Friday, September 18, 2009


Excellent first single from The Viletones. I always liked the picture sleeve too. If your leafin through 7"s in 1977 and you come across this, you know it's headin to the counter with you. It screams punk!!! If your into these guys I recommend checking out Viletone.com. It's a cool site. The Viletones were from Toronto, led by Steven Leckie, a.k.a. "Nazi Dog" or "Dog" on vocals. Other members from the original line-up were Freddie Pompeii, (some sources list him as 'Frederick DePasquale') on guitar/vocals; Chris Paputts, a.k.a. "Chris Hate" on bass guitar/vocals and Mike Anderson, a.k.a. "Motor X" on the drums/vocals. They were active during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
For a while, They were quite infamous in punk circles. Leckie himself was infamous for cutting himself up on stage, à la Iggy Pop. Footage of such can be found at the CBC Archives. They appeared in magazines all over the world.
From July 7-10, 1977 the group joined The Diodes and Teenage Head at famed New York punk club CBGB at a showcase featuring "three outrageous punk bands from Toronto, Canada". Also that year, The Viletones released their first single, "Screamin (sic) Fist" b/w "Possibilities" and "Rebel" on their own Vile Records.
In 1978, they released Look Back In Anger, which featured the songs "Don't You Lie" and "Dirty Feeling", b/w "Back Door To Hell", "Swastika Girl" and "Danger Boy". The same year Pompeii, Hate and X abrubtly left The Viletones. The now former Viletones joined up with ex-Diode John Hamilton in The Secrets.
In 1983, a reunited Viletones released their first full-length album, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, recorded live at Larry's Hideaway in Toronto. Later that decade, they released a U.S.-only release, Live At Max's. In 1994, a record label, Other Peoples Music, released a retrospective, A Taste Of Honey. In 1998, Leckie released the What It Feels Like To Kill album, which featured among its 18 songs the 1995 Nailed EP, under the Viletones name. He currently runs an art gallery in Toronto called Fleurs Du Mal and made a brief appearance in the film, American Psycho.
A reference to their song, "Screamin Fist", turned up in the pages of Neuromancer, a novel by William Gibson.
The Viletones 2007 line-up consists of Steven Leckie (vocals), Steve Scarlet/The Sinisters/Drunkula (guitar) and Jeff Zurba (drums.)
REFERENCES - WIKIPEDIA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Viletones VILETONE.COM http://www.viletone.com/


topper said...

Liked their singles...got their cd produced by mr. C. Spedding

I knew i was a bit dissapointed then.

WHEELZ said...

If I remember right, Nazi Dog claimed that he was gonna kill himself onstage and that's why they ended up with all of the popularity. As far as I know, he never did off himself. Would've ruined any possibilities of a reunion. A lot of people thought that it was just for publicity. I can now remember seeing the report on CBS news and wondering what people saw in this kind of music. A few years later, I had become a huge fan of and saw exactly why people were into "PUNK". Thanks for stirring up memories that haven't been around for a long time.


Thanks for the great comments Wheelz.Someday, you and I are going to have to do a radio show together again.

James said...

Cannot emphasize how great the Viletones were. I had the misfortune of losing my entire record collection a couple of years ago, and Saturday Night Sunday Morning remains my most missed record. If anyone has a copy of it they could post (or What it feels like to Kill), I’d be forever greatful.


Hi James, when I was in my early 20's I lost a bunch of records myself, that really sucks.I wish I could help you but unfortunately I don't own either of those records.If they ever find their way into my collection, I'll post them for you. Thanks for the comment.