The Offs: Live at the Mabuhay Gardens: March 1, 1980 View larger

The Offs: Live at the Mabuhay Gardens: March 1, 1980

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Circa 1978, The Offs were a punk/ska band from San Francisco, started by guitarist Billy Hawk and singer Don Vinil, and later joined by former Hot Tuna drummer Bob Steeler and a rotation of horn players including Bobby Martin, Bob Roberts, Richard Edson and Roland Young. Fellow San Francisco punk group, Dead Kennedys played their first show with the Offs in 1978 at the Mabuhay Gardens.


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In '78, The Offs self-released their first record - a 7" single featuring a cover of the Slickers' "Johnny Too Bad" with the Billy Hawk-penned "624803" on the B-side. Also released in the same year was "Everyone's a Bigot", with "Zero Degrees" on the B-side, which was the first-ever release out of San Francisco's 415 Records. That song later appeared on the Alternative Tentacles hardcore/art punk compilation 'Let Them Eat Jellybeans'. In 1980 the band released a single with the Max’s Kansas City label, "You Fascinate Me."

The Offs went through a number of bassists, including Denny Boredom (Denny DeGorio), Olga de Volga and Fast Floyd. Eric Peterson joined as bassist in 1980, shortly after the group decamped San Francisco for New York where they quickly became a regular fixture at such New York institutions as the Mudd Club, Danceteria and Max's Kansas City. The Offs counted among their fans and...  more.

released September 30, 2022

Don Vinil-Vocals
Billy Hawk-Guitar
Eric Peterson-Bass
Bob Steeler-Drums
Bobby Martin-Saxophone