LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 35: Jesse Townley aka Jesse Luscious of Philly Zine, Blatz, The Gr’ups, The Criminals, The Frisk

Jesse Townley aka Jesse Luscious/August 31,2013

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Philadelphia ex-pat Jesse Townley, aka Jesse Luscious. Jesse grew up in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia. Upon discovering HC punk, he fully immersed himself in the mid-/late-’80s scene. He founded Philly Zine and moved to a squat at 51st and Baltimore in West Philly. By the late ’80s he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he sang for acclaimed (and often chaotic) bands such as Blatz, The Gr’ups, The Criminals, and The Frisk. He’s also an elected member of the Berkeley Rent Board, a member of the Green Party, he runs the Alternative Tentacles Records label just under owner Jello Biafra, and he works with the disabled. We talk about the Philly scene of the last ’80s and Jesse’s abiding love for the city, terrorizing sensitive liberals during the few months he was in college, why he moved to the Bay Area, managing a CT skinhead band, working for Lookout! Records, writing the chaos punk/crusty anthem “Fuck Shit Up” with Blatz, on-stage mutilation with a razor at a Fugazi show, working at Alternative Tentacles, Jesse’s lifelong love of punk, and a great deal more. We are joined by past interview subject Stacey Finney nee Gold, who contributes to the interview. This is one of the longest interviews of the series and one of the very best.

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Joseph A. Gervasi

Joseph co-owns DiabolikDVD.com, programs films and events as a founding member of Exhumed Films, and is a freelance writer, reviewing films for Cinedelphia. Joseph was a founding member of the Cabbage Collective in Philadelphia and Orgasmic Productions in NJ, organizing DIY hardcore punk and spoken word shows. He also "sang" in The Orgasmic Toilet Band (TOTB). He edited NO LONGER A FANzine (NLAFz) and co-edited the later stages of Philly Zine. Gervasi co-conceived The Valerie Project with Greg Weeks.

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