An East Bay Punk Lesson From an Actual Teacher: J.D. Buhl on the '70s Scene and Not Being Lost to History
J.D. Buhl's 1981 record, "Do Ya Blame Me." Buhl re-emerges this Friday, Nov. 29 for a one-off appearance with Dancer at the Hemlock Tavern.
The accepted lore of San Francisco punk in the late '70s revolves around bands like the Avengers, Flipper, Crime and the Dead Kennedys, with their common ground at the Mabuhay Gardens, but an entirely separate scene flourished at the same time across the Bay in Berkeley. Artists like the Rubinoos, Psycotic Pineapple, X-Ray Ted, the Jars. and J.D. Buhl & the Believers gigged regularly at the International Café on the corner of Dwight and Telegraph. The Berkeley scene remains overshadowed by the groups that were simultaneously active in San Francisco, but not for upstart local group Dancer, who included a faithful cover of J.D. Buhl's 1981 single "Do Ya Blame Me?" on their new EP this month.
On Friday, Nov. 29, Buhl steps on stage for a one-off performance as Dancer's vocalist at the Hemlock. We caught up with him earlier this week to hear about the East Bay scene, balancing music with teaching, and getting back in the spotlight.More »