'Eat Death Scum!'
On Sept. 19, 1978, at their very first gig, local punkers the Huns made history. Onstage at bygone Guadalupe DIY haven Raul's (now the Texas Showdown Saloon), lead provocateur Phil Tolstead thought it would be a good idea to plant a kiss on a nearby police officer. His smooch led to a full-scale riot and several arrests, including Tolstead and future Chronicle Publisher Nick Barbaro. The incident drew attention from Rolling Stone and Britain's NME and sparked a local revolution. "Our mission was to stir the shit, cure boredom, and strip the gears of musical privilege in Austin, represented by the folk, blues, and cosmic-cowboy oligarchies," wrote drummer Tom Huckabee in the liner notes to 1995's Live at the Palladium 1979 reissue. Twenty-five years later, the battle rages on at Emo's, Beerland, Trophy's, Room 710, and garages all over town.
Cafe Mundi marks the 25th anniversary of the Huns riot 8pm Sunday with the Punkaroos, My People, Ultra Violet Crown, and MC Randy "Biscuit" Turner.