|For The Record: A Brief Remembrance by Rich La Bonté (FLAtRich)|
Dave Gibson hosting a radio show in the mid-1980s. (Ron Kleim)
Once upon a time, long ago and far away back in the 20th Century, there was a guy named Dave Gibson who lived in a house on Carondelet Street in Los Angeles with his dog Moxie and his pal Kronos.
Dave Gibson was a big guy. When I say "big", I do mean big as he was at least six feet tall and sometimes weighed over 300 pounds, but Dave Gibson was also big in the heart. That is to say, Dave Gibson was a friendly, gregarious sort of fellow, a man to be trusted most of the time.
In that big heart, Dave Gibson was an artist. His particular passions were comic books and music and art from the psychedelic 1960s, but he was shy about his graphic talents and he didn't play an instrument so he became a professional collector instead.
And in his role as a collector, Dave Gibson met almost everybody "making the scene" in Los Angeles from the 1960s-80s. L.A. stalwarts from Forrie Ackerman to Kim Fowley greeted him by name. Robert Williams and other familiar faces from the underground comics world were regular guests at Carondelet Street holiday barbeques.
Dave Gibson founded the Moxie Record Company as an outlet for his collection of rare demos by obscure garage bands from the 1960s. The company was named for his dog Moxie, an aging dachshund with very persistent fleas, not the soft drink (although Dave did collect Moxie soft drink stuff.)
Moxie Records was also a "pressing service" for local bands in the 70s and 80s. Neighborhood children were warned away from the "danger house" on Carondelet Street because of the strange people and sounds that oozed through its walls.
The infamous LA punk label Dangerhouse Records was conceived on the second floor of Carondelet by David Brown, Black Randy and some of Dave Gibson's other passing upstairs tenants.
I was a new kid in town back in '77 when Shari Famous and I queued up to see Blondie and Devo play the "New Wave Fashion Show" at the Hollywood Palladium. As fate would have it, we were in line behind Dave Gibson and his pal Kronos.
Dave was wearing an enormous, faded 13th Floor Elevators tee and Kronos was ultra punk black and white with safety pins and a Germs badge stuck through his torn white Oxford shirt.
They looked a formidable pair, but when I exclaimed "Wow! 13th Floor Elevators!" to Shari Famous, Dave Gibson turned around and grinned and my life in Los Angeles was never the same again.
I started doing my own recordings on the East Coast in the early 70s and Dave Gibson founded the Moxie Record Company before we met, but we released a bunch of strange records together on the Moxie label in the late 70s and early 80s. For more than a decade, we were friends, partners, participants and witnesses to the birth of DIY, indy music and the death of vinyl. It was a fun time to be a fan!
Some of the best and less known acts to appear on the Moxie label included: Ned and Nelda / Baby Ray and the Ferns (Frank Zappa and Ray Collins - Ray approved the release), Moving Sidewalks (great pre-ZZ Top Billy Gibbons group), The Last*, The Surf Trio, The Unclaimed, Dredd Scott, The Miracle Workers, Flo & Eddie, The Pandoras, Eddie & The Showmen, Jay Condom, RR Riddle's Quite Frankly Band, Johnny Farfisa, Kronos and the Feltching Vampires and The Chocolate Watchband. (See Moxie Discography)
Moxie also released an EP of rare recordings by the huns, a group I sang lead for in 1965-6 in Ithaca NY, and several singles for my late 70s duo with Shari Famous, Rich & Famous. I also helped create at least two Moxie sub-labels: CMI Records, which released a single for R. Stevie Moore and my 1979 Dada2 EP; and the fLAtDiSk vinyl label, which begat my 1980 Mayan Canals 12-inch EP and the 1981 LP Kim Fowley Jr.: Son of Frankenstein, which in turn spawned a perennial Kim Fowley college radio hit Invasion of the Polaroid People. **
Dave Gibson died prematurely of a coronary in Oregon at age 45, and there have been other Moxie labels and a multitude of Moxie bands since, but the legend of the original Moxie Record Company will live on forever in the hearts and souls of record collectors and independent musicians! :o)>
** Note: The late Greg Shaw released two volumes of Moxie pressings under the titles You Gotta Have Moxie, Volumes 1 & 2, and they are probably still available in CD format from Bomp Records. Kim Fowley Jr.: Son of Frankenstein was later re-released as Kim Fowley's Bad News from the Underworld on the Marilyn Records label, also distributed by Bomp. If you own any of the vinyl mentioned above, hold on to it because it may be valuable!
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Joel Barnett of The Miracle Workers emailed us his
memories of Moxie Records:
I came across your Moxie records website. I was the bass player in The Miracle Workers when we recorded our 7" EP for Dave. We were from Portland and Dave was in Springfield. We had recorded two original songs in an 8 track studio for a 45, ("I'm Hung Up" & "Out of My Head" - produced by Fred Cole by the way).
Dave wanted a 4 song, 7" EP, so we added a couple of tracks we had recorded on a 4 track Tascam cassette device in our rehearsal space, (i.e., band house basement). The additional songs were "You Don't Know", (The 13th Floor Elevators), and "Psycho", (The Sonics).
I believe the recordings date to the fall of 1982, with release in 1983. In any case, it was released at nearly the same time as The Pandora's Moxie EP, as both were reviewed in the same issue of Maximum R'n'R.
This was our first solo release after appearing on two garage band comp. LPs: Chip Lamey's Sounds Interesting Label's "The Rebel Kind" and Greg Shaw's Voxx release "Battle of the Garage Bands II".
The Moxie EP helped us a lot, and directly helped us get an LP deal with Shaw for our first LP, "Inside Out."
I Liked Dave and while our contract was verbal, he abided by it.
I remember me and another bandmate went down to Springfield to iron out the details of our EP. Dave proudly showed us an 8-track recorder/player that he had modified to run at double the standard speed, thus reducing the noise level ! Was also interesting to see his mono Scully cutting lathe, he did his own physical female masters.
Anyway, thought I'd let you know. FYI - We used to play with The Surf Trio, and I'm still in regular contact with Ron Kleim.
Best Regards, Joel Barnett
For more Miracle Workers info and tunes, check out the Official Miracle Workers MySpace Page - http://www.myspace.com/therealdannyd
John Clancy of Cigarettes also contributes some Moxie
The guitarist / singer / composer on Cigarettes' Moxie record credited as Lonny Carlyle was actually Philo Cramer, later in FEAR.
Rick Duncan introduced me to Dave in 1977, but Dave made me go pick up the pressings myself at Fidelatone (?) and I figured I could do this with my own label, and did the larger order on the “Carlysle” label. The Late Show single was also paid for by me, it featured Chris Silagyi, later of 20/20. Chris did not know I produced those and was slightly horrified when I presented them to him; he confiscated all of them as I recall. Robots Lullaby was recorded on my 4 track, but What Happened to the Moon was recorded in an actual 8 track studio in Hollywood, and Phil Austin of Firesign Theatre fame was really there, as a favor to Chris, to help guide the production.
When I met Dave, he told me how he bought that old house he lived in on the open market, but it was actually his childhood home. I remember being slightly creeped out by that story, not sure why. [The old Moxie headquarters was definitely a bit creepy - a Dangerhouse, according to some :o)> Ed.]
Some relevant Surf Trio links from Ron Kleim of The Surf Trio:
Surf Trio links: http://pnwbands.com/surftrio.html and Ron Kleim's Video Trade List at http://sixtiesvideo.mysite.com/RONSVIDEOTRADELIST.htm
Also Ron's amazing YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/66rules
The Surf Trio on Blood Red Vinyl & Discs: http://www.bloodred.com/surftrio.html
Other Blood Red artists include The Fleshtones and The Ramonetures with Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake of X.
Fans of the huns
put up this slideshow video of I Gotta Move on YouTube!
"I Gotta Move" on YouTube:
The Last is still alive and well in Southern
California! The Nolte brothers created one of my favorite LA punk bands
and Moxie helped out a bit with the launching of The Last's *
Backlash label. (I still remember Dave freaking out over the B- side of "Every Summer Day" :o)>
You can find The Last on the web at their LA Explosion website:
R. Stevie Moore has his Official site at
You can also find R. Stevie on Facebook at:
and on most other social and musical websites.
FlipSide Fanzine also had some dealings with Moxie. As
I remember, Dave helped the FlipSide crew release the first record on
their FlipSide vinyl label. FlipSide Fanzine is gone now, but here's the
FlipSide Fanzine Memorial Facebook page:
Former Moxie artist Kim Fowley passed on to the other
side of the sun in 2015. In one of our last conversations he told me "there's no record business anymore" but he
still out there in Hollywood doing it anyway, surrounded by his dogs :o)>
Visit the Official Kim Fowley Website at http://www.kimfowley.net
And Kim's Official Facebook page is still maintained by his wife Kara Wright Fowley at
You can download the Moxie/fLAtDiSk Kim Fowley LP for free here:
and there are plenty of Kim's records still available on Amazon.
Heard from Lowell Brams of Asthmatic Kitty Records:
Link above is to a photo of Sufjan Stevens, my stepson, wearing the Moxie shirt I gave him after I outgrew it (physically, I mean) (photo credit: Denny Renshaw). It may be his favorite shirt and he's even mended it a few times. Dave Gibson gave it to me in the early eighties, and I still have as many Boulders albums as he had to sell at the time. Dave was the first indie label founder I ever met, and Moxie planted the the idea of a homemade record label in our brains. Hard to believe both he and Phibes are gone.
Best, Lowell Brams
Asthmatic Kitty Records is based in Lander, Wyoming, Indianapolis, Indiana and New York City. Check out the latest stuff from Asthmatic Kitty :o)>
|Rich & Famous circa 1977 wearing shades from the Dave Gibson Moxie collection.|