Devil Dogs

(Los Angeles November 1980 - February 1981)


Devil Dogs 1980
Devil Dogs Line-up #1 (L-to-R): Stanley Adler, Lydia Lunch, Jim Sclavunos and Michael Paumgardhen. Credit: Tom Bessoir.

Chronology: a chronological overview of known concert dates (some with setlists and/or ads), 
dates of studio recordings, all line-ups and other trivia related to the American band Devil Dogs. 

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-

The year in which this very short lived live band is founded and does a small US tour.

From August/September 1980 Lydia Lunch resides in Topanga Canyon (The Snake Pit area), Los Angeles. Later Lydia moves to a house in the Lincoln Heights and after that Highland Park area of Los Angeles where she stays until February 1982.

She forms this band with [ex-Teenage Jesus & The Jerks/8 Eyed Spy member] Jim Sclavunos and [ex-8 Eyed Spy member] Michael Paumgarden. Stanley Adler [later in, Brian Eno produced art-rock group, The Same] joins on bass. Lydia asks Robert Quine [Voidoids/Lou Reed] (who had worked with Lydia on her "Queen of Siam" album) for some fun blues songs from his collection of 78rpm blues records, he made her a tape, and that was the basis of their live set.

Line-up #1 (Los Angeles: October/November 1980):
Lydia Lunch (vocals)/ Michael Paumgarden (guitar)/ Stan(ley) Adler (bass) and Jim Sclavunos (drums)

New York xx-Oct-79

US NY,New York City,Mudd Club

Photo: Credit Felipe Orrego. Another photo by Bob Bert [Sonic Youth].

Note: Their first NYC concert. The Mudd club was co-founded by Diego Cortez with Steve Mass and Anya Phillips and opened on the 31st of October 1978 and was located @ 77 White Street in downtown Manhattan.

New York City 04-Nov-80

US NY,New York City,Tier 3
[with The Offs and Frisco Whites]

Ad: Scan of advert from Village Voice, from No Wave Facebook group.

New York City 07-Nov-80

US NY,New York City,Tier 3

Flyer: Photo of flyer, collection Thurston Moore, via No Wave Facebook group.

Ad: Scan of advert from Village Voice, from No Wave Facebook group.

US NY,New York City,80's Club

US NY,New York City,Hurrah
[with Deadline]

Note: With Robert Quine guesting on guitar.

New York City 13-Nov-80

US NY,New York City,Rock Lounge

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the East Village Eye November 1980.

Chicago 14-Nov-80

US IL,Chicago,Waves
[with Ama-Dots]

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Chicago Tribune 14-Nov-80.

Note: Start of a small tour of the Midwest, in Marty Nation's ["Fingered" movie star] '58 Ford pickup truck (photo credit Julia Gorton).

Minneapolis 15/16-Nov-80

US MN,Minneapolis,Zoogie's

US MN,Minneapolis,Zoogie's

Note: Zoogie's was formerly The Longhorn.

Ad: Scan of ad courtesy of Dan Peterson.

Madison 18-Nov-80

US WI,Madison,Merlyn's

Ad: Scan of ad taken from The Capital Times 13-Nov-80.

Milwaukee 20-Nov-80

US WI,Milwaukee,Starship

Ad: Radio ad by Downstairs Dan (mp3 675KB).

Poster: Scan of poster.

Detroit 21-Nov-80

US MI,Detroit,Bookie's Club 870
[with Mission Of Burma]

Poster: Photo of poster, design by Gary Grimshaw.

Card: Photo of calendar card.

Lansing 22-Nov-80

US MI,East Lansing,Club DooBee
[with The Lips Are Back]

US MI,East Lansing,Club DooBee
[with Trainable]

Flyer: Original flyer.

Ad/Review: Scan of advert, and review taken from the Lansing State Journal 22/24-Nov-80.

Ann Arbor 24-Nov-80

US MI,Ann Arbor,Second Chance
[with R.U.R. and Retro]

Setlist: (a.o.) Jail Bait [Andre Williams. 1956]/ ... and more..

Handbill: Photo of handbill.

Ad: Scan of advert from Detroit Free Press 16-Nov-80.

Review: Scan of review, taken from the Michigan Daily 26-Nov-80.

US NY,New York City,Mudd Club

Note: "The first time I went to America was with Siouxsie & The Banshees, and the very first night [..] I arrived at the hotel as everyone was leaving. They told me to drop the bags, they were off to the Mudd Club. [..] Devil Dogs were performing. I ended up in a diner with Siouxsie, Budgie, and Lydia, talking about Alice Cooper. I immediately hit it off with Lydia -she seemed to think I was Siouxsie's boyfriend, so she was interested in me. I was only eighteen at the time." Murray Mitchell [Siouxsie's roadie and in '81 in Lydia's "The Agony Is The Ecstacy" performance], quoted in "Lydia Lunch- The War Is Never Over", a book by Nick Soulsby (Jawbone, 2020).

Toronto 26-Nov-80

CA ON,Toronto,Concert Hall
[support for The Stranglers]

Listing: Scan of listing from The Varsity 21-Nov-80.

Toronto 27-Nov-80

CA ON,Toronto,The Edge

Listing: Scan of listing from The Varsity 26-Nov-80.

US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge

Boston 29-Nov-80

US MA,Boston,The Channel
[with Swinging Madisons and The Dark]

Listing: Scan of listing from Boston Globe 28-Nov-80.

Robert Maché replaces Michael Paumgarden on guitar. Robert grew up in Hong Kong in the 60's, and moved to New York in the late 70's. He was in the Swinging Madisons (1980-1982) with Kristian Hoffman, Bleaker Street Incident (1983-198x) with Kristian and Ann Magnuson, and in the 90's relocated to L.A. to join Steve Wynn's band. Currently he lives in Memphis, TN performing live with singer Candace. Kristian Hoffman replaces Jim Sclavunos on drums. Kristian was in The Mumps (1975-1980), the Swinging Madisons (1980-1982), The Agony Is The Ecstacy (1981), Bleaker Street Incident (1983-198x), Congo Norvell (1991-1995) and tons more bands.

Line-up #2A (New York: December 1980):
Lydia Lunch (vocals)/ Robert Maché (guitar)/ Stan(ley) Adler (bass) and Kristian Hoffman (drums)

US NY,New York City,Tier 3/TR3

Note: Tier 3 (also known as TR3) opened late May 1979 and closed in December 1980. Hilary Jaeger was the live music booker. For a story of the club read an interview with Hilary Jaeger @ Perfect Sound Forever.

Hoboken 06-Dec-80

US NJ,Hoboken,Maxwell's

Ad: Photo of advert.

Note: "Hoboken was the famous set where Lydia was doing her solo [with a drumstick] on a cast iron frying pan in the middle of a song, and looked at me, and started laughing so hard that she peed her pants." [Kristian Hoffman email, 2009].

Rudi Protrudi [born Glen Dalpis, in Tina Peel (1976-1979), later frontman of the Fuzztones, from the East Village,NYC] joins on bass, replacing Stan Adler. Adler would go on to audition for King Crimson, perform with Madonna, tour with the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and later in about 1991 move to the UK and then in 2004 to the south of France working and performing as a cellist. In 2009 he released an album "Arias Under Curves".

Line-up #2B (New York: December 1980 - February 1981):
Lydia Lunch (vocals)/ Robert Maché (guitar)/ Rudi Protrudi (bass) and Kristian Hoffman (drums)

US NY,New York City,basement of Kristian Hoffman and Bradly Field's loft (@ 240 Grand Street)

Note: One rehearsal with Rudi Protrudi, preparing for the upcoming show(s).

"Robert Maché worked with my sister at a print company and Robert was playing with Lydia. They needed a bass player so he asked my sister if I'd be interested. I was in a band called Tina Peel, singing and playing guitar, but maybe my sister had told him I'd played bass in cover bands in Pennsylvania before moving to New York—because the only way you would play music in Pennsylvania was if you were in a cover band. We met at Bradly Field's rehearsal studio, which was a really damp, dark, dungeon sort of a place, in the bottom of a rundown apartment building where The Cramps used to rehearse. We had one rehearsal, I barely spoke to anybody, just ran through the songs once each time, and they said OK and told me they were going to play Georgia. Really, the only reason I did the first show was Lydia offered me two hundred bucks—and I'm a big fan of blues, so when they said it would be blues music, I was into that." Rudi Protrudi quoted in "Lydia Lunch- The War Is Never Over", a book by Nick Soulsby (Jawbone, 2020).

Philadelphia 12-Dec-80

US PA,Philadelphia,Omni's

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Philadelphia Inquirer 12-Dec-80.

Note: Perhaps cancelled.

Atlanta 13-Dec-80

US GA,Atlanta,688 Club
[with Vietnam]

Setlist: I Feel So Worried [Sammy Lewis/Willie Lee Johnson. 1955]/ Twelve Year Old Boy [Elmore James/Mel London. 1957]/ I Don’t Want Nobody/ Be Careful What You Do [John Brim. 1953] / Jive/ Racketeer’s Blues [Lonnie Johnson. 1932]/ Memphis Yodel-Rocky Road Blues [Jimi Rodgers. 1928/ Bill Monroe. 1945]/ Snatch It Back and Hold It [Junior Wells. 1965]/ Get Your Business Straight [Morris "Magic Slim" Holt]/ He Fooled Me/ It's Tight Like That [Clara Smith/Hudson "Tampa Red" Whittaker. 1929]/ Young, Dumb & Full Of Cum.

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from the Atlanta Constitution 13-Dec-80.

Note: Rudi Protrudi vocals on "Young, Dumb & Full Of Cum". When I got the call for the next gig, I had a recording of the first gig [..] We recorded that night for what was going to be a live record [..]. Unfortunately, Lydia decided that she had laryngitis and she did not want the record to come out. It was funny because, when I heard the recording, [..] she was off-key as always. I refer to Lydia's style as 'bitching the blues': she doesn't sing [the songs], she bitches them, which has a certain charm if you understand where she's coming from." Rudi Protrudi quoted in "Lydia Lunch- The War Is Never Over", a book by Nick Soulsby (Jawbone, 2020).

The recording of this show has been made available on the "Bitchin' The Blues" bootleg CD-R (Black Cat Records 2006).

US DC,Washington,9:30 Club

The year in which the band is doing 4 dates in Italy and then split up without having recorded.

IT Roma,Teatro Olimpico
[with Leroy Jenkins]

Note: Start of the short (4 dates) Italian tour. They do a 35 mins show. Leroy Jenkins (1932-2007) was an American composer and free jazz violinist. In 1981 he released his "Lifelong Ambitions" album on the Italian Black Saint records label.

A month later, they called me up and asked if I wanted to play a few shows in Italy. [...] There were four acts playing with us on the bill—and none of them had anything to do with the other. It was very intellectual, except for Devil Dogs. There was a classical pianist and violin player who played together, there was the band Orchestra Luna, then I don't remember the other. It was a good experience but a little rough [...] When we got onstage, it all gelled really nice, but I can't say I gelled with anyone in the band as people, and I can't even say I really joined the band—they just asked me to play some gigs. We never did end up getting along, and they all seemed very cynical. In Italy, Lydia was really mean—no one spoke to her in Italy. [...] I never got the impression from Lydia, however, that this was anything other than a filler band to go in between what she had done and what she wanted to do next. She didn't seem to have a vision for it—I have a feeling Lydia just likes blues music and thought it would be fun to do this band for a few minutes." Rudi Protrudi quoted in "Lydia Lunch- The War Is Never Over", a book by Nick Soulsby (Jawbone, 2020).

IT Milano,Sala dei Congressi della Provincia (Via Corridoni 16) - Jazz festival
[with Leroy Jenkins, Orchestra Luna]

Setlist: Racketeer’s Blues [Lonnie Johnson. 1932]/ Twelve Year Old Boy [Elmore James/Mel London. 1957]/ Snatch It Back and Hold It [Junior Wells. 1965]/ Get Your Business Straight [Morris “Magic Slim” Holt]/ He Fooled Me/ Jive/ Young, Dumb & Full Of Cum.

Note: After the 30 mins show the band is interviewed for Prisma magazine (published April 1981).

IT -,-
[with Orchestra Luna, ..]

Note: After these 2 final dates somewhere in Italy the band ended.

13.13 / The Agony Is The Ecstacy (Spring 1981 - December 1981)

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Last modified 21st of June, 2024.