Item #5629 The Huns No Police

The Huns No Police

Austin: Rauls, [1978]. Xerox. 8 1/2 x 11 in. Very good. Item #5629

The Huns were one of the staples of Austin’s late-1970’s burgeoning punk scene, mixing British influences with Midwest art school punk, the Huns carved out their own flamboyant stage presence.

This is a flyer for a Huns show at Raul’s, listed simply as "Tues 19th" -- the now-legendary Huns performance on Tuesday September 19, 1978 which, despite the directive on the flyer, ultimately attracted attention from the police.

When the cops arrived at the venue, the Huns were on stage, and their set was broken up by arrests. However, frontman Phil Tolstead took advantage of the moment and planted a kiss
on the lips of his arresting officer, much to the delight of the chaotic crowd, which erupted into chaos. Tolstead was charged with disorderly conduct, and six others were arrested.

The scene was ignited by the incident, and major magazines such as NME and Rolling Stone wrote about the show, cementing Raul’s as the center of the Austin punk scene. While the Huns disbanded only a year later in 1979, their influence was wide-ranging and deep, and can be seen in contemporaries like the Dicks and Big Boys.


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