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In 1978, Gerardo Velasquez and Michael Ochoa formed The Snappers along with
guitarist Robert Becerra (later of the notorious East Los Angeles punk band The
Stains) and drummer Jessie. They were booked to play at GRONKPATSSIPARTY, an
art opening hosted by two members of the East L.A.
art collective Asco, Patssi Valdez and Gronk.
That night the show began with general signs of confusion within the band. The
drummer, who needed no electricity, mouthed incomprehensible screams as the
rest of the band fiddled with their cords for power. After a barrage of starts
and stops, singing and playing with electricity and then without electricity
and then with electricity and then without electricity, frustration—or alcohol
consumed by the band—made everything stop. Gerardo walked off the stage. Robert
kicked a hole in one of his speakers. Jessie toppled over his drums.
The host, Gronk, did not suspect The Snappers had encountered such difficulties
since the previous band had made similar noises during their set.
This was the band’s second and last show. But that evening, Gerardo and Michael
met Edward Stapleton. The three of them decided, that night, to form Nervous
Gender and begun their journey to become—as described by the Los Angeles Times—“the thorn in the side of the
L.A. Music Scene.”