THE JUSTICEVILLE STORY
The JUSTICEVILLE project started when documentary film maker Gary Glaser suggested that we co-write a song for his film of the same name. The documentary "JUSTICEVILLE" won an emmy (Watch it). The song became a local hit and was played all over LA by The Butchers. The band got so into the homeless cause that we played every Saturday for a year on the steps of LA City Hall. Sometimes there was only one guy there listening, other times there were huge crowds of people, food trucks and celebrity appearances (Barry White). We staged other big benefits at Tent Cities with bands from SST records (Leaving Trains, Universal Congress Of), did radio (KXLU) interviews, and taxied members of the JUSTICEVILLE encampment around town to sell the record on the streets so they could get money to eat.
We recorded three versions of the song: one by The Butchers, one by now famous performance artist HOLLYWATTS (Rodger Smith), and another by the infamous ICE T. This was just before Rodger went on to play a street character in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing." I hipped ICE to the punk scene and about a year later he put Body Count together and released "Cop Killer," the album that catapulted him to fame.
JUSTICEVILLE founder Ted Hayes later accepted a grant and the JUSTICEVILLE compound existed til 2006 as Dome Village across the highway from Staples Center, downtown LA. The song "TED'S RAP" was recorded in one take. ELECTRO SHOCK was composed of Ted's kids and some of their friends. They all showed up at the studio and we improvised. It was a beautiful experience and is to this day a very moving song. One of the members of ELECTRO SHOCK (Ted's girl) went on to win a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics.
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