Lucy’s Fur Coat will “get together with old friends” and perform their first shows in seven years this weekend at Casbah.
The promise of San Diego as “the next Seattle” was never fulfilled. But that creatively fertile time was saluted with the release of the feature film It’s Gonna Blow: San Diego’s Music Underground 1986–’96. Many of the bands from that era — Drive Like Jehu, No Knife, Truman’s Water, Rocket From the Crypt, aMinature, Three Mile Pilot — have recently regrouped for shows.
“This is our first show in seven years,” says Lucy’s Fur Coat frontman Charlie Ware about their weekend reunion, which celebrates the seven active years Lucy’s toured the country behind radio hits such as “Treasure Hands” and “El Cajon.”
From Lucy's Fur Coat's debut album, Jaundice
“For a certain segment of people, that was a fun time when live music was really important,” Ware tells the Reader. “For me this [reunion] is more about getting together with old friends and not about how epic we were.”
Ware says LFC’s no-bullshit, anti-image approach didn’t sit well with their label, Sony Records.
“Back then when record companies were still a big deal you were at their mercy. The problem is we weren’t guys who had been working at a gas station or bussing tables. We had other options. When they had us slogging across the country on their terms we said ‘screw this’... They did not like it that we just never had any pretentions. We never had any angles or a strategy. We just said ‘here are the songs,’ we put heart and soul into them drenched in sweat... I would recall playing festivals with these bands who had racks and racks of effects. All we had was like a 1976 Les Paul, vintage amps, and loud/soft pedals. We put our sound out there and that’s how it was.”
One of the most famous stories from the It’s Gonna Blow era was that the Stone Temple Pilots burst onto the scene thanks in large part to frontman Scott Weiland’s fluid stage antics that shamelessly copied Ware’s frantic stage moves.
“It’s just not a big deal,” says Ware. “The fact is, in rock and roll everybody rips off everybody else. I reached back to Rod Stewart and Jagger. When I first heard about it, I was flattered. But because they were a whole year ahead of us, I was worried that people would think we were copying them. That was a minor transgression. I feel sorry what the guy is going through now. The guy has talent.”
Ware became a full-time San Diego lifeguard just before LFC broke up in 2000. He had already passed the bar and was working for a legal firm when he bailed on law.
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“In San Diego full-time lifeguards have the same grade as a firefighter with similar benefits. When I knew I couldn’t keep working in an office I took a career assessment test that said I would be happiest as a park ranger. Lifeguard was the closest I could get.”
Ware, Mike Santos, Tony Sanfilippo, Rob Brown, and Scott Clark appear Friday and Saturday nights at the Casbah.
[At press time, the Reader got word that due to illness these shows have been postponed. — Ed.]