Part Time Punks
In early 1977 The WEIRDOS mighty sound and singular style were the big-bang igniting the L.A. punk rock scene. In a 1977 interview for SLASH magazine they proclaimed "we're not punks, we're weirdos from Hollyweird!". This was'nt just goofy sloganeering this was a stance intended to distinguish The WEIRDOS as a band apart from the burgeoning punk rock scenes in New York and London. After all, The WEIRDOS were dwelling in thier own urban wasteland (LA) which they embodied in thier songs, graphics and clothes. In 1990, after releasing records on BOMP, DANGERHOUSE and RHINO, The WEIRDOS released the CONDOR LP and the crucial WEIRD WORLD VOL. I on FRONTIER. In 2003 The WEIRDOS released the long-awaited WEIRD WORLD Vol. II; a collection of studio and live recordings. Dateline: July 7, 2004---The WEIRDOS are declared winners of the 2004 L.A. WEEKLY Music Awards for BEST PUNK ROCK/HARDCORE BAND. Read the latest WEIRDOS interview in SKRATCH MAGAZINE on-line at skratchmagazine.com Also; hear The WEIRDOS 1977 classic SOLITARY CONFINEMENT in the new film LORDS OF DOGTOWN. ...and coming soon on FRONTIER lookout for 'The WEIRDOS - Live On Radio'
Avengers were formed in San Francisco, in the first wave of American Punk. Penelope Houston was the lead singer, primary songwriter, and her persona was a large part of the draw for the act. The other band members were James Wilsey (bass), D. Furious (drums), and Greg Ingraham (guitar). Critic Greil Marcus once said The Avengers were, "…San Francisco's best punk band - in their moments, they were, you knew, better than any other band playing that night anywhere in the world."
Avengers gained much publicity when they opened for the Sex Pistols in San Francisco, for their legendary final show at Winterland. The Avengers' 4-song EP was also produced by Steve Jones (of the Sex Pistols) in 1979 on White Noise Records.
Their discography also contains an earlier 3-song EP (on Dangerhouse Records) from 1977, a full album called "The Avengers" from 1981, a compilation of unreleased tracks and outtakes called "The Avengers Died for Your Sins" in 1999 on Lookout! Records, and a second compilation titled "The American in Me" on DBK Works (2004). Houston and Ingraham have reunited and currently perform as The Avengers with bassist Joel Reader (MXT, Pansy Division) and drummer Luis Illades (Pansy Division) touring the US and Europe.
One of LA's best (and weirdest) punk bands. Art punk really. DEADBEATS' classic debut, "Kill The Hippies," on Dangerhouse Records is recognized by punk collectors and fans as one of the very best ever released. (A record only just finally reissued a couple years back on the Artificx label.) Perhaps summed up best on the Killed By Death website: "All hail The Deadbeats from now on and forever, one the best bands to ever walked the earth."
Rhino 39 was among the wave of punk bands originating in the Los Angeles, California area, in the late 1970s. The band was notable for recording an early hardcore punk single: (Xerox/No Compromise) on the Dangerhouse label. + Members Mark R. Malone, bass; Larry Parrot, guitar; Tim Carhart, drums, were with the band throughout its tenure. Original singer Dave Bratton (also known by his stage name, Dave Dacron) died in an auto accident in April, 1980, after which Joel Bratton, the younger brother of the original singer took on the role of vocalist and sang on their self-titled LP. Later Jason Scharback took over as vocalist. Rhino 39 was known for its good musicianship and anger-free, light-hearted showmanship. Rhino 39 disbanded in the mid 1990s.