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LapJaw

LapJaw was formed around the earlier part of ’87 by Craig Surgent and Greg Hohnholt who originally met around 1981 while working in the same Pathmark supermarket in Freehold, N.J.. After realizing that they shared interest in much of the Punk & New Wave music which was still unfolding, they became great friends. After Craig left Autistic Behavior in early ’83, it took a little while for him to even think about the idea of getting another group together as he had basically never created any kind of music before the “AB’s”, as they were nicknamed by friends of the band in the Philly Punk scene. Songwriting was something he grew into doing, spurred on by his embracing of the concept that Punk Rock especially championed ~ That there was a bit of leveling which was needed to address the stronghold of overly technical and often cliched concepts released by groups pouring out standard FM rock radio. That one could basically start again from the beginning and hoe their own row, making up your own rules and song structures appealed greatly and seemed somewhat necessary. Anything could be said or done as long as the conviction was there as well as the understanding that you weren’t likely to jump to the top of any sales charts in the current climate. This was something that carried on into the music of LapJaw, which was created as the pair began to introduce their own songs into the list of Ventures, Kinks, New York Dolls and One-Hit Wonders etc., covers that they would jam on in wee drunken excursions. As they began to work harder towards the concept of getting out to play shows, they were faced with the notion that a calling card of some kind was necessary in order to be able to secure some opening spots in the local clubs. Craig remembered his good friend Chuck Treece, whom he met during his time in Autistic Behavior. Amazingly talented and spirited, Chuck would visit the basement of what became to be somewhat known as the “AB house” quite often, where he and Craig would jam frequently to their heart’s content. Remembering Chuck’s great enthusiasm and excellent skills as a drummer, he was enlisted to complete the three-piece unit which would hit the recording studio in about six months time. These recordings which you are listening to from the, “Talking From The Hip”, 12in. e.p. would be recorded and mixed by the band w/ Ken Fordyce at Mirror Sound in Cinnaminson, N.J. and released independently on their own Moon Records imprint in 1987. While the band had a great deal of fun playing music together, they lacked a real manager who could push and cajole them into any decent bookings in Philly/N.J. area. Clubs like Revival in Philly were booked with a somewhat nepotistic approach, complicated by their informing that the band not only needed some recorded music, but some kind of following that was already in progress which would guarantee that they could draw attendees. Lousy credit card logic b.s. ~ if you don’t have one, then you can’t get one! Expecting to be able to obtain gigs at Trenton’s, ‘City Gardens’ from the numerous shows that Autistic Behavior played there in support of groups like Delta 5, Stiv Bators & The Wanderers, T.S.O.L. and the Dead Kennedys, the group was surprised to find it’s doors closed to them. According to now infamous club promoter, Randy Now… “Sorry, we’re just not booking any hardcore at the club!”. This came as somewhat of a surprise at the time, as even though The AB’s were banned and brought back into favor at the club more than once, the music of this band was not exactly what you would call ‘hardcore’ specifically. Tunes were mostly fast, yes, and the vocals were a bit more shouted than sung, but the band definitely felt that this was still rock and roll, albeit played very fast and wild. It was only understood after many years from seeing the film, “Riot On The Dance Floor”, that the club had just had way too much of the violence and silliness taking place nightly that they couldn’t continue to book the more aggressive bands which attracted that trouble. Not for lack of trying, the band ended up doing about 4 actual gigs, 2 at Bacchanal in Philly, 1 at the Brighton Bar in N.J. and one in the basement of the Swedish Historical Society Museum in FDR park. As Greg had already been traveling up to Philadelphia for practices and such from N.J., as well as being the only person with a drivers license and a truck to carry equipment to gigs, things didn’t entirely seem to be going in the right direction for LapJaw and things began to fall apart for the group. There were many great times had in the experience of playing, producing and releasing the record, although Craig and Greg bit basically had blinders on in many respects towards any greater success with the project. There was a decent review in Maximum R&R, City Paper and a few others. A company from Germany, Sub Pop and a number of other distributors bought into acquiring a number of copies to sell. A botched deal with Caroline Records did not help things, but the offer just didn’t seem like a fair way to get the bands foot in the door, as it were. One major high point was being championed on BBC radio by legendary British D.J., John Peel, several times during the course of about two weeks… “Ahh, they really maim as we used to say back in the day!” he was quoted as saying on the air as well as a few other choice endorsements. The record came with individually numbered xeroxed lyric sheet and featured a fine label drawn by Jacy Webster of the Philadelphia Record Exchange which was a parody of the Sun Records label suggested to him by Craig. While the record was pressed for a set price which would produce 1000 copies w/ a 10% overage or underage, depending on the vinyl used, the band felt fortunate to have sold nearly half of the pressing without actually being able to do much promotion or shows! Enjoy!!

Thanks for the record and info Craig Surgent!

Talking From the Hip (1987)

A1 – The Swingin Creeper
A2 – Foot in the Door
A3 – JD Boulevard
B1 – Ain’t Doin Bad
B2 – Power Child
B3 – BMB Baby

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Poor Girls – Lee Paris Benefit Show – 05/03/86

Poor Girls video from the Lee Paris/PCHA benefit show – Houston Hall, U of Penn 05/03/86

In 1982, Ricky Lee and an Indiana friend, Kenny O. Williams, founded Poor Girls as an artistic tribal collective, as prolific with paintbrushes as with beatnik punk songwriting. Playing frequently at Tewligans, the Beat clubs and the few other Louisville venues available, Poor Girls became focused as a 4-piece rock outfit, releasing one cassette and one album of unique tunes, recorded at Jeff Carpenter’s Real to Reel studios. In addition to Ricky Lee’s bass and Kenny O.’s vocals, Chuk Baxter (that’s me) played guitar and Barry Stucker drummed. Other occasional participants in the noise included Roea Wallace on pots, pans & kitchen chairs, and Pierre Vendette on sax. The group moved to Philadelphia in 1985 seeking East Coast opportunities and an eventual chance to go play Amsterdam. The band shared stages with groups as diverse as the quirky Violent Femmes and the hard-rocking UK Subs and Big Black. Unfortunately, Poor Girls left another recording project unfinished and unmixed in Philly when they broke up in late 1986. From Louisville Music News site

Thanks to Flipo from the Excuses for the video.

Philadelphia Punk Gigography 1977-1987

For a few years I was working on this Philly Punk gigography covering the years 1977-1987. I cut off at 1987 because the music diversified so much after that that I thought it would be too much plus, I moved in one direction while others moved in another direction even though all the music could be considered Punk in some form at least. I haven’t been able to finish it because of Covid and the library being closed for a while and also, I wasn’t able to pay for newspapers.com the last several years. Most of what I have listed is from old flyer, fanzines, websites and newspapers. I only did newspaper research for Hot Club and other venues up to summer 1978. So, there is two years of research needed between summer 1978 and 1980. And, then for Omni’s and Ripley’s in the early 1980s. I also added the pre-Punk stuff from Stooges, MC5, New York Dolls, Velvet Underground/Lou Reed, Patti Smith and a few choice others like Hawkwind with Lemmy and Roxy Music that I thought were good influences for Punk.

Gigography 1966-1987 pdf

Please feel free to use it and add to it for the good of all and the history of Philadelphia. Please send any corrections or additions to FreedomHasNoNounds@gmail.com.

Gang War & John Cale – Emerald City 05/06/80

In 1979, Johnny Thunders, legendary Heartbreakers and New York Dolls guitarist, teamed up with Wayne Kramer, also legendary guitarist of Detroit’s seminal MC5, to form Gang War, an alliance that lasted the best part of a year.
On May 6, 1980 Gang War played Emerald City in Cherry Hill NJ with legendary ex Velvet Underground founderJohn Cale. Unfortunately there was only 2 and half songs of John Cale’s set on the tape.

Gang War

Gang War- 01 – I’ll Go Crazy
Gang War- 02 – Ramblin’ Rose
Gang War – 03 – MIA
Gang War – 04 – Ten Commandments of Love
Gang War – 05 – Harder They Come
Gang War – 06 – I’d Rather Be With the Boys
Gang War – 07 – Pain
Gang War – 08 – Looking for a Kiss
Gang War – 09 – Do You Love Me

John Cale

John Cale – 01 – Walking the Dog
John Cale – 02 – Baby You Know
John Cale – 03 – Dead Or Alive(Partial)
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Thanks to Flipo from the Excuses for the files

Caterpillar – Demo Tape

Caterpillar was one of my favorite local bands in the 90s – I was hooked after hearing the title track off the Bus 6 7 inch. This is a demo tape without a lot of info on it but I assume it was before that 7inch and the previous one Velvet Ears.
The lineup of the band was:
Bass – Brenda DeFeo
Drums – Jack McInerney
Guitar – Dennis Davis
Guitar, Vocals – Mike Lenert

Mike Lenart also currently plays in Suffacox Mach 2 & was Lettuce Prey
Checkout more about Caterpillar at Tapewrecks.
or Facebook or Bandcamp

sideA

A1 – Slowlamenalopa
A2 – Romilar Jag (Live)
B1 – Ronald
B2 – Ed
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Side B
Thanks for the tape Marina.

The Deliriants & L.M.N.O.P.- Practice Tapes

The Eddie Beinlich tapes. Eddie thinks the LMNOP (who later became Doctor Bombay) tape is from their first ever practice. The Deliriants practice is one of their early ones probably before they played any shows and even decided on a band name. The Bill + Mark tape is a mystery. Eddie cannot remember why he has it and doesn’t play on it as far as he remembers. It’s on the a-side of the Deliriants practice tape and I think it is really good.

L.M.N.O.P. – Practice Tape 1 1984

01-Title Unknown.mp3
02-Title Unknown.mp3
03-Title Unknown.mp3
04-Title Unknown.mp3
05-Desire.mp3

Deliriants – Practice Tape 1-86

01-Unchain My Heat.mp3
02-Whats Going On.mp3
03-Shape of Things to Come.mp3
04-Hully Gully.mp3
05-Petty Baby.mp3
06-Let it All Hang Out.mp3

Bill + Mark Practice Tape (1986)

01-Title Unknown.mp3
02-Title Unknown.mp3
03-Title Unknown.mp3

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Thanks for the tape files Brett Noise Addiction II

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