Hello there! It’s Vikki Vaden of the Fringe Factory and it sure is groovy to be writing our first Fringe Factory contributing post to 50thirdand3rd.com! So please allow me to introduce you to the Fringe Factory and tell you a little about who we are:
What is the Fringe Factory?
No we do not specialize in hairdos or tassels! The Fringe Factory is actually a small collective of DJs, musicians, writers and visual artists who look back to the psychedelic sixties for inspiration. From the music we listen to and the records we collect, our radio shows and mixes, our artwork, the clothes we wear, our home furnishings and just philosophies in general. We produce a weekly radio show and podcast, create mixes, write content for books and magazines, interview bands, throw an occasional groovy party, promote live music shows and DJ at clubs and festivals across the globe.
I’m a DJ, psychedelic artist, graphic designer, poster illustrator and the original founding member of The Fringe Factory (formed in 2007). I also have my own art studio called The Opshoppe. I moved to Atlanta from San Francisco in 2003 where for years I helped run and lived in a popular, underground warehouse, music venue and cult movie theater called The Werepad. I started spinning records around Atlanta because there was nowhere to go to hear the music I loved! The Fringe Factory 60s themed parties came first, created with DJ Suzy Moran (who eventually moved on to New Orleans) and featuring many well known bands ,60s light show visuals and DJs from all over. The Fringe Factory was a huge success, named “Best Club Event” by Atlanta’s Creative Loafing in their “Best of 2008” issue and soon after we were asked to program the Fringe Factory Radio show on local station AM1690 wmlb. It has been a live weekly show ever since!
Over the past 10 or so years; I’ve Dj’d at clubs, concerts and festivals in cities across the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia and put on live music events in both San Francisco and the Southeast. I especially love to spin and collect 60s R-n-B, garage, garage punk, freakbeat, heavy psychedelic and modern neo-psychedelic rock music. I am the resident Friday DJ for “Fringe Factory Fridays” at Argosy in East Atlanta, GA. I also collect vintage clothing, film reels & projectors, dogs, broken down cars and vintage audio gear.
Here is one of the posters I designed for a past Fringe Factory party. (you can view others for sale, including my artwork in my Etsy shop too)
After Suzy moved to New Orleans; I was fortunate to have expert 60s music enthusiasts and collectors Glynis Ward and Richard Whig join me as my radio co-hosts and Fringe Factory partners-in-crime! Past editor/owner of Feline Frenzy ‘teen zine garage fanzine from Toronto, Glynis has also written for Misty Lane, Cryptic Tymes and other fanzines. She hosted “Fuzz That Wuzz” for 10 years, Toronto’s first garage radio show, wrote for “Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth” book, the upcoming 2014 version of “The Knights of Fuzz“, and for “Cool Old Stuff” online magazine. She is also the writer for “Crayons to Perfume” coming soon to the WFMU Ichiban Rock’n Soul blog! In the past she was co-creator of Atlanta’s Fuzz Fest weekenders, booked garage bands for Toronto in the 80’s/90’s, and has been collecting records and wearing out of fashion clothing since she was a child. Glynis loves girl groups, garage, 60’s rock’n roll, anything psychedelic, and has too many cats!
Richard Whig has been diggin’ and collecting 60’s garage and psych records for 30 years. He was, and remains, a champion of current bands that “keep the teenbeat torch aflame and push the peanut along.” In the 80s, he hosted the Pychedelicatessen radio show and was a frequent Cavern Club attendee, where his favourite group was the Unclaimed! Richard’s fandom and love for the music led him to start a number of groups over the years (Thee Flypped Whigs, The King’s English, and his current group, the Myopic i). He loves co-hosting the Fringe Factory radio show with Glynis and myself. “Every week I get to turn on our listeners to today’s happening sounds and recent finds from past dimensions! What’s better’n that?”
What music will you hear about from the Fringe Factory?
FRANTIC TEEN GARAGE PUNK!
DEMENTED GARAGE PSYCH!
RYTHYM & BLUES!
And while we we love the 1960s, we know it’s 2014 and that there is so much great music happening today. And thankfully now, even more underground bands are looking back to our favorite era for inspiration! With one foot in the past and another here in 2014 our goal is to help discover and promote these new bands from all over the globe via our radio show, events and the online content we create.
So here on this site we’ll be posting our weekly radio show podcast; which is 1/2 nuggets and 1/2 new happening bands! We’ll also be posting interviews, news about record releases and labels we like, discoveries from the past, show reviews, recommended events, mixes, and just whatever we feel we need to share with you here on 50thirdand3rd.com!
Go ahead and have a listen to our last posted radio show on Mixcloud. We’ll have a new one posted soon. We air the show live every Wednesday from 8-10pm ET on Atlanta’s AM1690 which you can stream at www.1690.wmlb.com.
You can also like us on our Facebook Fan Page for giveaways and updates.
We’ll be back soon… so until the next time..enjoy!!
The Flyte Reaction: Falling Through Color
Isadoras: 16 Tons
Jeanie & The Guys: Don’t Lie To Me
I Babari: She Told Me Lies
Red Shepherd & The Flock: She’s a Grabber
The Jackets: She Said
Los Rivals: Girls
Spontaneous Corruption: Freaky Girl
The Yankee Dollar: City Sidewalks
The Kumari: She Was Mine
New Electric Ride: All Who You Know
Bronco Bullfrog: Time Waits for Norman
The Belltowers: Hold On Tight
The Oh Sees: Kings Nose
Los Crazy Birds: Superticiosa
Los Peyotes: Bedahhhhhhhhhh
Acid Eaters: Double Yellow Line
The Cherokees: Dig A Little Deeper
The Rosalyns: Destroy That Boy
The Staggers: Be My Queen
The Tombstones: I Want You
The Blades: Movin’ Out
The Tell Take Hearts: Bye Bye Baby
The Modds: Leave My House
The Guess Who: Ramblin’ Gamblin Man
The Mystic Eyes: My Time To Leave
The Stompers: I Know
Miriam Linna: Walking Down The Street
The Birds: Leaving Here
The Moxies: I’m Gonna Stay
The Threads of Fyber: Mama
The Newmans: Fuzz Filled Dreams
The Night Beats: Outta Mind
The Pandoras: Hot Generation”