Dec 2, 2012

How minimal can you get? #42

The Fall
Songs like ‘Industrial Estate’  – that was the second or third song that I wrote the music for, but the lyrics came first – it's a sort of poem, a hard poem. You can tell it was written at work. It's about working on the docks, on a container base. So of course I presented it to the group and they want to know what it's all about. They would prefer me to write about velvet shiny leather, the moon and all that kind of thing, like Televisiono or The Velvets. As a compromise I wrote the chorus – ‘Yeah, yeah, industrial estate’ – to make it a bit more American rocky. And I wrote this sub-Stooges music to go with it, Stooges without the third chord. At the time, people thought it was terrible because it wasn't the way it should be, it wasn't ‘in tune’. But I never wanted The Fall to be like one of those groups. I didn't care what people thought. Mark E. Smith
 
The Fall – Psycho Mafia & Industrial Estate (So It Goes, 1978)

Nov 12, 2012

In search of the catchiest garage-pop song ever recorded Pt. III

I.Q. Zero Insects EP (Object Music, 1979)

I.Q. Zero – Insects
Get it here.

VA Enemies Of The State LP (1 In 12 Records, 1984)

Chinese Gangster Element – World's On Fire
Get it here.

The Go-Betweens Lee Remick 7" (Able Label, 1978)

The Go-Betweens – Lee Remick
Get it here.
Nerdy footnote: Years later, the German twee pop group 50.000.000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong did a cover version of this song, titled ‘Amelia’ (for Amelia Fletcher, of course).

How minimal can you get? #41

Get Smart! 
Minimalist rock'n'roll. Two guys and a girl. Their skeletal sound is refreshing. Lots of space – you'll rarely hear a guitar chord. ‘Eat, Sleep A-Go-Go’ is a dance hit and features Lisa on vocals. It is from their upcoming 4-song EP. Bruce Pavitt

Get Smart! Words Move EP (Syntax Music, 1981)

Get Smart! – Eat, Sleep A-Go-Go

More info here and here.

Nov 10, 2012

Vitamin

“Vitamin's core was Jason Shapiro and Michael McGlinchey, who started playing together in 1979–80 (when Jason was 13–14, Mike was 5 years older). Jason Shapiro taught himself to play guitar at the age of 12 on a Sears guitar given him by his mother after much begging. I consider him to be a prodigy.”

Michael McGlinchey and Jason Shapiro @ The Underground, Boston, ca 1981. Pia Francesca
“One of their influences was the Boston band, the Girls (I was in the Girls for a few months and am in the video). I also played violin with Steve Stain's Stains. Jason and Michael asked me to jam with them. It was so much fun, I joined the band. There had been other members of the band before me, but none lasted long. We had a few different drummers (Shelley Lake, Steve Stain), but Chris Gill lasted the longest. With Chris in the band, we had a wide age spread: about 14–30. I think that our different musical influences made the music interesting.”

Margie Politzer @ The Underground, Boston, ca 1981
We played the Rat, Underground, Cantone's, and some other clubs I don't remember, and various lofts (including our own rehearsal space at 38 Thayer St.).”

Vitamin (Jason, Chris and Margie) @ The Underground, Boston, ca 1981. Pia Francesca
I left the band in fall 1981. Chris Gill left some time thereafter. Jason and Mike got another drummer (Dave?) and they continued playing into 1983.

Jason and Mike were influenced by the hardcore scene, so the music went more in that direction. Also, the lyrics of our songs started changing from the fun and childlike ‘Bugspray’, ‘Mommy’, ‘French Fries’, etc. to songs like ‘13 whore, she wants to score’. I felt it was time for me to leave as that direction didn't interest me. Vitamin continued on without me for another 2 years. For one gig, ‘Vitamin’ was misspelled in an ad as ‘Vitamen’ and they decided to go with that change, which they felt reflected their new direction.”

Vitamin (Mike, Dave and Jason) @ a loft gig in Boston, ca 1982. Margie Politzer
No, I didn't feel a part of the hardcore scene. I didn't like the music, and I felt the attitude brutish. I resented the changes that happened on the dance floors. The slam dancing got too rough for women (and smaller men) to dance anywhere close to the band. We played at least one gig with SS Decontrol (as they were known then); I knew them in passing. I remember Springa dancing to our set. I don't know if artier bands and hardcore bands continued playing gigs together as time went on. I left Boston in spring of 1983.

After Vitamin, Jason was in the (glam) band Celebrity Skin from the mid 80s through the early 90s. Jason is now in the band Redd Kross.”


I realize that my memory is of the guitarist dancing, not Springa (though he may have as well).
I should have mentioned that Celebrity Skin also included Don Bolles, drummer for the Germs.

VA A Wicked Good Time Volume 2 LP (Modern Method Records, 1981)

Vitamin – Black Sheep
Get it here.

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Endless thanks to Margie Politzer for being so kind to get in touch and for writing Vitamin's biography. For more Vitamin tunes and information, please go here and here (with a demo and two lives).

Oct 11, 2012

In search of the catchiest garage-pop song ever recorded Pt. II

The Wimps At the Discothèque 7" (Sniff Records, 1979)

The Wimps – At the Discothèque

VA Sent From Coventry LP (Kathedral Records, 1980)

Wild Boys – We're only monsters
Get it here. For a slightly poppier and slower version go here.

VA Pordenone / The Great Complotto LP (Italian Records, 1980)







Sexy Angels – La Beat
Get it here.

Sep 22, 2012

Phranc

Phranc – Lifelover (Surf Punks, 1981 TV documentary by Frans Bromet)

‘Lifelover’ is a song that I wrote a very long time ago. It was one of the very first songs that I wrote, around the time of ‘Take Off Your Swastika’. I wrote the song in a suicidal state. I wrote the song because I was so depressed that I wanted to die and I thought, if I write this song and I kill myself, I'll look really stupid. It was self-preservation that I wrote that song out of. And I tell you it has completely turned around and become my anthem. And… well that's where that song came from. It came from a very dark place, and my life has become very bright, because of it.Phranc

Sep 11, 2012

How minimal can you get? #40

Animal Things
Animal Things was part [of] the early San Francisco Bay Area Punk Rock/Underground/Experimental music scene. They existed from late 1970's through mid to late 1980's. They now exist in cyberspace.Official website

Animal Things on tower at New Method, San Francisco. Joe Mama Nietzburg
They were the first official P.E.T Rock band; other notable P.E.T. Rock bands are Flipper and Church Police. P=Potentially E=Entertaining T=Torture.Dominique Leslie

P.E.T. Rock flyer
The ‘Red Spot’ compilation is from 1981, and it also happens to be the best representation of the great mixing of ‘art’ and ‘punk’ from this time. You get the Fried Abortions doing one-take proto-hardcore with ‘Joel Selvin’ (‘you're such a lively fart’, a brutal takedown of the ossified hippie culture still dominating local media) along with some of the early kings of artpunk in Minimal Man, the Wounds and the menacing Animal Things, who really should have produced their own full-length. Their track ‘Wanna Buy Some?’ is a simultaneously scathing and hilarious attack on the looming hard drugs scene and the over-worshipped New York no wave posse: ‘Wanna buy some fucking heroin, wanna buy some fucking dust… get the funk outta punk!’Sgt. Slaughter


Animal Things – Wanna Buy Some?

VA Red Spot LP (Subterranean Records, 1981)

Animal Things – It’s Dark in Here

Sep 4, 2012

How minimal can you get? #39

Brain Damage 
In 1985, after the deaths of Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor Moscone and the infamous ‘Twinkie-defense’ trial of their assailant, Brain Damage rush-released their ‘Kill Dan White’ EP, which showcased a dizzying range of musical stylings. The spectacularly wheezy, garagey loopiness of ‘You're Not the One’ is our favorite… Chuck Warner

Brain Damage
I believe this was recorded in 1979. 4 tracks of male/female vocal sloppy artpunk, title track is great.Chris Renna

Brain Damage Kill Dan White Party 7" EP (More To Come Productions, 1985)
Brain Damage – You're Not The One
One more song here.

Any info related to Brain Damage would be greatly appreciated.

Aug 28, 2012

Mission for Christ

Originally posted December 5, 2009
“Experimental punk, No Trend meet Blight at a Nuclear Crayons gig… some traces of the NY no wave sound, too. Interesting but a bit too artsy for my taste. B side has same music but vocals in dub reggae style (taped-delayed voice fragments).” Burkhard Järisch

“As the harDCore promoter, I ‘discovered’ the noise band No Trend and ran their label — releasing their first four discs (7", 12" and two LPs), and a single by John Gibson’s fucked-funk band, Mission For Christ.” Steven Blush

“Centered around bassist John Gibson (aka JC Agnatha), MFC featured a rotating cast that was equally well-versed in full-throttle punk, go-go funk, and art-damaged junk. Active when DC was too often portrayed as an urban wasteland split by racial and geographical divides, this loose-knit project flaunted an absurd, topical, and gleefully bizarre mesh of styles that recklessly disregarded subcultures, colors, and easy definitions. Its personnel casually bridged the disparate scenes that boiled over in their backyards, using dissonance, dub, and Dadaist nonsense to aesthetically fit in with the varied likes of Bad Brains, Scream, Void, 9353, Half Japanese, Outrage, the Psychotics, Trouble Funk, Rare Essence, and anonymous street-corner percussion ensembles.” Jordan N. Mamone

Trouble Funk, Minor Threat (last show) and Big Boys @ Lansburgh’s, September 23, 1983
“The personnel in MFC were a diverse lot with diverse tastes. The band was kind of a mash-up of all those influences shoehorned into a punk format.” John Gibson

“Mission for Christ might not have been as confrontational as No Trend, but its mix of sounds certainly challenges notions of hardcore’s orthodoxy: It excitedly combines elements of dub, dance, noise, art rock, and, most interestingly, unmistakable go-go beats. Perhaps that stylistic line-crossing was a political statement, but the band seems less interested in any radical message than a radically open musical sensibility. That’s evident by its name, which was neither a spiritual call to arms nor a sarcastic dig at religion, but simply a tribute to a musical inspiration: the in-house band at a church called Mission for Christ.” Marc Masters

Noise-A-Thon '83" @ Lansburgh's, October 30, 1983. Mission For Christ as the opening band
“The original version of the band was a side-project of my band the Psychotics a funk-reggae-rock band and the Static Disruptors, later to become Outrage, a Go-Go-Rock band. We figured let’s do a punk band, and that’s what came out. The second version of the band was some college buddies of mine and I having a good time. But in both cases, the aesthetic was ecclectic and indeed not tied to any punk orthodoxy. A good example is the time we played a gig in Stamford Ct., and pulled up to the venue blasting Miles Davis on the car stereo. The punks looked on with WTF expressions on their faces.” John Gibson

“In the annals of East Coast hardcore, Mission for Christ is a largely forgotten footnote consigned to the memories of erudite collectors and No Trend obsessives. Frantic Google searches yield scant revelations save for an impressive array of Lutheran churches. This is a pity because the group's unselfconscious style-smelting and boundary-breaching still stounds necessary in the balkanized, tidily categorized tonal landscape of the present, where factions, cliques, and fashions abide despite the alleged democratization of music afforded by technology. But such is human nature. As a result of this CD retrospective, one can only hope that a disenfranchised punk or an enterprising DJ might concot a freaky cover or remix of ‘Pennies from Hell’. Perhaps they may feel compelled to join forces for the occasion, then utlimately opt to make their own glorious mess together instead.” Jordan N. Mamone


Mission for Christ – Pennies from Hell

Great news! Ektro Records has released Mission for Christ: The Complete Sessions, a CD that reprises MFC's nine-song 1983 demo cassette and adds six previously unheard compositions dating from 1984.

You can also listen to their song “Nancy Reagan” from the 2 Jews, a Black, a Woman and a Cripple 1983 demo cassette here.

Jun 23, 2012

Ama-Dots

Ama-Dots – Contracts (Live, WI TV show, 1982)

Apr 11, 2012

Big In Japan

video
Big In Japan – Cindy and the Barbi Dolls (1978)

“It was more performance art than rock and roll. But it gave me a healthy disregard for musicianship. It's ideas that are important, not proficiency.” Ian Broudie

Apr 7, 2012

Elegant Doormats / ST 37

“Elegant Doormats were the trio of long time ST 37 bassist / vocalist Scott Telles, Leigh Newsom on guitar and original ST 37 drummer John Foxworth, plus guests on synths, guitar and electric cello. A lot of this reminds me of Elliott Sharp’s mid-80s band Mofungo, with it’s avant punky song style, quirky ever-shifting rhythms and always interesting guitar work. Though of course as this was released in 1986 it’s entirely possible that Sharp heard Elegant Doormats and then formed Mofungo. Ya never know! In any event, the band produced some really good songs that were accessible, often humorous, and backed by thoughtfully arranged and well played music. ‘Ninety-Two’ is one of my favorites and definitely a track with the synth, cello and extra guitar guests. The style is similar to the previous tracks but it’s got a much better and fuller sound, with lots of cool freaky guitar bits and efx embellishments. In fact, the subsequent tracks all seem to have the better recorded sound. I could actually come up with a load of 1980s analogies that Elegant Doormats sound like, though the Doormat have most of them beat in terms of having played more imaginative instrumental arrangements. The closing track, ‘Cryph (Last Pale Mammoth)’ is a bit different from the rest, sounding like a 7 minute heavy psych, no-wave instrumental. It rocks hard and freaks out! Diehard ST 37 who want some history should check this out, as should anyone into the 1980s avant-rock underground. Crazy songs for silly souls.” Jerry Kranitz

“[Scott] Telles formed the Elegant Doormats in spring 1982 with original ST 37 drummer John Foxworth (who later joined Tulum). The group endured for five years, playing with bands like the Butthole Surfers and the Reivers, and recording with legendary God of Hellfire Arthur Brown.” ST 37

Elegant Doormats Consistent Inconsistency (1982–86) Cassette (SPASMS, 1987)
“ST 37 was formed in January 1987 as a merger of sorts between Austin cult bands Tulum and the Elegant Doormats. Bassist SL Telles has been active in the Texas music underground since singing with Houston teen punkers Vast Majority in 1979–80, releasing a single on Wild Dog Records that has since been reissued several times, including outtakes.” ST 37

ST 37 flyer, late 80s
“After recruiting Jon Torn (son of Rip; from the band Thanatopsis Throne) on keyboards, ST 37 began playing out in April of 1987 at the Cave Club with the Def MFs (still called Def MCs at that point). The stage was set right away when Telles informed the crowd that if they didn’t like it they could leave. The band released the cassette EP Billygoat Nothinghead late in the year, and thus began a string of cassette only releases. ST 37 made their vinyl debut in 1990 on the Noiseville Records sampler, From Twisted Minds Come…, and the 7" single, Look at yr Chair, followed soon afterward. Lance Farley replaced Foxworth on the drum throne at this point and Shane Shelton took over from Torn on the keyboard duties. Live shows continued unabated, with ST 37 organizing the Noisefests at Waterloo Park featuring bands like Ed Hall, Seemen, Crust, Liquid Mice, Pocket FishRmen, Coz the Shroom, Squat Thrust, etc.” ST 37

Not the Elegant Doormats but ST 37, in 1987. Scott Telles in the far right.
Almost a decade ago, I was lucky (and happy!) to keep up correspondance with Scott Telles a few times. Having been a huge fan of Vast Majority, got really interested in any project Scott had done afterwards. So this is how he introduced me not only to the sounds of Elegant Doormats and ST 37 – but also to the ones by the Grinning Souls, the Critics, Men In Coats and a long etcetera. Always interesting and challenging music!

Elegant Doormats Yesterday Box Cassette (SPASMS, 1986)
[Remastered by Scott Telles & Bryan Nelson at Sweatbox Studios, 2002]

Elegant Doormats – Grey Area


Elegant Doormats – Rusty Purple Boogaloo


Elegant Doormats – Pain (from the What Do You Want to Be CD)

ST 37 Billygoat Nothinghead Cassette EP (SPASMS, 1987)
[from ST 37 Vicarious Billygoat CD]

ST 37 – Funky Gumby

ST 37 Feature Silica Vicarious Cassette LP (SPASMS, 1988)
[from ST 37 Vicarious Billygoat CD]

 ST 37 – Barbed Wire

ST 37 – Grey Area

More info here and here.

El Sob

“The name El Sob is short for El Sobrante, a California city, which is Spanish for ‘leftovers’ (as noted on the band’s web site). If this band is leftovers, I’d eat this music every night instead of warmed-up spaghetti (which everyone knows tastes better the next night anyway). With echoes of the Bunnymen, El Sob revives all that was cool about the 80s into a garagey, folksy, post-punky sound all their own. Comprised of Earl Grinstead, Bruce Rayburn (formerly of the band Yo), and Sally Englefried (also formerly of Yo), the band takes its listeners through hard life lyrical lessons using laughter as its catalyst. These serious musicians know how to make listeners keep the CD on repeat. No sad, sappy whiners in this bunch. No way. With electrified sound, and vocals with an edge of Michael Stipe-ness, this band has both attitude and talent. This is an album that says, in the words of the humble Jeff Spicoli, ‘Hey, Bud, let’s party.’ I’m so totally there.” Erin West

El Sob: Earl Grinstead, Sally Engelfried, Bruce Rayburn. Pic by Michael Miro
Few years ago I was lucky to get in touch with Bruce Rayburn (formerly of the great bands Xmas Eve / Yo), and could not resist to ask him about his latest music project, El Sob. He was very kind and sent me the two albums they had recorded in the past years – as usual, they sounded terrific.

El Sob Life in Antarctica CD (Abominable Records, 1996)

El Sob – Cold

El Sob Welcome to El Sob CD (Abominable Records, 2003)

El Sob – Albatross

Mar 3, 2012

The Nixe

Originally posted March 17, 2010
“Looking back, it's easy to see what made The Nixe such an attractive proposition at the time. First and foremost they personified the 'anyone can do it' spirit of punk rock without a hint of pretence or career mindedness. Plus they also attracted a diverse crowd because they were never as aggressive and unapproachable as the male punk bands.” Jeroen Vedder

 
The Nixe – Live at Tivoli & Interview (Utreg, 1981)

“Because our boys were in the Lullabies from the end of 1978 and we got bored when they were away rehearsing we decided to start our own band. We asked Bunny [Nikki's best friend] but she didn’t want to. So Ilva asked Marian who was her best friend since they were babies. Marian could play 'Smoke on the water' and 'The House of the Rising Sun' on guitar which made her a guitar virtuoso in our opinion. I decided to play bass cause I thought it was easy and Ilva, being even more lazy than I was, decided to sing.” Nikki Meijerink

The Nixe, 1979. Pic by Jeroen “Buffel” Meijerink
“Nice detail: I never tuned my bass myself, cause I was bad at that. So one of my male friends always did that for me. For this gig [The Pink Saturday in Den Bosch] I had to do it myself. I was in tune but just one octave too high which made the top of my fingers bleed and my strings almost bend the neck of my guitar… so far feminism…” Nikki Meijerink

Nikki and her bass, ca 1979. Pic by Jeroen “Buffel” Meijerink
“Marian said yes immediately… Now we only had a drummer problem. Being with three girls we really wanted a girl and there we hadn’t met other punk girls yet in Utreg so when Ilva and I were walking through town one day we saw a gorgeous little punk girl (just 15 years old) waiting at a bus stop. We attacked her screaming and yelling and asked her if she wanted to be a drummer in our band. Though she never even touched a drumstick she said yes and we told her to come to our rehearsal place soon because we had our first gig two weeks later. And so it happened. We rehearsed two times and did our gig in De Baas. It was a complete mess but great even though I don’t remember much of it being too drunk…” Nikki Meijerink

The Nixe playing live, ca 1979. From left to right: Nikki, Marian and Ilva. 
Pic by Jeroen “Buffel” Meijerink
“The Nixe had the most gigs outside Utreg. I don’t know why. We really didn’t make the best music but we were girls of course and that was special and besides that we were funny… The first year we had a Ford Transit Van to go to our gigs. We usually played with 2 or 3 bands at a time. That means that we had the whole equipment and about 10 to 15 people in the backside of the van. Can you believe that!!! We were really on top of each other… fighting for air… Later when there were too many people wanted to come with us we hired trucks. The kind that was meant to transport cattle… they were the cheapest. It’s amazing we never had accidents with it. There was no door at the back, just a sailcloth, and if one of the guys needed to piss they just did it out of the back… on the highway… while they were drunk as hell… Miracle we never lost one… I think…” Nikki Meijerink

Simone sitting in the back of the cattle van, ca 1980. Pic by Jeroen “Buffel” Meijerink
“The Nixe EP we recorded in some small studio in Zwolle I think but we have also been to some studio nearer to Utreg maybe for the LP we made with the Lullabies, the Bizon Kids, ZeroZero and the Rapers. In both cases Gert van Veen helped us to produce the thing. Gert van Veen was singer and keyboard player in a couple of bands from Utreg like the Hi Jinx and the Secret Sounds. He is now in Quazar, a houseact. He studied musicology and worked as a music reviewer for de Volkskrant. He liked the Utreg Punx scene a lot and did everything he could to help us.
   I don’t remember how much it costed us but not much I’m sure. And I think we made a 1000 copies but it could also be 500. We didn’t have money to buy the covers. Ilva and Marian were at that point both working as kindergarten teachers. They first let all the toddlers make nice drawings on folding sheets. Yes I admit… Childlabor… quilty as charged… And when these poor little toddlers were tired of it we started to do the rest ourselves. It took a whole night but some bottles of wodka, pizza, amphetamines and music made us go through it… I don’t have any one but on the My Space Nixe page there are some people that do have them. Really funny. On the most we just wrote 'The Nixe' but as it got later we just wrote or draw on it what came up to us so some of it just say 'I want pizza' or 'wodka' or 'I want to go home'…” Nikki Meijerink

One of the many handmade Nixe EP covers.
 “We disbanded the Nixe in March 1984. No fights or musical disagreements or anything. Just because we got bored with it, I guess. We were no musicians and our music making didn’t make much progress through these 4,5 years. It was OK for that time but now it was time to move on…” Nikki Meijerink 

VA Utreg Punx 7" (Rock Against Records, 1980)

The Nixe –You Say
Get it here.

The Nixe The Nixe 7" EP (Rock Against Records, 1981)

The Nixe – Searching
Get it here.

More info here and here. Also, if you happen to visit Utreg in the following months, please don't hesitate to visit this exhibition.

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Excerpts taken from an interview with Nikki Meijerink in October 2011. It will be published in its full-length in the second issue of Making Waves – to be released soon.

Jan 30, 2012

Vomit Launch

Vomit Launch were a rock band from Chico, California from 1985 to 1992. They released four proper albums and toured, mostly playing the West Coast with one East Coast jaunt. Some people liked them.

Vomit Launch, 1987
In January 1985, in the college town of Chico, California, Gene Story decided he wanted to start a band, with the idea that they could sound like 4AD groups such as the Cocteau Twins or This Mortal Coil. He asked Lindsey Thrasher and Patricia Rowland to join. Being friends with all involved, Larry Crane offered to play bass (borrowed from roommate, Steve Valin) and the use of his house to practice. Lindsey owned a guitar and it wasn't yet determined what Patricia would be doing. Basically Gene never made it to practice, but somehow friends Tim Smyth and Toni Smith dropped by for the first rehearsal with guitars, amps and percussion equipment. Patricia was conned into buying a drum machine, persuaded to set aside her viola and became the vocalist.

Vomit Launch: Larry Crane, Lindsey Thrasher, Patricia Rowland, Steve Bragg
Rehearsing a couple of times, the group was asked to play a house party and needed a name. Some time before this group had assembled, Lindsey and Doug Roberts drank a bunch of wine and created a list of possible band names for future use. Unfortunately among these names were Truckload of Fuckers, Fuckload of Truckers and Vomit Launch. Needing a name with a 'gig' fast approaching, the band decided Vomit Launch would be a fantastic choice! The party was quite a success, according to those who remembered anything the next day.

Vomit Launch Exiled Sandwich LP (Rat Box Records, 1988)

Vomit Launch – Wane
Get it here.


Vomit Launch – What Cross (from Devil in the Woods #2 cassette, 1986)
Get it here.

Vomit Launch – Switch (Michael Bahr, 1990)

For a detailed history, tons of pics and songs, please visit Vomit Launch's official site.

Jan 29, 2012

How minimal can you get? #38

Jr. Chemists
I met Dawn in Art Studio Class at Arizona State University in 1979. Ron Gasowski taught the class and he had a big influence on us. Dawn was a very ambitious girl with a lot of energy. I met Mike through Dawn and we were all hanging out and discovering the Punk Rock scene of Phoenix together. I had already started a band, Thuh Advo-cats, with my friend Bruce. Dawn wanted to get in on some of that band action. So Dawn, Mike and I started up the Jr. CHemists. Bruce and I had a dirt floor basement in our house off of 16th Street and a meger amount of equipment and that is where we rehearsed. Mike was a real musician compared to anyone I ever played with. He actually tuned the guitars! Radical. We practiced and got a bunch of songs together and started playing at Hate House. Dawn was a great schmoozer and were were soon playing in clubs as they would appear to present this Punk Rock muisic. We had a lot of fun, which was our objective. Michael went on to form JFA, skate boarding his way into punk rock musical history. Dawn clicked her heels and returned to Kansas. Brendan deVallance

Jr. Chemists: Brendan deVallance, Dawn Kelly and Michael Cornelius
Mix equal parts Talking Heads, B-52s and Beat Happening and add the sense of humor only found in the Valley Of The Sun, and you get a pterry good on-paper approximation of the Chemists’ sound. Their songs – Cool Reef, Spooky Cooties, I Don’t Want To Have Fun, Voodoo In My Pants – packed epic party anthem into a light touch. The Meat Puppets even used to play the Chemists’ 90 Miles in rehearsal. I don’t think we ever performed it in front of an audience though.Derrick Bostrom (Meat Puppets)

VA Arizona Disease 7" (Subterranean Records, 1981)

Jr. Chemists – Building a Fort
Get it here.

More info, pics (and songs!) here.