aka: Alice Bag Band


Photo on right grabbed from the dead MySpace page

Formed: Los Angeles, California, USA

Like the London SS, a kind of punk supergroup in reverse: just about everybody involved went onto bigger and greater things. In addition to the above celebrities, The Bags boasted Geza X (Deadbeats), Joe Nanini (later Eyes and Wall of Voodoo), and Ricky and Johnny (ex-Invaders).

The Bags were a great, popular L.A. band who trod the boards of shitholes such as The Masque (where they debuted in late '77) wearing paper bags on their heads. Their debut single, December '78's Survive, is one if the best US punk releases of the '70s, a terrific record even amongst the high standards of Dangerhouse Records, who released it. The wonderfully obnoxious 'We Don't Want The English', on 1979's Yes L.A. compilation, proved to be their final release, although the band dragged on for another few years, morphing into the Alice Bag Band and appearing as such on The Decline Of Western Civilization film/soundtrack.

They eventually transmuted into Plan 9.



Alice Bag aka Douche Bag rn Alice Armendariz - vocals
Rob Ritter - guitar
Terry "Dad" Bag rn Terry Graham - drums
Craig Bag rn Craig Lee - guitar
Pat Bag rn Patricia Morrison - bass
Joe Nanini - drums




Bags - SurviveSurvive (7”, 1978)

Extraneous Releases

Bags - Disco's DeadDisco's Dead (7”, 2003)

The Bags - All Bagged Up...The Collected Works 1977-1980All Bagged Up...The Collected Works 1977-1980 (LP, 2007)


Bags - No Excess BagisimsNo Excess Bagisms (7", 1990)

Various Artists

Yes L.A. US LP 1979 (Dangerhouse): We Don't Need The English

The Decline Of Western Civilization US LP 1980 (Slash): Gluttony [as Alice Bag Band]

Life Is Beautiful So Why Not Eat Health Foods? US LP 1983 (New Underground): We Will Bury You

Me Want Breakfast - The Dangerhouse Collection US LP 1987 (no label): We Don't Need The English / Survive

Dangerhouse Volume One US LP/CD 1991 (Frontier): Survive

Dangerhouse Volume Two: Give Me A Little Pain! US LP/CD 1993 (Frontier): Babylonian Gorgon / We Will Bury You

We're Desperate - The L.A. Scene (1976-79) US CD 1993 (Rhino): Survive

Punk Anderson's Favourites Germany 2xCD 1995 (Starving Missile): We Don't Need The English

Live From The Masque US CD 2003 (Dionysus): T.V. Dinner / Chainsaw

N.Y. L.A. - The Voice Of America Australia LP (Picnic Rock): We Don't Need The English

Dangerhouse: Complete Singles Collected 1977-1979 Spain 2xCD/14x7" 2013 (Munster/Frontier/Dangerhouse): Survive / Babylonian Gorgon



The Bags Interview



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