Tuesday, May 5, 2009


This is a classic San Fransisco punk record. I took this info from their Myspace. There's quite a bit more to their story, and they have a cd that you can purchase for $12.00. It contains all of their recorded material, I recommend you go check it out, the link is below. VKTMS got together in 1978 when Mohammed Obead introduced Louis Gwerder (drums) to Jay Davis (guitar). After rehearsing for a while with various people and using a different name they ended up with George Ritter (bass) and began searching for a singer. Nyna Crawford answered a bulletin board ad placed at Aquarius Records. Her intense energy (she cracked a solid concrete floor) and already developed lyric skills impressed them immediately.
The band began gigging and shortly after put out what has become to be called the "Midget" EP , a fairly collectible 4 song record with My Babys a Midget which has been often covered and unfortunately bootlegged.
Not long after that friction arose with George and Steve Ricablanca (another friend of the gregarious Palestinian Mohammed) was brought over. His more developed skills brought a higher level of musicianship and songcraft to the VKTMS. His introduction to recording with the band also occurred within a short time span on the legendary SF Underground EP (on Subterranean Records) with other bands Flipper, Tools, and No Alternative.
Jay Davis left the band and after some auditions Steve remembered a guitarist, John Binkov, that he had also met in a roundabout way through a bulletin board note. Using John's background in various styles, as well as his tough attitude, the finishing touch was added to the project.This line-up has remained intact since 1980. John fit right in and soon the band found itself playing more often than most of the other bands in town.
Few bands played the Mabuhay Gardens more times and VKTMS played every single other club in town and in the Bay Area. Playing gigs with the Dead Kennedys, DOA, Flipper, Mutants, and so forth at the legendary Mab, around the San Francisco Bay area, and up and down the coast helped establish the VKTMS sound and style. Shows with the Ramones, Johnny Thunders and other godfathers toughened the music even more. VKTMS also became the ritual sacrificial offering for many touring acts (Stranglers, Roky Erikson, 999, Killing Joke, Wall of Voodoo, Bush Tetras, Fear, Psychedelic Furs, Delta 5, and many others) when they came through town. Of course, there were many, many shows with friends and peers such as the Dead Kennedys, DOA, Crime, SVT, Romeo Void, Agent Orange, TSOL and so many others.
When given a chance to record for Howie Kleins 415 Records VKTMS put out the infamous White Girl/No Long Goodbyes single with cover art by the underground cartoonist Jim Osbourne, who also designed a series of highly outlandish posters.
In the winter of 1981-1982 VKTMS began recording an album at Parvin Studios. There was no label support and the band was hoping to shop the album. Based on their strong local support the thought was that this was possible. What happened instead was that the recordings sat in the can for twelve years (until 1994).
Nyna left in 1982 and played in Murder (w/ Bob Clic of the Lewd) and in Smashed Weekend (with Ben Cohen of Sister Double Happiness). Sadly Nyna passed away from cancer in 2000 after a very brave five year battle.
Steve and John played in Vauxhall for about a year until Steve went off to culinary school. John tried to keep playing for a while but like the others got the feeling it was time to try something new. Needing to learn more about other music styles and wanting more input from diverse sources, on a wild impulse he applied to UC Berkeley and actually got in. John got a BA in Music (1992) there and then an MA (1995) from UC Davis (Composition).
Louis is still in the floor refinishing business. He is also expressionist painter using non-traditional materials and canvases. He has had multiple showings of his art.
Steve also learned graphic art and design, as well as digital video skills.
REFRENCES - MYSPACE http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=8947048
415 RECORDS 1980
1. 100% WHITE GIRL

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