The Dicks - Sidewalk Begging

The Dicks – Sidewalk Begging

A rock concert video shot at big bear-like vocalist Gary Floyd’s ersatz 21st Anniversary Dicks celebration at the late great Paradise Lounge on 11th Street along Folsom Gulch in San Francisco.

Unable to bring together the Texas lineup for another year or so, this was a locals only version of the band featuring an all San Francisco citizen lineup. This song featured here, “Sidewalk Begging”, a caustic indictment of the SF Bay Area’s infamous yet still shocking urban poverty problem, first emerged on The Dicks 1985 album, “These People”, recorded and released on Alternative Tentacles records. Lynn Perko who plays drums on this live track, was in the later Dicks lineups with Gary ( as well as Sister Double Happiness), after moving to the region from Reno NV

The reunion here was really with Lynn Perko-Truell on drums, also recruited for the eve guitarist Matt Margolin ( R.I.P. Matt also played in Smoking Rhythm Prawns & Gary’s Black Kali Ma band) …plus Ed Cagnacci (later of Dirty Power, and now in PDX) on bass… This show was taped May 16th 2001 from the Paradise Lounge large room balcony… show was so loud it overloaded the lil’ microphone on my Sony Digital Video Camera…

The club this was shot at was originally known as Febe’s back when it was a South of Market gay biker bar in the 70’s and 80’s down the street from the original Stud location, in the late 80’s it was purchased by the late Robin Reichert and renamed the Paradise Lounge.

The bar grew from a small 50 person capacity joint to a multi-level club with many staircases, and even a large annex next door called the Transmission Theater. Eventually Dicks singer Gary Floyd was employed there in the mid 90’s after Sister Double Happiness deal with Warner Brothers dried up and the band members started to need some side money between gigs , and Gary often would be found working the door on many nights.