Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Classic New York Hardcore/Punk single here. I love the sound of the guitar on this. I had good clean fun on quite a few of my mixed tapes when I was a kid. I think it was also on the ROIR New York Thrash Tape. At the bottom I'll put a link for the Alternative Tentacles website, where you can go buy Blind Roaches and Fat Vultures: Phantasmagorical Beasts of the Reagan Era, with tons of non-released stuff and rare singles (from their "re-issues" series) .False Prophets were formed in June 1980 by singer Stephan Ielpi, bassist Steve Wishnia, and guitarist Peter Campbell. Matt Superty, Stephan's cousin and scion of a long line of drummers, joined soon afterwards. We quickly made a name for ourselves with raw, danceable energy and Stephan's welcome-to-my-nightmare theatrics, playing gigs at Max's Kansas City and predawn sets at the A7 Club. Our first single, "Blind Obedience" b/w "Overkill" and "Royal Slime" came out in June 1981. Musically, we were part of punk-rock's second generation, which included the Undead, Heart Attack, Reagan Youth and DC transplants the Bad Brains in New York, and the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, D.O.A., and Minor Threat in the rest of the world. We also drew on British post-punk bands like Joy Division, Public Image and the Gang of Four; pre-punk rockers like the Kinks and Stones (Steve and Peter) and Alice Cooper and Mott the Hoople (Stephan); and rap, reggae, and funk, the sounds of the boom boxes on New York's streets.
So we never quite fit the hardcore stereotype, being too varied musically and not thuggish enough personally. "Good Clean Fun," our second single, released in 1982, was both our first hardcore-speed song and a criticism of mosh-pit violence. Matt quit soon after, replaced by the Undead's Patrick Blanck, Donna Baril, and Ned Brewster, who made his debut at an all-night anarchist ball on New Year's Eve, 1983. We recorded our first album the next summer, financed largely by Stephan's uncle hitting the triple at the Aqueduct racetrack in Queens.
Alternative Tentacles put the album out in early 1986. By then Peter was gone, having quit after a Southern tour in the summer of 1985. The band toured heavily over the next two years with new guitarists George Tabb and Debra DeSalvo, recording the Implosion album in early 1987. It broke up during a disastrous West Coast tour that fall. Stephan and Debra then re-formed it with new musicians and kept it going for several more years, releasing one EP. (Steve and George went on to form Iron Prostate, while Ned eventually wound up in punk-blues stalwarts the Senders.)
Ronald Reagan was inaugurated a couple days before our first two-night stand at A7, ushering in a new era of greed, puritanism, and hate. We wanted to rage against all that, and did. We also wanted to write great songs, have fun, and get possessed and out of our heads playing rock'n'roll. Listen to Blind Roaches and Fat Vultures and see how we did.-Steve Wishnia
REFERENCES - ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES http://www.alternativetentacles.com/bandinfo.php?band=falseprophets


topper said...

Thank you Frank...who's that sexy asshole ?

Zach said...

"good clean fun" is one of my favourite tracks of all-time. i posted this myself awhile back, cause it's so great!

Sadly, No! Research Labs said...

"Matt quit soon after, replaced by the Undead's Patrick Blanck, Donna Baril, and Ned Brewster, who made his debut at an all-night anarchist ball on New Year's Eve, 1983."

Oh, right. That was a hell of a New Years Eve. There were something like 32 bands at that anarchist ball, and Discharge and the Undead were playing across town at the Jane Street Hotel, so some of us were running back and forth trying to catch X band at one place before Y band went on at the other place, etc...

Frank said...

Sounds nuts, thanks for the info, and the comment!

Anonymous said...

Hey. I work for Alternative Tentacles. We're stoked that you like our bands, but the bands authorize us to distribute their music and are paid by us for it. It would be great if you could take down the download link and replace it with a link to our website so the band's fans can get it for themselves. If you would like a promotional song to put on this or future posts about Alternative Tentacles bands, please feel free to email comm@alternativetentacles.com and we'll hook you up!

Frank said...

The download link hasn't worked for quite a while. But I'll direct people to you anyway.