December 5, 2009
The Juke Joint
Santa Clara’s Stellar Corpses performed a high energy set in Anaheim sandwiched in between the likes of The Deadenderz, Riverboat Gamblers and Calavera. It was a Tiger Mask night and that means that all the bands would be excellent and bring the crowds. The Juke Joint is a homey little bar/club a mile from the 91 freeway and you’ll miss it if you’re not paying attention. Inside it’s comfortable with a bar in one half, with high tables and the stage and dance floor in the other.
Stellar Corpses got the fans dancing to Hale Bopp, an upbeat boogie woogie about those crazy kids that drank the juice as the comet went overhead. Similar topics of the living dead, murder, zombies and ghoulies make up most of the band’s repertoire, including an ode to the Rupert Everett movie Cemetary Man, and a particularly evil surgeon Dr. Plainfield. The songs are punked up with singer Dusty taking on the spirits of Elvis, Glen Danzig and Johnny Cash in his vocal approach, charismatic and making eye contact with the dancing fans. Teenage Witchcraft was one for the ladies, Dusty crooning along with Emilio’s twangy guitar and Dan’s steady stand up bass. New drummer Kyle sweat it out on the drums, and one picture of mine makes him look like Mr. Barlow, the master vampire from Salem’s Lot. They closed with The Misfit’ Helena which everyone sang and danced along to. A perfect night of rock’n’rool, booze, friends and conversation.