High School Confidential

Teen punk band Angry Dirty Sanchez finds itself in the principal's office

Where the school appears moronic is the way it suspended all logic when an embarrassing incident happened. School administrators knew what to expect from an ADS show. They'd seen the band play, they knew what their songs were about, and they knew the rabid impulses they stirred in their fans. To become irate with the band over something it didn't do, and couldn't control, reeks of the kind of draconian thinking that has long made teenagers want to rebel against school authority.

Lacey, the real center of the controversy, was suspended for eight days, for what the school termed "obscene dancing," and was awaiting an expulsion hearing at press time.

"They sell drugs at that school, they have gang violence at that school, and that doesn't result in expulsion," Drew Barasco says. "But better not dirty dance in front of the stage, or they'll kick you out permanently."

In true punk fashion, though, Lacey remains defiant and proud about the chaos he created. Anthony says Lacey recently handed him a flier he'd made. It reads: "Wanted: Tom Manbo. Crime: Obscene Dancing. If Seen: Contact Deputy Barnes."

Tempe Calling: Legendary ex-Clash front man Joe Strummer will give fans an exciting preview of his Thursday, October 18, show at Cajun House with an in-store appearance at Zia Record Exchange in Tempe earlier that night, from 6 to 8 p.m. He's expected to sign autographs and allow longtime worshippers to touch the hem of his garment.

Nihil and Void: Local aggro-industrial favorites Nihil will be celebrating the release of their second CD on Slipdisc Records with a Saturday, October 20, show at the Bash on Ash. Opening the show will be the wildly theatric doom merchants of Victims in Ecstasy.

Blues and Politics: The Thursday, October 18, performance by the Mingus Big Band at Scottsdale Center for the Arts renews a special Valley connection that exists with the late jazz bassist/composer. An ailing Mingus played the final shows of his celebrated career at the Doubletree in Phoenix only two years before his 1979 death. The Big Band -- which recently backed up Mingus fan Elvis Costello in New York -- was formed in 1991 by Mingus' widow, Sue, to provide a creative format for musicians to tackle the master's imposing body of work.

Disaster Coverage: Rolling Stonemagazine's recent special issue devoted to the September 11 terrorist hijackings produced some intriguing first-person accounts (MTV graybeard Kurt Loder's narrow escape from the Lower Manhattan avalanche of rubble), much simplistic, if well-intended, philosophizing and a few narcissistic notes (Old 97's front man Rhett Miller, in providing a harrowing account of his morning, could not resist mentioning the "beautiful" song he was writing in the World Trade Center plaza only days earlier). Along the way, the issue name-checks local heroes Jimmy Eat World in a piece looking at how the tragedy has affected the release of songs with potentially disturbing titles, pointing out that the Mesa quartet recently changed the name of its single (and title song of its DreamWorks debut album) "Bleed American" to the less menacing "American."

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