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Barfly Revisited

A reunion for Pik N Pak, Houston's loudest icehouse ever

RU: They booked a lot of bands I did. A lot of bands that played over there would want to come over and play my place too, back and forth. We had a good relationship. It wasn't a competition to undercut or hurt each other; it was a friendly, good competition.

HP: When and why did Pik N Pak finally shut down?

RU: It was some kind of political BS. [Politicians and developers] were pushing zoning in Houston, and they wanted to eliminate anything that wasn't sterile. They wanted to appeal to a different market and have a corporate culture, a homogenized culture, to overrun Montrose and bring in townhouse buyers.

HP: When was this?

RU: 1993.

HP: What led to the reunion?

RU: They had the Axiom reunion, and a bunch of people said they wanted to have a Pik N Pak reunion. Last spring I had some people say they really wanted to have a Pik N Pak reunion, and they started talking to some other people, and finally it came together.

I was urged by people. If it weren't for their encouragement, I wouldn't have bothered, but a lot of people were interested in it.

See this weekend's reunion schedule and more Pik N Pak stories on our music blog at blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks.

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