I bought my first punk record at Toxic Shock in Pomona in 1984. The album was the day the country died. Bill was always super cool about turning us newbies on to awesome music. Thanks for carrying the torch for so long Bill.
Before the internet and before I had my license and could drive to and record stores that had decent punk. I mail ordered everything from Toxic. In a lot of ways they shaped my taste in music and introduced me to bands I still listen too 25 years later. Thanks for everything. Ryan from Illinois.
before the internet, booking agents would call me up and ask me if I ever heard of such and such a band, and I would immediately call Bill at Toxic and go Bill do you know this band, and he would tell me all about them.... even without a physical building, Bill & Julianna's devotion and love for DIY culture will always have a permanent place in the history of Tucson, all of us in Tucson thank you for all you have given to this town we couldn't have done it without you
Best record store in Tucson. Changed my life in a lot of ways.
You'll be missed.
And by west I mean east...
I remember at 18, visiting and helping my grand folks out, in Dec. 1988 and seeing a sign over a little store a couple of doors west of Bobo's on Grant. Toxic Ranch Records huh? Sounds... wonderful. Left with an armful of records and t-shirts the first chance I got. Coming from a small New Mexico town within earshot of '80s college radio but no record store of its own, I was in heaven.
Moved here in '94 and freaked when I saw the coolest record store in the world was gone. I found it though. I can't thank Bill enough. Not many of us can. For coming to Tucson, for sticking through it, for Gimme Indie Rock! (fuck you Tony Ford), and for just being a genuinely nice guy I'll always love you Jolly Rancher and I hope you can continue.
This store brought me into a world 20 years ago that I have never left. Punk rock is tribe and I feel much pride in saying that Toxic Ranch was my homeland. I remember living in the dump basement apartment across the alley and coming out to defend the store during the UofA basketball riots one year. The cops thought we were rioters too and shot at me with beanbags! But the store windows survived as far as I remember...Thanks Bill for always keeping me plush on nirvana t-shirts and 45s. Wish I were in Tucson to see you off!
This is pretty tragic, but if Bill's at peace with it, I should be too. It's always somewhat annoying when a property owner starts gassing on about doing something different with a place that a business has been in for a long time, though. But it's their place, I guess... I fear a new yupster "bistro" may be on the way.
Toxic is a grand oasis of genuineness and good taste in a world gone mad!!! All the best to Bill and Julianna!
What a nice tribute! I've never been to the shop but knew of its reputation from Canada. Tucson was lucky to have such a great cultural institution for so many years. All the best Bill!
My band 8 Minutes To Burn shared the stage with them at the Bisbee Royale and I remember being captivated by their soothing sounds and the laughter that filled the room when Amy made a funny comment. It was a great night to be introduced to them and when I think of them that is the night I will remember!
every body deserves to be happy,,,, let him be....... every one of us worth of love and to be love........ why cant you guys give him a little bit chances,,,, theres nothing wrong with it,,,, godbless and take care.....
This connection they had between them as well as with the audience is what drew me to them to play at my wedding in 2008. They played the day before, the wedding and the reception and infused the event with their particular joy. I saw them two years later at the Copper Queen where I bought their CD and they signed it for me. My marriage like the two of them is gone, but these two wonderful people will stay in the hearts of all who sat entranced by their music. Rest in peace dear Amy and Derrick, and my heart goes out to their families.
She declined to share her age? 40 must be about two years away. Embrace it.
I would like to know why John Aston isn't in the band.
Great preview, Casey!
Best of Tucson out there right now!
Always did like that band. Love the raw sound and the randomness some songs have.
Saw Richard and Tim in Charlotte at The Chop Shop on July 31st and was blown away by Richard's presence on stage and how tight the entire band sounds. I don't think many who have heard the Furs recently would dispute that they sound better today than ever before. And Richard's smile and pure joy is nothing short of infectious. One regret is that we didn't bring our 11 and 14-year-old children - this set would be a fantastic experience to share forward with the next generation. Hope they keep touring and that we'll have the chance to see them in North Carolina once again. Favorites from the 90+ minute set: Heaven; Love My Way; Heartbreak Beat; The Ghost In You.
Saw the Furs last year in Bristol UK. Simply stunning. Met Richard and his young lady in the city centre prior to the gig. Had a good chat with them. Can't wait for new material.
This puto ain't got shit on cavities . None of those tats r from prison, but he wants you to think they are. Tell this fuckin actor to come to my hood westeren hills lets see how tuff he is when he ain't Rollin w hipster emo down town left wing homos
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