On August 29th, 1986, Jodie Foster's Army played at Maxwell's! The group was formed in 1981 and their name alludes to John Hinckley, Jr., who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan in order to impress actress Jodie Foster. The original members include Brian Brannon on lead vocals, Don "Redondo" Pendleton on guitar, Michael Cornelius on bass, and Mike "Bam-Bam" Sversvold on drums. The band was pivotal in the development of the Southern California skate punk scene, receiving significant coverage throughout the 1980s in Thrasher magazine. Brannon appeared on the April 1987 cover of Thrasher riding backside at the Love Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona.
Around the time of this gig, the band released "Nowhere Blossoms."