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World Made Flesh

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WORD MADE FLESH was the Squirrelbait of the Lehigh Valley. And by that i mean that to me at least, they were total emocore (mostly because of Larry’s lyrics, but also because of their thick meaty and dense guitars).(you know i’m right.) They were the band that morphed out of YOUTH QUAKE in 1987. To me, they were the absolute peak band of the whole Catasauqua influenced LVHC scene. And in true Catty fashion, they were influenced by The RUTS.
Legendary teen punk hero- figure Larry Deiter on vocals and words, Tracey Pain on guitar, Roy Mayorga on drums and his brother Dan on second guitar.
Originally they didn’t have a bass player. On these songs its Tracey playing a tuned down guitar, which always floored me.
Later on, Bobby Almazan RIP from serious heavy OG Catty bands THE LIARS & ENDANGERED SPECIES joined as bassist.
They only lasted from the summer of 1987 to the fall of 1988 unfortunately, but at least you can hear their demo. It was recorded 2 tracks to a hifi VCR in Roy’s bedroom. But you can hear everything, especially Larry’s vox. In a more perfect world wherein the LV gets its cultural due, this demo would have come out on vinyl in 1987 or 88 on Homestead Records or something. It was perfect for that time period, just as Dinosaur, Squirrelbait & Ignition were.
(all the above bands would’ve made the perfect bill for a show at West Catty in ‘88 if the punks were still able to have shows there.)

Here’s what Roy Mayorga had to say when bugged about all this stuff:
“Looking back on it I always felt it was like another version of The RUTS. Which was my favorite band at that time. I wish we could’ve continued as a band and maybe we would’ve put out a record eventually. But the demo definitely captures the time perfectly. We recorded this demo before even playing a show. I remember we came up with all of these songs within that week at rehearsal and then we went to my bedroom and recorded it.”

“I think Word Made Flesh transitioned from Youth Quake in the summer of 87. This started when Tracey suggested doing a cover of “you’re just a” by THE RUTS. Why youthquake stopped? I’m not sure. If I remember correctly our bass player at the time Roy Grube (ex Youthful Aggression & Last Cry) might have quit so that was probably why we wanted to start something new. So after jamming that RUTS song it sparked another idea for a song & then we found that we had something new and different for us. Then we had the idea of getting a second guitar player to fill out the sound, that’s when my brother Dan came into the picture. We played a couple of shows (Dead Milkmen and The Exploited) (the infamous Exploited show in the LV where Wattie got maced by the crowd. and just kept singing like nothing happened) as a four piece until we found a bass player. That being Bob Almazan. He was the final piece of the puzzle. But unfortunately the band lasted only until the fall of 88.
Larry had the simplest lyrics and the point was really made damn clear what was going on in his life at that time and you can hear it in his performance.”

Roy and Dan moved to NYC so Roy could join NAUSEA, and Dan restarted WMF with Jae from A.P.P.L.E. but that didn’t really last and without Larry it couldn’t really be the same….

-Eric de Jesus EASY / Raw Pogo On The Scaffold

01 – I Was Not Myself
02 – Laugh on the Outside
03 – Don’t Put Me Down
04 – You’re Your Only Enemy
05 – Life Worth Living
06 – Questioning Heaven (boombox)
07 – Some Kind of Escape (boombox)
08 – Your Only Enemy (boombox)
09 – Don’t Put Me Down (boombox)

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Word Made Flesh in a warehouse 1987

Full document of the Lehigh Valley’s WORD MADE FLESH in 1987 rehearsing in the warehouse they shared with Bethlehem’s ORIGINAL SINS, in downtown Allentown, PA.
From easysubculture YouTube page

photos by Marcie McHugh, taken in their practice space, which they split with the very early Original Sins.

Mortimer Smedley

Kutztown’s answer to a  Amp Rep band. Were around in the early to mid 90s playing around Kutztown & Philly. The band was Bip Smedley (bass/vocals), Kyle Hildenbrand (guitar) and they had 2 drummers. The first one was Bud Dietrich and the second one was Dave Roberts. They released one 7″ (songs included here) & were on the FOE Get the Hell Out comp. Besides that there are 6 other songs included here and some live videos from Kutztown Pub & Lupos in Allentown filmed by Mark Anthony Hauck. At the Lupos show according to Bip “the club had the OJ chase playing on the big TV screen. No one was even interested in us playing”

Review of a show by Paul David from Raw Pogo On The Scaffold zine #11

Raw Pogo On The Scaffold zine #11

– Thanks to Bip for the files.

Age
Cow
Explosion
Fina
Give or Take
Halo
In Front

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Videos

Mortimer Smedley “Halo” 1994

Mortimer Smedley “3/2” 1994

Mortimer Smedley “Fina/Explosion/Cow” 1994

Please Stop Comp (1982) & Annoy Your Neighbors With This Tape (1983)

Chainsaw Tapes
Both of these compilations tapes were put out by Chainsaw Fanzine from Bethlehem PA. After I posted I learned that this fanzine was put out by Dick Destiny of Dick Destiny & The Highway Kings.
On the Annoy Your Neighbor tape Senseless Hate, Tony T And The Bad Seeds, and Russian Meatsquats were from the Lehigh Valley. Some members of Tony T were later in Original Sins.
On the Please Stop tape Suburban Aggression and Professor Schnitzer were from Reading, Senseless Hate was from Bethlehem, and Wasted Talent was from State College PA. The drummer, Mick Begnal, from Wasted Talent was later in the Philly band Oblivion.

Please Stop Comp (1982)

01. Professor Schnitzel intro
02. Suburban Aggression – Album Stomp
03. Suburban Aggression – No Drugs For Me
04. Suburban Aggression – I Want To Scream
05. Suburban Aggression – Lion’s Share
06. Attrition – First Onslaught
07. Attrition – Commandments
08. Perfect Heller – The Ride Home
09. Suburban Menace – Fear To Live
10. Spike Haytred – Straight Jacket
11. Wasted Talent – Surf City
12. No Thanks – Who Me
13. Senseless Hate – Subdue & Destroy With Blinding Speed
14. Senseless Hate – Dead Brains
15. Senseless Hate – Roasted Meat pt 4
16. Fatalities – Hemorraging
17. Smersh – 20,000 Maniacs
18. Smersh – Put Your Coat On
19. Angry Somoans – Poshboy’s Cock
20. Angry Somoans – Pictures Of Matchstick Man
21. Angry Somoans – Time To Fuck

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Annoy Your Neighbors With This Tape(1983)

01. Angry Samoans – Steak Knife
02. Angry Samoans – Lights Out
03. Roach Motel – Now You’re Gonna Die
04. Spike Haytrid – Death To Preppies
05. Spike Haytrid – Dream Girl
06. Senseless Hate – We Destroy The Ants
07. Senseless Hate – I’m A Sociopath
08. Senseless Hate – Roasted Meat, part 3
09. Meatmen – Meatmen Stomp (intellectual party version)
10. Tony T And The Bad Seeds – Suicide Note
11. Cracked Actor – Nazi School
12. Cracked Actor – Judy In Disguise
13. Smersh – Right Wing Barbeque
14. Smersh – Put Your H.O. Car In Your Mouth
15. Smersh – Man Threw In Jail (For Stealing Cookies)
16. Suburban Menace – Get Outta My Way
17. Suburban Menace – Serena Dank (Go Away)
18. Suburban Menace – What’s So Wrong
19. Suburban Menace – Skateboard Zone
20. Blight – Prophet Of Doom
21. Russian Meatsquats – Society Sucks
22. Attrition – Dilemma

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2.5 Children Inc. – Good Mourning America tape

Tape Cover

West Chester PA band tape from 1992. It’s two sides of live shows from Philly and Pittsburgh, both recorded on a boombox from the audience.

sideA

side a – Blackhole, Philadelphia 1-05-92

01. Sisters Of Mercy bit
02. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind
03. Five
04. Technology Baby
05. Anti-Man
06. Fundamentally Demented Americanisms
07. Allergic To Humans
08. Poison Love
09. Guilded Rage
10. Gabe’s Song
11. Bonus For Screaching Weasel
12. Last Rockers
13. -dialogue-
14. Anti-Man
15. College Boy
16. Paint It Black

side b

side b – Upstage, Pittsburgh 12-07-91

01. Scottcracedia (Upstage, Pittsburgh 12-07-91)
02. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind
03. Anti-Man (cut)
04. Poison Love
05. Five
06. Allergic To Humans
07. Guilded Rage
08. Coffee Dogs
09. Thought Police
10. Someone’s Gonna Die
11. Gabe’s Song
12. Bonus For Necracedia
13. Paint It Black
14. Universal Healer

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Gruberger Brothers (Reading PA)

Greetings From Reading, Pa

The Gruberger Brothers, Solomon and Jay, were originally from Brooklyn New York and are well known for being members of the Proto-Punk band O. Rex who formed in 1973 and released an independent 3-song 7inch ep in 1976. The third member of O. Rex was Kenne Highland who later became famous in the Punk world as a member of The Gizmos. It seems that O. Rex never actually played a live show and by early 1977 the Grubergers and Highland combined forced with Kim Kane of the Washington D.C. band Slickee Boys to form a new band called Afrika Korps. Recording commenced with the results released in September 1977 as the Music To Kill By LP. During 1977 Afrika Korps played some live shows and their setlists included some of the O. Rex songs. For reasons unclear the Gruberger brothers dropped out of the Afrika Korps at the end of 1977 and first Solomon moved to Reading Pennsylvania and was later followed by Jay. Once they were set up there they tried to put a band together but found that people and clubs in Reading were not interested in original music. But, with a hired drummer named Mitch, they went into Jake Hain’s Unisound Recording Studio on N. 8th Street to record tracks for a proposed record. The name of the band was to be Spike and the record was to be a 7inch ep titled 90 Miles Per Hour. Eight songs were recorded but the record was never released. Over the next two years the brothers would record ten more songs at Unisound with drummer Ron Roberts. None of this material was released to the public at the time. Had the 90 Miles Per Hour ep been released in 1978 it would have been the first Punk record from Reading Pennsylvania. While the Grubergers were involved with music playing in cover bands in Reading, Spike apparently never played live and the Gruberger Brothers never played their original material live. Both brothers did return to playing with Afrika Korps in the 1980s. Sadly, Jay Gruberger was killed in a car accident in January 1993. In 2011 all these tracks were mastered from the original reels and released on this LP. Solomon passed away in 2012, almost a year after the release of this album.

Since this album is available to purchase at Midheaven and I’m sure other places I have only included a couple of track so you can sample them – if you like them get the album

Dirty Lies
Hustler

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Original Sins

Original Sins

Two shows from the 1980s Garage revival legends. Original Sins formed 1985 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.and continued through much of the 1990s releasing many records. The Khyber show was without their keyboard player. Both shows were recorded from the audience and have good sound quality.
Can anyone fill in the song titles?
They have a facebook page here.
Also defiantly check out Brother JT’s records on his site or bandcamp and the two other current bands RunHideFight & Suffacox mach2 (original Suffacox led by the late & legendary Wayne Hamilton) he is in.
Thanks for the tape files Brett Noise Addiction II

New York City 1988

01. title unknown
02. title unknown
03. title unknown
04. title unknown
05. Why You Love Me So
06. title unknown
07. Tearing Me In Two

Khyber Pass, Philadelphia 11-25-94

01. Ego
02. title unknown
03. title unknown
04. title unknown
05. Saturday
06. Sorrow [McCoys]
07. No Matter What [Badfinger]
08. title unknown
09. title unknown
10. title unknown
11. Making Time [Creation]
12. Original Sins
13. Juicy Fruit
14. Stupefied
15. All I Have To Do Is Dream [Everly Brothers]
16. title unknown
17. title unknown
18. Mary, Mary [Monkees]
19. Not Gonna Be All Right
20. Sugar Sugar [Archies]
21. title unknown
22. title unknown

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YouthQuake

Photo credit: Jen Buck Knies

YQ was a band from 1985 to 1986 from Catasauqua in the Lehigh Valley.

Larry Deiter, charismatic teenage hero who ran away from home and lived in the little league dugouts for awhile, was the singer. he’d sung in a band called Zero Factor previously.

Tracy Pain played guitar, Bobby Fegley played bass (RIP. he died in a car crash in the 90s) and Roy Mayorga played drums. Somewhere late in their ‘career’ they got Roy Grube from LAST CRY to play bass. (I never saw this lineup…) Mike Gentilcore, local king of LV BMX, played second guitar in an early lineup.

They were from Catasauqua, which kids on the scene used to call Little England. Catasauqua (or Catty) was one of the punkest small towns in America. there were some truly amazingly stacked shows from 84 to 86 there. it was like the Huntington Beach of Pennsylvania; as if Catty High was the PA version of Edison High in HB. And most of those kids were a bit crazed and tough. it was totally Class Of ‘84.

Every other high school in the LV had maybe 5 or 6 punkers each. but at Catty High it seemed to me like every single student was a punker, or at least wouldn’t give you shit for being a punker. i mean i would go to the Catty High dances with Larry Deiter and Story from The Complaints and hang high up in the bleachers with the punkers. I never even thought of going to a dance at my own high school in Bethlehem! I mean fuck, that thought gives me shivers.

By the early 80s for some reason Catty had such a deep punk tradition and i don’t really know why…. To this day i still wonder about Why That Was. Someone brainiac should figure it out and do an ethnography.

There were even dances at some church in Catty that I and other LV punkers would attend. First time I went my mind was fucking completely blown: little elementary & middle school kids (no lie) pogoing around with spiked hair, sid vicious chain necklaces with locks, and engineer boots. Tracy Pain’s gnarly older brother was DJing (999, pork dukes, sex pistols, uk subs, all Catty faves). The chaperones were all singing along to Friggin In The Riggin and dancing around.

I couldn’t believe it.

Me & a couple kids started skanking around 1982 style and bam! Tracy’s older brother put me on the floor with a sucker punch. He didn’t like this new kinda punk dancing.

YQ practicing in some basement

Prior to Youthquake the Catty bands were pretty tough & raw and late 70s-ish. The LIARS, The CLAP, The COMPLAINTS (whom i totally loved), etc. They all kind of sang with english accents.

But with YQ came a more hardcore approach, as if intentionally they were reacting against the older punkers ( the Complaints had a song called Johnny Please Come Home, which i always hoped & imagined was about Johnny Loftus from The Clap)  YQ wrote a darker themed song called Johnny’s Not Coming Home)

They broke up in 1986 I think?

But with roy’s brother on bass, or down-tuned guitar, they morphed into WORD MADE FLESH who were, to me, thee greatest LV band ever (not just up to that point). But for whatever reason they didn’t last too long either.

Larry went on to sing in Fathead, and continues to ‘live rough’ to this very day i hear. Roy went on to play with Nausea, Soulfly, Stone Sour, Amebix and probably others.

When i think of all these old friends and the things they did I cant help but feel good, and sad; about having once been a 16 year old punker, and about how much time has gone by.
– Eric de Jesus (raw pogo on the scaffold zine/ easy subcult)
photos by Jen Buck Knies & Jen Chapelle

There first demo – It’s Up To Us is up on the FOE site
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Stress Test Demo 1986

01 – We Dont Need
02 – Johnnys Not Coming Home Today
03 – The Tables Turned
04 – American Escalation
05 – Stress Test
06 – Ill Take My Chances
07 – Right to Die
08 – It Wasnt Your Choice
09 – Prepare Them for War
10 – It Cant Happen
11 – Youre the Robot

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Follow Fashion Monkeys

wkdu house show

This is the first band I am putting up that played a show at my house. I first saw FFM at an early show for me (maybe my 2nd) in the Leigh Valley. Their lyrics opened my eyes to Animal Rights and I also liked the anti hardcore conformity message. Years later when I went to College in Philly I asked them to play a party at my house with Meister Squad. Sadly both their later period drummer DC Dave and their singer Steve are no longer with us. They were both great guys who are very missed
I’ve collected a bunch of their music here – I’m not sure if the first demo recordings are different then the first album but I included them anyway.
They released one self-titled album in 1985 (include here – it used to be available online but I can’t find it now), toured the USA with Italy’s Indigesti and recorded an album in 1987 at Inner Ear studios that was produced and mixed by Ian MacKaye and Don Zientara (available here).

For the 1986 Demo – The first song was re-recorded for their second album and the other song never saw the light of day. Sound quality is very good. The 87 demo has another version of “What About Tomorrow” and two more songs.
The live show from Club Pizzaz has 5 songs that were on that album. The live show was recorded through the soundboard so the quality is very good.

Click here for an early interview with the Follow Fashion Monkeys from FOE zine and they have a Facebook page here .

demo

First Demo Tape

01 – Animal New One
02 – For What Its Worth
03 – TV Religon
04 – UDF
05 – Hot Mustard

1st LP

1st Self-Titled LP

A1 – Hardcore Rules
A2 – Business Dance
A3 – All-American Diner
A4 – Chained to a Hole
A5 – Memorial Day
A6 – Princess
A7 – T.V. Religion
A8 – U.D.F.
A9 – Hot Mustard
B1 – Animal New One
B2 – for What Its Worth
B3 – Straight in the Face
B4 – Degeneration X
B5 – Local Celebrity
B6 – a Yam
B7 – Why Destroy!

Demo (1986)

01. What About Tomorrow
02. Don’t Ask

Demo (1987)

01. What About Tomorrow
02. No Direction (take 1)
03. No Direction (take 2)

@ Club Pizzaz, Philadelphia 2-08-87

01. For Your Love [Yardbirds]
02. Ten Years
03. For What It’s Worth [Buffalo Springfield]
04. Ready Set Go
05. All American Diner
06. M-16
07. Animal New One
08. America
09. Don’t Ask
10. Hot Mustard
11. Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer [ACDC]

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Last Cry

Demo cover

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

Band page on FOE site

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tape

Demo (1986)

01. TV Evangelist
02. Catholic School
03. Instrumental
04. Last Cry
05. Make Me Shine
06. Life Of Fate
07. Take Off Your Clothes
08. Monster In My Head
09. So Much More

@ Caddyshack, Catasaque PA 1-19-86

01 Holy Shit
02 The Monster in My Head
03 Think About It
04 Everybody’s Gotta Have Fun (Catholic School)
05 Friends You’ll Never Know
06 Take Off Your Clothes
07 Title Unknown

tape

@ West Catty Playground, Catasaque PA 4-12-86

01. Instrumental
02. Friends You’ll Never Know
03. TV Evangelist
04. So Much More
05. Last Cry
06. title unknown
07. Catholic School
08. Life Or Fate
09. The Monster In My Head
10. Make Me Shine
11. Take Off Your Clothes
12. title unknown

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Pass The Elixer Compilation

Tape cover

Pass the Elixer cassette tape comp put out by Freedom is Cancer Zine in 1987
Description of the comp:
Like a lot of people in the 1980s me and some of my friends made a fanzine. From 1985 until 1987 we printed 10 issues. For issue 9 we made a compilation tape with 90 minutes of solid Punk. Back then, because of different influences and ideas there was a diversity of sounds. And while all these bands are rooted in Punk none of them sound the same. We made our band choices to emphasize that diversity. The most well known band here is Disorder and the most obscure is P.K.G. from Torrence California who only recorded one 5-song demo before exiting. Each band has a full page in the zine. Sound quality is very good.

Part One

01 – Intro
02 – Follow Fashion Monkeys – What About Tomorrow
03 – Follow Fashion Monkeys – No Direction
04 – Follow Fashion Monkeys – Rock N Roll Singer [ACDC]
05 – Barn Av Regnbuen – Penga- Profitt Og Kapital
06 – Barn Av Regnbuen – Folk Uten Framtid
07 – Napred U Proslost – Ne Veruj Mršavom Slonu I Brzom Pužu
08 – Napred U Proslost – Nekrštena Pesma
09 – Napred U Proslost – Bajonet
10 – More Fiends – Wild West Philly
11 – More Fiends – Vinyl Grind
12 – More Fiends – Mad at Everyone
13 – Disorder – Remberance Day
14 – Disorder – Love and Flowers
15 – Disorder – Maternal Obsession
16 – Disorder – Life
17 – Patareni – Obrij Me Majko Motornom Pilom
18 – Patareni – Dio Mase
19 – Patareni – Johnny Be Fuzz

Part Two

01 – Quod Massacre – Nasa Kri
02 – Quod Massacre – Zvecer
03 – Quod Massacre – Vasa Generacija
04 – Anthrophobia – Surface Noise
05 – Anthrophobia – Flashbacks
06 – Anthrophobia – Good Ideas
07 – Misanthropic Charity – Intro Lust
08 – Misanthropic Charity – Montebello
09 – Misanthropic Charity – But Life Changed You
10 – P.K.G. – Summer Poison
11 – P.K.G. – Cracks
12 – P.K.G. – All She Wrote
13 – Benton & the Bentonites – the Chop
14 – Benton & the Bentonites – Knightmare
15 – Benton & the Bentonites – Dean Took a Header
16 – President Fetch – Blasphemy
17 – President Fetch – Whats the Matter Cowardy
18 – President Fetch – Pregant Skeleton
19 – President Fetch – Bestial
20 – Outro

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Pass the Elixer Booklet

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