I was the keyboard player in several SF bands in the ’80s. Repeat Offenders was the only one that I was in on right from the beginning, along with Cary Tennis and Vicci Wong. When I got back from my year studying a Firenze (in Florence) my first band, the Dickheads—sorry, that really was our name—had replaced me with a second guitarist so I had to start over. What to do? First, I started teaching classical piano as my “day job” both on my own and through a Catholic school out in the Sunset. Next, I wanted to play in a band again. Naturally, there being no Internet at the time, I put up flyers looking for other souls with whom to start a band. Cary was a songwriter / guitarist and Vicci had an awesome voice. For some reason, none of the rhythm section guys (that’s bass and drums) actually stuck around for the entire life of the band, but our last bassist, Michael Wineke ended up sticking with me and we eventually married. He’s still here.
Hey everyone, check out the new lyric pages under Songs. It took me long enough but I’ve finally come back and added some new features. I’d love to get comments, corrections or anything else you might think of. Thanks.
Here’s another song to listen to. Sorry it’s from a live recording so it’s a bit rough. Here is “Somoza Is Dead.”
For the words click lyrics
© Copyright, Cary Tennis and Repeat Offenders
At last, I finally figured out how to post audio. This is “So Long, Susie Wong.”
And if you’d like to sing along, click lyrics
© Copyright, music and lyrics, Why K. Wong (Victoria Wong)
© Copyright, recording Repeat Offenders
Here’s a map of San Francisco marked with some of the clubs we played in the ’80s. Unfortunately, so many of them don’t exist—or don’t feature live music—anymore. Pity. Note how many of them are on Broadway in North Beach.
Finally, here’s a video of the last minute of “So Long, Susie Wong.” It’s pretty goofy—we never made a video of it in the ’80s—now we’re all too old. Anyway, I used stills and me faking an accordion part.
Back row: Cary Tennis, David Nelson, Bob Wood, Michael Wineke.
Front row: Vicci Wong, Susan Wood.