Bait and Switch
A longtime Haight Street institution, Rough Trade Records is packing up and moving from its prime location. The new destination is currently a secret; employees are under strict instructions not to talk, and at press time they were still tight-lipped, despite Samples' pleas, tricks, subtle manipulations, and out-and-out bribes. But rumor has it the store will leave the Haight and expand to about three times its current size. Due to the relocation, beginning June 30 Rough Trade will no longer be the no-service-charge ticket outlet for Bill Graham Presents; BGP is currently looking for a new one.
When modern-rock overlords Live pegged the Bay Area's arty Thinking Fellers to support them on a national tour, fans raised an eyebrow even if the Fellers didn't. "We didn't know who the hell they were," says Fellers guitarist Mark Davies, "so there were no qualms at first. We had never been on a big rock circuit before, so we thought it would be a bizarre experience." Though Davies says the vast majority of their audiences were "just indifferent," the more hostile Live fans used the Thinking Fellers for target practice. "Someone threw a basketball at my head, which missed me but knocked the mike stand over," Davies says. "Don't know how they smuggled that in. We got pelted with lots of shoes, change, a Power Rangers watch which was in perfect condition, and chewed bubble gum which hit the top of my guitar and stuck there. But the best thing thrown at me was a pacifier -- perfect, because these audiences were really young and kind of bratty."
By Sia Michel