This week’s SFist Memoirs takes us to the East Bay in the early 1990s, as contributor Rene Becker shares some coming-of-age stories from her time spent as a teenager throwing spaghetti at Blatz at the 924 Gilman, smoking weed on Telegraph Avenue, and most importantly, giving Mr. Bungle’s Mike Patton a piggy-back ride on stage. Rene moved to Albany from Sacramento at age twelve and lives in San Francisco now. Take it away, Rene!
We went to this Mr. Bungle concert at the Warfield in ‘92 or ‘93, and everyone we knew was there. I see these three girls stage-diving, and I was like, “They are stage-diving at a Mr. Bungle concert? I will not be one-upped!” I was taking it personally for some reason, and I was like, “I gotta do it. I gotta get on the stage.”
Somehow — I don’t know how, it feels like a dream — I got up on stage and was getting ready to jump. Then all of a sudden Mike Patton comes swinging at me while hanging on the curtains, lands on my shoulders, and I’m thinking, “This is not happening.” I was really embarrassed and super shocked.
He somehow gets off me, and I looked around and thought, “Alright, time to do what I came here to do.” I jumped off and was standing there afterwards, thinking, “Did that just really happen or did I dream it?”