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Valley Musicians Share Memories of 20 Favorite Hollywood Alley Shows

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NoMeansNo (1998) It held a couple records back in the day: most revenue for the bar and most beer consumed. There was this one part of the bar I couldn't get into because it held smashed, crunched, squashed empty beer boxes. People were freaking out since it had been a couple years since NoMeansNo had visited the Valley and it was the first time in awhile that they had played in a great place. And they fucking melted the speakers. It was a blast. We were well over fucking occupancy. I asked Ross, and it was echoed by concerned security, "How many people are we going to let Fun Bobby have in here?" He went, "As many as he wants." There a lot of motherfuckers in there enjoying NoMeansNo in a great place. And you know what? Nobody got hurt and nobody was a dick for that one.

Secret Fox (2000) We did a Secret Fox show there once, that was a Guided By Voices cover band that I sit in with every once in awhile. And that was great. It was the first time I did that. I don't know what people thought about that, but it was really fun. -- Jim Adkins, guitarist/vocalist, Jimmy Eat World

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