Rodney Bingenheimer

Rodney Bingenheimer  (born December 15, 1947) is an American radio disc jockey on the long-running Los Angeles rock station KROQ who is notable for helping numerous iconic bands become successful in the American market.  He developed a reputation for being the first American D.J. to identify new artists and play “edgy new bands” such as Blondie, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, Duran Duran, The Cure, Joan Jett, Hole, Symbol Six, No Doubt, Blur, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The Bangles, X, Germs, and many others.  He was described as a “famous groupie, now respectable” by Mick Jagger and he has numerous high-profile friends.  In 2007, he was honored with the 2,330th star on Hollywood Boulevard.  (More from Wikipedia)

After appearing in a 2003 documentary called Mayor of the Sunset Strip about the disc jockey Rodney BingenheimerKim Fowley became an experimental filmmaker.  He won the Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Melbourne Film Festival for two of his films, Golden Road to Nowhere and Black Room Doom.  


Black Room Doom is also the name of the all-female band that is featured in the film of the same name – his answer to the 2010 film The Runaways


(January 2015/1)


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Madeline Ridley of SS-20 has a short performance called “Monitoring Madeline for Two Decades and Other Scenes” on a double-LP compilation album of alternative rock, spoken word, and poetry called English as a Second Language (1983) that has an amazing 84 cuts.  Others represented on the album include Charles BukowskiDave Alvin of the BlastersJohn Doe and Exene Cervenka of XHenry Rollins and Chuck Dukowski of Black FlagTito Larriva of the PlugzSusanna Hoffs of the BanglesJeffrey Lee Pierce of the Gun Club, record producer Craig Leon, prominent DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, and Kim Fowley.
Her work is also on two other similar compilation albums, Voices of the Angels (Spoken Words) and Neighborhood Rhythms (Patter Traffic) that feature many of the same artists and were released in the same time period. 
(December 2017)
Last edited: April 7, 2021