Thursday, October 9, 2008


Summer 1981. The Clash were in New York City to play a week at Bonds Casino on Broadway & 45th Street. The hottest gigs of the summer, these shows had already gained national attention as The Clashs only American appearances that year. The infamous ticket scandal broke..Bonds had oversold every show to double capacity. Both the club and The Clash became evening news items. The Clash themselves decided they would solve the problem by volunteering to play twice as many shows inorder to accommodate everyone that had bought tickets. "More dates added", announced the media.."More support bands needed", thought every musician and agent in NYC. Doug Holland and Don Cowan. Decided that this was the ideal situation for the bands debut what a laugh it would be if they actually got the gig! With fellow KRAUTs, Davey Gunner(VOCALS), Doug Holland (GUITAR), and Johnny (Koncz) Feedback (DRUMS), Don Cowan (BASS), they plastered the city with KRAUT posters. Doug and Don quickly recorded a 3-song demo tape. " Mick Jones likes it!" " are they nazi?, No, GREAT! They got the gig!". So on June 11, 1981, KRAUT made their first ever public performance, opening for The Clash at Bonds, and from that point on, theres no turning back. Though young (Johnny 13, Davey 15, Doug 18, and Don 22), they committed themselves to an irreversible course of action. They were a bit righteous to say the least, on a mission of sorts. They played a club called A-7, Maxs Kansas City, and just about anyplace that could hold a few punks. In August 1981, KRAUT released their first single "Kill For Cash" B/W True Colour and Just Cabbage" , the songs from the original demo for The Clash, now re-recorded with the help of RYK OAKLEY(producer). RYK had become the fifth member of the band helping them record and giving the guidance only a producer can give. "Kill for Cash quickly sold out its 1000- copy pressing. There's not much i can add, a real classic peice of N.Y. punk rock . This is a good history up to this record. This and other info, music, ect., can be found at their myspace , http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=28808657 .

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