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Heroics

I forget when or where Jason, Chris and I first spoke about trying to collaborate; was it at a show at the Khyber? taco tueday at Mom’s? I have zero recollection anyway, we had tried a few years before when I tried out for lead singer in their previous combo Dagobah System. that wasn’t the right fit as they were pretty jammy and had an established mode of band communication. I wasn’t about to jump in and force song arrangements on them and they wouldn’t have let me anyway! also I was in 3 other bands at that time, but I always wanted to play with Chris and I definitely always wanted to be a part of the mystique that Jason had with the legendary Kitschchao. they knew the vick logic tapes as well and being Philadelphia players in Phila bands we had all seen another’s bands for years, played on bills together and been on social scene terms of course (man, Philadelphia was much smaller back then wasn’t it?) so, NO the Dagobah System thrived for quite a bit when the band members eventually all did their vocals and gang vocals on their own (a side note: one of the Dagobah jams we rehearsed [and taped] became a mid-period heroics tune in ‘the Elk’) after I left KeN and the city I swore that I wouldn’t and couldn’t play in another band ever. I just didn’t (still don’t) have the political grace to navigate the scene and the band politics always tested or even ruined relationships and friendships. it’s just alot of fucking work creatively, politically and emotionally . . . had I had some level of outward success and an infrastructure (read: musical career) I could have jumped into something more willingly and I don’t think I SUCK necessarily either, it’s just that audience success never came

I think Jason and Chris were also reticent in the same way as the broke up Dagobah for some personal reasons as well. so before we even played a note I said “no pressure. no restrictions. no set ideas. if we don’t gel let’s not force it” when we finally did get together it was effortless. even with a limited line-up in 2 guitars and a vocal it was clear that we could mesh our ideas and our talent Chris is a fucking genius and JCLo has a punk rock soul (and a great guitar tone). I think they dug my ability to wedge a hook and melody into their progressions we got off on it and decided to become a band after a few weeks plus, these were some of the greatest funnest drunken-ish practices ever. total freeform fun. we became fast friends and solid writing partners right then that first month. now to find a drummer . . .-Marc

the heroics: 12.1999 – 8.2004
the heroics:
Marc Beck vocals
Chris Hunter guitar
Jason Clouser guitar
Roger Bodine bass
Lenny America drums 1
Matt Kovalchuk drums 2

Bottle cover


Bottle / Is this the Seminar

01-Is this the Seminar
02-(I miss my) Bottle

4 song ep

01-Sweet Tart
02-Bottle
03-Is This the Seminar
04-Th Revealor

Heroics

CD

01 – Sweet Tart
02 – Bottle
03 – Is This the Seminar
04 – Sunshine
05 – Akai Akai
06 – Running With the New Punx
07 – Th Revealor
08 – Th Volunteer
Bonues Track: Pull-Tab Currency

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Oblivion

Oblivion was formed in Philadelphia in the fall of 1984. Originally, the band was the four-piece lineup of Steve (who had formerly been bassist in YDI), Marc (ex-Kremlin Korps and Vatican Commandos), and Mick (formerly of Wasted Talent), with Todd Cote on vocals. After Todd left the band, Dave replaced him as singer, and Fil was brought on as second/lead guitarist. Oblivion played frequently in the Philly punk/hardcore scene between 1984-86, finally breaking up in late ’86.

Oblivion – 2-Song Demo Tape (1986)

1. Magic Theater (music: Lukshides, lyrics: Cote)
2. Judgment Day (music: Begnal/Lukshides, lyrics: Fernich)

The basic tracks for these songs were laid down at Philly’s Spectrum Studios in 1985, and then finished (with some overdubs) in 1986.
The image accompanying the first song in this video is a sticker that was printed at the time, while the photo appearing with the second track is a 1986 group shot.

Dave Wynter: vocals
Steve Lukshides: guitar
Fil Cerny: lead guitar
Marc Fernich: bass
Mick Begnal: drums

Live Kennel Club – February 19, 1986

This show was recorded at Philadelphia’s Kennel Club on February 19, 1986 and was one of our last, if not the last show. This gig didn’t start until about 1 AM due to equipment breakdowns that required trips in freezing cold weather for spare parts. Hopefully, the few hardy souls that stayed felt it worth their time. Members of the band were:

Mick Begnal – drums (also of Wasted Talent fame)
Fil Cerny – lead guitar
Marc Fernich – bass (ex-Kremlin Korps & Homo Picnic)
Steve Lukshides – rhythm guitar (ex-Y DI bass player)
Dave Wynter – vocals

Set List:
1. Intro
2.
3. Heavy Hand
4. Dolled Up
5.
6. 6000 Years
7. Magic Theatre
8. Judgment Day
9.
10.
11. Headhunter
12. Forty Days

WKDU Band Bash – October 5th 1985


Gang War – Hot Club 11-30-79

Gang War was a late 70s early 80s collaboration between Johnny Thunders & Wayne Kramer. I posted a later show at Emerald City this is there 1979 show from the Hot Club.

01 – Ramblin’ Rose
02 – London Boys
03 – These Boots Were Made for Walking
04 – The Harder They Come
05 – Mia
06 – I’ll Go Crazy
07 – Endless Party
08 – If You’re Going to the City
09 – Gypsy
10 – The 10 Commandments of Love
11 – Hey Thanks
12 – Pipeline

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King Face – Live Club Pizazz

King face was a band based out of Washington, DC that started around 1985. They were more straight ahead rock influenced then most of the  DC bands at the  time. It really made them stand out.  The band consisted of Mark Sullivan on vocals, Patrick Bobst on guitar, Andrew Rapoport on bass and Larry Colbert on drums. The band members all had roots in the local hardcore scene. Mark Sullivan had played in a band called The Slinkees in high school. This band featured two members who would go on to start Minor Threat and Dischord Records: Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson. This is them live from Club Pizazz which was just off the Bridge & Pratt  el stop (or was it the one before that?)
More info at WFMU’s Beware of the Blogpost

Club Pizazz – Philadelphia 3-27-87

01 – I Don’t Want to Be Anything
02 – Anyone
03 – Crawl Into Tomorrow
04 – Lull-A-Bye
05 – Ain’t Talkin’ About Love
06 – One Truth
07 – Opportunity
08 – Dirty Wings
09 – Like a King
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Mudpie on WKDU

Mudpie on Jackie’s WKDU show from Wednesday August 10, 1988
The members of the band were:
Steven – Guitar, vocals, percussion
Tom – Bass
Bernie – Drums, backing vocals

Mudpie 1987-88 Bio

Steven and Tom (gtr/vocals and bass, both from Lancaster’s The Real Gone & Jack Lord’s Hair) formed Mudpie in Philadelphia in the fall of 1987, recruiting Bernie (drums, backing vocals, ex- Lost Barbeque & More Fiends) at Philadelphia Record Exchange. They rehearsed at Bernie’s West Philly twin near 49th and Springfield, sharing the basement with Trained Attack Dogs and Van Gogh’s Ear.

Mudpie played at local haunts like Bacchanal and Tops in 1988, and recorded two tapes: the best-left-unheard “Mudhenge,” and the “York” EP. Their sound at the time was influenced by contemporary power trios like Volcano Suns, Minutemen/Firehose, Dinosaur, Huskers, Agitpop, etc. The name was inspired by Budgie.

This live WKDU set in August 1988 was the next-to-last performance of this line-up. After that, Steven went on to play drums in Blue for a spell.

Steven and Tom reformed Mud Pie sideways as a very different home-recording outfit from 1989-1992. Tom also formed Rocknoceros in the early 90s. In 2003 Steven and Tom re-formed and continue to the present day as Mud Pie Sun, releasing several tapes and CDs and occasionally playing live.
Thanks for the Tapes Jackie & Diego and Tom for the info & images

01 – (Not Too) Deep
02 – A Different Kind of Suck
03 – My Last Day
04 – Modena
05 – Questions
06 – Blues Sex King
07 – Newanna
08 – Lady Marmalade
09 – Practice – Blues Sex King
10 – Practice – Modena

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Iggy Pop – Hot Club 10-29-79

Iggy Pop from the Hot CLub part of the New Values North American Tour 1979.
The band members on this tour where:
Iggy Pop: Vocals
Brian James (The Damned): Guitar
Ivan Kral (Patti Smith, John Waite, John Cale): Keyboards, Guitar
Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, Rich Kids, Vicious White Kids, The Philistines, The International Swingers: Bass
Klaus Kruger (Tangerine Dream): Drums

Hot Club 10-29-1979

01 – Real Cool Time
02 – Knocking em Down (In the City)
03 – Play it Safe
04 – New Values
05 – Dog Food
06 – TV Eye
07 – Sixteen
08 – Loose
09 – Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell
10 – Funtime
11 – I Wanna Be Your Dog
12 – China Girl
13 – One for My Baby
14 – No Fun
15 – Five Foot One
16 – Take Care of Me
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No Milk

Post Punk early 80’s band that played the East Side CLub a lot. Judging by the article in Termial! (page 9) there may have been a lot of different people in the band during it’s short exsistance. The only one I know for sure is Chris Unrath (Baby Flamehead, Shimmers) since he posted the pictures which lead to getting the soundcloud link. (Thanks Chris & Rikki Ercoli)

Here’s a condensed history of No Milk – from Miguel H Gonzalez

Doug Rooney, guitar, and Cordy Swope, bass (later of Ruin) met 17-year-old Jeremy Klotz, drums (later of Physical Push) after the dissolution of The Ecstatics – whose members included Dave Bass, drums (later of Young Snakes) and Ron Gonzalez, guitar (later of Swans).

Ron’s my older brother. Doug went to HS with my sister. And Jeremy plus John Slepian were my friends at CAPA in Center City.

Singer Mark Rayment joined next. Then they added second guitarist Chris Unrath, who had had several bands with Mark that never took off beyond rehearsals. (One of which I was in along with Dave Martin.)

After No Milk opened for Killing Joke, local buzz really started taking off. But, Cordy left for Boston, so they recruited Dave Martin, bass (later of The Fad).

But then Jeremy decided to leave to start his own band with John Slepian, so I left Sadistic Exploits to join No Milk.

The quintet pictured is an early photo shoot around that time. We went on a 10-month tear locally plus a few gigs in DC (9:30 Club), Baltimore (Marble Bar) and Trenton (City Gardens). We recorded at Sigma with Mike Tarsia, and Lee Paris played “The No Milk Album” (actually a four-song EP) a lot.

But after opening for the Stray Cats at the ESC in July 1982, we fractured due to internal differences, stress, and what was probably more than a hot streak of burnout.

Later in 1982, Cordy returned from Boston and after reuniting with Doug found drummer Phil Fugelo (later of Mr. Mehta) and re-booted No Milk with Mark on vocals. As memory serves they played a handful of shows.

But ultimately closed the book. I like to think that No Milk spawned several interesting and important Philly bands — Ruin, The Fad, Mr Mehta, and Baby Flamehead among them.

I went on to play in Timi & The Dub Warriors with Chuck Treece among many great players. In the early 90s, I joined the eTribe with MT Giannone, another early 80s hardcore drummer.

Midnight sessions with Mike Tarsia engineering.

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