ICFS Presents—The Napa State Tapes: The Cramps and The Mutants

Thursday, August 15, 2024

“Somebody told me you people are crazy, but I’m not so sure about that… you seem to all right to me.”—Lux Interior, The Cramps

On June 13, 1978, the soon-to-be legendary rock band The Cramps went to play Napa State, a psychiatric hospital in the small North California town of Napa. Opening for them was The Mutants, an eclectic septet of art school punks from nearby San Francisco. Also in the van was seminal Bay Area art collective Target Video, there to capture the show using one of the first video cameras available to the public.

What resulted may be the most unique punk show ever, as the two bands played for the residents at a hospital in danger of being shut down by former California Governor Ronald Reagan. Here for the first time ever: the long-lost tape of The Mutants playing at Napa State and the full tape of The Cramps’ show, both unedited and fully remastered from the original reel-to-reel videotape.

In between the shows is “We Were There To Be There,” a new short documentary about how the Napa State show happened and its lasting effect.

As with other ICFS events, expect prizes, surprises, a convenient bar and comfy couches.

1978-2023. Not rated. 72 minutes.

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