THE MAU MAUS
Members: Mike Livingstone, Rick Wilder, Scott Franklin, Paul Black
The OriGinal & still reigning Hollywood ”Punk’ Rock Gangsters.
Everybody knows the Mau Maus. Whether it’s some story of a chaotic back-alley Hollywood show, or dark tales of crimes real or imagined, the Los Angeles punk scene wouldn’t have been the same without Rick Wilder and the nefarious group. Reveled AND reviled, and taking the raw energy of Iggy & the Stooges and infusing an unhealthy dose of James Brown jive, the original Mau Maus (Wilder, Greg Salva, Rod Donahue & Earl Washington) sprang upon the emerging Hollywood scene in 1978. After tearing through the Masque and one-time pimp-hang the King’s Palace (as well as tearing through some member changes), a new line up of Wilder, Michael Livingston, Scott Franklin and Paul Mars shanghaied the Hong Kong Café, pounded down the Whiskey and uprooted the Mabuhay Gardens. They then proceeded to record the incendiary Robby Krieger-produced Mad Dog sessions, the little-heard, after-hour Paramount tapes and two songs for Hell Comes To Your House Vol. 2. A scene-stealing performance in the OJ Simpson detective movie “Cocaine and Blue Eyes” accented this “Joyride to the End of the World”…
Wilder moved to New York City, Franklin joined the Cramps, Mars toured the world as a front man and Livingston formed… the Livingstons. But now the quartet has reformed to finish off the few survivors left from those fiery days, as well as those brave enough to withstand the flames. Expect a cd of old and new recordings, and some more of those infamous performances (whatever you do, don’t call the cops). Love ‘em or hate ‘em…they wouldn’t have it any other way.