A history of the Front by Morgan Smith:
Many moons ago I started a band in San Diego called The Front with Mark Baez. I guess you could say we were surfer dudes from Coronado bored with the beach and inspired by the raw energy of the new rock and roll.
The next thing I knew, we had a band with a virtuoso bass player (Kevin Chanel) and a speedster drummer (Dan Mehlos, who also played with Personal Conflict); formed our own record label (Scheming Intelligentsia); recorded an album (Man, You Gotta Move); and were playing shows with Battalion of Saints, Black Flag, Misfits, Social Distortion, TSOL, Stiff Little Fingers (fill in your favorite punk band) and the coup de grace in my book, Johnny Thunders. We haunted the usual San Diego spaces: Fairmount Hall; North Park Lions Club; Adams Avenue Theater; and yes, the Che Cafe.