If there was some cool music shit going on in San Francisco in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, chances are Target Video was there. Founded by Joe Reese with the help of a large cast of San Franciscan freaks, Target Video was a studio/collective responsible for great, professionally-filmed footage of live shows by Black Flag, X, Dead Kennedys, Crime, Talking Heads, The Clash and The Sex Pistols, among others. Target Video was also known for throwing parties in their cavernous warehouse in San Francisco’s Mission District and organizing the first US tour for German art-punk band, MDK.
Target Video have been releasing great footage from their archives on DVD, including a stunning live document from the weirdest punks of them all, Flipper. The San Francisco group were one of the most hated bands in punk simply for the fact they didn’t adhere to that scene’s dogma and they were all the more interesting for it. They played slow and often went on instrumental tangents, much to the chagrin of people who wanted it loud, fast and snotty. Their first LP, Album Generic Flipper, is a key document of underground rock and experimentalism.
The clip below finds the band opening up for Throbbing Gristle. The gig was the final performance by the industrial pioneers' first phase and was recorded and released as the LP Mission of Dead Souls. But, this is all about Flipper and their undeniable heaviness and ability to piss people off. Check out the 36-minute clip of Flipper’s performance below and head here to check out Target Video’s collection of DVDs for sale—all of which are worth it.