Missoula Music History Oral History Project

Chris Badgley Interview, November 21, 2019


John Chris Badgley


Leif Fredrickson



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


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

Occupations: Musicians—Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century; Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Missoula Music History Oral History Project, OH 473

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 473-007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:37:52): digital + 1 transcript (15 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:37:52 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_007.mp3; OH_473_007.pdf

Chris Badgley Interview, November 21, 2019