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The Bags

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There are two groups called The Bags: one from Los Angeles and one from Boston. There are also several acts called Bags. They have their own wiki and please make sure you scrobble correctly.

1. The Bags were one of the first generation of punk rock bands to emerge out of Los Angeles.

The band was formed by Alice Armendariz and Patricia Rainone, who had met at an audition for Venus and the Razorblades, Kim Fowley’s next attempt at creating a band after The Runaways had left him. Alice and Pat decided to form their own band and from this The Bags were born. They took the band’s name and their stage names “Alice Bag” and “Pat Bag” from a gimmick that the band used during early performances where they would perform with grocery bags over their heads (the practice didn’t last, in part due to an incident where Darby Crash of The Germs ran up on stage and ripped the bag off of Alice’s head). Alice Bag was the vocalist and Pat Bag played bass. The band was rounded out by guitar players Craig Lee and Rob Ritter, and Terry Graham played drums.

The Bags played their first show at The Masque on September 10, 1977. The band’s live shows soon became legendary. The concerts were riotous affairs including altercations with celebrities, such as one between singer Tom Waits and drummer Nickey Beat at The Troubadour.

By 1979, they had released their first record, a single called “Survive”, backed with “Babylonian Gorgon”, released by independent record label Dangerhouse Records. “We Don’t Need The English” was included on the Yes L.A. punk compilation released by the same label.

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