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The Rip Offs


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…written by Mr. Greg Lowery…

March 1993- My first band Supercharger was imploding on tour in Europe with the Mummies, I hated being around people I considered friends, who were now going to be ex-friends. I just wanted to get back to San Francisco, and start another band as soon as possible. As I was being driven to one German city after another, I was trying to figure out who I could play with in S.F. After I arrived, I immediately called Jon Von, who was at the last Supercharger shows’ and he told me he was looking to play again. He wanted in. One down. Ever since I saw the Jason White play in the Fingers, it was apparent, Jason White was a great drummer, and could sing. I asked him to play, he agreed, two down. During the first band practices, which were being held in my friends living room where we recorded the Supercharger Goes Way Out l.p., it was just the three of us playing a song that Jason had written and a song that Jon had written, a song about Green Day still being punk rock. We were getting the feeling there was a chemistry brewing, Jason and myself seeming to agree with everything, and Jon trying to fight us. During these early days Jon asked if I had any band names in mind, and I told him immediately of the Rip Offs idea, and of playing in black with nylons over our heads. Jon hated the idea, and said that he had a band name he wanted to use, the Pop Rocks. I then knew this band was going to be like my previous one, a power struggle to get what you wanted.


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