Formed in early 1977, the Avengers were one of the first American bands to harken to the siren call of British punk in the Seventies. Fronted by punk’s original peroxide blonde bombshell, Penelope Houston, the Avengers had the distinction of being the opening act for the Sex Pistols incendiary final show at Winterland in San Francisco.
Unfortunately, the Avengers’ initial career, although promising, lasted only two years during which they failed to even record an album. Thankfully a handful of EPs, demos, singles, and even a recording session produced by Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, eventually surfaced as the classic 1983 California punk record Avengers.
The group, which in addition to Houston initially consisted of drummer Danny Furious, guitarist Greg Ingraham and bassist Jimmy Wisley, has reformed sporadically with various lineups over the years since their initial demise in 1979. Houston meanwhile has also enjoyed a measure of success as an alt-folk artist.
The Avengers will be putting in one of their increasingly-rare reunion shows this Sunday (9/16) at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco with Danny Furious returned to the fold along with Houston, Ingraham and bassist Joel Reader.
Also on the bill are the Mutants and Noh Mercy, another pair of original SF punk bands from 1977, along with veteran St. Louis alt-punk outfit the Urge.
Reunion shows with such classic lineups of original SF punk band like this are few and far between. This one is almost sure to sell out. Tickets for the show are will call only and are available here.