Thursday, August 28, 2008

Getty Metal

Don’t know who the genius was in this band—though I’m guessing it’s Hurley there on the right—who thought it’d be a good idea to get their promo photo taken at the Getty service station. Maybe his dad owned it, or he just bought a lot of Funyons there. I’m not entirely sure if the kid on the left is actually in the band, or just stopped to look at the camera while he was on his way to buy a candy bar. I see a Slayer shirt on big boy and a Black Flag Tee on the scowler next to him, but not a lot of other clues. Anyone recognize these dudes?

Update: This took about 5 minutes to figure out. It's Post Mortem, out of Boston, who had a couple of releases on New Renaissance Records in the late '80s and even soldiered on into the '90s. I think some of their stuff was even reissued later, though I'm not sure why.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Here's the Deal

I was recently thumbing through a huge stack of promo photos that were sent to me in the mid '80s when I was putting out a 'zine called Heavy Heroes (and later West Coast Thrash), and I came across a bunch that were unlabeled and I had no idea who they were. Some looked vaguely familiar, but most just looked wack.

Anyway, I thought it would be funny to let all the people in my computer (that would be you, dear reader) help me figure them out a photo at a time. I'm guessing most of these bands probably only ever put out demos, or maybe an album or two in Europe on an obscure, and surely now defunct, indie label.

So, take a look and lemme know if you recognize them. Or just add a comment. Some of these are real doozies. I'll try to put up one a week, depending on how quickly we can figure 'em out. I've already posted the first one.

Have fun.


Scarves and Sweatpants

These guys look like they're posing in the hall of their high school. And you've gotta wonder why the blond mullethead on the left thought it'd be a good idea to rock the heather gray sweatpants in a band photo. I don't know what the deal with the scarves is, though that may be a clue as to where they're from. Who the fuck is this band?!?

Update: I was starting to think we'd never get this one, but along comes "Nightlock" with the correct answer: Cerebus, from North Carolina. Another New Renaissance band who have found some interest posthumously (in Europe).