Category: Philly bands (Page 1 of 15)

Gelcaps

The Gelcaps began as a solo project in 1993 with Derelict Hotel alumnus Doug Anson making improvisational music on a cheap guitar, Casio keyboard and effect pedals. In ’94 he started working with Vibrolux guitarist John Boothman, a.k.a “the king of noise.”

Anson played chunky and repetitive rhythm guitar riffs while Boothman filled out the soundscape with drones and plinks. The band’s first EP, Death Star From Budokan, was a remarkable balance of catchy pop-punk and trippy noise rock.

After going through several members, the lineup solidified in the fall of ’95 when bassist Mark Nolan and drummer Spencer Sweeney joined the ranks. They kept the bottom end just tight enough to give the arrangements structure and depth. The second Gelcaps release, the single “Cows,” was more straight-ahead, but still memorable.

A few months later, they started work on their third release. Songwriting was going so well that by the time July rolled around, the single had turned into a mini-album entitled 24 Hour Pythons.

In late July, everything fell apart. Boothman quit the band over creative differences. On July 27, Nolan died in a drug-related accident.
From City Paper story “Styling Gel” by Neil Gladstone Read More

Here is both of their 7 inches and cd – 24 Hour Pythons plus a live from Jackie’s show on WKDU . Thanks for the tape Jackie.

Live on WKDU 10-20-95

00 – Intro
01 – unknown
02 – Punk Blood
03 – Unknown
04 – All Understood
05 – New Miami Vice
06 – Blue Sunshine
07 – Hotel Congress
08 – Diamonds
09 – unkniwn
10 – Outro

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Death Star From Budokan 7″

A1 – Full Time
A2 – Dripper
B1 – Realness
B2 – Hotel Congress
B3 – Do a Bat

Gelcaps

Diamonds b/w Cows 7″

A1 – Diamonds
B1 – Cows

Gelcaps

24 Hour Pythons

01 – Little Coat
02 – Swedish Mathematician
03 – Polytronic Pillbox
04 – Citizens Band
05 – Xanax Guccione
06 – Love Dude
07 – King of Cedar Crest Plaza
08 – the Original Jams Recording Artists
09 – N-N-N-N-Nineteen

Trilogy of Terror

Philadelphia all-girl punk band from the late 80s – Band members were Anee Luv, Loreal, Phenie Phoenix and Elaine Insane.
This is their 5 song demo tape called House Party which came out in 1988. Plus I found a video of them live on Youtube from Bacchanal
Thanks for the tape Jackie

Trilogy of Terror

House Party Demo Tape

01 – What it is and What it Ain’t
02 – Volture of Deception
03 – My Trusty 10-Speed
04 – Naked Cowboy
05 – Hairdo From Hell

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Live video from Bacchanal

Trilogy Of Terror (Anee Luv, Loreal, Phenie Phoenix and Elaine Insane), a Philadelphia all-girl punk band, performing their theme song “Trilogy Of Terror” at the now defunct Bacchanal club on South Street in Philadelphia, 1988.

More Fiends – Kennel Club

Mark Bernstein- Bernie to us – was a New Yorker who came to Philly to go to Penn and gravitated to the West Philly punk scene. He moved into the Stickmen house on Buckingham St., which, of course, was known as Buckingham Palace.
We started hanging out in 1981 and played music together, Bernie on drums and the two of us on guitar. As an unnamed unit we played at the great basement parties at the Buckingham Palace and at a few other West Philly houses. For one show at the Radio Church of God we transported all of our equipment in shopping carts.
Early punk rock was so seat of the pants. The three of us had such a good time in those days. Having plenty of free time (aka no jobs) we’d watch soap operas and Dr. Who, go for long, meandering walks in Fairmount Park, and go watch bands wherever they might play.

After leaving Penn, Bernie went back to New York. After the first official version of More Fiends broke-up Bernie returned and we started playing again. At a party in some spooky apartment in Germantown we jammed with his friend, Matt Forstater, on sax. The four of us became the new More Fiends. With a crazy new sound we did great shows at Abe’s Steaks, the Community Education Center (CEC), more basements, Penn frats. At a show in Atlantic City some bozo locked the car keys in the trunk and we were stuck there for hours. We drove to Athens, Ohio for one show! Bernie would stay with us in our apartment. Which was great (despite those stinky Converse sneakers).
With that classic crew cut and the stripped t- shirts, and the bright smile Bernie was a great band mate. We miss him. –Allen Fiend

01 – It’s All a Soap Opera
02 – Dedicated to Tim Dunn
03 – One Way Out
04 – Gidget Goes Insane
05 – Honey Mat
06 – Shakin’ On
07 – Time-Warp Bio-Feedback Amphetamine Nightmare
08 – Dharma Derby
09 – Lust
10 – The Anarchist
11 – Austral Plain Blues
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Derelict Hotel

Derelict Hotel were Dane Wilson – Drums, Dave Birch – Guitar, Mark Nolan – Bass, Scott Slagle – Vocals & Doug Anson -Slide Guitar (on the Track from Compulsiv Comp No. 1 7″)
“DH was into old Punk and stuff on AmRep and Touch & Go. Brian Dilworth hooked us up with many cool gigs opening up for Laughing Hyenas, Agent Orange, Killdozer, Helios Creed and Steel Pole Bathtub. We were together 92’ to 94’. We loved to record with Art Difuria” – Steve

Live On WKDU 03-23-93

01 – Suck the Barrel Dry
02 – High Friends Low Places
03 – Fall Guy
04 – Oven Stuffer
05 – E Jam
06 – A Frame
07 – Unknown
08 – Baby Ruthless
09 – Fondue
10 – Nailhead
11 – Twisted
12 – Outro
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Baby Ruthless Cover

Baby Ruthless

A – Baby Ruthless
B – Fondue
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Powerwalk

A – Lucky Strike
B – Powerwalk
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Baby Flamehead

Late 80’s early 90’s acoustic band with Andy Bresnan (Butterfly Joe, Junior Mints) on the Ukranian Burda, Chris Unrath (Shimmers) on guitar, Dean Sabatino (Dead Milkmen, Butterfly Joe, I Think Like Midnight) on drums, and vocals of Eden Daniels (Shimmers) For more info on this band  check out this post on Rock Town Hall
The Live from Jackie Zahn’s show on WKDU set was from January, 03, 1989 (as they mention all the band’s vocalists were sick at the time so I hope they are ok with this going up)

Some more music put up by Andy Bresnan
Baby Flamehead: The KCRW Sessions 1990
Baby Flamehead: Just the Warts

Live on WKDU 01-03-89

00 – Intro
01 – Unknown
02 – Unknown
03 – Rubber Iguana
04 – Supple Turtles Worry About Milk
05 – The Circus
06 – You Cant Put Your Arms Around a Memory
07 – Thimble Full O Nothin
08 – Mira
09 – Speed Racer
10 – Life Song
11 – Action News
12 – (Special Tunning)
13 – Anna
14 – Unknown
15 – Outro

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F.O.D. (Flag Of Democracy) Videos

If you don’t know who F.O.D. are then I’m not sure how you got to this site. But just in case here is an article about them by Yoni from the Key.  This post has  two early videos one from the CEC and the other opening for the Dead Kennedys in Camden. Both videos are courtesy of the very much missed Lenny Crunch. Plus,  a slideshow of some show flyers below.

F.O.D. CEC Philadelphia 2/18/84

F.O.D. – Camden NJ April 20, 1985 (full show)

F.O.D. new and re-releases are on SRA Records

Their most recent album NO SCHOOL, NO CORE

Flyers

Mikey Wild – Solo & Wild Savage Cassettes

Mikey Wild the Mayor of South Street. (who very sadly died in May 2011) was a Punk Before You Were Punk, Punk.  Mikey was a legend and you could usually find him at the Italian Market or South Street.  I wish I had bought a few of his superhero inspired art pieces now. These two tapes I believe are from early to mid 80’s  – one is a live solo tape and the other is an early demo from Mikey Wild & the Mess. For more  on Mikey check out the documentary – I Was Punk Before You Were… (Youtube links below)

Mikey Wild – Solo

01 – Viincent Price Wasn’t Very Nice
02 – I Am the Crucifier
03 – Where Are You By the River Today

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Mikey Wild & the Mess – Wild Savage Demo

01 – Die Die Die
02 – Are You Used to It
03 – Danger Zone
04 – Time is Now

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Videos

Mikey Wild – I Was Punk Before You Were… Part 1

Mikey Wild – I Was Punk Before You Were… Part 2

Mikey Wild – I Was Punk Before You Were… Part 3

Mikey Wild – (Revival) Philadelphia,Pa 3.12.93

YDI – live WKDU 1983

Formed in the early 80’s (and still going today) Philly legends YDI live @ the WKDU band bash – Drexel Quad, Philadelphia-PA October 1st, 1983

Recorded by John Coffey
Digitalized by DANISTHEBASTARD

Stinkbomben – Live on WKDU

Stinkbomben Live on WKDU – May 19, 1988 – We think it was on Jackie’s show and Produced by Diego.  Thanks for the tape  and pictures Bill
Stinkbomben was:
Steve Tiberi (Meister Squad, Rotgut, Rear Admiral) – Vocals,
Bill Rude (the Koosmans, Bad Ronald, Rotgut, Tons of Nuns, Rear Admiral), – guitar, vocals
Brian Sussman (Bad Ronald, Tons of Nuns) – bass,
Rockbottom Rob (Mothra, Blue Train, Rockula, Beretta 76, Creem Circus) – drums.

01 – Quiet the World
02 – Stinkbomben Theme
03 – Bread and Butter
03 – Brown Sugar
04 – I Dont Want to Go Down to the Basement
05 – Masocist
06 – Mongolode
07 – Disturbing the Police
08 – Desperate Dejects and Stones
09 – Keep Your Distance
10 – One Step Closer
11 – Outro

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