Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 13 - Die Die My Darling Misfits/ Samhain/ Danzig


In this episode Adam and Mark discuss the horror punk phenomenon that is the Misfits and other fiend related pondering. Join them as they recount their most memorable Misfity stories, from Mark's band Disrupt Youth supporting the band in 1997 to Adam seeing Samhain's final live show. Plus the fiend factoids quiz, random banter, rambling and a fruity background soundtrack courtesy of Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass: Fiend Club Lounge. A Misfits tribute album of lounge covers released in 2005 by Misfits Records.

Misfits 1980's
Misfits are an American punk rock band often recognised as the pioneers of the horror punk sub genre, blending punk and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. Founded in 1977 in New Jersey, by vocalist, songwriter and keyboardist Glenn Danzig,Each incarnation of the Misfits has made use of horror film and science fiction film-inspired themes and imagery, with makeup, clothing, artwork, and lyrics drawn from B movies and television serials, many from the 1950’s through 1970’s. Musically the band is often recognised as kick off of the horror punk and psycho billy sub genres and have drawn from punk rock, heavy metal, and 1950’s rock and roll and rockabilly to inform their style. Rolling Stone describes them as "the archetypal horror-punk band of the late 1970’s and early '80 s", and they are considered icons in punk music and culture.
Misfits 1990's
30 Bloody Years - Samhain at the Best Buy Theatre in NYC on 01-Nov-2014
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Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 12 – Poison Idea



In this episode Adam and Mark decide to ponder some of their favourite punk bands. This episode they discuss the Kings of Punk Poison Idea. Listen as they share their favourite Poison Idea albums, songs, moment and urban legends.

Poison Idea, Jerry A and Pig Champion contribution to hard-core cannot be underestimated. They helped to create and sustain the genre so that it remains today for future generations. So I thought I would put this article together pinched from various sources and my own brain to fill in a bit of a PI history of sorts.

Poison Idea was started in 1980 in Portland, Oregon, by vocalist Jerry A. (Lang). Within a year, the band had a solid line up with drummer Dean Johnson, guitarist Tom Roberts (aka Pig Champion from the band Imperialist Pigs), and bassist Glen Estes. Influenced by Germs and Black Flag, they took their musical cues from bands such as Discharge and SOA. Pushing the speed limits of contemporary punk rock, they played raw and angry hard-core the likes of which had rarely been heard before (or since).

Their 1983 debut EP, Pick Your King, was released. Its subsequent follow-up, Record Collectors are Pretentious Assholes (featuring Pig Champion's substantial collection on the cover), saw Chris "Tense" replacing Glen on bass. Both were put out on a small label from Eugene, Oregon called Fatal Erection.

In 1986, Poison Idea released the aptly titled Kings of Punk LP. By this time, the band's sound had changed from manic, breakneck thrash, to a more driving, Motörhead -influenced attack - losing none of their intensity, anger, or nihilism.

In the next few years, Poison Idea's line up (mainly the rhythm section) changed several times. By 1989, Poison Idea pulled it together; after trouble with record companies and distributors, they started their own label, American Leather (named after a Germs track), and began by reissuing their 1982 demo.

Mark-O-Mark with Jerry A -
Bendigo Hotel -  Melbourne 17 May 2014
The band found their most stable line up in years: Jerry A., Pig Champion, Myrtle Tickner, and Thee Slayer Hippie and then added lead guitarist Eric "Vegetable" Olson, who wrote many PI tunes during his tenure in the band. The band then released War All the Time (named for the Charles Bukowski book) in 1987. War All the Time and the EPs that followed (the Getting the Fear 12" and the Filthkick 7") found them further developing the rock/hardcore sound first established on Kings of Punk, which they would hone in 1990 with Feel the Darkness. The classic Feel the Darkness successfully combining (where so, so many others had failed) the best elements of hard-core and hard rock for a dark, powerful sound. By this time, their drinking habits and hard living were beginning to catch up with them: the band weighed in at about 1,300 lb. collectively, and Pig Champion in particular was very fat, often having to play sitting down.

Poison Idea was one of those bands of unsung heroes that went virtually unnoticed while more successful bands took elements of their style and broke through to mainstream audiences. Poison Idea has been cited as an influence by bands and musicians such as Nirvana, Zeke, Turbonegro, Eyehategod, Pantera, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Emperor’s Bård Faust, Generation Graveyard and Ratos de Porão, but the closest that Poison Idea's music has come to respectable exposure was when Pantera covered "The Badge" for the soundtrack to "The Crow" in 1994.

Poison Idea at the Crowbar Brisbane
15 May 2014
Most people, who bought that soundtrack all those years ago, thought the song was great, but never did any research into where it came from. 

I was at a party when I first heard the track, I remember how spun out I was when I heard the badge on the stereo. It sounded good but not quite right, I said something to someone like- “Hey that’s a Poison Idea song, who‘s playing it”. And after the obligatory who the fuck is Poison idea I got – “its Pantera man”. I had discovered Feel the Darkness a few years earlier in the "Punk" section of my local record store and it still spins regularly

When Pig Champion left the band in 1993, and PI effectively called it quits. However just over five years later, Jerry A reformed the band in late 1999 with the line-up featuring Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts (guitar), Matt Brainard (guitar), Chris Carey (bass) and Chris Cuthbert (drums), breaking in the new line-up the band toured the east coast in 2002 including an appearance at CBGB's.

On January 31, 2006 guitarist Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts died aged 47 at his home in Portland of undetermined causes, although he had been suffering from the flu and an untreated kidney infection. The band had recorded the new record and it was ready for release when he died. Pig wanted the record to be called Latest Will and Testament, a name that the rest of the band liked. After Tom’s death Jerry commented that Pig probably knew something that the rest of them didn’t the album was released in May 2006 on Farewell Records. The band did not play a record release show, or any show for over a year as they tried to get used to the idea that their friend was gone.
2014 Aust tour poster 

The band distributed a video announcement in early October, 2013 announcing now new line up and 2014 world tour with new bassist Natalie Lucio and Eric "Vegetable" Olson re-joining the band on guitar after an almost 25 year absence, best known for his work on the War All the Time album, the band led by original front man Jerry A and featuring a number of other members from throughout the band’s past. I thought I’d never get to see the mighty Poison Idea live in concert, But they finally graced Australian shores May 2014 with a four date tour that turned into a seven date with an extra show in Sydney and two in Melbourne. On top of Adelaide on May 14th at Enigma Bar, Brisbane’s Crowbar on May 15th, the Bald Faced Stag in Sydney on Friday 16th May and the Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood on Saturday 17th May.

Video Links 

Poison Idea - Mating Walruses A video history (1982 - 1989)

Poison Idea @ The Crowbar- Brisbane, Australia. 15 May 2014

Poison Idea live at the Old Bar, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia on Tuesday the 20th of May 2014. (Last Australian show).

Studio albums

1986 - Kings of Punk LP (originally released on Pusmort Records)
1987 - War All the Time LP (originally released on Alchemy Records (U.S.)
1990 - Feel the Darkness LP (originally released on Vinyl Solution and American Leather)
1992 - Blank Blackout Vacant LP (originally released on No Problem and Vinyl Solution)
1993 - We Must Burn LP (originally released on Vinyl Solution and Tim/Kerr)
2006 - Latest will and Testament CD/LP (originally released on Farewell Records Network of Friends)
2015 - Confuse & Conquer CD/LP (released on Southern Lord Records)

Singles and EPs

1983 - Pick Your King 7" EP (Fatal Erection, American Leather, TKO Records)
1984 - Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes 12" EP (Fatal Erection)
1988 - Filthkick 7" EP (Shitfool, TKO Records)
1988 - Getting the Fear 12", 7" EP (Rockport, TKO Records)
1989 - Just To Get Away 7" Picture Disc Single (American Leather)
1989 - Darby Crash Rides Again 7" EP (American Leather, TKO Records)
1989 - Plastic Bomb Cassette Single (Self-released)
1990 - Taken By Surprise 7" (Sub Pop)
1990 - Discontent 7" (American Leather)
1991 - Punish Me 7", 12" & CD EP (Vinyl Solution, American Leather)
1991 - Dead Boy - A Tribute To Stiv w/ Jeff Dahl, 7" Single (Triple X Records)
1991 - Official Bootleg 2x7" EP (Vinyl Solution, American Leather)
1992 - Return of the Rat/Up Front w/ Nirvana 7" (Tim/Kerr)
1993 - Religion & Politics Part 1 & 2 2x7", 10" & CD EP (Insipid Vinyl, Tim/Kerr)
1993 - Single At X-mas w/ Ray & Grover 7" Single (Tim/Kerr)
1993 - Split Single w/ Babes In Toyland 7" Single (Insipid Vinyl)
1993 - Feel the Darkness (Remix) 7" Single (Dirter Promotions)
1998 - Learning to Scream 7" EP (Taang! Records)
2007 - Bipolar Hardcore Split 7" Picture Disc Single w/ Kill Your Idols (TKO Records)
2013 - 2013 Black Friday X-mas Split w/Angry Snowmans 7" Single (TKO Records)
2014 - Triple Chocolate Pentration 7" Single RECORD STORE DAY 2014 (Voodoo Donut)
2014 - The Badge w/ Pantera Split 7" Single RECORD STORE DAY 2014 (Rhino Records)
2015 - Rövsvett 7" (Just 4 Fun)
2016 - Calling All Ghosts 12" (American Leather)



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Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 11 – The Exploited

In this episode Adam and Mark decide to ponder upon some of their favourite punk bands. First cab off the ranks is legendary Mohawk punkers, The Exploited. Listen as they go all fanboy and discuss most things fact and fiction as well as their favourite Exploited Albums, Songs and moments.



The Exploited is a Scottish hard-core punk band from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1979 by Stevie Ross and Terry Buchan and later joined by his brother Wattie Buchan. They signed to Secret Records in March 1981, and their debut EP Army Life and debut album Punks Not Dead were both released that year. The band maintained a large cult following in the 1980s among a hard-core working class punk and skinhead audience. Although The Exploited continues to perform live, they have not released any studio material since their last album Fuck the System in 2002.

Their songs have been covered by Slayer and Ice-T, and despite many line-up changes, Wattie has remained as the Exploited’s singer and leader. The Exploited are one of the iconic bands of the UK 82 punk movement along with, GBH and Discharge. The term "UK 82" came from The Exploited's song "UK82". UK 82 (also known as UK hardcore, second wave punk or No Future punk) took the existing punk sound and added the incessant, heavy drumbeats and distorted guitar sound of Motörhead. The term UK 82 is taken from the title of a song by The Exploited. Cross-pollination existed between this era of British street punk and American hardcore punk. The lyrics of UK 82 bands tended to be much darker and more violent than the lyrics of earlier punk bands. They tended to focus on the possibilities of a nuclear holocaust, and other apocalyptic themes, partially due to the military tension of the Cold War atmosphere. The other mainstay of the lyrics of the era was unemployment, and the policies of the Conservative Party government. Lyrics frequently denounced the Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher in the same way that American hardcore punk bands addressed the Ronald Reagan administration. AllMusic described The Exploited as "one of most riveting British punk rock units of the early 1980..

In the 2007 documentary Punk's Not Dead, both Wattie and Wullie Buchan are interviewed. They are the only two native speakers in the documentary to be given subtitles, as many North Americans struggle to understand the Scots language used.- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9b_M-i7HF0

Other Excellent Exploited Videos
·      Alive at Leeds (1983) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VvPrXKYj_Y
·      Sexual Favours (1987) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QA5Mw6o0Fc
·      Live in Japan (1993) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyzsnkFUTHo
·      Rock and Roll Outlaws (1995) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ1BN2nG_bc
·      Beat 'Em All (2004) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M50Wpx-oIY

Studio Albums
·       Punks Not Dead (1981)
·       Troops of Tomorrow (1982)
·       Let's Start a War... (Said Maggie One Day) (1983)
·       Horror Epics (1985)
·       Death Before Dishonour (1987)
·       The Massacre (1990)
·       Beat the Bastards (1996)
·       Fuck the System (2003)

The Exploited in OZ
Punk's Not Dead! @ Club 299 - Tuesday 25 September 2007 
Venue - Club 299 - Fortitude Valley, QLD
Supporting Artist - Mouthguard + The Dragstrippers

SET LIST
Let's Start a War (Said Maggie One Day)
Fightback
The Massacre
Dogs of War
Chaos Is My Life
UK 82
Dead Cities
Fuck the System
Cop Cars
Noize Annoys
Troops of Tomorrow
Never Sell Out
Rival Leaders
Alternative
You're a Fucking Bastard
I Believe in Anarchy
Holiday in the Sun
Beat the Bastards
Daily News
There Is No Point
Fuck the USA
Porno Slut
Army Life
Encore
Sex & Violence
Punks Not Dead
Maggie
Was It Me

The Exploited ON TOUR - Thursday Dec10 2015
Venue - The Zoo, Brisbane, Australia
Supporting Artist - The Scam / Plan of Attack / The F1-Elevens

As the clock hit 10.30pm, the Scottish madmen commenced the evening’s craziness with Let’s Start a War, followed by Fightback, and Dogs of War.  Having suffered a heart attack onstage in Portugal at the beginning of 2014 showed no signs of slowing down. In fact, the renowned anarchist couldn’t even hide a few cheeky grins throughout the set to show he was having a good time during their first stop of the Aussie tour. This current member line-up of The Exploited is by far the sturdiest and tightest over the bands entire career. Matt McGuire’s axe work adds a more metal edge to the songs, while Irish Rob directed all of his energy into punishing the bass and swinging around his massive mop of dreads. The twenty plus song set list weighed heavily on the Fuck the System, Punk’s Not Dead, and Troops of Tomorrow albums, but not forgetting to throw in some other belters such as Beat the Bastards, and Porno Slut. Sex and Violence gave the opportunity for one lucky punter to test out his pipes while Wattie took a short break before returning for Maggie and the punk classic Punk’s Not Dead. As this hot and muggy night drew to a close, Was It Me wrapped up an absolutely superb Thursday evening out on the town. These punks might be older, but they are far from dead. Great stuff!

SET LIST
Let's Start a War (Said Maggie One Day)
Fightback
Dogs of War
UK 82
Chaos Is My Life
Dead Cities
Alternative
Noize Annoys
Never Sell Out
Troops of Tomorrow
I Believe in Anarchy
Holiday in the Sun
Beat the Bastards
Fuck the System
S.P.G.
Cop Cars
Porno Slut
Army Life
Fuck the USA
Encore
Sex & Violence
Punks Not Dead
Was It Me

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Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 10 - Video Nasty - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


In this episode Adam and Mark discuss Tobe Hoopers legendary 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This episode is the third in series of micro shows that dive into the three Video nasties that formed the basis of their 25-year friendship.




The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a 1974 American slasher film directed by Tobe Hooper  (Poltergeist – 1982, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2 1986, the Mangler – 1995, Life-force - 1985) and written and co-produced by Hooper and Kim Henkel. 

Starring - Marilyn Burns - Sally Hardesty, (Helter Skelter Linda Kasabian -1976, The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Patient on Gurney- 1994, Texas Chainsaw 3D - Verna / Sally Hardesty - 2013), Paul A. Partain - Franklin Hardesty, (The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Hospital Orderly - 1994, Rolling Thunder - Brother-in-Law -1977), Edwin Neal- the hitchhiker, (Future Kill - Splatter – 1985, Zombiegeddon (TROMA) - God – 2003), Jim Siedow - the proprietor, (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 - Drayton Sawyer - The Cook -1986), and Gunnar Hansen - Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw 3D - Boss Sawyer 2013, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers - The Stranger – 1988, Hellblock 13 - The Executioner – 1999).

 Plot - Five teenagers vs a cannibalistic Texan family of chainsaw loving psychopathsWhen Sally (Marilyn Burns) hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family's old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape. The film was marketed as being based on true events to attract a wider audience and to act as a subtle commentary on the era's political climate; although the character of Leatherface and minor story details were inspired by the crimes of murderer Ed Gein, its plot is largely fictional.


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Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 09 – Video Nasty - The Hills Have Eyes

In this episode Adam and Mark discuss Wes Craven’s 1977 Mystery/Horror directorial debut follow up - The Hills Have Eyes. This episode is the second in series of micro shows that dive into the three Video nasties that formed the basis of their 25 year friendship.






The Hills Have Eyes features a Cannibalistic mountain cave clan that stalk and eat stranded vacationers in the arid Southwest Californian desert. Directed by Wes Craven (The Last House on the Left 1972, A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984, Scream1996, Shocker 1989), Starring Susan Lanier as Brenda (Welcome Back, Kotter - Bambi Forster -1975-1977), Michael Berryman – Pluto (Weird Science - Mutant Biker- 1985, The Devil's Rejects – Clevon -2005, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest –Ellis – 1975, Wizards of the Demon Sword - Highway Man #1 – 1991, Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time  - Pilgrim #1 – 1991, The Barbarian Brothers - Dirtmaster – 1987. Mötley Crüe: Home Sweet Home - Man with Phone-1985, Mötley Crüe: Smokin' in the Boys Room – principle 1985, The Ramones: Substitute - Bartender – 1994) and Dee Wallace – Lynne (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Mary (mum) -1982, Cujo - Donna Trenton (mum) – 1983, Critters – Helen Brown -1986, The Howling - Karen White – 1981 The Lords of Salem  - Sonny – 2012).



Plot - The film follows the Carters, a suburban family targeted by a family of cannibal savages after becoming stranded in the Nevada desert. While traveling in a trailer through the desert to California, the retired detective Big Bob Carter stops in an isolated gas station with his family for fuelling and rest. Bob is traveling with his wife Ethel, his son Bobby, his daughters Brenda and Lynn and his son-in-law and Lynn's husband Doug and their daughter baby Katy. When they leave the gas station, the owner advises Bob to stay in the main road. However, the stubborn driver takes a shortcut through a nuclear testing site and wrecks his station wagon. With the family stranded in the middle of nowhere, Bob and Doug walk on the road trying to find some help. Bob is captured by an insane and sadistic member of a deranged evil family that lives nearby the spot. Doug returns to the trailer, and along the night the Carter family is attacked by a group of psychotic cannibal criminals. Absolutely trapped by the murderers, they have to fight to survive.


Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 08 Video Nasty - Hellraiser

In this episode Adam and Mark discuss Clive Barker’s 1987 Thriller/Fantasy directorial debut - Hellraiser. This is the first in three part series of micro shows that dive into the three Video nasties that formed the basis of their 25 year friendship.





Hellraiser is a 1987 British supernatural horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, and produced by Christopher Figg, based on Barker's novella The Hellbound Heart. Staring Andrew Robinson – Larry (Dirty Harry - Killer 1971, Child's Play 3 – Sergeant Botnick – 1991), Clare Higgins - Julia (The Libertine - Molly Luscombe -2004, East Enders Hazel 2015), Doug Bradley – Pinhead Lead Cenobite, (Night breed - Dirk Lylesberg – 1991, Killer Tongue – Wig – 1996)

Plot - Sadomasochistic demons that pursue a woman’s zombie lover after he escaped their underworld. Despite the graphic nature of the film, it’s really a love story between Julia Cotton and her demented—and skinless—lover Frank ... whose relationship just so happens to revolve around sadistic torture.