(Can't Stand) The Midwest: Illinois

Articles Of Faith
- What We Want Is Free 7" Version Sound DUB001, 1982 PS
			  Wasteland DUB001, 1982 PS
  (Everyday / My Father's Dreams // Bad Attitude / What We Want Is Free)
- Wait 7" Wasteland/Affirmation 305056, 1983 PS
  (I've Got Mine // Wait / Buy This War)
what we want is free i've got mine

Beluga and the Human Ashtrays
- Mars Needs Women / High 'n' Tight 7" Howard Peluso HP380, 1979 RS/HS
 In 1980 Epicycle momentarily became the backing band for Chicago
 singer/performance artist Beluga.  We did one show at a club called Tut's in
 Chicago, recorded the single, and then Beluga did a performance art piece to
 the recording at The Park West in the spring of 1980.  I think the whole thing
 was for some kind of charity if I remember correctly.  I remember at the Tuts
 show, Beluga gave an audience member a military style buzz cut with an electric
 razor during the performance and we closed with The Monkees Theme Song... it
 was pretty insane.[as told to RM]
 Mars Needs Women is good artpunk. Most copies are sleeveless. A few have an
 insert-style one-sided sleeve. One known copy in a hand-painted innersleeve
 signed by Beluga at bottom-left.[JF]
beluga - insert/sleeve beluga - painted innersleeve beluga - label

Big Black 
- Bulldozer 12" Ruthless RRBB07, 1983
  (Cables / Pigeon Kill / I'm A Mess / Texas / Seth / Jump The Climb)

Bohemia
- Automatic Mind // Unconventional Boy / American Life 10" VU VD-1023, 1980
- Deviations LP VU VD128124, 1981
  (Standard Deviation / Empty Room / State Of Affairs / Hydrogenic / Dr.
   Werner // 312 / Plastic Doll / White Couches / Penitentiary / How
   Could You Advertise?)
- I Wanna Cigarette / Empty Rooms 7" VU VD78225, 1982 PS
- No Ordinary Moon 12" Discos De Tinga R11129, 1983
  (Is It Hot Enough? / No Ordinary Moon // Nightmare Alley) 
 Maybe best described as Chicago's anwser to Blondie. Not much here in the
 way of punk sounds.[JF]
automatic mind deviations i wanna cigarette

Bone Men Of Barumba
- 10" Barumba 001, 1981

Boulevard
- Afraid The Sun Will Rise / Tell Me Baby 7" Ranger ERK-0623-01, 1978 PS
- Extended Pop 7" 1980 PS
  (Moron City / Coming On Strong / +++)
 First is straightup 60s-styled powerpop. Second is more aggressive, two
 of the five tracks are Ramones-styled punkpop.[BD]
afraid the sun will rise extended pop

Buzzards
- Melt Down Boogie / Where's My Dog 7" Dead Meat 1001, 1979
- Melody / Call Me + 2 7" Dead Meat 1002, 1979
 Both are garagey bar band rock.[MB]  Same sleeve for both records.
melt down boogie melody

Circle Seven
- Suburban Hope 12" Ruthless 1000, 1981
  (Suburban Hope / I Woke Up / Distant / Cover Up / Say One Thing / Look What 
   You've Got)

Corrosives
- Breaking Point / Living On The Edge Of Time 7" Corrosive, 1982 PS
 A-side is pretty good w/ shouted choruses.[BD]
corrosives

Crucified		Chicago
- Saint Joan / Problem Child // Heaven Seventeen / Let The Kids Play 7"
		Power PR-41368, 1977 PS
 Punk/hardrock mix which is enjoyable but more tepid than the awesome picture
 of the band would leave you to believe. It sounds more like the guy in the
 bad tux at far left than the leather/biker dude at far right. Let The Kids
 Play is the most punked-out track.[JF]
crucified

Cunts
- Chemicals In The Mail / Why Do You Live On My Block 7" Disturbing DR111578, 1978 PS
- We're Going To Crash / Penguins Addicted To Molasses 7" Disturbing DTR81480, 1980 PS
- A Date With Disaster / There Are Electrical Filaments On My Hamburger 7" 
				Disturbing DTR112281, 1982 PS
- Open Your Mind / Musician In A Bathtub 7" Disturbing 31783, 1983 PS
- Apocalyptic Breakfast / Turn Of Night 7" Disturbing  DTR38400, 1984 PS
chemicals in the mail electric filaments apocalyptice breakfast

DA			Chicago
- Dark Rooms / White Castles 7" Autumn AU1, 1981 PS
- Time Will Be Kind 12" Autumn AU-6, 1982
  (Next To Nothing / Strangers / Silent Snow // Three Shadows / This Doubt)
dark rooms

Drats
- Fashion Con / So Hard So Hard
  Now Detergent / Too Immature 2x7" 98% Effective STARO-001, 1980 PS
drats

DV8
- Learn To Say Goodbye / Guns On The Right 7" Tough NAP-TR-001, 1981 HS
DV8

Effigies		Chicago
- Haunted Town 12" Autumn AU-3, 1981
  (Below The Drop / Strongbox / Haunted Town // Mob Clash / We'll Be Here Tomorrow)
- Remains Nonviewable 7" Ruthless 109058, 1982 PS
  (Bodybag / Security)
- We're Da Machine 12" Ruthless E1003, 1982
  (We're Da Machine / Quota // Technos Gone / No Progress)
- The Effigies 12" Ruthless/Enigma E1030, 1984
  (Below The Drop / Strongbox / Haunted Town // Mob Clash / We'll Be Here Tomorrow / Security)
bodybag

End
- Holocaust Hop // Communisty / California 7" Black Market BME-01, 1983 PS
the end

Epicycle
- Depend On You / Dancin' Shoes // It's You / Underground 7" Cirkle U-74502, 1979 PS
- Residential Area / School Girls 7" Cirkle U-76228, 1979 PS
- Colleen // You're Not Gonna Get It / Hard Core Punk 7" Cirkle U-78204, 1980 PS
- Special First Edition LP Cirkle CST-1111, 1981
  (High School Junkie / Hairstyle / Biological Reaction / The Stare / Faraway /
   Mr. & Mrs. Jones // Life Is A Breeze / Telephone / The Best Of Everything /
   Radical Attitude / Pull Your Socks Up / Time For A Change) 
depend on you residential area you're not gunna get it lp

Exit
- Who Asked You / Out In The Street 7" City Rock OP500, 1979 PS
exit - blue ps front exit - blue ps back exit - yellow ps front exit - yellow ps back

Front Lines		Chicago
- Where Do We Go From Here 7" Practical PR-001, 1980 PS
  (Night Napalm / Dying In Fiction / Voice Of America / Lips Are Sealed)
 Great Pointed Sticks-type pop punk. There's a second 7" which is bad.[MT]
front lines

Headaches
- Power For Passion / Teenage Sex 7" Headache HA004, 1981 HS
headaches

Identity Crisis
- Pretty Feet // Overtime / Born To Be A Bozo 7" Cirkle CP-666, 1980 PS
identity crisis

Immune System
- Ambivalence And Spark Plugs / Submerged 7" Immune System IS001, 1979 PS
immune system

J.T. IV		Chicago
- Waiting For The CTA // Song For Suzanne / Deathtrip 7" Rock And Roll, 1980 NS
- Destructo Rock // In The Can / Out Of The Can 7" Rock And Roll R-002, 1980 NS
- Cosmic Lightning LP Rock And Roll R-005, 1987/1980-87
  (Waiting For The CTA / The Monitors / The Future / Sunday Morning / In The 
   Can / Death Trip / Out Of The Can / Song For Suzanne / The City Never Sleeps 
   At Night // One Fine Day With The Karma Man / A Fix Of Rock And Roll / Go
   Wild / Destructo-Rock / I Really Love You/You Know That I Love You, Don't 
   You?)
- Cosmic Lightning LP Galactic Zoo Disk/Drag City GZD-001/DC378, 2008/1980-87
  (Waiting For The CTA / Death Trip / The Monitors / Song For Suzanne / In The
   Can / Out Of The Can // Destructo Rock / I Really Love You/You Know That I
   Love You, Don't You? / One Fine Day With The Karma Man / Go Wild)
 45s from cult weirdo, Deathtrip is great wild punk/psych.[BD]
waiting for the cta destructo rock

Luchs Brothers
- Kill Me I'm Rotten / Losing My Lunch Over You 7" Retread RRS0001, 1978 PS
- We Are Farmers And Comedians Too! 7" Retread RREP002, 1979 PS
  (Bacon County Jail / Luchs Bros. On Parade // The Beer Belly Polka /
   This Is A Test / Phone Calls To God / Rats Live On No Evil Star)
 Kill Me I'm Rotten was written in 10 minutes after my first exposure 
 to the voice of Johnny Rotten, which I thought was one of the funniest 
 things I'd ever heard, and to which I wanted to pay some kind of 
 comedic homage. To this day, I'm amazed at how little press is 
 devoted to the humor of the Sex Pistols and how seriously everybody 
 takes punk. The idea that this man has made a living from singing all 
 these years is, to me, hilarious. Still, I'm a big fan and I've enjoyed
 pretty much everything he's done. We soldiered on for a while with our 
 comedy shenanigans. Our second record was unfortunately a major 
 abortion, an attempt to combine songs with comedy bits, and it all 
 sounds pretty awful today except for one cut, Luchs Brothers On Parade, 
 which is nice but too long. I wouldn't stand by anything else on the 
 record except for the ingenious homemade packaging, which is based on 
 Chinese propaganda of the period, and includes things like a political 
 playlet, etc.[Kurt Luchs]
kill me we are farmers

Meaty Buys	Chicago
- Cut A Fart 7" Disturbing BP0202798, 1980 PS
  (New Free Dumb / Criminal Mind (Duddle))
cut a fart

Men		Chicago
- Herminutics 12" Snat 5 Records 1991/2001, 1981
  (Remain Unconscious / Smooth As A Mirror / Sacrifice To The Gods // Middle
   Man / For 1+2 / Four D)
- Matrix Of Compassion LP Autistic TM-1955, 1982 
  (Bitches Dance / Blah Blah / Leopard King / Remain / Nutron Baby // Matrix
   Of Compassion / V-2 Heidegger / Dead Blue / Sorry / X)
 Mentally Ill side-project experimental / no wave band. I think there's also
 a split 12" not yet listed here. Nutron Baby on the second LP is the closest
 they came to punk rock, sounding as if the Mentally Ill was an artpunk band
 with a sax player.[JF]
herminutics

Mentally Ill
- Gacy's Place // Padded Cell / Tumor Boy 7" Autistic MI-1/MI-2, 1979 PS
                                             Last Laugh HAW-022, 2012 PS
- Sex Cells 7" Autistic SNAT5, 1982 HS
  (American Dream / Soldier 19)
 Until It Never Ends catches up: 1st press white border picture sleeve (Deerfield
 address), 2nd press black border (Chicago address).
they're killing soldier 19

Naked Raygun	Chicago
- Basement Screams 12" Ruthless 03, 1982
  (I Lie / Bombshelter / Emperor Tojo // Swingo / Mofo / Potential Rapist)
- Flammable Solid 7" Ruthless 311057, 1983 PS
  (Surf Combat / Gear // Libido)
- Throb Throb LP Homestead 008, 1984
  (Rat Patrol / Surf Combat / Gear / Metastasis / Leeches / Roller Queen / On /
   I Don't Know / Libido / Only In America / No Sex / Stupid / Managua)
naked ray gun

Negative Element	Chicago suburbs
- Yes We Have No Bananas 7" Version Sound 003, 1983 PS
  (Anti-Pac Man / What Ever Happened To Elmer Fudd? / Temples Of Corruption /
   Just Be Yourself // Police Beat (On Me) / No Way Out / Dough Boy / Pay The
   Lord)
negative element

Ninnies			Evanston
- Spaz Attack / The Rejects 7" Stupid STD001, 1981 NS
 Picture sleeves were made by a band member later.[JF]
ninnies

Pentaject		Chicago
- Blackmail Stretch / Clamp Is Up // What A Day / Shock Treatment
                  (Is Too Much For Me) 7" Pentaject 32282, 1981 NS

Poison Squirrel
- Step By Step / It's All Fire 7" Acme 1, 1980 PS
poison squirrel

Protozoas		Posen
- Stereo Types 7" Broken, 1982 PS
  (Tell Me Where / Too Easily / Changing Lanes / Fancy That)
protozoas

P.S.		Moline
- P.S. / Look What I Got 7" P.S. NR9167, 1978 PS
 The No Dice label is the original version, before a name change
 due to the major label group. Garage rock chooglin’.[BD]
they took my soul no dice label

Razer
- Another Kind Of Man / Don't Be Tame 7" Snap Crackle & Rock 01, 1978 HS
razer

Savage Beliefs		Chicago
- The Moral Efficiency Of Savage Beliefs 7" Wasteland 15053, 1983 PS
  (Outskirts / Big Big Sky / Jake // Theme / Way Of The World / Pink
   Shirt / What's Left In The Fridge?)
savage beliefs

Scraps
- Gossip / Strike 3 7" Scraps 01263, 1981 PS
 B-side is good poppunk.[BD]
scraps

Screamin' Rachel & Remote
- Insult To Injury / Bad Influence 7" Remote 002, 1980 PS
screamin rachel

Silver Abuse
- Fall From Grace 7" Schwa 01, 1982 PS
  (Jumpin' Thru / Rats Tied To Trees / Cuban Homo Farm +2)
 Great artpunk/no wave.[BD]
silver abuse

Special Affect			Crete (Chicago)
- Too Much Soft Living LP Special Affects 008028, 1980
 Same band as Special Affects below. Al Jourgensen, later of
 Ministry, played guitar on this one.[JF]
too much soft living

Special Affects			Crete (Chicago)
- Mood Music 7" Special Affects 908063X, 1979 PS
  (I Know A Girl / Vertigo Feeling // Innocense / Dress Me Dolls)
 Artpunk/postpunk. Band dropped the "s" from their name for their LP,
 listed above.[JF]
mood music

Static Cling
- Menage A Deux / Cannibul Love 7" Timbimboo SC-01008817, 1980 PS
static cling

Strike Under		Chicago
- Immediate Action 12" Wax Trax 103015X, 1981 HS
  (Sunday Night Disorientation / Context // Closing In / Elephant's 
   Graveyard / Immediate Action)
 Only part of the pressing (half?) comes with the silkscreened
 sleeve - the rest are blank.[JF]
strike under

Subverts		Chicago
- Independent Study 7" Clandestine 101, 1981 PS
  (Man For The Job / Radiation Nation // TV Personality / Can't Control Myself)
subverts

Swingers		Chicago
- Leaving On A Jet Plane / Foundry Joe 7" Rumble 002, 1979 PS
swingers

Toothpaste		Chicago
- Toothpaste 12" Schwa SAT03, 1982
  (Palestine / Houdini's Magic Secret / Amerikan Beauties / Sex Bolts / Spy 
   Guy / Skinheads Are OK / People Are Funny)

Torpedos
- Damn The Heartbreakers LP 80/90, 1983
  (Can't Get Off / ++)

URBN DK			Zion
- Mass Grave / World Trade // World Gone Crazy / Future Primitive 7" URBN DK, 1982 PS
urbn dk

Ventilators
- Life Returns To Earth / The Story Of A Factory 7" Disturbing 6680, 1980 PS
ventilators

Violators
- 7" Pigsty
 Horrible sub-powerpop. Wimpy, no punk elements.[BD]

Various
- Busted At Oz LP Autumn AU2, 1981
                   Permanent, 2011
  (Naked Raygun - Bomb Shelter / When The Screaming Stops / Strike Under -
   Fucking Uniforms / Subverts - March Forth / Effigies - Quota / DA - Fish Shit
   / Silver Abuse - Anti-Hot Dog / Pink Port Now / Bomb Shelter // Effigies -
   Guns Or Ballots / Subverts - State Of The Union / Naked Raygun - Paranoia /
   Libido / DA - The Killer / Strike Under - Anarchy Song / Silver Abuse -
   Jigaboo Jump)
busted at oz

Various - The Middle Of America LP HID HID0001, 1983
  (Naked Raygun - I Don't Know, Stupid / Savage Beliefs - Shake Your Neighbor's
   Hand, Double Standard / Namsat Rebel - I Am The Wall, Getting Ready / Out
   Of Order - Survival Of The Fittest, Concerned // Articles Of Faith - 5
   O'Clock / Rights Of The Accused - I Came To Dance, Mean People Suck, Yo Yo
   Yo / Big Black - Big Payback, Hunter's Safety (Tommy Bartleet Dies In Pain) /
   Effigies - Security)
middle of america

The Champaign Pop Underground
B-Lovers		Champaign
- OK...Go! 7" Sabine SRR-001, 1982 PS
  (Inside Out // Shakin 209 / Everything Is Falling)
 Underproduced garagepop, typical sounds from this scene.[BD] 
b-lovers

Martyrs
- Martyrs LP Swab SR-1006, 1982
  (More Rubbish / Only Girl / Wall Of Hope / No Sense Makes Sense (It's A
   TFPUWBM Day) / Workers Anonymous / Trends Of The Turmoil // Cruelty /
   Spur Of The Moment / Offtrax / You And Those / Blind Faith / Killer /
   Open Your Eyes)
martyrs

Nines			Urbana
- Like A Top 7" Pogo PEP 002, 1983 PS
  (Worst Comes To Worst // Too Late (To Change Your Mind) / Now & Then)

Organ Donor 
- 7" flexi

Outnumbered		Champaign
- Be Warm Soon // You're Not Free / Boy On A Roof 7" Hoopla UR-3854, 1983 PS
 Good garage pop, with a heavier 60s influence than the other bands in the scene.
 Three later LPs.[BD] Very good jangle powerpop which is nicely underproduced and
 helped a lot by the aggressive vocals of Jon Ginoli, pre-Pansy Division.[JF]
be warm soon

Rocking Clones		Urbana
- No Girl / Vanessa 7" Edible APC/ER-1/7-X&Z, 1981 PS
- Twilight Zone / Kidnapped 7" Edible, 1982 PS
no girl

Vertebrats
- Jackie's Gone / Diamonds In The Rough 7" Vb UR-2558, 1981 PS
vertebrats

Various
- Stabs In The Dark LP Pogo 001, 1982
  (Vertebrats - Anyday / B-Lovers / Nines / Martyrs /
   Rocking Clones / Talltrees / Edge / Contraband / 
   Big Daddy & The Outer Planets / Invisible Parrots)

Label Discographies

Autumn
AU1		DA - Dark Rooms 7"
AU2		Various - Busted At Oz LP
AU-3		Effigies - Haunted Town 12"
AU-6		DA - Time Will Be Kind 12" 

Disturbing
DR111578	Cunts - Chemicals In The Mail 7"
DTR81480	Cunts - We're Going To Crash 7"
BP0202798	Meaty Buys 7" 
6680		Ventilators 7"
DTR112281	Cunts - A Date With Disaster 7"
31783		Cunts - Open Your Mind 7"
DTR38400	Cunts - Apocalyptic Breakfast 7"

Ruthless
1000		Circle Seven - Suburban Hope 12"
03		Naked Raygun - Basement Screams 12"
109058		Effigies - Remains Nonviewable 7"
E1003		Effigies - We're Da Machine 12"
311057		Naked Raygun - Flammable Solid 7"
RRBB07		Big Black - Bulldozer 12"
E1030		Effigies - The Effigies 12"

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Last update: 04 December 2013

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