Chris Badgley describes growing up Missoula during the 1980s and how he was first introduced to punk rock music by his older sister Lya. He discusses the art, music and fashion store Urbane Renewal that Lya started in the early 1980s in downtown Missoula, and how that store became the center for punk shows and fashion. Badgley describes the community’s reception of punk kids and bands, and how most of the shows were DIY affairs in someone’s basement or at the Moose Lodge. He discusses early punk bands he was in in Missoula and later Seattle, where he relocated to. He mentions relocating with his father to New York, where he formed another band. Badgley tells stories about how the band was invited to play shows in Vietnam, where he was inadvertently caught in a situation with the CIA related to his singing the Communist Vietnamese national anthem.
Subjects: Music; Music—History and criticism; Music—Montana—Missoula; Punk rock music; Punk rock music—Montana; New wave music; Rock music—Montana; Counterculture—United States; Subculture; Do it yourself; Small business—Montana—Missoula; Entrepreneurship—Montana; Central business districts—Montana—Missoula
Corporate Names: Urbane Renewal; Hellgate High School
Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.); Seattle (Wash.); Vietnam
Twentieth century; Twenty-first century
Missoula Music History Oral History Project, OH 473
University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections
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1 MP3 file (01:37:52): digital + 1 transcript (15 pp.: 28 cm.)
Badgley, John Chris, "Chris Badgley Interview, November 21, 2019" (2019). Missoula Music History Oral History Project. 5.