Slash ceased publication in 1980, Bessy eventually
grew tired of the U.S. and left the country, explaining
his move by saying, "The scene was not fun anymore,
so I bailed on L.A. and the USA, never to return the
day Ronald Reagan was elected." Claude
and his wife, Philomena Winstanley, moved to England
where Claude worked at Rough Trade Records in London
for a few years. Eventually they ended up in Barcelona
Spain. Sad to say, this brilliant rabble rouser succumbed
to lung cancer on October 2, 1999 at the age of 54.
God rest his soul - the punk scene of L.A. would have
been very different without Bessy.
music must show how ridiculous the past few years
have been, one's music must show how incredibly vacuous
the productions of the so-called pop stars are, one's
music must show how disgusting the pretentions of
establishment rock are becoming." - Kick Boy 1977
privileged to be able to say that I made the acquaintance
of this remarkable enfant terrible. I did my acrylic
painting of Claude sometime in '79 while he was in
a pensive mood. He wore his favorite Sex Pistols T-shirt
for the sitting. By the way, Claude was an antifascist.
The swastika was an icon unfortunately picked by early
punks for its tasteless shock value and as a statement
against mindless conformity. My
Records have released
a CD compilation of live recordings by Kickboy's band,
Catholic Discipline. The recordings comprise the only
album the band released. To hear in part what the
original punk scene of Los Angeles actually sounded
like, pick up this great 21 track CD.