Remember when Crime played a show in a prison? If you’re not familiar, they were one of the OG punk bands from San Francisco. They were on the front lines of the first wave and they made a name for themselves as the band that always dressed like douchebag cops when they were on stage.
That’s what they did in the summer of 1978 when they performed at San Quentin State Prison in California. Some say they were wearing prison guard uniforms. Why? Yeah, I don’t know. Apparently their friendly criminal audience couldn’t figure it out either. “Nobody there knew what to make of us” said Hank Rank in an interview. I guess handing out show posters of a bare-assed dominatrix-style female cop to the inmates didn’t win them over, but I’m sure they came in “handy” if you know what I’m sayin’. In the video you do notice a few guys enjoying the show. A lot of confused faces too. I mean, what the hell is this?
FUN FACT: Hank Rank, later in life, produced the beloved Devil & Daniel Johnston documentary.