We are really saddened by the loss of our friend Bill Bartell aka White Flag’s Pat Fear, one of the most important and active figures of Californian music of the last thirty-plus years.
Thanks to Bill we met and spent time with many of our heroes, and even got to work with some of them on several records. Along with Bill’s label Gasatanka, in 1992 Munster co-produced the first album by The Zeros, “Knockin’ Me Dead”, putting the band on the map again with an album they couldn’t make first time around. That same year, at one of Bill’s typical birthday dinners, we met members of the Germs, Redd Kross, Muffs, Sin 34, Al Flipside, Hole and even Drew Barrymore.
Bill worked tirelessly in the careers and promotion of not only bands such as Redd Kross, The Zeros or Middle Class but also Os Mutantes. He was the first person outside Brazil to champion them, not yesterday or two days ago… but in 1982.
We can’t forget his “production” on the first album by Los Piolines, or Chariot, the project he “tailor-made” with members of the Posies, Zeros and White Flag. Or the Germs 10” “Cat’s Clause”… Permanent Green Light (Michael Quercio’s band after The Three O’Clock)… And many other projects, some will remain unfinished… More recently, we worked with Bill on the Mike Atta benefit compilation “What Have We Wrought?”, one of the best collections of the most influential bands of US punk and hardcore.
An amazing guy who will keep the flame in our hearts burning.