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Bands that should have made it big…Rocket From The Crypt

Posted in music with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2008 by Kevin Estrada

Rocket From The Crypt
Club Lingerie : Hollywood
June 11, 1996

Part three of a four-part series I’m doing this week, featuring bands that should have made it big, but for one reason or another it just didn’t happen. Each day I will add a new band and a new photo.

Rocket were always incredible. Hailing from San Diego, this band combined rock, rockabilly and punk to form a completely new sound. On stage you had guitarists, horn players, an explosive vocalist – and it all worked perfectly. They sounded like no other band around. Another thing that stood out was their genuine love for their fans. They always took the time to hang out and get to know us on a personal basis – which led to the Rocket Fan Club – of which I was a card-carrying member. And if you had a tattoo of the rocket logo, you were set – all you had to do was flash your tattoo at the door and you were in at no charge – any show, any city – for life. Plus, tattooed fans would also receive exclusive 7” singles throughout the year.

Fans would customize the tattoo logo and make it their own – some had flowers and hearts, some had pistols, etc. One night backstage at Club Lingerie, I asked the band if they had tattooed the rocket logo on themselves… and voila!… the proof is in the photo – every guy has one. There was a real feeling of family and camaraderie amongst their fans. I think Rocket never made it big because people couldn’t really classify their music or even describe they sounded like. I guess that’s a real problem when your music is completely original and breaking new ground. For what it’s worth, Circa Now and Scream Dracula Scream still get heavy airplay on my iPod. And they still sound fresh and original to this day.

Photographed with my Canon EOS-1 and a Canon 15mm fish-eye lens. Shot on Fujichrome film.