Rude Boy: A Conversation with Ray Gange

Ray Gange, star of Rude Boy. Photo by Tequila Mockingbird.

Ray Gange starred in a movie called Rude Boy. It is a grand film following the Clash that humanized the London punk scene. Ray played himself–a tough punk who called a cunt a cunt and fought like a hooligan.

In the early 80s, I was hanging out with him at Cash, a contemporary art space in Hollywood next door to the Zero Zero club. Cash was run by extras casting agent Janet Cunningham. Ray and I decided to get to know each other, and to go to a party down the street under the bridge.

Ray and I stepped into the party and we were only there for a moment when he started fighting. I turned around and slugged him for fighting with my friends. He got drunk and passed out. We carried him out of the party and he woke up under the bridge. Then he asked me out. Although he was the best-looking guy in Hollywood, I never took him up on it, but we became lifelong friends.

Ray has been sober for 20 years now. He escaped the clutches of the English blight–heroin–and he continues to improve with age. He is hoping that a sequel to Rude Boy will be made, he DJs around London, and is currently enjoying fatherhood. He has a beautiful son and he has grown into a real cool guy. I always knew he had it in him.

I told him about the Oki Dog on Fairfax. He said he wasn’t sure he could handle it now. He said he got into a fight with the rent boys at the elder Oki Dog location on Gardner and Vista, which is currently the home of Fatburger (its 90 billionth location), but he wasn’t sure why…

Punks will be punks.

Tequila Mockingbird

About Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird has been a longtime fixture on the LA music scene. Her first band was "Trouble for Nora" with Mitch Mitchell of "The Jimi Hendrix Experience." She sings with Jeff Goldblum and you can catch her show Saturday nights at Canter's. She is also a promoter, actress, writer and inventor. Her company, Do Monkey Productions, booked the historical punk rock TV show, "New Wave Theater." She has been published in Buzzbin Magazine and has a regular column in Rock City News. Recently she has created Tequila Tattoo Cream and opened The Punk Rock Museum to bring old friends together for art, music , and culture. It is located at KGB studios and curates special events all over Los Angeles in Pop up form. The museum has also contributed art to Pershing Square and Tequila hopes to curate more events for the city that she loves.
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