First started playing drums: Age 9
First band: Elementary School Orchestra (Snare Drum).
First rock band: Sixth Grade. We didn’t have a name and only played one song.
First band to get thrown out of: Junior High School Orchestra (“The music teacher was a babe though”)
First band to learn something: High School jazz band
Music training: U.C. Santa Cruz, music minor
Favorite drummers: Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Max Roach, Mitch Mitchell, Charlie Watts.
First punk gig to see: Sex Pistols, Fillmore West (San Francisco, CA)
First punk band: The Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz
Move to Los Angeles
First L.A. band: Red Cross, with Greg Hetson
Second band to get thrown out of: Red Cross. Greg quits a week later. Simultaneously, Keith Morris quits BLACK FLAG. Keith knows Roger from THE TERMINALS. All 4 rent a rehearsal place in the Valley write BACK AGAINST THE WALL. Form the Bedwetters.
Next: Lucky hates the name “The Bedwetters” and says he’ll take any other name but that.
Then, Keith Morris blindly stabs his finger in a Dictionary of Slang Words and comes up with the name CIRCLE JERKS. Lucky says “fine.”
Next Day: CIRCLE JERKS’ first gig opening for THE GERMS at King’s Palace, Hollywood, CA. More gigs to follow.
Favorite Gigs: Venus’ birthday party at the Stingers in Long Beach, CA; Diana’s birthday party in her parents garage (Seal Beach, CA); USC Frat Party (with Bad Religion); w/ 999 at Hollywood Palladium; w/ Fear on New Year’s; w/ L.A.’s Wasted Youth at the Whiskey a Go Go, w/ the Dead Kennedy’s at the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco.