“As if things weren’t bad enough for the down-on-her-luck Ruth, her life takes another unfortunate turn when, after leaving the gym, she’s surrounded by a group of kids.
Despite the fact they can’t be any older than 12 they proclaim themselves “the Los Angeles Death Squad”, knock the taco out of her hand, and then proceed to steal her purse.”
See the story here
Article in Rolling Stone Magazine with a brief mention of the LADS.
“Since its inception in the early Eighties, hardcore has always been fueled by young male aggression, the mohawks and relative melodicism of punk rock giving way to crew cuts and the heavier, strippeddown, much more unforgiving sound of bands like Black Flag and Bad Brains. Violence, a natural byproduct of the hard moshing, was common, even at the earliest shows. Crews like the LADS, a.k.a. the L.A. Death Squad, and New York’s DMS (Doc Marten Skins) were always part of the scene. In DVD outtakes of the 2006 documentary American Hardcore, Henry Rollins recalls members of the band TSOL wearing motorcycle boots with sharpened spurs and kicking audience members in the head.”
From, The Bad Religion Page. Reprint from article in Kerrang Magazine 1/2001
“Which is just as well, because fights were becoming a regular occurrence in LA. Word had spread to certain sections of the city that punk rock was the hop for the cool set, and with it came a set of rules and conventions that the early protagonists simply didn’t care to understand.
The scene was quickly annexed by gangs, who would latch themselves onto particular bands and fight with each other at shows. Fight over bands, over territory, over anything. There would be the gangs from Huntington Beach — a particularly bad set, everyone interviewed mentions this location; the Hollywood crew — who later became the Los Angeles Death Squad (LADS); there were gangs from Ventura and a nasty collective from Venice Beach, turned on by the crossover fury of early Suicidal Tendencies.”
Interview with “Disco’s Out … Murder’s In!” authors Heath Mattioli and Dave Spacone of La Marada Punks aka LMP published in L.A. Records.
Nice mention of the LADS.
DISCO’S OUT … MURDER’S IN!: HE LOVED TO HATE
Lumped into the “Peckerwood” catagory, even though Hollywood LADS should not be listed, other than the later connections to SS, PEN1 etc. The Hollywood LADS were strictly a punk gang and not a “white” gang.
Still, an interesting read.
Lurch’s Original LADS Armband
“Later on, a down-on-her-luck Ruth is robbed of both her taco and her purse by three pre-teen punks (aka the “Los Angeles Death Squad”) while in the parking lot of the now defunct El Big Taco in Van Nuys. Per Yelp reviews, the cash-only Mexican eatery served decent fare during its tenure, but was shuttered in February and is currently vacant.”
Here’s Where to Find All of the L.A. Locations You Saw in GLOW
Westside Historic’s Blog – Link to RVCA article LA Punk Gangs of the 1980’s.
Homicidal Tendencies: A Searing Look at the Punk Rock Gangs of 1980s L.A. – Playboy
“But behind the hysterics, there lurked an actual threat that was rarely addressed. Los Angeles punk rock gangs with names like LADS, FFF, Suicidal, Circle One and LMP roamed the Southland looking for action. Frying on acid or rolling deep in smoke-filled caravans from the L.A. ’burbs, they descended upon punk venues in Hollywood, Santa Monica and Long Beach, or wherever punk bands were playing and fights could be had. Keith Morris, former singer of both Black Flag and the Circle Jerks (and currently of the band OFF!) remembers the violence vividly. “I knew a lot of guys from the punk rock gangs, but I did not condone any of that,” he says. “There was enough negativity in what we were singing about, with the music being as volatile as it was. With people jumping around, the occasional elbow flies, a fist comes down and someone gets hit. It could turn into a bloodbath.””