Way back in the day (circa 1978) my neighborhood pals
and I went to see the Ramones play at the Paramount
theatre in Portland. It was a sold out show (admission was
92 cents, sponsored by some lame radio station, that wouldn’t
give a band like the Ramones airplay with a gun to their head.)
By the time the Ramones were half way through their set I’d
bet there wasn’t 300 people left, so we went right up front.
That show changed our lives. I believe it was Slash
that once said the Ramones were the “Johnny Appleseeds of
punk rock, everywhere they played a bunch of bands would sprout
We decided that night that we would start a band. We named
our band Hari Kari, and soon we hooked up with a neighborhood
kid named Spencer Heine, Spencer actually knew how to play guitar!
If it wasn’t for him, I think we would still be trying to
play a song. The one memorable thing Hari Kari did was in
1979 we hosted the famed “Linton Riot”
show at the Linton Community Center outside of Portland.
It was ran by the wife of Jack Scott, a friend of NBA
star Bill Walton, she was rumored to have been involved with the
SLA. The gig featured the Wipers,
Neo Boys, Fix, Ziplocs, Hari
Kari and a dirt-bag Thin Lizzy cover band from Linton.
The cover bands “fans” drank too much and hated all
of our bands. A riot soon erupted. The hall was totally
thrashed. The next day we collected all the empty bottles
laying around and returned them to cover the cost of all the broken
Soon after that show I began to play with the Ziplocs full time.
We played mostly all age shows around Portland. Eventually
Jeff and Jim left town to go to college. So I needed to find
a new band. On Goundhogs Day (1980) there was a show at the
Odd Fellows hall downtown and one of the bands on the
bill was Sado-Nation. Their drummer never showed
up and I heard through the grapevine that Dave had had enough of
him. So I thought this might be a good time to see what I
could do about getting in Sado. Finally I got the nerve up
to go talk to Dave and he turned out to be one of the coolest people.
We practiced the next Wednesday and played a show the following
weekend at the Earth Tavern. Sado-Nation at that
time was John Shirley, Dave Corboy, Dave Propp and myself.
Soon after that gig we recorded a demo tape in the Neo Boys practice
space at the Union Station. Greg Sage produced
the recordings. Soon after that John said he was moving to
New York to concentrate on his book writing. I believe Dave
was already thinking about a change because within a week or so
Leeza came to rehearsal and everything about Sado-Nation changed.
Leeza left for New York not too long after we released our first
EP and Mish joined soon after. By 1981, Sado-Nation had become
more serious than ever before. The next few years were spent
gigging, recording, touring, practicing, practicing and practicing.
Fast forward to late ‘84: Sado decided to relocate to Los
Angeles, because that was where we were spending more and more of
our time. Mish moved to LA first and started working at Mystic
Records. Dave and Steve had a side band, the Jackals,
and they started gigging heavily. I in turn started playing
with the Wipers. A year or so later, Otis the former singer
of Hari Kari, had since relocated to Seattle and played in a band
called Eve’s White Horsemen, who were looking
for a drummer and wanted to relocate to LA as soon as possible.
So in October 1986 I went south. Not long after arriving in
LA, the Horsemen fell apart. Searching for another gig, I
answered a “drummer wanted” ad in the “Recycler.”
The ad was placed by former Germ Pat Smear, who was
putting together a solo band, Ruthensmear. I
played with Pat for a year or two. A few years after the band
broke up, Pat joined some band called Nirvana and then
on to the Foo Fighters.
After Ruthensmear, I played in ton-o-bands -- Sludge,
I Love You, Sylvia Juncosa Band, Rubber
Legs, Tusk, and many more that I can’t
In 1993 I started a record mail-order company called Deep
Sound, In 1997, the mail-order business spawned a record
store in LA called Destroy All Music. The store
spawned a label called Destroy
All Records in 1998. In 2000 I sold the empire
and now make my living as a graphic designer.
I have been married 10 years to Jennifer Schwartz (Lovedolls
starlet). We live in Los Angeles and have a wonderful son
named Vaughn Jackson. Vaughn seems to have a hankering for
the drums himself.
Over all these years I still feel a special kinship with Sado-Nation,
it was as much a family was it was a band. It is something
that I have always been proud of, as well as thankful to have the
opportunity to be involved with it.