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Nig-Heist

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The Nig-Heist were perhaps one of the most explicit and vile acts to ever exist. The band’s main and only continuous member was one Steve Corbin, better known as Black Flag’s legendary roadie Mugger. Mugger was a dropout who ran away from an abusive home in his early teens. Mugger and many other runaways eventually began to congegrate at the Church, a former church that was converted into a band practice space, where they became immersed in the fledging suburban hardcore scene. It was there that Mugger became acquainted with Greg Ginn and Black Flag. Ginn put Mugger to work at his SST Electronics company. Eventually, not only did Mugger become Black Flag’s trusted roadie, but he also started his own band, the Nig-Heist. Despite coming from the scene, Mugger, like the rest of the Black Flag crew, grew disenchanted with a scene that was quickly becoming close-minded and clichéd and sought to bring some humor to, as well as antagonize, the scene. Not surprisingly, many didn’t get, or didn’t care for the joke. On stage, the bald Mugger would don a long-haired wig (and often nothing more) and taunt the postcard punks and skinheads in the audience who didn’t want to see any “long-haired fagg*t” on stage. Mugger often baited the crowd with statements like “I know your kind, you want to overthrow the government” and “if you think I’m a fagg*t, why don’t you come up here and let me buttf*ck you” while also asking female concert-goers for sexual favors. The rest of the band usually played in disguise and under fake names, or behind their amps.

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