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Valley Musicians Share Memories of 20 Favorite Hollywood Alley Shows

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Smoky Mountain Skullbusters (2005) The Skullbusters released an EP onetime at did the show with Greenhaven, Pinky Tuscadero's, and Casket Life and it was off the fucking chain. There were people out in the parking lot that didn't want to be inside it was so hot. It was in the middle of winter and it was really shitty outside and raining. We did a big thing where we dressed up in kung-fu outfits and shit with props all over the stage. And its was just a good fucking time. It was just one of those nights where everyone was there, everything was popping, good times with your friends. The kinda shit you're always gonna remember about that place. -- Mike Skullbuster, guitarist, Smoky Mountain Skullbusters

Truxton Records 10th Anniversary Show (2005) A lot of the bands on Truxton constantly played at the Alley: Grave Danger, Flathead, Sonic Thrills, Dammit Jim...they all played there. So we knew we wanted to film the 10th anniversary party there because it was just a bigger, more open kind of club. Good and dark, Ross always kept it kinda cold. For me, it was always just this perfect club, particularly for me, since I lived like a mile away. I knew we needed a larger place because those three bands were going to back them in and they did. It was nice to do a big show with Ross like that. -- Dave Ramsey, owner, Truxton Records

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.