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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bags - Live Shows 1978-1979

The Bags from Los Angeles were around from 1977 to 1981 and in that time only released a single in 1978 on Dangerhouse Records and had one song on a Dangerhouse compilation LP besides making an appearance in the film The Decline Of Western Civilization in 1980. Until the All Bagged Up album was released in 2007 all the bags we had to listen to, besides the single, was just a couple of live tapes that made the rounds. The Masque show is the only complete set ever in circulation and it was recorded from the audience so the quality is rough but listenable especially for the unreleased songs. The Hong Kong Cafe show is much better in quality and a good listen but still recorded from the audience. The Troubadour show is off of a video and is rough also but still fun to listen to.

@ Troubadour, Hollywood 2-05-78
01. Violent Girl
02. TV Dinner
03. We Will Bury You
04. Happy Song
05. Chainsaw
06. Animal Call
07. Survive

@ Masque, Hollywood 12-31-78 [from cassette tape]
01. title unknown
02. Violent Girl
03. Myths
04. title unknown
05. title unknown
06. title unknown
07. Babylonian Gorgon
08. We Don't Need The English
09. title unknown
10. title unknown
11. title unknown + Chainsaw
12. Sanyo Theme [on Disco's Dead ep]
13. TV Dinner
14. Survive
15. We Will Bury You
16. title unknown

@ Hong Kong Cafe, LA 8-14-79 [from cassette tape]
01. White Rabbit [Jefferson Airplane]
02. Babylonian Gorgon
03. Why Tomorrow [on Disco's Dead ep]
04. Good Guys (Don't Wear White) [Standels]
05. Why Tomorrow
06. In Love With Romance
07. Babylonian Gorgon


  1. fantastic stuff, thanx very much :)

  2. Thank You for these live! Great blog!

  3. I found the missing tracks for ONLY SOME songs:
    TROUBADOR 2-78:
    1) Violent Girl
    4) Happy Song
    5) Chainsaw

    MASQUE 12-78:
    1) (I believe this is just an instrumental intro......)
    2) Violent Girl
    4) Are You Scared(?)
    6) Not Now(?)
    9) We Don't Know More(?)

    *(?) Indicates that these are predictions from what I heard from the lyrics.

    This is pretty much all I know, but they are such great concerts thanks for the upload!

  4. Thanks for sorting out those song titles. Maybe I should send a link to Alice Bag's website to see if she would give titles to the unknown songs.

    Also, the Dead Kennedys played the Masque show and there is a recording of their set floating around. Anyone have it?

  5. Wait, track 5 on the Masque show is Born A Virgin.

  6. Hey its the same guy that gave you the song titles! I tried remastering live at the Masque 12-31-78 for the FIRST TIME and I think I did decent, still rough but its the best sound I can get...