"It was the height of the punk rock/new wave craze. The beer cans strewn about the stage floor were thrown at the band at the urging of Wunderle and Lou. Someone, somehow, completely destroyed a toilet that evening. Holly Coffman got hit on the head with a chair and had to get stitches. Fools Face opened and The Symptoms closed. In this photo, left to right: D. Clinton Thompson/guitar and vocals; Ron 'Rongo' Gremp/drums; Jim Wunderle/vocals; Lou Whitney/bass & vocals. Not pictured: Maralie Whitney/keyboards & vocals.
Thompson and Whitney formed The Skeletons and The Morells after the Symptoms. They've also been in bands backing national acts Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Steve Forbert and Syd Straw. Gremp is playing with The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. The Skeletons re-formed in 2011 adding Wunderle.
I found these stocks in the basement of the Legion Hall. I had no idea what the Legionnaires might possibly have used them for. I figured it was some sort of secret ritual. All I knew was I was gonna sing in them.An opportunity like that only comes along once in a lifetime.
It was and remains the craziest gig I've ever played."