Punk As Folk Returns to Ballard!

That’s right kiddies,

Punk As Folk is almost upon us once again for its 5th year. It’s an all Pacific Northwest lineup again this year and once again we return to Conor Byrnes Pub in Ballard. We’ll be reunited with or old buddy Danbert Nobacon as well. Gonna be a hell of a night and tickets are available herePAF16

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Wheels of Steel Tomorrow at Q. Green Frog in Bellingham Saturday!

PrintThe Bad Things will be taking part in Q Nightclub’s “All Bands On Decks” guest DJ series tomorrow Wednesday, October 16 from 10pm to 12am, spinning the music that made us the strange and eclectic band that we are. There’s no cover and drink specials so come on down and share a drink with us, and maybe a spin on the dancefloor.

And then, this Saturday, October 19th we’ll be hitting Bellingham, Washington for a return of the killer lineup of The Bad Things, Danbert Nobacon and local burlesque beauties Dirty Bird Cabaret at The Green Frog Acoustic Tavern. This lineup killed it last spring so we thought a return engagement was in order.

We’ll see you at one of these fine events this week. Oh, and if you haven’t gotten your tickets for the 10th Annual Cabaret Macabre on Friday, November 1st, we highly suggest picking up a pair before they’re all gone! Look for a #CabMac post in the next week or so with full details on the show.

Hard to believe it’s been 11 years…..

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Well, the time is upon us. The big anniversary show is tomorrow and we’re anxiously preparing for what is sure to be a night of old friends, new friends, singalongs, tears, beers and more beers.

For the past couple weeks, I have been digging through old boxes of photos, scanning some of my favorite shots of the band and sharing them on our Facebook page. It’s been a great way for me to actually start tracking the dates of gigs that I was too drunk to remember. Took some research, some Google searching of old Stranger calendars, trying to read faded dates on the backs of old drugstore-developed photographs.  Continue reading

Punk As Folk TONIGHT!

Punk As Folk 2013Hard to believe that it was a year ago that we played at The Funhouse with Professor Gall, Red Stitch Circus Phenomenon and God’s Favorite Beefcake, on what would be their last show. But, here we are again. Punk As Folk 2013!

The Funhouse is gone, our boys our gone but the music lives on. This year, I compressed the lineup to the cream of the crop from last year’s four day extravaganza. The legendary Blackbird Raum, our home town buddies The Mongrel Jews, San Francisco’s amazing Sour Mash Hug Band, our co-conspirator and folk punk legend Danbert Nobacon (who will also be acting as MC for the evening) and, closing out the night, your Bad Things. Also, a young lady named Porch Cat will be busking out front…who knows, we might even join her. Continue reading

The Bad Things 11th Anniversary Show! June 27, 2013 at The Crocodile!

TheBadThings_FNL-WEBYeah, that’s right! 11 years! Hard to believe, isn’t it? Well, here we are and we’re going to celebrate godammit!

We missed our 10th year anniversary last year as things just got too crazy after our practice space fire and the Cafe Racer shootings. I, honestly, didn’t even think about it until it had come and gone. So, why not an 11th year anniversary party? We always were a little “different” anyway.

The show is going to feature a whole slew of old friends and guest performers. Already slated to perform are opening bands Miss Mamie Lavona and her White Boy Band and Bakelite 78, both bands feature Bad Things members, are old friends and we can’t think of better openers. Armitage Shanks, our old compatriot from way back in the Midnite Choir days, will be hosting the show. The gals from Sinner/ Saint Burlesque will be performing throughout the night and guest performers include: former Bad Things MC/concertinist Danny Dead (!!), Danbert Nobacon, Melissa Cerise-Bullock (Bat Country), members of Orkestar Zirkonium and more.

And, in homage to the horrible tragedies of last year, we will be donating $1 of advanced ticket sales to the Victims of Cafe Racer Shootings Memorial Fund. Nancy, the organizer, told me that for the year anniversary of the shootings she hopes to transform the fund into a more general fund for all victims of violent crime and their families. Hopefully, we can help her get that started.

The shindig goes down on Thursday, June 27th at The Crocodile. You can get those advanced tickets here and I advise you do as this is sure to be a packed house.

It’s Been A Hell of a Year….

9th Annual Cabaret Macabre. Photo by Justin Hills.

9th Annual Cabaret Macabre. Photo by Justin Hills.

So, here we are. 2012 is over. It’s been a strange year for The Bad Things, to say the least.

We opened the year with a great show at The Comet, played on TV, visited our buddy Danbert Nobacon in Twisp for his 50th birthday, lost our practice space and thousands of dollars worth of equipment in a fire, had a busy and inspiring Folklife weekend and Punk As Folk showcase featuring, amongst other incredible acts, the last live performance of God’s Favorite Beefcake.

The week that followed was one of the worst weeks ever experienced within our Seattle artistic community, but, somehow, in the middle of it all, Mad Wilcox had an amazing marriage ceremony, lifting our spirits for a night. That beautiful night was followed by a month of fundraising shows, playing through multiple tears and multiple beers, and remembering our lost friends. Continue reading

Danbert & The Bad Things on No Depression’s Blog!

Danbert Nobacon & The Bad Things. Woebegone.
2010. Verbal Burlesque Records.

Ok this one is technically from late 2010, but I’ve just gotta include it. Danbert Nobacon is one of the crazy British anarchists that formed folk-pop icons Chumbawamba back in the 90s. You’ll remember them from their insanely catchy “Tubthumping“: (I get knocked down/but I get up again… You’re never gonna keep me down). I always thought of this as a pop song, since I first saw it on MTV as a teenager. But Nobacon and the Chumbawamba crew came out of Britain’s anarcho-punk underground and were serious counter-culture heads. Nobacon is famous for pouring a jug of ice water on the British prime minister’s head during a state dinner. My kinda guy! Continue reading