Evil Empire

Joyce Rooks I joined the Cockpits in 1978 by answering a Reader ad. I had a guitar and amp and a cello which I kept hidden as it didn't seem punk rock enough at the time. The Cockpits played their first gig at Porter's Pub at UCSD, opening for the Alley Cats, one of the coolest L.A. punk bands. Soon after the band changed members and became the Dinettes. I played rhythm guitar and sang backing vocals. Doriot Negrette was the lead singer and wrote all the songs. I left in about 1980 and later joined Trowsers, a ska/reggae band which Kim Fowley also had a fleeting interest in. After the Trowsers I hooked up with the Penetrators as a back up singer. Along the way I would sing with the Country Dick Montana's Pleasure Barons Revue and record with the Beat Farmers on their "Poor and Famous" album. I had worked at Tower Records Sports Arena store for four years and then moved to L.A. to work for CEMA Distribution (Capitol, EMI Music) from 1988-1994. During the L.A. years I continued to play guitar with a reggae band called the Ideals. I also did some recording gigs with Carla Olsen of the Textones and eventually began playing cello again with a band called Wait For Nothing. We recorded a CD and did a couple of European tours. After I left the music biz and moved back to San Diego, I played cello with folk singer Elizabeth Hummel, and on several occasions with Cindylee Berryhill. I also recorded two CD's with Formula, a band with made up of employees of Lou's Records. I met David J in early in early 2001 after he had finished the Bauhaus Resurrection tour.
— May 5, 2010 7:10 p.m.

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