If prompted, my friend Robert Larson will reminisce about the glory days of punk rock behind the Orange Curtain (Orange County, CA) in the late 1970s. His band Naughty Women opened for such acts as TSOL and The Mentors.
One of the most compelling people he met on the scene was a guy named Robert Omlit. He used to perform with his band The Omlits or alone with a rubber duck strapped to his head. His real surname was Logan, and I believe that he committed suicide sometime in the late 1980s. The 2006 film American Hardcore is dedicated to him. Some call him the Godfather of OC Punk.
His way of coming out of the closet was with a self-recorded and produced cassette called Gay Is OK! Omlit stomps, picks and tinkles his way through an assortment of almost unintelligible songs that are amazing. I’ve lost the home-made j-card that came with the cassette, so the song titles are unfortunately lost to history, at least in my house.
This one’s only 41 seconds long and is probably the shortest track on the tape.
Robert Omlit – I Am Just A Skeleton
Here’s a clip of Bob performing on New Wave Theater with his other band, Several Pamelas.
UPDATE: Commenter Dennis Catron has a great Omlit tribute page here.