Last Cry were from Lehigh Valley (Bethlehem) Pennsylvania and were around for only 6 months or so. In that time they opened for some big touring bands – Descendants and Marginal Man among them. They never made it out of the Lehigh Valley and their last act together was to record a 9 song demo tape. They are believed to be the first female fronted Punk Band from LVHC
Endorphins were started by Paul Albert who was from Canada and doing a degree at University Of Pennsylvania. The line up on this demo was the original line up. Sometime after this recording Amy left and over the next few years they had a few different lead guitarists as fourth members. Paul Albert was the main song writer. In 1984 the band had a flexi disc released with The Bob music paper.
The band = Paul Albert – Vocals/Guitar, Pat Ream – Bass, Eddie Beinlich – Drums, Amy Rican – Electric Violin.
These demos were recorded at a studio in Old City that was at about 2nd and Spruce.
Eddie Beinlich later played drums on the Mondo Topless Squish demo.
On these Endorphins recordings Frank Bower is the 4th member and is playing lead guitar on the practice recordings in 1983 and Jay Medley is playing lead guitar on the unreleased single. In 1984 the band had a 4-song flexi disc sold through the Philly music newspaper The Bob. In 1984 and 1985 they released a couplr of tapes and had several songs on several comp. tapes in the UK. In 1986 they had one song on the Beasts From The East com LP released on Voxx Records.
Eddie Hacksaw was a pioneering DJ at WXPN in the early days of the Philadelphia scene. Personally I never got to meet him but I’ve always heard he was a great DJ that did a lot to promote the local scene. Tragically he died in a car accident August 1986.
This is a recording of one of his shows from December 1982
Anthrophobia has been around a long time with many lineup and a few location changes the one constant member is singer Frank Phobia. These demos and rehearsal represent the beginnings of that band in Reading Pennsylvania through the Philly years. The Rehearsal and first Demo were recorded during 1985 in Reading. Soon after that Frank moved to Philadelphia and put together a new line up and recorded a few more demos and a track on Discpan Hands / A Philadelphia Compilation The 1988 demo is still generally Punk based but has a definite metal edge to it. The 1992 demo was recorded when Grunge was king and that style is reflected there. There is the added benefit of Suzi Gardner from L7 on backing vocals. A couple of these songs were released on a 7″ single. In 2014 the original members of the band reformed as The Anthrophobia Founding Fathers. They played a few reunion shows and released a cd Endgame, I also included pictures at the bottom of this post form the Founding Fathers show I went to at Young Ones Records in Kutztown. In between and since Anthrophobia has released a lot of great albums you can listen or better yet buy them at their bandcamp page. They have a new EP called Altered States coming out August 14th 2020.
Berks County PA Punk Compilation by Brett (Noise Addiction II) With bands from all over Berks County from the early 80’s to 2000. My time living in Berks County was during the early period of this comp the only bands I got to see on here were Anthrophobia & Benton & The Bentonites. But a lot of bands on this comp that are worth checking out. (There were no photos for this so I just used one of the Pagoda)
Little Gentlemen a Philly band from the early to mid 80’s that was on the first philly comp: Get Off My Back LP. Besides that comp they released One 7′ and two LPs which I have collected below along with some photos by Phil Commander (Thanks!) and some flyers.
The band was made up of Paul Evalds – Vocals, Rob DiJoseph (currently in Anthrophobia) – Bass Guitar, Rob Iannelli – Guitar, Wayne Paupst – Drums (first 45, compilation LP 1983), Dave Bass (Negative FX) – Drums – (First LP 1984)
Go see their facebook page
This post was originally on Noise Addiction blog – I have re-posted it (with a few changes) – Check out more Noise Addiction posts at Noise Addiction 2
Kremlin Korps were around for about 1 years – 1983-1984 – and released one 7″ ep in that time. When they split 3 members formed Homo Picnic. The More Fiends were a very unique sounding band that started in 1985. They released two albums, are the only Philly band to record a John Peel Session and one of the few Philly bands to tour Europe. This early live show is with the original line up – guitar/slide guitar/drums/sax – and they have a more No Wave sound which is much different than the more Punky sound they are known for. This line up never released anything but apparently they did record some demos. Ruin need no intro. They were the best band to ever come out of Philly. On this show they played for almost 90 straight minutes. Seeds Of Terror existed from 1982 to 1984 and only had two songs on the Get Off My Back Philly Hardcore comp. though they did record a full albums worth of stuff. All I have is this one song which is about the Philly DJ Lee Paris.
This post combines an old post about Sadistic Exploits from Noise Addiction and the Hellfire Sessions that I converted from Crunch Productions tape. Plus a bunch of other links to Sadistic Exploits stuff First here is the updated Noise Addiction post:
Sadistic Exploits – Collection 1981-1985
Sadistic Exploits were Philadelphia’s favorite Punk citizens and were the ones who really got things rolling in that city by organizing several Punk festivals and other gigs starting in 1981. In that year they also released their only single, now a classic of the time. Unfortunately due to members coming and going they were never able to realize their full potential as the best band from Philly. In 1985 they were able to get one last song released on an impossible to find compilation LP. Collected here are the three songs they released plus a demo, rehearsal and an interview. More into here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadistic_Exploits
Die Kreuzen Live videos from Philadelphia and 1 from CBGBs.
Some videos that I have had up on YouTube but not up on this blog so I’m adding them to this post. Die Kreuzen were one of my favorite live bands and they always put on a great show. The JC Dobbs video was one I had owned on VHS but I loaned it out and never got back so I was so happy Lenny (RIP) had it and let me put it up.
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