N.O.T.A. – Live At The Crystal Pistol (Prank Records) 2000. Tulsa in the early 80′s was a strange fuckin’ place. I knew a girl once who went to a NOTA concert down there during the halycon days of HC and remembers hippies walking around dropping flower petals everywhere. Did I mention that this was at a fuckin’ NOTA show in like 83?
I can’t deny that the city had its share of hippies. I was down there in 89 and it was full of bra-less hippy-chicks with knee-length hemp skirts and unshaven legs, froogin away at outdoor Reggae-fests while thier stoned out peacenik white-boy dreadhead boyfriends sat on the grass glazed over…wishin’ oh just wishin they could have some Taco Bell.
The scene at that time, centered around a holistic bookstore on 15th Street with a massage parlor attached. The girls who worked there all were of the afformentioned hairy-leg-hemp-skirt variety. The guitarist for the local art-punk band The Illegitimate Sons of Jackie O worked the register. There was a real good Mexican joint across the street. Starship Records was about 10 blocks away. That was it.
There were also TONS of nazi skins in Tulsa in 89. And Oral Roberts University. And cowboys. Throw that in a fuckin’ cuisinart. Crazy man, crazy.
Of course by 89, NOTA were long gone and as the official American Hardcore history starts to get written, its bands like NOTA that will be left out. I mean really, on a music-to-music basis, DYS gets name-dropped alot more than NOTA and DYS were friggin’ terrible! Why? Maybe cuz’ NOTA were so removed from everything else that they just didn’t stand a chance.
But that’s what makes NOTA so kick-ass. They didn’t stand a chance and they still did it. They proved the DIY ethic better than anyone. It didn’t matter where the fuck you were….Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont, North Dakota…..you could play in a kick-ass band, put on your own shows, release your own records. They were DIY in the truest sense.
They also were musically fuckin great. Lightning fast when they wanted to be but also melodic in a class-of-77 sense. Lyrically they were of the fiercely independent US Southwest mindset… anti-corporation, ant-communist and anti-propaganda. They were convinced that the USA was taking away your rights and they were trying to warn you of the coming new world order…
Everything they warned you about subsequently came true by the way. Its not NOTA’s fault that nobody listened..they warned you!
NOTA – Live At The Crystal Pistol
On the Pavement