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Grandpunks: In late June, we heard that a Summer of '86 Dallas punk reunion was scheduled for August 19 at the Double Wide. Made sense at the time; a Loco Gringos tribute had just taken place the previous week at the Bar of Soap and--shucks--nostalgia's contagious. We knew it was official when someone made a MySpace page advertising the show and requesting old friends far and wide return to Dallas to "remember the Twilite Room/Theater Gallery rivalry, long hot days at the Ramp at Bachman Lake, Zorlac, Whip 'N' Dip, nickel beer nights at Winedale" and plenty more.
But even after 20 years, these punks can't help but stir shit up. Shortly after the announcement, we received a letter from Bar of Soap employee Tanna Gilder: "The organizers have made such liberal use of the Twilite Room name on several different sites that people have been asking if Charlie Gilder, owner of the Twilite Room and present owner of Bar of Soap, is involved. Well, he's not, and he's not too pleased about somebody using the name of his club to lure a lot of old friends into a show at a 3-year-old rival venue that really seems to be nothing more than an attempt to make a good showing for a touring band from New York, Shock Nagasaki."
Sure, Shock Nagasaki and the other punk bands on the bill (Austin's Sweet Skull and Dallas' Dog Company) aren't from our city's mid-'80s punk period (really, are any left?), but Gilder's plea still seems like quite an overreaction. Methinks the target niche isn't going to pull big bucks into the DW on Saturday, and as even Gilder put it, "We don't own the '86 punk rock scene." Let the punks have their one night of fun--or, hell, try to steal it away with a more local punk lineup at BoS that night, including Punk Rock Dinosaurs and Frankie Campagna. Either way, old-school punks are in for a good Saturday night; from the look of the MySpace page, a few are flying in from across the country for the class reunion. Don't forget your skateboards, kids.
And on August 4, avid Deep Ellum music fan John Lambert died at 53 of pulmonary artery sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. You may remember the Lambert and his long beard from countless Dallas concerts, particularly at the Gypsy Tea Room and Trees, recording bootlegs of groups such as Queens of the Stone Age, Mike Watt, Acid Mother's Temple and every rock band in between. "You know, for probably the last 18 to 20 years, he's been down in Deep Ellum," brother Jim Lambert says, who also says John requested no funeral service. "He was very good friends with Eddie from the Supersuckers...there's been a lot of bands that have been through that John opened his house to and let people stay at. He was just that kind of guy."