the peckerwood sessions…

One day way back in 1993, I was living in San Francisco and biking around the city. Back then I was really into checking out the dudes selling crap on the street because I was always buying old electronics to fix, break, or just clutter the house. I was on Market Street and there was this sketchy dude selling a bunch of garbage laid out on the sidewalk underneath the 101 overpass that is no longer there. This one particular guy had the word “PECKERWOOD” tattooed all the way across his neck in old english lettering. Of course I asked, “What’s peckerwood mean?” as this was a long time before both peckerwoods and trucker caps became popular. His quick and annoyed answer was, “.. you know… a HICK!”

Peckerwood had this cassette player with a foot pedal to activate it that I paid $4 for. The eject needed power and of course there was no power supply, so it sat around for six months or so until I got around to building one that would work with it. The first thing I did was eject the tape and pop it into my stereo and for the next 60 minutes my small mind was blown. On the cassette was the voice of a 53-year-old man from North Beach explaining all his sexual conquests into a voice recorder. No idea how a guys sexual diaries ended up on Market Street under Peckerwoods care, but they did. I was telling a friend about it recently and decided to try and edit them down to the good stuff. Unfortunately it’s all good stuff, so I just picked what I really liked and made this cut. It’ll be interesting to see how far into the nine minutes you can make it, and if you’re at work, you might not want to press play as it’s definitely not safe for work unless you work in a sex shop, and even still the creep factor might be a little high.


  1. Bonus info: I heard Peckerwood was around Los Angeles recently being 15 years crustier.. unless there are two dudes running around California with neck high, old english “PECKERWOOD” tattoos, which I wouldn’t put past this state for a second.

  2. “i’m a good love maker”?! seriously?! i was in, no pun intended, until that line. i didn’t think there was anything that make me cringe more than hearing someone say they’re a “good lover”. but “a good love maker” takes it to a whole ‘nother level. i am no prude but i could not get through it. super creepy. the low fi, matter of fact-ness makes it so.

  3. Clearly this guy taped this is at several different intervals. You can hear the cuts which makes it great that he left in the part when he is pissing. This tape is obviously old based on the fact that he could use some viagra on a number of occasions and I imagine if it had been invented at this point he would cerrtainly use it! Also, the repetetive amyl nitrate references. Do people even do that shit anymore!?

  4. The original tape is 60 minutes long, I made the cuts on this. He actually talks a lot slower. The only uncut parts are the long ones like the pissing part. The tape is from January of 1990 to January of 1991. And I’m not sure on the amyl nitrate.. I don’t think people still do it but then again I’d never heard of many straight guys getting into it either.. maybe this dude is onto something? But no, it seems so 80s to be doing it.

  5. awesome, I want the whole 60 minutes, I’m convinced he made it for a friend in prison or something? maybe a therapist’s suggestion for him?

  6. So my husband has found a new hobby. I think its pretty cute, hes now into rock tumbling. He bought all these ugly rocks, and turned them into something fabulous. Well my question is, when is someone too old to be playing with these things? I mean wouldn’t you think it sounds kinda wierd that my husband plays with rock tumblers? Anywho, he got the idea from one of his buddies at work. I get a chance to do girls not out with my girlfriends now more often so I guess im not really complaining cause I missed hanging with my friends ever since we had the baby in all.

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  10. I like the part where he’s talking about taking a cab in NYC and the cab driver is going about this group “Vanella Yella” that were caught lip-syncing. It was a big issue in New York. How the hell did he miss that?

  11. I like the part where he’s talking about taking a cab in NYC and the cab driver is going about this group “Vanella Yella” that were caught lip-syncing. “It was a big issue in New York.” How the hell did he miss that?

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