I'm a screenwriter and former NYC teacher. I currently reside in Los Angeles with my girlfriend, Brandye, and our cat, Baby Cakes.
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Dave K. was the always incendiary working man that I idolized as a little 17 year old kid. Here was a guy who lived, breathed and loved HC. He lived in Linden, NJ, had a crappy job and just lived for the weekend jaunts to the city to see shows and buy records. He was notoriously opinionated, geeky, and one of my best friends. Because he was such a HC purist and hated the infiltration of other sounds in HC so much, my band, The Manacled, even had a "Dave K. song". Which was simply about how much he hated everything that wasn't a roots HC derivative. Dave was sXe, and still is. I know it disturbed him that so many of us betrayed the edge, but I and so many others had to test the Grand Fires. I love Dave. Dave is currently living in Grayson, Ga. Married, etc. We'll hopefully have his interview soon.
ABC No Rio show list 1989-1993
12/9/89 GO!, Atrocity, Citizen's Arrest, Bugout Society 12/16/89 Maximum Penalty, SFA, Yuppiecide 1/6/90 The Manacled, Release, Courage, Social Disorder 1/20/90 Bad Trip, Citizen's Arrest, Inflatable Children, Bustin' Out! (no shows month of Feburary) 2/17/90 Supertouch, AWOL, The Cause, Those Unknown 2/24/90 Rorschach, Swiz, Face The facts, Eye For An Eye 3/3/90 Lethal Agression, Bug-Out Society, Glee Club, The Functional Idiots 3/10/90 In Your Face, Inflatable Children, Dog Tired, Beef Trust 3/17/90 Krack, Citizen's Arrest, SFA, Baboon Hearts, GO!, The Manacled 3/24/90 Born Against, World Discrimination, Release, Iranadu, Anthophobia, Courage 4/7/90 The Undead, Seizure, Affirmative Action, Die Hard 4/14/90 Born Against, Rorschach, Big Gulp, Inflatable Children, Vision 4/21/90 Situated Chaos, Bugout Society, Inside Out, Product 19, Out Of My Way 5/4/90 (fri) SFA, Yuppicide, Citizen's Arrest, Go!, Rorschach, Quicksand (evac records) 5/5/90 Supertouch, All Fall, Lost, No Future 5/10/90 (Thurs) Poison Idea, Wrecking Crew, Nothing Left 5/12/90 Eye For An Eye, Sticks and Stones, The Wrecthed Ones, Neblick henbane 5/26/90 Citizen's Arrest, Go!, Beef Trust 6/9/90 Born Against 6/30/90 Citizen Arrest, Go!, The Filth, Jawbreaker, Fifteen 7/14/90 Supertouch, Inflatbale Children, Product Nineteen, Nothing Left 8/18/90 Nausea, Christ On A Crutch, Psycho, Animal Crackers, Anal Cunt 9/1/90 Oi! Polloi, Destroy, Nunca Mas, Born Against, Jesus Crust 9/29/90 Krack, Stcks And Stones, Tom's Better Half 10/06/90 Sexpore, Wussies, Disrupt, Casualties 10/13/90 SFA, Necracida, 23 More Minutes, Anthem, World Discrimination, Stupid Americans 10/27/90 Affirmitive Action, Word Made Flesh, Wrecthed Ones 11/10/90 Citizen's Arrest, Hellnation, Bazooka Joe, Hammerbrain, Psycho 11/24/90 Yuppicide, Inflatable Children, Rorschach, Puzzlehead, Said And done 12/8/90 Bugout Society, Animal Crackers, No Escape, Mental Floss, Greyhouse (ABC No Rio 1st anniversary) 12/15/90 Born Against, Sam Black Church, Moss icon, Voice Of Reason 12/22/90 Urgent Fury, Nausea, Neutral Nation, Grinch, Affirmative Action 1/12/91 Go! Commonwealth, Pressurehead, Huasipungo, Situated Chaos 1/19/91 Bad Trip, Disrupt, Nucas Mas, Unleashed Anger 1/26/91 Radicts, The Casualities, Nobody's Heroes, The Wurst 2/2/91 Seizure, Sticks and Stones, Headstrong 3/16/90 Citizens Arrest, No Escape, Intent, Mental Floss 3/23/90 Puzzlehead, Upperhand, Just Cause, Naked Angels 3/30/90 Bugout Society, jawbreaker, the Wussies, Wax, Gunk 4/6/91 Rorschach, Holy Rollers, Device, Nothing Much 4/13/91 Moral Crux, Hellvator, Hammerbrain 4/20/91 Born Against, Cringer, Citizens Fish, Huasipungo 4/27/91 Jesus Crust, Neutral Nation, Rejevenate, Jack Acid 6/1/91 Urgent Fury, No Future, Intent To Injure, Dead Language 8/3/91 Downcast 8/9/91 (fri) Jesus Chrust, Wurst, SFA, Pig Pen, Breakdown, Radicts 8/10/91 411, Merel, TDF, Killer Kane, Positive Greed 8/17/91 Born Against, Rorschach 10/26/91 Born Against, Chisel, Merel, 1.6 Band 11/2/91 Rorschach, Animal Crackers, Native Nod 3/6/92 (fri) Rorschach, Assuck, Merel 12/12/92 Rorschach, Chickenhead, Sleeping Body, Ted Franko
Dave promised me to get me a letter that he wrote to MRR re: ABC from many moons ago. In the interim, here's a response to it from a Google search:
LETTER TO MAXIMUMROCKNROLL MRR #90--November, 1990
Dear MRR, This letter is in response to Dave Koenig's letter in MRR #86. I live close enough to New York City to know what's going on, all you fucking jerks at ABC NO RIO'S and your stupid fanzines should eat shit. In Effect records is the best thing to happen to hardcore since Combat. I have, and plan to buy, all their releases and they all rule. Your big beef about censorship (yes, I have a copy of the big debate that was on WNYU radio station) well fuck off. Who made you so holier than God that you can set censorship rules. Just because you don't want to be censored and they do, doesn't make you better than them. And fuck off, I've talked to people in those bands and if you say stuff against them you better be prepared to get a good ass kicking by them and all their friends. And God knows I'll be there. You guys are just jealous that your records will never make it into the malls because you guys stink and you'll never sell 100,000 records and your record labels won't send you on tour, and you all still have to work your shit jobs while they can live off the money they made from the band.
I'll admit my opinion is somewhat biased. The SICK OF IT ALL album is the first hardcore record I ever bought and I still had my long hair when I bought it at my local mall, but I looked at it and took a chance. When I first listened to it I thought "now this shit's a little too rough for me" (ever since Iwas small I was social outcast, I always got picked on and was often beaten up) but the lyrics are what got me, "It's My Revenge," "It's Clobberin' Time," and "Pay The Price." I shaved my head, started going to shows around here, and now I do the ass kicking instead of getting my ass kicked.
One funny thing that I caught on the radio debate was when I think it was Steve Martin called the other group "a bunch of girls," and one dork on the other side (jerks from the group Born Against and Rorschach) said, "What's wrong with girls?"--nice reply. I'll tell you what's wrong with girls, they ain't got no balls like you guys. They're also weak and it's easy to kick their ass, and they like to fuck guys just like you three. That's how I would have answered that question and I'm surprised that they didn't say that, and let's talk about being fucked by guys. The subject of homophobia came up on the show but only for a second. I've talked to people who go to ABC NO RIO'S and it seems a new trend to be anti-homophobic because some faggot runs the club, yes faggot. I was brought up to refer to those people as such, and no I'm not going to change my whole vocabulary for the sake of some stupid trend and neither should SICK OF IT ALL, and you don't have to be homosexual to be a faggot or a queer. For example you three dorks are all faggots and queers, but then again you're probably homos too. This is a great country and you can do whatever you want in it, so keep saying all your shit and writing all your crap because it's your right but it's also SICK OF IT ALL's and KILLING TIME's right to kick your ass. Fuck off and learn what "HARD" core is all about, and stop being brainwashed by MRR. Thank you S.O.I.A. for helping me get into a scene I would have never known about.
Tomorrow I'll post Dave's flyers, more gems, and Mike Bullshit's interview! Oh boy!
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