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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Stark Raving Mad

This Texas (Houston, I believe) band had two albums that I know of, MX and Amerika (and maybe a 10"). I was told they were bootlegged at one time, but I don't think they have ever been officially rereleased. MX is full of great, chaotic thrash all in under ten minutes. Amerika was a little tighter with some very Jello like vocals. I definitely prefer MX, so enjoy 9 1/2 minutes or so of great texas hardcore.....
Happy People
Waking Up
Capitalist Cunts
Mr. Hardcore
Machine Gun Youth
Down And Out
No Reason
Fuck The Army
Somebody's Watching
Life Or Death


At 8:39 AM, Blogger The Zero Boy said...

Yeah, there's definitely a 10" out on a German label. There was also supposed to be a CD compiling all their stuff on a Swedish label who acquired all the rights somehow, but it's been postponed idefinitely... Too bad. Great band. I'd put out something by them anyday!

At 10:28 PM, Blogger malfeitor said...

Yeah, I finally got a copy of the 10". I was told there were 1111 copies made. MX is definitely the best, but I think they only pressed 500. I made my own CD off all three LPs, it's only like 45 minutes of music (if that).

At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well...I'm glad you think MX is the best because that's the one I am on.

Let me give you a little background:

Before Stark Raving Mad there was Pissed Youth! The core members of Pissed Youth became Stark Raving Mad when I joined them. When you say they were from Houston? you are making the best assumption...Pissed Youth came out of the Houston Scene around the same time DRI did and there is an actually blood link between the two bands. But if you dissect the band the only "true" Houstonite was Sponge and he was actually from Corpus. Sam (the guitar player) is actually from Nebraska and I can't ever quite seem to remember how exactly he ended up in Houston. I think he was the drummer for Doomsday. Infact, I really can't remember what took Steve (drummer)and Colleen there. unless it was Collen's brother Spike (DRI). But I guess suffice to say that Pissed Youth did originate as a band in Houston, Barry was the bass player and was then replaced by Charles. Barry was "stolen" by DRI. Hence the dedication on the MX record: (Steve says) "This is for Kurt and Eric" - Sponge growls/yells/barks "Capitalist Cunts"

Pissed Youth! went on tour to New York which was actually home to the drummer (Steve from Long Island). I saw them at a show in CBGB's with Suicidal Tendencies in a Hardcore Matinee. I was new to the area and had come from Missouri. Talking to the singer of Pissed Youth! (Sponge) we became friends and basically he helped me around because I knew no one and he connected a little and guided me to a skinhead flop house to crash (because I had been sleeping on the street). In this flophouse at that time you would have found guys from Agnostic Front, Murphy's Law, Cavity Creeps, Cause for Alarm, Ultraviolence. We didn't have anything in common with these guys except for our mutated love of thrash. But we were definitely outsiders for those folks (I connected better with the Anarchists: False Profits and Virus) Plus it was better than sleeping on the street.

Any..way Pissed Youth was sticking around and had a gig a a place called the SIN Club (Safety in Numbers) with MDC in a bad part of lower Manhatten - not far from Junkie Central - you wouldn't believe what that looked like! Anyway I went to meet up with them and they are sitting bummed out when I ask them what time they were playing...not!..their bass player Charles flaked out on them.
The story of PY!/SRM bass players is almost like Spinal Tap's drummer. I may have been the longest lasting member if you don't count Colleen (Steve's wife).

One day after that Sponge saw/heard me playing my bass in the former skinhead flophouse where now only a few people lived that payed rent: Tommy bass from Ultraviolence, Tony had the lease in his name and he was the singer for UV and Charlie (drummmer UV). He told Steve that he liked my style, they auditioned me and the rest... well is MX!

I left the band basically at the end of a tour that went from NYC to Houston in support of the MX EP. To explain why I left you would have to learn more about the dynamics. It was sad and I thought we had potential but the band in my mind was not broadminded enough, too rigid. I certainly can hear elements of our sound in some bands today. We just needed to develop those ideas and it was not happening for me. I heard AMERIKKKA and I didn't like the direction it took. It would have been interesting if we would have been able to work out our differences but that would have upsetted the power structure (Steve).

I later joined/started Grindin Teeth in Houston and payed with U-Ron from Really Red briefly (no recordings) but rejoined SRM as a favor and as a "paid" musician for a tour that would go first to the West Coast and then to New York. The tour was never completed for literally SRM reasons. We only managed to play with Rhythm Pigs in El Paso, and a couple of shows in southern California (Pasadena - Toxic Reasons and I forget he other).

I went back to New York and hooked up with Dog! We released a Flexi disc in WW3 Illlustrated. Then I went on to the Bad Tuna Experience for a brief spell and Mad Godz before I returned to Houston to help a friend I met throuhg Sam JR run a new club (Axiom)

Where are we today:

After many years (12 after the release of MX)I mnade an effort to reconnect with the band (DRI was playing in Atlanta) only to find out Steve had OD'ed. I saw Colleen about a year ago as well as Sam and talk to him on occasions, he lives in Long Island but is thinking about going back to Nebraska. Jeffrey Tunches aka Sponge is a model photgrapher and photo retoucher and still in his on special way trying to "topple" institutional conventions. Me well I'm a Dad (6-8) look very mainstream and try educating folks about retirement svings (empowerment). I still think about doing something one day musically. I am still an avid listener although I have not stayed true to any style (Killers, Giraffes, Juanes, Queens of, Bad Company, Bad Livers, no Reggeaton, Eminem, Outkast (early stuff) The bass is sitting here in my office and I will at some point pick it up practice some chops and get it down. I do have a couple of concepts that I'm developing. The last band I played in was a short lived project callled Tiny Red Engine (Atlanta - no release only a studio recorded demo abhout 10 years ago). Sam has mentioned to me some of the things you are talking about with regards to the tapes, he has all the masters and when I get clarification I can share that with you if you like.

It was nice to read the kudos!

Rock on!


At 1:48 PM, Blogger eat crow said...

i had this record back in the day! i probably still have it in a box somewhere. i love the album cover art.

At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Eddie The G said...



At 7:32 AM, Anonymous c to the motherfucking g said...

srm, is by far the best band ever to play or record music, i have not heard this record in ten years, i lost it to an ex chick, but when i stumbled upon this site damn, i remember how much i lover this record, it is a shame, that you guys are still not playing together.

At 7:19 PM, Blogger malfeitor said...

A stronger endorsement than even I gave. It's in my top 10 though.

At 6:56 PM, Anonymous marco mentality said...

Hey I must know you, Bob. With that long list of connections. I remember Grinding Teeth too. Did you often times work the console? I was in Sik Mentality. Used to play the Axiom (& Cabaret Voltaire). Nice to hear the story. I was definitely a fan of SRM. I believe John A. was the singer of Domsday.

At 5:52 AM, Anonymous Bob "Mad Dog Tooth" Byte Backwood Engine said...

Wow! There certainly are some fervent fans. Let's see...I've come back to this spot to see if there was any addtional comment and low and behold! Being in the top ten for someone as avid a listener as you Malfetor is still pretty dam good. Makes me continue to regret the days of the demise and makes me think "what if"

Marco: No. I never worked the console at the Axiom. I booked the shows. You are probably thinking about Brent (Verbal Abuse) or Gene. I believe I remember the name Sik Mentality but sorry if I can't place a face. There were a lot of faces in those days.

You are correct John A. was the singer of Doomsday. JR sent me the link to this blog.

Funny story about the record. Some friends of mine from Missouri came to visit me in NYC and I had just gotten MX hot of the presses. I was given 10 copies. I gave the copies to Notley (later became the singer of a band called Like a Horse in Columbia, Mo) and he forgot the records on the subway train! He had a case of "small town guy in the big apple in awe syndrome" Boy I was pissed!

Eddie G: I know Torry very well and saw the Anarchitex play Cabaret Voltaire and the Axiom. I would later see the birth of Pain Teens. Scott played in Anarchitex also, correct. I must have met you also. The recreation must have taken its' toll! :-). Who was in Inmoral Justice?

Anywho! Nice to make the re-connection. Anyone there remember Monster Zero? Bark Hard? I'm not exclusively into Hardcore I branch out a bit and most people would not put those two in the same sentence. Oh and I was not Bob Bitter (although that is a funny name) I am the less funny Bob Byte...started that moniker when I was in a band in Columbia Missouri called Causes of Tragedy (but was actually Bite)I changed it to Byte when I got on the air at community station KOPN in MO with Jim Maggot doing a weekly Saturday Night (Sunday Morning) really Punk show.



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At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bob -

Thanks for the excellent update !

I was the sax player at one CBGB's gig with SRM, we got thrown out for trying to sneak Sponge's underage girly in in the base drum kit. Played in Bad Tuna with you for a while, was formerly in Anarchitex, Party Owls, the Terrorists & other Houston gigs

You will always be Bob Dog to me man, send some email david.sawyer@att.net

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Bob. Colleen here. Sam & I read your comments New Year's Eve, and you really told it like it was and is, and yet, were even diplomatic about it. You made us laugh remembering some of those things. Like, hey, you owe us 20 bucks for gas... Just kidding! Happy New Year!

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave! I remember that show at CB's, and we still tell the story about Michelle in the bass drum case. What a blast from the past! I still stay in touch with Michelle, and that show was 20 years ago. Great to see your post! -Colleen

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Bob said...

Ooops! It has been a while and I don't remember my sign in. I think I saved it on my home computer but I am not home. Happy New Year to you too, Colleen!!! Glad to see you got your electronic board and starting to surf the world wide web wave. Hang 10!!! Talked to Sam he told me about the post. Dave, I owe you a phone call!!! Big news for you fans. Masters are in good hands and CD with both MX and Amerikkka to be had. Sam will let you know the details. I owe you a call too Colleen. Nice picture with your friends in Ecuador.

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice looking kids you've got, Bob, and I love their names. There may be a photo of you with mange in the booklet for the new CD. The label is working on that (hope you don't mind!). We wrote a bio, too, and mentioned lots of names; even had to include Onyx the cat! Sam insisted on dedicating the CD to Steven. We'll all see it soon.

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Bob "Mad Dog Tooth" Byte said...

That would be nice. Thanks for the comments and I hope you pick a somewhat decent picture ( not the goofiest!). I'm excited to see the finished product and pleased to know Onyx will be recognized for her contributions! If it were'n for those kitty stops we might have gone beyond Stark Raving Mad! What the hell whould that have sounded like!!! Let me know if I can help.

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At 3:12 PM, Blogger Cheryl said...

I am Charles ex wife. Charles did not "Flake" out on them. He played bass but always was unbelieveable on Guitar and when He broke his ankle skateboarding and came back home to Texas. We started Circle Kaos in Austin and later moved up to N.Y.C. and we lived with Colleen & Steve in a very cramped flat. Later we moved out California. His band with Chris Piss 'Ex Pisto's' and my band with Chris's wife jeanne (Ariadne) of The Sinister Sister's of Satan. East Bay Punk and East Coast Punk joined once again via Texas!! LOL
Charles was hired briefly by D.R.I. but that was short lived since Charles always liked doing his own thing. He was thanked on earlier albums from D.R.I. which was so nice.
Stark Raving Mad was one awesome band not to be forgotten!!! And, Colleen owns the rightful title to S.R.M. Bass player ♥ Love ya Colleen Love ya Spike!

XXCheryl St. Germaine

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles was also in Anarchitex for about a week, but never played with us live.

-John Reen Davis

At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The SRM crew helped me move heavy-assed record bins to what became my record store Vinal Edge Records! In our front window we had the original HUGE artwork for the Amerikkka. I think it was maybe 5' X 8' or so. It was beautiful in our window and we were so proud to have it there! After 26+ years I am now about to move my shop to the heights in Houston. If only SRM was around to help move those bins...haha!
Love ya'll, Chuck Roast (Funhouse Radio Show, Vinal Edge Records)

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Chuck, I completely forgot about the original Amerika painting being in the window. Funny, this blog is so old and so long before Facebook was born. -Colleen


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