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Published on Dec 11, 2010
February 19, 2000 Pittsburgh, PA
The Joysticks Battle the Scan Feed Relay to Your Skull (Gregg Gillis and Richard Saporito) performing at the Chartiers Valley High School Talent Show.
This teenage noise duo were infamous in the Pittsburgh area for performances focused around smashing electronics and pyrotechnics. When they were allowed to perform at their senior year talent show, Pittsburgh music fans and Chartiers Valley students alike were expecting them to wreak havoc in their traditional style. They decided to go a different direction with the performance.
It centered around two abrasive noise loops, strobing lights, and minimal motion on stage. They prepared one hour's worth of material but were cut off after approximately 9 minutes. It is not seen on the camera, but the majority of the audience was rushing to leave the auditorium by the 5 minutes mark. To stop the set, teachers from the school cut the electricity in the room.