Deadspot were in my opinion the best of the Philly Metal crossover bands. They definitely had a more metalish sound but retained punk/hardcore ethos. For the demo tape the bass player was Richard Birch who was also the guitarist for Decontrol. One of the Deadspot songs from their tape was on the Philly comp: Disc Pan Hands. Deadspot’s line up featured Larry Horn (listed as The Kid) on drums, Mike Illes on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Paul Juestrich on lead guitar and Larry Leifheit on bass. Besides the Demo Tape I have included their first album Adios Dude and the 7 inch Built-In Pain.
Their 2nd album Built in Pain LP is still available to buy.
I’ve also included a couple of videos I put up on YouTube from Lenny Crunch (RIP) & flyers.
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In the annals of Hardcore Punk history Philadelphia usually gets the short end of the stick but this was my scene and I can tell you it was one of the best in the country at that time. Being located between New York City and Washington DC made it easy for most touring bands to stop there and most of them did. It was a fun and friendly scene. Problem is most of the Philly bands never toured or released anything more than a 7″ though most of them did record an album. All these bands were fun to see live. Autistic Behavior recorded 10 songs in a studio. Six were supposed to be released on an ep, 2 were supposed to be on the never released comp LP being put together by Bad Brains but only two songs ended up being released on the Philly Hardcore comp. Get Off My Back. Crib Death were one of the Philly bands (along with F.O.D.) that opened the legendary Minor Threat show at Buff Hall in Camden NJ. Because there were other bands named Crib Death they changed their name to Blunder Boys – name taken from a Three Stooges film. They split when their singer started a family and their drummer became the bass player for F.O.D. Decontrol started in 1980 but didn’t release their first record until 1985 possibly due to a continuously revolving line up. In those 5 years they developed and created their own style which some liked and others hated. I loves it! Homo Picnic formed out of the ashes of Kremlin Korps and Sudden Impact. In the middle of 1985 their singer left and they kept the line up to a three piece and changed to a more Metal influenced sound. In 1986 they released an LP that had a few songs from the original line up but mostly new songs. Informed Sources were one of the earlier bands that started in 1981. In mid 1982 they changed singers. They recorded some demos with the original singer and a full album with the second singer but only two songs were ever released on the Get Off My Back comp. LP.
info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_hardcore
Informed Sources info here: https://www.facebook.com/InformedSources2012/
Autistic Behavior: https://www.facebook.com/AutisticBehavior/?fref=ts
Blunder Boys: https://myspace.com/blunderboys
Homo Picnic: https://www.facebook.com/Homo-Picnic-190149284363440/?fref=ts
Autistic Behavior – unreleased album – has been released by SRA Records – Get it here
TSOL from Love Hall, Philadelphia on 6/5/82
I wanted to get this up today since TSOL is opening for the Damned tonight at the TLA. They opened for Flag last year and were really good so I’m looking forward to seeing them again.
I will put up more info about this show later. Besides the songs from the show there is a great interview with Jack Grisham by Lenny Crunch and others, with a lot of info about the early days of TSOL.
Thanks Crunch Productions for the tape
Crunch Productions show with the Dead Kennedys from Rutgers Camden on April 20, 1985. Another show from within a year of my moving to Philly but at least I got to see them later at Blue Horizon. What a great lineup this show had – opening for the Dk’s was Articles of Faith, COC, Decontrol & FOD. At the time the largest independent punk show in the area Rutgers put the total attendance at 3,100.
Really Huge THANKS to Lenny Crunch for letting me transfer this video and put it up.
Decontrol live video from the West Side Club. They opened for Scream which is also up on the site. This is the last of the Decontrol video and the last of the 80’s Philly bands video that I got from Pete. One last plug if you haven’t yet go download Songs from the Gut The Complete Collection.
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Below the videos are the audio tracks. As usual there were a couple of songs I wasn’t sure of the titles but hopefully I’ll get some help again and I’ll update the post.
Thanks again to Pete at Sounds of Tomorrow. for the beta tapes
Decontrol live video from Elk’s Lodge in Atlantic City from July 20th 1985. The show was Decontrol, Toxic Reasons & Nobody’s Favorite.Unfortunately I don’t have Nobody’s Favorite video from that show. Decontrol has a recent album Thoughts & Prayers or go get Songs from the Gut The Complete Collection
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Below the videos are the audio tracks. As usual there is one song left I don’t have the title for hopefully someone will fill me in on it and I’ll update the post.
Thanks again to Pete at Sounds of Tomorrow for the beta tapes and Dave thanks for filling in the song titles
Decontrol was born in 1980, started as a two-man hardcore outfit by Adam Avery. Adam played a combination guitar / bass along with a bass drum over original singer Zero’s caterwalling vocals. It was horrible, but soon became 100% better when Adam fired the other half of Decontrol and recruited the amazing skills of Ritchie Birch on guitar and Keith Lenderman on drums. Adam settled on bass and vocals. (stolen from their website)
These videos are from the CEC in West Philly I’m guessing from 84 or 85. Most of the songs from their album Songs from the Gut are here which by the way you can buy (along with lots of extra tracks) at cdbaby. Another Philly band that should be up there with all the legendary hardcore bands from the rest of the county. It’s amazing how a little thing like starting songs off with A-B-C-D instead of 1-2-3-4 can stand out so much but I’ve never heard another band do it and I will always identify it with Decontrol. The good news is if you missed them they are back together and working on a new album. I have to admit I have not seen them since the 80’s but I plan to make up for that next time they play a show in Philly. I have more Decontrol video I will try to get up at some point one is a show from AC opening for Toxic Reasons and the other is opening for Scream at the West Side Club.
If your on Facebook go to their page and “like” Below the videos are the audio tracks and a slide show of Decontrol flyers. As usual there were a couple of songs I wasn’t sure of the titles but hopefully someone will fill me in on it and I’ll update the post.
Thanks again to Pete at Sounds of Tomorrow for the beta tapes
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