Thanks to our friends at the East Bay Express, for this great article by Emily Chew.
“Coo Coo Birds: Merry Pranksters for Modern Times
The San Francisco trio tours the country in a magic bus with a massive entourage.
By Emily Chew
The Coo Coo Birds were at a checkpoint in McAllen, Texas, when they thought they were about to get busted. Riding in their bright-red 1995 Thomas Built school bus retrofitted with a stage, custom windows, two stripper poles, and dragons spray-painted along its sides, they were stopped by police, whose dogs perhaps caught a whiff of their contraband. According to drummer Ryan Zweng, who recalled the story recently, the trio began ingesting the drugs. When the officer approached, the San Francisco garage rockers explained that they were musicians — though with all the dog barking and the fact that they were “super high,” the right words were hard to find….”