359: Fugazi 1990 by Jason Oliva

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Ian and Guy with a  “Plastic G” on the Mic stand


What I dig most about this shot is that somewhere someone has a picture of me on the front of the stage taking a picture of Fugazi with a disc camera! If you are out there and are responsible for the flash in this pic…email me!!


I went to The George Washington University in D.C., easy parking access to C.C.C.C. and a ton of great music at the time. Early in 1990 hometown heros Fugazi released Repeater on LP only and people went nuts for it, by May it was out on those new fangled CD’s with 3 bonus tracks (Song number one being one of em) and more people went nuts as well. On July 6th Fugazi had a show at St. Augastines School in D.C. (anytime they played in DC all the dough went to Charity and the tix were cheap, $5) along with Crash Worship and False Face Society. Before leaving my pad on 23rd street (always dug the address, 23 is one of those weird numbers) I grabbed a roomettes Disc Camera (thanks Missy) remember disc cameras?..small, slim and producing now worthless disc based negatives that cannot be reproduced anywhere. Anyway the disc camera beat lugging the huge SLR with flash and case and not really enjoying the show. I sat on the front of the stage (people wound up en-circling the band on stage as well) and was able to avoid the people going nuts and managed some cool grainy/discy shots, especially of Guy…..Guy digs em and also gave me permission to use a Fugazi track, its cool to be in touch. I had run out of exposures by the end of  the show which culminated in Guy forcing the mic stand down the front of his jeans and in order to walk off stage and extricate himself from the mic he had to strip off the remains of his kit and cut and run…classic. Great time, hotter then hell and dehydrated I left and saw a roach twice the size of a star wars figure on the wall on the way out..I never could get that giant bug outta my head.


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6 thoughts on “359: Fugazi 1990 by Jason Oliva

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  2. jake egolf, dehls inc

    saw fugazi in rehoboth beach delaware in early 90’s @ a club called rock lobster with the band shovelhead , they had a guy dancing in a diaper. It was a tiny place.

  3. Franz

    Great photos…and small world. I’m from NJ and went to GW too. Also lived in a rowhouse on 23rd St. across from the Smith Center – which was bulldozed several years ago – from 1992-93. Great memories. I saw Fugazi a bunch of times while down there including at Reno Park, Lafayette Square Park and most memorably in a church basement off DuPont Circle with Verbal Assault as the opening band. I still have the flyer from that show. Ian was in the crowd trying to stop people from slamming during VA’s set.

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