If you subscribe to the MUBI streaming service, you can catch MX’s first video (“Why Are We Here”) created at Ralph Records by Graeme Whifler. We appear at about 19:50 in the film, “Ears, Eyes, and Throats: Restored Classic and Lost Punk Films 1976-1981.” (The film disappears from Mubi’s carousel at the end of September). The classy restoration is by our friend Peter Conheim. The video was filmed in one day in 1981 at the Ralph Records offices on 444 Grove Street. There wasn’t much to it. Someone told us where to walk and what to do. The smoke machines were old school — some petroleum derivative that ruined everybody’s clothes. But the quality remains long after the price is forgotten.
Grale is a Bay Area-based ensemble comprised of legendary avant-rock band MX-80 Sound members Dale Sophiea and Bruce Anderson, and Gregory Hagan (Angel Archer, Thomas Carnacki).