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This Week In Dallas Music History: Legendary Local Punk Singer Bobby Soxx Died, But His Stories Live On.

9 years ago by Daniel Hopkins
In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, we turn back to the first week in November, 2000, when Robert Wilonsky told his account of legendary local punk singer Bobby Glen Calverley--or, as he was known to everyone else, Bobby Soxx--who had just died at the age of...

Soxx Appeal

13 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
Soxxy: Bobby Soxx, back when he was a star. And alive. Whilst trolling the MP3 junkyards for free music this weekend, because I am nothing if not a cheap bastard, I stumbled across this mention of an old Observer fave on the Punk Records blog, along with two outta-print MP3s...

Who'll buy my memories?

19 years ago by Zac Crain
No telling what pushed up the price of the Bobby Soxx "Learn to Hate" single that was put up for sale on eBay -- the popular online auction Web site ( -- on April 20. Most likely, the eventual winner, who goes by the handle "jarosis," was a fan, one...

The 10 Dallas Punk Songs Every Dallasite Should Know

3 years ago by Wanz Dover
In the annals of punk history, most cities have a batch of punk bands the define the city's legacy. New York, Austin, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Washington all had bands that put their scenes on the map. In Dallas, you have to dig a little deeper, but there are at...

Namedropper: The Forgotten Story of Johnny Seesaw, The Dallas Lounge Punk Golf Pro

2 years ago by Bucks Burnett
Dallas is a town that has no ground set aside for the burial of ghosts, local legends and has-beens. There are no memorial statues for the ’80s cult figures, the ’60s underground garage bands that might’ve cut 45s or the ’70s lounge acts whose LPs still fill the boxes at your...

Grave City

19 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
Bobby Glenn Calverley would have turned 46 next month, on December 29, but there will be no birthday party. Instead, on November 5 at Bar of Soap, there will be a wake: Last week, Bobby died of liver failure. At 2 a.m. on October 23, the doctors at Baylor University...

U2 Can Love The First Unitarian Church Choir

13 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
An old Friend of Unfair Park's, Steve Dirkx, sure does love him some YouTube (though not as much as Google, heh). Over the past few days, the former Teenage Queer and Telefone (for the young and uninitiated, those are local punk bands of days long since past) has posted quite...

The Top Ten DFW Punk Albums

7 years ago by Darryl Smyers
See also: The top 10 North Texas blues albums See also: The top 100 Texas songs The Telefones, Vibration Change Released in 1980, this album is more punk in spirit than execution. Songs like "Rocket Rocket" and "The Ballad of Jerry Godzilla" fuse punk rock's oomph with a new wave...

Dallas' Punk Scene Led Frank Turrentine to a Life of DIY Agriculture

4 years ago by Pablo Arauz
This was supposed to be the year Frank Turrentine planted rice and sorghum on his land. His garden was set to be twice as big as before, but it’s not going to happen. The May showers came and made a river of his driveway on his property out in Milsap,...

The Ten Greatest Texas Punk Bands

6 years ago by Darryl Smyers
With D.R.I. coming to Trees last night, we at DC9 thought it might be opportune to look at some of the legendary punk bands that have claimed Texas as their home. These days, D.R.I. is better known as a metal act, but when they began life way back in 1982,...

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