|Samoans sans Saunders: P.J., Gregg, Todd, Jeff Dahl, Bill the Drummer.|
PJ Galligan (guitarist on the first two records) died of cancer while I was working on the interviews. He wanted to participate but couldn't speak because the cancer he was suffering from affected his ability to speak clearly. He wrote out his answers and I got an actor friend here in Japan to record his responses. They were long, too long for the podcast, and I had to edit them down. In his choice of words, and in the depth, I could hear a man telling a selected audience about a special part of his life for the last time. That may sound dramatic but while reading these, even before his death, this was the feeling I had. He came off sounding proud, humble, as strange as the rest of the band members, but ultimately he ended up sounding just like a regular man living out his life. He died in May, with the writing unfinished. He went on a hiking trip with Alice, his SO, (her words) and when he came back she said he sat down to upload his photos from the trip and then died.Metal Mike explains how P.J. saved the world in an unintentional obit:
without him, our band would have disappeared/there wasn't ONE SINGLE TOP NOTCH punk rock rhythm guitar pounder left in the entire LA/OC/SFV/I-Empire circuit. all the other killer guitarists were in bands (permanently). ok, save maybe Dez Cadena who was one year away from joining Red Cross (briefly, as guitarist before Black Flag as singer).A more than tolerable, intelligent & amusing human being, & a few yrs. younger than I am.
Addenda from search efforts (L.A. Times, 13 August 1994):
All so very sad.