Thursday, January 29, 2009

Where Fear And Weapons Meet - Closedown (The Cure cover)

In 2000, Too Damn Hype Records released a compilation called "Disintegrated" which was a tribute to the Cure. All the bands featured covered songs from the album "Disintegration" (for some reason, no one covered Lovesong) including Cave In, Converge, Bad Luck 13, Voice of Reason. The label went under, this record kinda got lost in the shuffle and has been out of print since about 2001. South Florida's Where Fear and Weapons Meet covered "Closedown" and it was definitely interesting. Nice to see them try to do something different and make the song their own but also keep their style. Anyway, enjoy what I think is the last Where Fear and Weapons Meet song to be unearthed.

Where Fear and Weapons Meet - Closedown


City: Ft. Laudedale
Years Active: 1988 - Present
Type Of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website:

From the bands Myspace:

"RADIOBAGHDAD formed in 1988 with founding members, lester norris, chris goldbach, chris (paco) pabon on bass, and guitarist (now for wiskey and company) scott norman. later the band recruited ,just out of diapers 15 year old guitaris ,chris hawkinz, scott later left the band, lester took on guitar duties, but his guitar playing sounded like a "dead chicken" lester left around 1992 and the band got vocalist"garry messick ( i think thats how you spell it) from cool blue halo, the band went in a different direction only later to get lester back on vocals, and get goldbachs long time friend collapsing lungs guitaris pete gross, actually the time line may be wrong but fuck it,.,.any way the bands final line up was lester, gross, gordon, hawkins and goldbach, baghdad toured europe 3 times and the states once, but you see the band cant live with one another, there was always some shit going on, it was like a soap opera,anyway this is boring typing all this shit so look for shows and support all the bands mentioned and all the bands on my space and elswhere cheers"

You can order "665, The Neighbor Of The Beast" CD here:

You can order "Hooked On Ebonics" and "120 Years of Bakin" here:

Monday, January 26, 2009

Closer Than You, Vol. 1: Florida Ska

Florida had a pretty big ska scene in the mid to late 90's and this CD is proof. Put out in 1997 by Moon Ska Records this featured a variety of ska bands from Florida ranging from traditional ska to more punk influenced ska. There is also a Volume 2 but I haven't been able to track it down. I apologize for the size of the image but I cant seem to find the actual cover I scanned so this is the best I could do. The track listing is as follows:

  1. So Much :: Magadog
  2. Growing up on a Couch :: Less Than Jake
  3. Looking Up :: Skif Dank
  4. Besame Mucho :: Usuals
  5. Kojack :: Blue City Kings
  6. My Dog Pedro :: Pork Pie Tribe
  7. Smoke in My Horn :: The Rugcutters
  8. Picture :: Baccone Dolce
  9. Senator :: Hopscotch
  10. Knocked Out :: Jive Step Bunch
  11. Stressed Out :: Skahumbug
  12. The Bone :: The Shakes Society
  13. Mohammed Ali :: Majik Dirt
  14. Less Baltimore :: Magadog
  15. Peanuts and Radishes :: The SKalidays
  16. A Few Too Many :: Lame
  17. Don't Tell Me :: The Usuals
  18. My Very Own Flag :: Less Than Jake
  19. It's Time :: Blue City Kings
  20. Skanking in Scotland :: Pork Pie Tribe

Closer Than You, Vol. 1: Florida Ska

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Denny's Unit - Unreleased Demo

City: Miami
Type of Music: Punk
Years Active: 1995 - 2000 (roughly)
Myspace or Website: n/a

I was really hoping Id find some kind of info on Denny's Unit to post but I couldnt find anything. Real good punk rock from Miami that later featured Mike Marsh from the Agency and Dashboard Confessional on drums as well as Lori, the future Mrs. Marsh, on bass. If anyone has photos or more info to add, pass it along and Ill get it posted. I don't know what else the band recorded, but this demo was apparently unreleased so I dont have the track names but the quality is real good. Check it out

The Man, George Van Orsdel, dropped this info for us regarding the band

"The Denny's Unit demo was recorded around 1997-1998 (I could be mistaken with the year), at Tapeworm studios in Miami, with Jeremy DuBois. I played drums on these demo recordings. I also have a live recording from a show at Cheers (I need to transfer it to MP3). I have the song titles somewhere but I can't find them, I'll do my best to find them for ya. The singer/guitarist, Patti Gran, eventually moved out of state and played in a band called New Black and currently plays in a band called The Dials. Mike Marsh took over on drums after I stopped playing with the band. I don't know if they recorded anything after that. As for any photos, I don't have any and I don't know if any exist."

I received an email from the band who asked that I take down the link. The demo was never meant to be released and I apologize to them for having it up. They said they would send me pictures to post so be on the look out for that

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Timescape Zero

City: Miami
Type of Music: Hardcore
Years Active: 1992 - Present
Myspace or Website:

Alright so I posted this before but Adel 156 was nice enough to send me an actual copy so I could get a real good sounding rip of it. Huge thanks to him for his support in this cause. This is everything that was released by the band before the release of their last full length "Total War" on X-Ray Records. I scanned the back so you can see the tracklisting as well. Also Im including the link to the original post I did for the band which has a link to purchase "Total War". Again, huge thanks to Adel for helping me out

Timescape Zero - Everything Short of Total War

Link to the original post:

Monday, January 19, 2009

Roach Motel

City: Gainesville
Type Of Music: Punk
Years Active: 1980 - 1984
Myspace or Website:

Arguably, Florida's first punk band. While The Eat was the first punk band in South Florida, Roach Motel was the first punk band in Florida. George Tabb would later go on to start the band Furious George.

Also the man Aesop had to this to say on his blog about this release. Thanks to Aesop for letting me use his words. Check out his blog for some great out of print releases:

"Roach Motel were one of the earliest and best-known hardcore bands from Florida. Here's their debut 7" Roach & Roll from 1982. Sure this record has some jabs at Cubans, old people and homosexuals and the infamous track "Wetback," but back in '82 punk wasn't overrun with PC watchdogs, and this kind of naive bigotry was just part of a bigger misanthropy. Not that I am condoning such sentiments, it was just how it was back in the day, and I am against any kind of revisionism of the past to conform with people's tight-assed worldview in the present. Either way, this is a classic of American punk and a very important piece of my growing up punk in Florida. These guys were the kings, this record is the proof."

From their Myspace:

"1980, Gainesville, FL - Roach Motel play their first gig, opening up for the Bazookas at a tiny dive for about six people and a toothless bartender. A legend is born.

1984 - After an illustrious career during which the boys find a real drummer; tour with Black Flag, Minor Threat and Suicidal Tendencies; play with Dead Kennedys, CH3, the Necros and others, get lucky, release four records (including the mind-blowing punk compilation, "We Can't Help it if We're from Florida" and their debut "Roach & Roll", both of which are highly sought-after collector's items), the band finally implodes from the pressures of fame, money, and punk cred. In a haze of booze, broads, and Percodan, the members scatter across the US.

Last known whereabouts:

* Bob Fetz - Spotted on the "F" train to Brooklyn mumbling, "I am Gilligan."
* George Tabb - Founded the world-wide Punk Television (Ptv) media empire.
* Jeff Hodapp - Runs a successful flamingo farm in South Florida
* Frank Mullen - Producer of pornographic movies
* Eric Engan - Last seen on "America's Most Wanted" (reward pending)"

The vinyl version of this record has been out of print for years but it was released on CD in 2003. As far as I know, that CD is now out of print. If someone knows otherwise, please let me know and Ill take down the download link

Roach Motel - Roach & Roll

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Morning Again, Live at the 108 show in 1997

I got an email from Bob who played in Caught Inside saying that he has a bunch of pictures from the mid 90s at Cheers. I told him to send em on over and heres what I got so far...Morning Again in their earliest lineup including Damien on vocals and John on guitar. You can see Alex from Makeshift and George from Brethren in the last picture. Check it out. All pictures ©Robert Lyon

Friday, January 16, 2009

George Van Orsdel comes through huge!!!

George Van Orsdel, the singer of the Van Orsdels (among many others in the past), was nice enough to send me a disc with loads of bands from South Florida's past as a contribution to documenting this great scene we love so dearly. Huge thanks to him for sending that out of the kindness of his heart without asking for money to cover postage and shipping (which I gladly would have paid). Expect some real gems from South Florida's past real soon...he also included this picture of the Cameo Theater marquee being prepared for a Dead Boys show in 1986. Again, George thanks so much for all your help and contributions...expect a full interview with George in the near future.

One other note of interest, I received a message from Dan Buddah asking if I had been able to find any of the following bands...a few I had but others not yet so if any of you reading this have anything of it, get in touch with me.

Ruptured Nun
Nuclear Beer
Pagan Faith
The Believers
Slap of Reality
Drunken Fish
The Hangmen
The Roidz
Bad Rep
The Trash Monkeys
Incadescent Rage
Rugged Edge
Nazi Satan

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bum Ruckus

City: North Ft. Myers and Coral Springs
Type of Music: Punk Ska
Years Active: 2000 - 2006 (???)
Myspace or Website:

From the Bum Ruckus Purevolume page:

"Trudging on for 6 years now, Bum Ruckus has been one of the hardest working ska bands in South Florida. With there phenominal stage show and connection with there fans, nobody will be left disappointed. Check them out."

Okay not a lot to work with...any info anyone wants to pass along would be greatly appreciated.

Bum Ruckus - Said And Done

Bum Ruckus - Tulips On An Organ

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ebay Ebay Ebay

The fine gentleman Walters messaged me and wanted to let everyone know he selling a copy of the Bingo Mut 7 inch as well as the first AAA 7 inch on ebay for anyone who might interested. Starting bid is only $1.99. Theres also some Less Than Jake records too...check it out

Ebay is your friend

Foolproof - 2001 Demo, Final Recordings

City: Miami
Years Active: 1995 - 2001 (roughly)
Type Of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website:

For a full write up and past Foolproof postings click here

These 3 songs, to the best of my knowledge, are the final recordings from South Florida Punk heroes Foolproof. After a demo and a full length, the band called it quits but not before recording these songs. A huge thanks to Andres from Foolproof for allowing us to post these songs for you guys to hear.

Foolproof - 2001 Demo

Friday, January 9, 2009

403 Chaos - Florida Fucking Hardcore

This is a killer comp put out in the late 90s by Schematics Records, Steve Heritage of Assuck fame's label. Basically a compilation of bands that had played at the legendary club in Tampa, 403 Chaos. This comp is about 10 years old now and shows a great variety of bands from Florida including the mighty Jud Jud. While I could go on, Mr. Andrew "Boxcar Records" Chadwick gave a great description in Ink 19.

From Ink 19

"This is a compilation of bands that have played at 403 Chaos in Tampa, as well as a great representation of Florida hardcore. It's not comprehensive, but it covers a lot of ground. An amazing comp with great bands in a wide variety of styles under the general hardcore umbrella. This is a CD packaged as a ten-inch, with lots to read and look at (lyrics, fliers, contributions from the zines In Abandon and Haili). Tracks are from Reversal of Man, Tomorrow, Assuck, Strikeforce Diablo, Hot Water Music, Combat Wounded Veteran, Cavity, Omega Man, Nineteen Hundred and Twelve, Early Grace, Discount, Dragbody, Twelve Hour Turn, Cease, Hankshaw, Bird of Ill Omen, I Hate Myself, Scrotum Grinder, and Jud Jud, most of which are unreleased elsewhere. An inspiring result of combined dreams and creativity. Totally necessary."


1. Reversal Of Man- "These Hills Have Eyes"
2. Tomorrow- "rightasrain"
3. Assück- "Alabaster"
4. Strikeforce Diablo- "Spirit Of '59"
5. Hot Water Music- "Where We Belong"
6. combatwoundedveteran- "Put Your Weight On It"
7. Cavity- "The Oblivionist"
8. Omega Man- "Life After Death"
9. nineteenhundredandtwelve- "Six Feet Deep"
10. Early Grace- "twothousandandtwenty"
11. Discount- "History Is History"
12. Dragbody- "Inhuman Likeness"
13. Twelve Hour Turn- "Little One"
14. Cease.- Insurmountable"
15. Hankshaw- "Maple"
16. Bird Of Ill Omen- "Sharpshooter"
17. i hate myself- "Caught In A Flood With The Captain Of The Cheerleading Squad"
18. Scrotum Grinder- "Hot Air Not Fire"
19. Jud Jud- "Wah Wah Song"

403 Chaos - Florida Fucking Hardcore

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Update for today is being moved to tomorrow

Hello faithful
I started class this week so things have been a little hectic between getting back into the mode of school and taking 6 classes in order to graduate this spring. Ive been in class today since 930 and wont be done til 5, then I have a show to play tonight followed by studying and trying to watch the end of the BCS football game. Ill have my regular update tomorrow instead of today and I promise its gonna be a good one. Upcoming I have new interviews that Im just waiting to get back including one with the legendary Metal Wolf from Stick Shift Lover. I also found an interview with Against All Authority from 1995 so be on the lookout for that. Again I apologize for not having an update today but expect one tomorrow

Monday, January 5, 2009

2 Live Crew

City: Liberty City
Years Active: 1984 - Present
Type of Music: Miami Bass
Myspace or Website:

Alright something a little different. While not a part of the South Florida Scene that this blog has been documenting, 2 Live Crew was at the forefront of the Miami Bass scene in South Florida in the late 80s and early 90s and a very important part of South Florida Music Scene history. The music is still great and while Luther "Luke Skyywalker" Campbell has gone on to his solo work, the original members of Brother Marquis and Fresh Kid Ice, still push forward.

From their entry on Wikipedia:

"2 Live Crew was created by David "Treach DJ Mr. Mixx" Hobbs in Riverside, California, with fellow rappers Chris (Fresh Kid Ice) Wongwon, and Yuri (Amazing Vee) Vielot. The 3 met at March AFB Riverside, CA, as they were enlisted in the Air Force. Along with giving local parties on and off base, they recorded their first singles through Macola Records Distribution in Los Angeles, CA. They released "Revelation" in 1984; the single sold well in Florida, encouraging the group to release What I Like. In 1986, due to the popularity of the new single Throw the D**k, the group, including new member Mark "Brother Marquis" Ross replacing Amazing Vee due to military commitments, relocated to Miami and teamed up with Ghetto Style DJ's and soon to be manager and eventual performer Luther Campbell, who used the nickname "Luke Skyywalker" (and was subsequently sued by George Lucas).
Throw The Dick, with its fast dance tempo, turntable scratching explicit phrases from comedy albums, stuttering voice samples, and the Roland TR-808 drum machine brought a new sound to the group, penned as The Miami Bass Sound. David "Treach DJ Mr. Mixx" Hobbs was credited with the production.
The year 1987 saw the release of The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are, featuring profane and sexually graphic lyrics. Rudy Ray Moore's comedy albums and other XXX assorted comedy albums provided the material for most of the explicit samples that "Mr. Mixx" used. The album was produced by Mr. Mixx. Bob Rosenberg of Will to Power did trick edits on Beat Box and was billed "King of the Edits". The record went gold. Though the controversy did not rise to the levels the group would reach in the future, a Florida store clerk was charged and acquitted of felony charges for selling the album to a fourteen-year-old girl in 1987.
Campbell decided to sell a separate clean version in addition to the explicit version of the next album, Move Somethin' (1988), produced by Mr. Mixx. A record store clerk in Alexander City, Alabama was cited for selling a copy to an undercover police officer in 1988. It was the first time in the United States that a record store owner was held liable for obscenity over music. The charges were dropped after a jury found the record store not guilty.
As Nasty As They Wanna Be (1989) became the group's biggest hit, largely because of the single "Me So Horny", which was popular in spite of little radio rotation, thanks, in part, to prevalent play on MTV. The song was based on a quote from a Vietnamese prostitute in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket and took a sample from Mass Production's Firecracker. This album was also produced by Mr. Mixx.
The American Family Association did not think the presence of a "Parental Advisory" sticker was enough to adequately warn listeners of what was inside the case. Jack Thompson, a lawyer affiliated with the AFA, met with Florida Governor Bob Martinez and convinced him to look into the album to see if it met the legal classification of obscene. In 1990 action was taken at the local level and Nick Navarro, Broward County sheriff received a ruling from Judge Mel Grossman that probable cause for obscenity violations existed.[2] Navarro warned record store owners that selling the album may be prosecutable. 2 Live Crew filed a suit against Navarro. That June, Judge Jose Gonzalez ruled against the album, declaring it obscene and illegal to sell. Charles Freeman, a local retailer, was arrested two days later, after selling a copy to an undercover police officer. This was followed by the arrest of three members of 2 Live Crew after they performed some material from the album at a live performance. They were acquitted soon after. In 1992, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit overturned the obscenity ruling from Jose Gonzales, and the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear Broward County's appeal. A notable feature of the case was the distinguished literary critic and now Harvard University professor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as an expert witness on behalf of the defendants. He argued that the material that the county alleged was profane, actually had important roots in African-American vernacular, games, and literary traditions and should be protected.
As a result of the controversy, As Nasty As They Wanna Be sold over two million copies. It peaked at #29 on The Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. A few other retailers were later arrested for selling it as well. Later heavy metal band Van Halen sued over an uncleared sample of their song "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" in the 2 Live Crew Song "The Fuck Shop". The publicity then continued when George Lucas, owner of the Star Wars universe, successfully sued Campbell for appropriating the name "Skywalker" for his record label, Luke Skyywalker Records. Campbell changed his stage name to Luke (and changed the record label's name to Luke Records) and then released an extremely political solo album, Banned in the USA after obtaining permission to use an interpolation of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. 2 Live Crew paraphernalia with the Luke Skywalker or Skywalker logos are usually sought after as collector's items.
In 1991, 2 Live Crew released the very first live rap album, Live in Concert, and Sports Weekend, a full-length studio original. It peaked at #22 on The Billboard 200 and #19 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It did not gain the same sales level that they experienced with As Nasty As They Wanna Be. The 2 Live Crew members went their separate ways after this. Luke pursued his solo music career and other projects.
In 1992, Fresh Kid Ice released unreleased tracks from pre-Luke 2 Live Crew Deal With This under the name Rock on Crew, while Luke and Ice also released new solo albums, I Got Shit on My Mind and The Chinaman, respectively.
Mark "Brother Marquis" Ross co-starred alongside Fred Williamson in the film South Beach and started a new group with Aldrin "DJ Toomp" Davis, a former member of Poison Clan, which was also signed to Campbell's label. They named the group 2 Nazty, and released the album "Indecent Exposure" on Attitude Records in 1993. The single was called "Can't Say I Love You," but it did not chart, and the group never released a second album. The single was a departure from the typical 2 Live nasty rhymes, and focuses on what a deep emotion love is, and how it should not be said to anyone lightly. The rest of the album sounds like a 2 Live Crew record, and focuses on sexual exploits of the members.
The hard feelings over the split of the 2 Live Crew is apparent on the album, as Marquis is heard on the track "Interview" saying he was fired from the group, and that the other members had no love for him. DJ Toomp also has a line in "Be My Bitch" comparing signing a deal with Skyywalker Records to signing your life away.
1994 saw Luke, Fresh Kid Ice and a new addition to the group, Verb, regrouping as The New 2 Live Crew, issuing Back at Your Ass for the Nine-4. This album peaked at #52 on The Billboard 200 and #9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The New 2 Live Crew broke up in 1995.
Luke, Fresh Kid Ice, Brother Marquis and Mr. Mixx re-formed again to record "Hoochie Mama" for the soundtrack to the movie Friday. Plans to reunite for an album were short-lived, as Fresh Kid Ice, Mr. Mixx, and Brother Marquis left Luke and Luke Records to go to Lil' Joe Records and released Shake a Lil' Somethin' (1996). This album was their last album to make the Billboard 200, peaking at #145. It peaked at #33 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Mr. Mixx left soon after, leaving Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis to record The Real One in 1998. It peaked at #59 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In 1998, Brother Marquis became a born-again Christian, quit the group, and began devoting himself to combating what he sees as the "evils" that he as a member of 2 Live Crew portrayed and glorified. His born again status/views on music changed back to his roots in 2006 when he worked with music producers Dylan Berry and Noah Lifschey of Hollowstone Muisic under in the LA rock/rap group called the Shake Joint and released a solo album in 2008 that contained explicit lyrics.2 Live Crew performed at the 2005 Gathering of the Juggalos.
In late 2007, 2 Live Crew announced on their MySpace page that Brother Marquis and Fresh Kid Ice will be releasing an album sometime in 2008. The album, tentatively named Just wanna be heard, is currently scheduled for release in the spring of 2009."

You can still order all of the 2 Live Crew's past material here:

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Far Out Records - South Florida Compilation

Far Out Records was a record store turned label run by future AAA horn player Tim Far Out. From about 1993 - 1997, Far Out could do no wrong and continuously put out great punk records. To be honest I dont know what happened to Tim and the label so if anyone has any info they'd like to pass on, Id love to hear it.

Reader Bruiser77 passed along this info in regards to Tim Far Out. Thanks so much for the help and the info.
"Tim shut down the store i think in 1994-1995 due to lack of business and the area it was in. It was in the ghetto of Ft. Lauderdale (Sunrise To Be Exact). He Was on one end of the courtyard and The Mudhouse cafe was on the other which was a vegan cafe & infoshop. The building has since been condemned but the inside has never been touched. you can still look thru the windows and see old flyers and skate decks on the wall. Tim had a myspace page but not sure what happened to it. Tim & Lisa got married, have two kids and still lived in the Miami area as of 2007."

This compilation came out in 1994 I believe and had a great variety of bands from South Florida including The Crumbs, Against All Authority, Gus, Hudson, and even included a few hardcore bands such as Tension, Culture, and The Murrychesstoes featuring Shai Hulud's Matt Fox. I got this in the mail yesterday from my friend Steve who was gracious enough to sell it to me. Thanks to him for all his contributions thus far...this record was hand screened and the labels of the record were all handwritten. I was unable to scan the covers so I had to take pictures with a digital camera so if it doesnt look amazing, I apologize. I was able to to scan the inserts which includes the addresses of the bands as well their current status at the time. Finally the back cover, includes a map of the state to show where each band is located. Great last bit, the quality isnt incredible because it sounds like the record was not mastered as a whole so some of the tracks may be a little louder then others. I did the best I could to clean it up so enjoy. Happy New Year, faithful.

Far Out Records - South Florida Compilation