Category: Philly bands (Page 1 of 21)

Size Queen

Size queen was a revolutionary Gay Punk Rock Band based in Philadelphia. It was Comprised of 4 Sisters. Vocalists And Guitarists Joe Ofalt (Dead Joe) & Ray Doskus (Gay Ray). On drums the Incomparable Sky Kilshlo (The Heathens, Strapping Field Hands, Informed Sources). And on bass Louis Cali the world’s queerest straight man.

In the early 90’s Size Queen brought so much fun to the east coast punk rock music scene. Their bouncy fast-paced punk rock beats, screeching vocals and fun playful banter lightened the darkness of their lyrical themes. Which often focused on loss, death, and the struggles of growing up gay in America.

Sadly Ray & Sky are no longer with us but their memories live on in the music of size queen. -from the Size Queen Youtube page

I’ve collected their 7 inch and YouTube videos of their Sour Puss tape and a Live on Jackie’s show on WKDU. For more videos check out the Size Queen’s YouTube page here

Size Queen Likes You 7″

01 – Size Queen Likes You
02 – Uncle
MediaFire Zip of all files

Sour Puss – Full Album

WKDU Radio – Size Queen Set

Clock Strikes Thirteen

Late 1990’s Philly Pop band started as a solo recording project by vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Xavier Kim, changing into a band with different members over the years including Tara Burke (Fursaxa, Special Guests, Un, Anahita, Sepviva Bells, Tau Emerald, The Valerie Project), Meg Baird (Espers, Fern Knight, Heron Oblivion, Slumber, The Baird Sisters, Trollslända, Watery Love) and Dave “Bass” Brown (Negative FX, Drug Emporium, Lyres, Sandoz Lime, The Grovellers, The Oysters, The Young Snakes), Angela DiFabio, Cara De La Cruz, David Bohl, Sam Weng and Steven Heise (WASNT WISNT)

“Drive-In Records first captured Thirteen’s sound of pensive, melodic indie through two 1997 singles. Resulting in several critical comparisons to Northern Soul and Orchids, the Kim and company would follow with the 1999 ep When We Were Together. Their first full-length Ever Decreasing Circles resulted a year later through Drive-In and Liquefaction Empire.” – From LastFM

Six Foot Drop 7″

A1 – Six Foot Drop
B1 – North Star
B2 – When Did You Leave Heaven

I Blinked My Eyes And You Were Gone b/w Looking For Constellations 7″

A – I Blinked My Eyes and You Were Gone
B – Looking for Constellations

One Cold Day b/w (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me 7″

A – One Cold Day
B – (Theres) Always Something There to Remind Me

When We Were Together 7″

A – When We Were Together Single Edit
B – Waking Up Inside Lucy the Elephant

Ever Decreasing Circles

01 – My Dreams Misinterpreted Again
02 – When We Were Together
03 – Living Easy
04 – One Cold Day
05 – Bella Vista
06 – Remember to Forget (To Remember)
07 – Night Must Fall
08 – I Blinked My Eyes and You Were Gone
09 – Ever Decreasing Circles
10 – The Last Sad Song

The Clientele / Clock Strikes Thirteen – Split 7″

A – The Clientele– – Six Foot Drop
B – Clock Strikes 13 – We Could Walk Together

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Boneheads – BunnyDrums

Boneheads

The Boneheads, who were part of the 70’s Philadelphia punk/new wave scene, along with the Sic Kidz, Stickmen, Warm Jets, Autistics, King of Siam, Pure Hell, and others. They played regularly at the Hot Club in Philly, and New York; including CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City and Tier 3. They opened shows for Richard Hell and the Voidoids, B-52’s, Wreckless Eric, The Lurkers, Mission of Burma, Nico, The Feelies, Madness, Necessaries (Chris Spedding), and others. In the summer of 1979, the band entered Starr Recording Studio in Philadelphia, and recorded 4 songs; ‘New Jersey‘, ‘Surfing UFO‘, ‘Adam & Eve‘ and ‘Yesterday‘. Unfortunately, the masters were lost and the tracks never released. Luckily, a cassette of the original recordings was recently discovered. The Boneheads disbanded shortly after morphing into the prolific Philly band, Bunnydrums.

Single 1978-79

Bunnydrums

Bunnydrums was a highly innovative and influential band that pushed the boundaries of post-punk music. Their unique sound, experimental approach, and introspective lyrics set them apart from their contemporaries. While they may not have achieved mainstream success during their active years, their impact on the alternative music scene cannot be overlooked. Bunnydrums’ legacy lives on through their groundbreaking music and the influence they had on future generations of musicians. To Reptile is a Live 1984 from Unitas Wageningen, Netherlands LP

To Reptile

Flyers

Autistics

Very early Philly Punk Band – I didn’t realize where on Bandcamp until recently – two live shows one from the Hot Club and the other on WXPN. Later went on to be DJ Bobby Startup and the Bunnydrums.

Bobby Startup – Vocals, Attitude
Bruce Glider – Guitar, Vocals, Clothes
Johnny Vukovich – Bass, Looks
Joe Ankenbrand – Drums, Expressions
With Karen ? – Bass, Education (Hot Club)
Other guitar guy – Beard (WXPN)

Live at Hot Club – 4-14-79

Live at WXPN – Early 1979

Flyers

Zonic Shockum

Late 80’s, 90s Philly band (although still around today as a duo). They have 2 full length LP’s and a compilation of their singles (links below) on apple music. I’ve included the rest of the songs from the singles, youtube version of the first cassette release and a live reunion show from the Khyber in 2004.

History of the band from Wikipedia
In 1988, Stephen P. Anderson, under the moniker of Zonic Shockum, recorded a 17-song cassette titled Pleasure which received distribution through Sound Choice mail-order catalog and Tower Records in Philadelphia and garnered a positive review in the German music magazine Zap. The tape featured girlfriend Debbie Polak singing on one song, and co-worker Marc Sonstein programming drums for another. Anderson’s cover of “Chinese Rock” was carted at Drexel University’s 91.7 for regular airplay.

In 1989 Polak and Sonstein joined Anderson as permanent members to form the nucleus of the performing and writing outfit.
Read More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zonic_Shockum

1989 – Pleasure [Cassette]

Sessions 1989-1995

Whores / Woe Is Me / Tape Worm 7″

A – Whores (Sessions)
B1 – Woe Is Me
B2 – Tape Worm

Testosterone 7″

Used Rugs (Sessions)
Blair Soup
Tooth (Sessions)
Well Song (Sessions)
Filth Divine (LP)

No, You Suck / Lollipop / Bullet 7″

A – No, You Suck
B1 – Lollipop
B2 – Bullet

Between The 6s / Lugy 7″

A – Between The 6s (Sessions)
B – Lugy (Sessions)

1997 – Zonic Shockum LP

Alley Hunter / The Ugly Pear 7″

Alley Hunter (Here Today)
The Ugly Pear (Here Today)

Compilations

Dream Away from Chairman Of The Board – Interpretations Of Songs Made Famous By Frank Sinatra

Labor from ¡Scrapple! (A Philadelphia Compilation, With A Touch Of Class)

Double Agent Series 1302

Zonic Shockum – Ultraman
Gizzard – Buck Fevor

MediaFire Zip of all files not on Sessions

2001 – Here Today…

Live at the Khyber Pass 2004

01 – Used Rugs
02 – Tooth
03 – Dirty Old Car
04 – No, You Suck
05 – Maidenhead
06 – Labor
07 – Lollipop
08 – Whores

MediaFire Zip of all files

Season’s Greetings Philadelphia

Philly Christmas Comp from 1997 with Rolling Hayseeds, Buzz Zeemer, Marah, The Friggs and more.

  1. Buzz Zeemer – Psychedelic Santa
  2. Cory – Any Day Now
  3. Tommy Conwell – Kinda Chrismassy
  4. Marah – Beer In a Bar
  5. John Flynn – Santa Claus and Mickey Malone
  6. Jim Fogarty – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  7. Rolling Hayseeds – Merry Christmas (This Makes One)
  8. Philly Gumbo featuring Jeannie Brooks – Xmas in New Orleans
  9. Eltro – Avoiding Christmas Tragedies
  10. The Friggs – Dig That Crazy Santa Claus
  11. Emily Valentine – Hey Hooray!
  12. The Manayunk Homeboys – Christmas Eve Eve
  13. The Shimmers – Coal
  14. John Train Quartet – Hora Bucovinei
  15. Lindsay Gilmour and the Organic Planet Band – Market Street
  16. Tom Hampton – The Road South
  17. Fifty/50 – (It Will Be A)Merry X – mas
  18. Mark Boyce Combo – Silent Night

Cashing in on Christmas

Black Hole Records Christmas Comps – started out with mostly Philly bands then expanded. Includes Stuntmen, Thorazine, Jukebox Zeroes, Doomed To Obscurity, Missile Toads, Violent Society, Limecell, Angry Snowmans plus a lot more band’s christmas songs .

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Voulme 5

S-21

Philly five-piece S-21 made politically-charged punk rock 2015 – 2017
S-21 was Cella (Fugitive Family), Brian (Fugitive Family), Nneka, Tiff (Haldol) and Cassidy (Blank Spell, Cape Of Bats, Destructos).
My friend Bret gave me the files from their live set on WFMU – but I found FMU had already posted it on the freemusicarchive (see link to it below). So, instead I pieced together everything I could find for S-21 so here are their recordings and some live videos for YouTube.

Short Interview with Yoni before 2017 Break Free Fest

Demo 2016

Year Zero

Operation Menu EP

Live on Hello Children with Faye, WFMU 1/15/2017

Videos

S-21 at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA on 2017-05-27

2016-11-05 – Philadelphia, PA

2017-09-01 – Philadelphia, PA

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