50 Rad Things Now on the Sig's Lagoon Walls
L-R: Bobby Barnard and Tomas Escalante at Sig's Lagoon
Photos by Chris Gray
Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboard cutouts courtesy of former Sundance Records owner Bobby Barnard.
Since the longtime San Marcos music store closed in April, Barnard has been spending 12 hours a day affixing his memorabilia to the Sig's walls. He's grouped them by artist in some cases -- The Rolling Stones are near the entrance, with Alejandro Escovedo and Doug Sahm a little further down the wall, then ZZ Top and the Beatles. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Nirvana are by the stairs.
Sig's owner Tomas Escalante is a former Sundance employee, and met his wife when she worked there and he was at Houston-based distributor Southwest Wholesale. Before moving to another location, Barnard originally opened Sundance on the San Marcos courthouse square in 1977, so most of his collection comes from Central Texas sources, but not all of it.
Barnard also used to own a Budget Records & Tapes on Westheimer, so Houston shows up here and there in his collection too, items like a DJ Screw promo picture and newspaper coverage of hard-living local attorney and music fan Sanford Radinsky, a friend of Barnard's who was shot to death by Houston police officers in the Rice Hotel in 1977. (Chamillionaire was the best in-store Sundance ever had, according to Barnard.)
The collage likewise strays from music to include items like John Wayne's 1979 obituary from the Austin American-Statesman and a Dallas Morning News headline announcing Tom Landry's firing from the Dallas Cowboys a decade later, but is mostly a meticulous, engrossing time capsule of the past half-century of music history, very much centered on Texas.
When Rocks Off visited Sig's one evening last week, Barnard was hanging part of his picture-disc collection from the ceiling of the Midtown record store. He likened his collage to an elaborate cake, noting it still had a few more layers of icing to be completely finished. We couldn't resist spending a couple of hours to take a (very) partial inventory.
"The trick is to get all the posters together and get organized before you come here," Barnard said.
1. Cover of Journal of Texas Music History, Fall 2001 (Lightnin' Hopkins)
2. Undated newspaper ad, Rolling Stones concert at War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, N.Y. (tickets $5/4/3)
3. 2 cardboard Rolling Stones tongues, promoting Tattoo You (1981)
4. October 2, 1989 cover of Forbes, featuring Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
5. May 31, 2007 cover of Rolling Stone (Johnny Depp and Keith Richards)
6. Zap Comix issue 0 ("the comic that plugs you in"), price 35 cents
7. Promotional poster, Pink Floyd's Animals (1977)
8. Poster, Willie Nelson w/The Gourds & Damnations TX, Stubb's 5th anniversary party (2001)
9. Life-size cardboard cutout for Snoop Dogg's Tha Last Meal (2000)
10. Cover, Sports Illustrated, Nov. 11, 1974 ("How Ali Fooled Them All")
11. Review, Tom Waits at the Paramount Theater, Austin American-Statesman, March 1999
12. Social Distortion decal
13. John Lee Hooker obituary, San Jose Mercury-News, June 22, 2001
14. Two cardboard cutouts for ZZ Top's El Loco (1981)
15. Promo poster, ZZ Top's Eliminator (1983)
16. John Wayne obituary from Austin American-Statesman, June 12, 1979
17. Cover, Houston Press, Feb. 22, 1996 ("Wasted Days, Wasted Lives," about the death of Gulf Coast record producer and convicted felon Huey P. Meaux)
18. Cover, San Antonio magazine, March 2010 (Doug Sahm)
19. Doug Sahm obituary from Rolling Stone, written by Chet Flippo, December 1999
20. Obituary, Rocky Morales (West Side Horns; San Antonio legend), San Antonio Express-News, August 2006
21. Poster, Gary P. Nunn & the Sons of the Bunkhouse Band, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, Sept. 12, 1980
22. Album cover, Zuzu Bollin, Texas Bluesman (1989)
23. Cover, Austin Chronicle, May 9, 1997 (RIP Keith Ferguson, Fabulous Thunderbirds/Tailgators bassist)
24-26. Picture discs: Darkness on the Edge of Town (Bruce Springsteen), Break Like the Wind (Spinal Tap), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles)
27. Bumper sticker, "DWI Kills" (Texas Department of Transportation)
28. 45 rpm single sleeve, The Beatles, "Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby"
29. Prescription, George Nichopolous, M.D., to "Elvis A. Presley, Graceland, Memphis": Dilaudid, Quaalude, Dexedrine, Percodan, etc.
30. Backstage pass, Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" 1975 U.S. tour
31. Houston Post and Chronicle coverage, Sanford Radinsky death ("reputed to be a key figure in the Montrose drug scene), age 36, February 1977
32. Johnny Cash license plate ("WLKTHLNE")
33. cardboard mobile for Nirvana's Nevermind (1991)
34. Cover, Spin magazine, early 1992 ("Nirvana: Knockin' on Heaven's Door")
35. Wooden sign, "Sundance" (from the San Marcos store)
36. Promo picture, DJ Screw (Big Tyme Records, 7324 Southwest Freeway Ste. 910)
37. Sub Pop promo poster, Mudhoney/Jimmie Dale Gilmore EP (1994)
38. VIP pass, AC/DC's "Flick of the Switch" tour, Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Oct. 29, 1983
39. Poster, American Graffiti (1973 film)
40. Undated Austin American-Statesman photo (circa 1989-90), Stevie Ray Vaughan & Jimmie Vaughan, Austin Opera House
41. Pointer Sisters poster, Armadillo World Headquarters, Nov. 9, 1975
42. Promo poster, Rockpile's Seconds of Pleasure (1980)
43. Billboard cover, Oct. 15, 2005 ("Hot Town: Houston," featuring Slim Thug, Mike Jones & Paul Wall)
44. Rose McGowan cover, Maxim, March 1999
45. Promo postcard, Lou Ann Barton's Old Enough (1982)
46. Yellow plastic sign, "Traveling Wilbury on Board"
47. Promo poster, The Judy's, Washarama (1981)
48. Wild Cherry 1978 wall calendar ("I Love My Music")
49. Cardboard Foreigner tour bus
50. Poster, The Cult/Guns N' Roses concert, Palmer Auditorium (Austin), Sept. 12, 1987
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