Our Triumphant Return to Seattle Stages!

After almost two years of no Seattle appearances, Seattle’s kings of junkyard cabaret return. While our first attempt had to be cancelled due to Delta variant concerns in indoor venues, we’ve relocated to the outdoor stage at Slim’s Last Chance Saloon, in our beloved homeland of south Seattle.This will truly be a triumphant return (assuming we still know how to play the songs) and we can’t wait to see all your smiling, drunken faces.Joining us will be the always epic Chaotic Noise Marching Band. Been many years since we’ve shared a stage and they’re sure to get the party started right! Might even sit in on some Bad Things tunes, you never know.

Advanced tickets available here.

Cabaret Macabre Returns This Saturday!!

That’s right. You thought it was dead but no, it’s rearing it’s ugly head again. Cabaret Macabre returns to the Columbia City Theater this Saturday, October 26.

Cabaret Macabre had a solid run of 13 years before we decided to call it quits three years ago. Life got in the way and handling production and promotion duties for this show just became impossible. So, when our friend Kali of Freaksheaux To Geaux fame asked if she could take over production duties if we would agree to headline, it seemed like a no-brainer.

She’s put together a hell of a lineup: Baby Gramps, Vito and the One Eyed Jacks, Strangely (also holding down MC duties), Mai Li Pittard (Debaucherauntes, Pickpocket Revue) and Sasha Berenstein, Jenny Penny, La Petite Mort, Kino B. Demented, Anna Clara Buoyant and our lovely hostess Mistress Kali. Many of the dancers will be performing live to Bad Things songs and we’ll be adding some special guest musicians as well. Whew! What a night!

Advanced tickets are available here and are highly recommended as this has always sold out in year’s past. Plus they’re cheaper.

Also heard there will be T-shirts for sale of this incredible poster design by Robert “Nix” Nixon.

Feels good to be back. Link to the event page on Facebook and tell us you’re going. We can’t wait to see all your creepy crawly mugs this Saturday.

New Album (Sort of) and a Show in Seattle This Weekend!

Wow, has it really been since January 2018 since we’ve posted anything? Hard to believe. We apologize for the radio silence but middle-aged reality has taken over, leaving little room for our “other” lives. We still get out 2 or 3 times a year but that’s about it.

Luckily for us, our much older friend Danbert Nobacon, has been a busy little beaver up there in Twisp. He remixed the 2010 album “Woebegone” at Mell Detmer’s Studio Soli in West Seattle and the result is “Woebegoner.” The new mix sounds amazing. We miss Miss Funi’s vocals, but Miranda Zickler’s voice offers a great new take on the Liliithiana Red character. The mix is much warmer with a lot of that reverb-soaked space that Mell is known for and that we’ve grown to love. Pick up your own digital copy here. Physical copies should be available soon as well.

We will also be making a rare appearance this Saturday, February 16 at the Owl & Thistle. This has become one of our favorite dives to play. They don’t charge a cover, the crowd dances and we get to play two sets. It’s all Bad Things, all night long. Feel free to throw a little money in the hat and maybe pick up the Bad Things album that’s been missing from your collection. You can find all the details here.

Here we are doing “Evolution 9” off “Woebegone” at the Owl N’ Thistle back in 2017:

And we promise it won’t be over a year until we post on here again. Really. Seattle friends, we’ll see you on Saturday and everyone else, thanks for continuing to support. I know, why not take a trip to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for our next shindig. We’d love to see you.

Rockin’ the South End in February

348sBeen a while since we’ve posted on the old website but don’t fear, we’re still around. Just don’t get around much anymore, as Duke Ellington once said.

We’ll be rearing our ugly old heads in February at our favorite dive bar on the banks of the old Duwamish, Lucky Liquor. This one is just us all night long. Our last few shows have been with no support and we’ve found it works well for us. We get to dust off old classics, play our favorite covers and by the time the second set rolls around, we are nice and warmed up and ready to party with ya’ll. Last time we played Lucky Liquor, things got a little rowdy. Here’s some video evidence. Can’t believe it’s been two years already.

So, that’s Saturday, February 17th at Lucky Liquor. Advanced tickets are $8 and we highly advise you grab some as it gets mighty cramped in there mighty fast. You can pick those up here. See you on the South End!

We’re Back! And in Georgetown!


It’s gonna feel good to come home! Fifteen years ago, The Bad Things started making noise in a Georgetown factory and performing ramshackle live performances at the local watering hole, the 9LB Hammer.

Georgetown was a different place then but the Hammer remains true to the neighborhood’s original spirit. A spirit which birthed this band. A little punk. A little blue collar. A little weirdo. And a little old-timey.

It’ll be just us all night long so expect a night of dusting off old nuggets from the past, playing old favorites and throwing in a few covers here and there. As always at the Hammer, there is no cover so that means you have no excuse not to be there. We always seem to play well when we’re there. Feels like home.

This is also your only chance to see us this fall as we are not doing Cabaret Macabre this year. As sad it is to say, that event ran its course, had a good run but don’t worry, we’ll be doing more cabaret-themed shows in the future. We’re not that easy to get rid of.

See everyone on Saturday, September 23rd at the 9LB Hammer – 6009 Airport Way South. If you want, go ahead and RSVP on the Facebook page.

This ain’t no April Fools…We’re Opening for The Blasters!

0401THEBLASTERS-COLORYep, that’s right. We’re blowing the cobwebs off of the accordion and banjo to open for one of our heroes, roots rock originators out of Downey, California….the one and only

Also on the bill, The Tripwires (featuring the legendary Sangster brothers and Dan from Mudhoney on drums) and, you guessed it, an Elvis-impersonator clown. We open the night so get there early.

Tickets are on sale now here. So get ’em while you can. Nothing on the calendar after this so be sure to catch us. Who knows when we’ll make an appearance again.

Ooooh, mysterious.

Punk As Folk….Life!

That’s right kiddies, this weekend is our annual invasion of Seattle Center. The weekend when the seamy underbelly of folk mingles with the unwashed masses for an all-ages orgy of aural enlightenment….or something like that.

That’s right, we’re back at Folklife! We go on at 9pm on the Vera Stage this Saturday, May 26th and then we pop on over to The Funhouse to headline Night Number 2 of the Punk As Folk Weekend!  The great God’s Favorite Beefcake and Professor Gall will be opening, along with the Red Stitch Circus Phenomenon all the way from New Orleans. Scroll down for the press release and the lineup for the rest of the weekend. Should be folk-ing amazing!

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A sad day for The Bad Things. A fire took out our Georgetown clubhouse. We loved this space. It was our home. Our safe haven for the better part of the last decade. Not only did we lose many memories, memorabilia and some equipment, our drummer Lord Kamke lost pretty much all of his worldly possessions, including his beloved drum kit.  Our good friends the Jesus Chords lost almost all of their equipment. The outpouring of support on Facebook has been overwhelming and humbling. It sounds like some fundraisers are in the works already and that means so much to all of us. We’ll be meeting in a couple days after the shock has subsided somewhat to decide how we want to proceed but we just wanted to say “THANK YOU”  from the bottoms of our hearts. It’s amazing that this little old drunken polka band can receive such an outpouring of support. It almost seems that all our naive belief in the power of art and expression weren’t in vain after all. We love you all! Ashes to ashes, Wilcor….we’ll miss you!