Black Water - The Doobie Brothers
March 29 April 4: Lady Marmalade - LaBelle
April 12 - April 25: Philadelphia Freedom - The Elton John Band
May 3 - May 23: He Don't Love You - Tony Orlando and Dawn
May 24 - May 30: Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire
May 31 - June 6: Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender
June 7 - June 13: Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver
June 14 - June 20: Sister Golden Hair - America
June 21 - July 18: Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
July 19 - Listen To What The Man Said - Paul McCartney & Wings
July 26 - August 1: The Hustle - Van McCoy/The Soul City Symphony
August 2 - August 8: One Of These Nights - The Eagles
August 9 - August 22: Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees
August 30 - Get Down Tonight - KC and the Sunshine Band
September 27 - October 10: I'm Sorry - John Denver
November 22 -: That's The Way (I Like It) – KC & Sunshine Band
The worst of all was this......
There were many good young musicians in bands in Los Angeles, but they had no where to play, no label would signed them, and no radio station would play them.