Chuck Dukowski

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Chuck Dukowski
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Dukowski performing with Keith Morris, Bill Stevenson, and Stephen Egerton as FLAG in 2011
Background information
Birth nameGary Arthur McDaniel
Born (1954-02-01) February 1, 1954 (age 64)
OriginSan Pedro, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresHardcore punk, punk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass, guitar, vocals
Years active1978–present
Associated actsBlack Flag
October Faction
The Chuck Dukowski Sextet
Black Face, FLAG

Gary Arthur McDaniel (born February 1, 1954), better known by his stage name Chuck Dukowski, is an American punk rock musician and a founding member and bass player for Black Flag.[1] Dukowski wrote some of Black Flag's most popular songs, including "My War," "What I See," "I've Heard It Before" and "Spray Paint." He left the band before the release of My War, and afterward served as Black Flag's manager. Dukowski was also the co-owner of SST Records until 1990, after which he served as "Head of Sales" until leaving the label in the late 1990s.[citation needed]

After Black Flag, Dukowski continued to play in Würm, SST "supergroup" October Faction, and formed his own band SWA in 1985 with Merrill Ward of Overkill.

Dukowski has a new band with artist and musician (and his wife) Lora Norton called The Chuck Dukowski Sextet. They released their debut album, Eat My Life, on Dukowski's own Nice & Friendly Records in 2006. In 2013, Chuck launched Flag with former Black Flag members Keith Morris, Bill Stevenson, Dez Cadena, and Descendents/All guitarist Stephen Egerton to perform the music of Black Flag.

He appeared in the documentaries The Decline of Western Civilization, Open Your Mouth And Say... Mr. Chi Pig, We Jam Econo, Urban Struggle: the Battle of the Cuckoo's Nest and "We Were Feared (Clockwork Orange County)".

Early years[edit]

Dukowski was born and raised in a self-described middle-class family in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California where his father worked for TRW.[2] Dukowski attended San Pedro High School and later Chadwick School, where he played football. After graduation, he went to college to study psychobiology.[2]

Stage name[edit]

"Chuck Dukowski" is Dukowski's stage name; according to Dukowski, it originated from a Zippo lighter with "Chuck the Duke" inscribed on it that he found while searching for change. Feeling that the name "Chuck the Duke" sounded macho, he wanted to add a Polish sounding last name, as Poles were frequently picked on. He turned "Chuck the Duke" into "Chuck Dukowski".[3] Dukowski was credited under his real name on original pressings of Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown EP as well as in film The Decline of Western Civilization and its companion soundtrack album.[4] He is credited as "Charles Dukowski" on Black Flag's Damaged LP.


Black Flag[edit]


  • Your Future (If You Have One) (1985) – bass
  • Sex Dr. (1986) – bass
  • XCIII (1987) – bass
  • Evolution 85–87 (1988) – bass
  • Winter (1989) – bass
  • Volume (1991) – bass/vocals

Chuck Dukowski Sextet[edit]

  • Eat My Life (2006) – bass/guitars
  • Reverse the Polarity (2007) – bass
  • Haunted (2012) – bass


  • Wurm – I'm Dead EP (1982) – bass/vocals
  • Wurm – Feast (1985) – bass
  • October Faction – October Faction(1985) – bass/vocals
  • October Faction – Second Factionalization (1986) – bass/vocals
  • Chuck Dukowski/Paul Cutler/Bill Stinson – United Gang Members CD (1994) – bass/vocals
  • Black Face - "I Want to Kill You / Monster" 7" (2011)
  • Bl'ast - For Those Who've Graced The Fire! single (2015) - bass (as guest)


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: Black Flag". AllMusic. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Video on YouTube
  3. ^ "de beste bron van informatie over jay babcock. Deze website is te koop!". Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  4. ^ "Various – The Decline of Western Civilization (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-07-07.