For the third year in a row, Total Trash Productions and Burger Records transformed Oakland’s family-friendly Mosswood Park into the Burger Boogaloo, the ultimate destination for garage punks, budget rockers, and fuzzheads across the nation. This July 4th weekend extravaganza unveiled one additional stage to accommodate the fest’s growing size, and welcomed the hilariously bawdy proclamations of emcee John Waters, legendary film director and the pope of trash. (Mr. Waters, if you’re reading this, there really is a band named Anal Mucus…straight out of Concord, CA!)
It was a challenge hoofing it between the two stages (Flesh Land amphitheater, Psychoville stage) and maneuvering around 4,998 of our closest friends, but we managed to catch all the bands except for Shannon & the Clams (photos from their 2014 performance are here), who played right before the Mummies at Psychoville. Here’s what a mind-boggling lineup of sonic goodness looks like. (Check out Day 2 and the many faces of Burger Boogaloo, too!) Bombon: All-female surftastic trio from San Pedro, CA
Danny & the Darleans: Bouncy garage rock from Dan Kroha of The Gories, complete with a handclap or two
The Trouble Makers: ’90s Sacramento garage punks still raising a ruckus
Fe Fi Fo Fums: Seattle budget rockers featuring Jesse Lortz of The Dutchess & the Duke
Magnetix: Thunderous fuzzbomb duo from Bordeaux, France
The Untamed Youth: Surf/rockabilly maestro Deke Dickerson’s first band also covered the Dictators’ “Cars & Girls” to reflect their favorite teenage pastimes, although Deke confessed it was more like “walking and masturbating” at the time
The Gories: These Detroit luminaries said a few choice words about the Mummies before diving into their primal, feral blitzkrieg
The 188.8.131.52’s: These Japanese legends delivered surfy rock’n’roll classics with minimal bloodshed.
The Mummies: These infamous budget rockers rolled out of the crypt on mini motorbikes and launched into their lo-fi, lo-brow schtick, which was “pretty, pretty, pretty good,” according to drummer Russell Quan.