Cuckoo's Nest was a nightclub that was located at 1714 Placentia Ave. in Costa Mesa, California, founded in 1976 by Jerry Roach.
In lean times, Roach decided to give punk rock bands a shot. The first punk show to take place at The Nest was a benefit for the legendary Los Angeles punk club, The Masque, and took place on February 16, 1978. The owner of The Masque, Brendan Mullen, brought along the bands that performed that night, which included; The Skulls, The Bags, The Controllers, and Steamin' Freeman. Cuckoo's Nest became the center of the Orange County punk scene, hosting just about every punk band you can think of.
Cuckoo's Nest shared a parking lot with a liquor store, a transmission shop, a laundromat, as well as a cowboy bar next door named Zubie's, and the fights between punks and drunk rednecks drew the attention of the police, who started to station themselves outside of the club on a nearly nightly basis, and undercover officers, usually posing as cowboys but sometimes as punks, started to be a regular sight in the parking lot. Arrests became commonplace. The conflict peaked when a club regular named Pat Brown attempted to run over two police officers with his car. The story is well chronicled in docs We Were Feared – The Story of the Cuckoo's Nest, and Clockwork Orange County, and the Vandal's song The Legend of Pat Brown.