Killig Joke from the East Side Club from August 17th 1981 part of theie East coast of the US Tour
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.
When I joined KDU Executive Slacks were the biggest band at the station for over 21 (or at least good fake ID) crowd. I was more in the all ages hardcore show faction so although I liked them I never actually got to see them live.
Their bandcamp page has a good description of the band:
They were one of the most groundbreaking bands to emerge out of Philadelphia in the early ‘80s, laying the sonic foundation for future acts such as Ministry, Skinny Puppy, and Nine Inch Nails. Yet the post-punk, proto-industrial sounds of Albert Ganss, Matt Marello, and John Young never earned the significant recognition it deserved.
I’m not sure what year this video was shot but it is from Ripley’s Music Hall so that narrows it down until early to mid 80’s.
Thanks to Flipo from the Excuses for the video.
9Fireman9 were an industrial noise band from Philly in the early 90’s. 9F9 was Marc Laurick’s band.- Jon Wischmann (Sink Manhatten) played with them too and Steve (King Carcass) said he jammed with them a bit but never played a show with them. Steve remembered them opening for Pussy Galore at the Crypt in West Philly and Jon Spencer heckling them by yelling “Swans rip off” Marc heckled them back with “Sonic Youth rip off”
Besides Tar & Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi Mix (see below) they released two other tapes IHSV & one just called 9 Fireman 9 which was recorded at a show 5-1-87 at the Philadelphia College Of Art. If anyone has these cassettes I’d love to add them to this post. (Thanks Jackie for the Mundi Mix Tape)
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi Mix
Butterfly Joe Live on Marina’s show from WKDU.
They formed after the breakup of the Dead Milkmen in 1995. Made up of ex-Dead Milkmen Joe Genaro & Dean Sabatino, ex-Baby Flamehead Andy Bresnan and bassist Joe Quigley. They released one self-titled cd in 1999 which had it’s release show soon after this live broadcast. Marina also interviewd them which you can listen to here
Besides the re-formed Dead Milkmen both Dean and Joe are currently playing in the super-melodic and original indie instrumental rock music band I Think Like Midnight
Head Cheese was a post-punk band from the early 80s. While attending University of the Arts Susan Ottaviano meet Jade Lee and they formed a band with their friend Celeste Ries. They recorded one 7″ at Third Story recording studio. I don’t have mp3’s of that 7 inch so instead I’ve included YouTube videos for the three songs. What i do have is a booklet that they put out – to be honest I am not 100% sure I put the pages in the right order but please check it out.
Head Cheese Booklet
The video for Jungle Jam was shot as a film project around Philly
Susan Ottaviano (who later went on to New Wave stardom in Book of Love) on the making of her Philly band Head Cheese’s single ‘Jungle Jam’ from 1982:
We recorded “Jungle Jam” at Third Story music, an 8 track studio in Philadelphia, in 1981. It was produced by David Javelosa, who we met at the East Side Club. He was performing with his group Los Microwaves at the time. The ‘Jungle Jam’ video was filmed in and around Philly and is truly a love story to the city. There are scenes on Broad Street, the gargoyles in City Hall, a basement on League street and a pig’s head from the Italian Market. The Jungle Jam video has just recently been posted on YouTube. One of the original directors of that video even works for Pixar now. He said that he had more fun on our movie than he does today. You should check it out. It’s pretty funny.”
Head Cheese Jungle Jam video
Head Cheese – Teenage Idol
Head Cheese – “Non-Melodic”
Thanks for sending this to me Brett Noise Addiction II