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MFT Mixtape - July 2010 - Vintage Punk

Howdy gang,

We enlisted two Indiana Punk experts to help us compile a very special mixtape this month that pays homage primarily to the 80's punk scene here in Indy. This was a legendary scene that truly set the tone for the next two decades. This compilation is by no means meant to be exhausting, but rather a reference to the growth of the scene and the beginnings of a deeply rooted Musical Family Tree (see what i did there?).

Drink it in and then slam-dance it out. Thanks to Mike Whybark and Marvin Goldstein for compiling the tracks!

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Dancing Cigarettes - Puppies in a Sack - 1981 - Forming in Bloomington in 1980, the Cigarettes fused their high-school geek visions of dada and beat literature with punk energy, the Ralph Records catalog, an obvious love for pre-punk icons like Eno and Beefheart, and the fumes of earlier art-damaged Midwestern bands like MX-80, Pere Ubu, and Tin Huey. In 1981, the Dancing Cigarettes hooked up with Gulcher Records to produce a quite 4-song, self-titled EP.

The Panics - Drugs Are for Thugs - 1981 - Another early 80's Bloomington band that formed very organically out of a deep love of Punk. This song originally appeared on Gulcher Records "Red Snerts" which was a collectors dream comp of all Indiana bands.

Frankie Camaro and the QAX Pistols
- Steppin Stone - 1980 - This is a live recording of the second ever show at Bullwinkle's in Bloomington, which was later partly converted into the legendary rock venue Second Story. The QAX Pistols were a "Cool garage band of WQAX workers. Did mash-ups of surf and TV show themes" that included Paul Jova (who's stage name was/is Frankie Camaro).

Last Four Digits - Act Like Nothing's Wrong - 1982 - Formed in 1982 L4D invented and promoted "abstract commercialism." Taking themes from pop culture, including commercial jingles and TV show themes, the band attracted a rabid following during the eighteen months they were in existence. They completed a tour of the east coast which included successful gigs at CBGB's in Manhattan and Maxwell's in Hoboken, and returned to Indy to headline a punk show at the Vogue nightclub, promoted by Bill Levin. At the time, punk and new wave was virtually unheard of at the Vogue. The event was so noteworthy that local TV stations had reporters providing live coverage of the concert from the sidewalk in front of the nightclub. The next day, the Last Four Digits broke up, only to reunite in part as the even quirkier "We're Jimmy Hoffa" band.

The Gizmos - Rock and Roll Don't Come From New York - 1977 - The Gizmos were a legendary Indiana band of the late 1970s that put out three EPs at the beginning of the punk-rock/new wave age. Formed by singers and rock critics Ken Highland and Eddie Flowers in 1976, they released the EP The Gizmos (Gulcher, 1976), one of the earliest documents of the era.

Moto X - In the Dark Sky - 1986 - Started when Frankie Camaro finished college in Bloomington, looked to start a Surf Punk band and found local skaters from The Resistors: Ross Danielson and Greg Phillips at a street dance. They moved to Austin, Texas in 1984 and recorded the unreleased record Congo Road, which was mastered by Kevin Loyal and is available here on MFT!

Zero Boys - Blow it Away - 1983 - It came out of nowhere in 1982, this punk rock/hardcore fireball with the bright yellow sleeve. In one sense, The Zero Boys’ Vicious Circle was yet another example of how U.S. punk seemed to peak coast to coast that year. Singer Paul Mahern ("Paul-Z" on the sleeve) was like an uncaged rabbit, singing so quickly yet so clearly, you didn't need a lyric sheet. Behind him, lightning-quick, adroit guitarist Terry Hollywood and punishing drummer Mark Cutsinger. This recording is from a live show at Ricky's Cantina in 1983 with Tim Crist playing bass.

The Slammies - Riot (in Cell Block 11) - Contained the Pfeffer brothers who later formed Otto and the Gearheads, Otto the Comic, The Primates and plenty more. They recently reunited on New Years Eve of 2007 and were subsequently nominated for a "Band of the Year" award from Punk Rock Night.

Blood Farmers - Tim - 1983 - This recording was made by Scott Colburn and others and pressed and released on the 4-song EP "Blood Farmers," as seen in the link above. All four band members were Bloomington high school punk rock kids. Andy went on to play with, what, everyone? He was in an early Blake Babies with JPS, then played with Al Jarvis, Glenn Hicks, Greg Philips and Dave again in PBOC, then John again on some demos and also with Frankie.

Dandelion Abortion - Indianapolis - Formed by Paul Mahern from the Ashes of the Zero Boys in the mid eighties.

The Rosebloods - Angeline - 1987 - The band's polished, surf-derived sound came into focus when John Terrill and Steve Cook jammed together acoustically (Terrill has excellent demos of these sessions). Playing the burgeoning alternative tour
circuit in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, and garnering very favorable reviews for the released tapes and EPs, the band came to an end when Cook opted out and Brewer and Terrill shifted their focus to the much rawer outfit, the Walking Ruins. This song was recorded by Paul Mahern in 1987.

JOT (Just Ordinary Teenagers) - Superbia - One of the very first projects from legendary local Vess Ruhtenberg.

Pit Bulls on Crack - Rock Your World - 1988 - The original line-up, consisted of Bloomington natives, Greg Phillips (Guitar), Andrew Mayer (Lead Guitar), Glenn Hicks (Vocals), Dave Fortney (Bass) and Al Jarvis (drums) Their song, Rock Your World, landed them on the 1988 version of Hoagie Picks the Hits. They used to drive around to find random parties to crash and perform guerrilla shows.

Walking Ruins - Lightweight - 1988 - Late Eighties super group containing John Barge; Ian Brewer (the Panics), John Terrill (ex-Dancing Cigarettes) and Kevin Loyal. This song is from a live set at Second Story from June 1988. The other bands were Pit Bulls on Crack and the Lemonheads.

Right to Left - All of My Friends - 1988 - This is a live recording from a show that was recorded at BW3 shortly after the 1988 Gizmos reunion.

Datura Seeds - Red Beer - 1990 - In 1989, Zero Boys frontman Paul Mahern moved on to the Datura Seeds, whose sound was closer to straight-up power pop than punk. The Datura Seeds' supporting cast behind Mahern included Lee Cuthbert, Vess Ruhtenberg, Tom Downs and Jonee Quest. Their lone album, Who Do You Want It to Be?, was released on the Toxic Shock label in 1990.

Nevermores - Nevermore (intro) - Bloomington circa 1990 - Bassist Gretchen Holtz writes: "We wore top hats and capes and looked really cool. That was years before the Garage Rock freak out revision that happened so we were very cutting edge. I had never seen a band with a farfisa in it before The Nevermores. The first song that I ever wrote was for that band called "oatmeal". It was about only wanting to play play play and not read or work or go to school. It was about my mom making cereal and being pissed because we wanted oatmeal instead. That band was way fun. The name the Nevermores came to Matt in his sleep."

Soul Paint - Big Balls - Soulpaint started out in Kokomo, IN, in 1988 and relocated to Indianapolis in 1991. They quickly integrated themselves into the Broad Ripple music scene and helped create the collectively-owned and locally-operated Augmented Mammary Records, featuring such like-minded local acts as Gravelbed, Acid Green, and The Young Lords. Soulpaint played a gazillion shows throughout the area, garnered a lot of press and even managed to get songs played on local radio stations for a spell. They also produced two self-released cassettes and a CD, as well as being featured on local compilation CDs from Indianapolis and Chicago. Soulpaint disbanded in 1995 to pursue other musical interests.

The Slurs - The Problem with Rock and Roll - 2004 - The Slurs were pure unpolished rock in the finest sense.

The Smears - The Good Old Days Sucked - Bloomington mid 1990s - The Smears were an all-female force of brutal energy. This recording (Like Hell) was produced by John Strohm and Mass Giorgini.

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Comment by mike whybark on July 9, 2010 at 9:42am
Hah! Mastertape found and downloading. I'll repost here later today. Is there a convention for adding comps to the archive?
Comment by Daniel Fahrner on July 9, 2010 at 9:39am
Hey gang,

Made some of the updates and fixed the download links. was acting up yesterday.

We'd love to get our hands on some of the missing pieces to this puzzle for Vol. 2. Let's do it!
Comment by mike whybark on July 9, 2010 at 9:31am
Or how about Frankie and David?
Comment by mike whybark on July 9, 2010 at 9:29am
No, really, I *did* laugh, David!

Jon, on reflection, I think you are right. That Gizmos cut is almost certainly live in Bloomington. I blame sunspots and flouride in the drinking water for my neuronal incapacity.

Jeb, that sounds like an excuse to fork out for one of those USB turntables! David, you don't happen to have those records digitized, by any chance, do you?

Off to scour the internet to see if someone has that out in torrentland.

I nominate David and Burd to curate punk vol II. No, wait, GREG BRENNER.
Comment by Jeb Banner on July 9, 2010 at 8:35am
Mike, we had the first Mastertape up before the Great Crash of 08. Paul cleared it, I'm sure he would clear the second if we could find it. If you have them let me know and we can get them back up. If someone complains we can remove their track.
Comment by Jeb Banner on July 9, 2010 at 8:34am
sounds like a vintage punk vol 2 is due in the coming months?
Comment by Tim Crist on July 9, 2010 at 8:23am
Hey David - FYI - That is me playing on the The Zero Boys Cantina tape, not David. Ha! I am sure David does not want to be associated with that noise...I do dig the occasional John Barge yell!
Comment by Jon Nelson on July 9, 2010 at 1:27am
Picky picky me. I'm sure that Gizmos song was recorded when they were still in Bloomington. I know they did it when I first saw them in Detroit, circa 1978/79 and it was frequently included in their sets when they were in Bloomington.
This is however, swell stuff. I left Indiana fairly early in this compilation so there are many bands here that I heard of but never heard. Look forward to hearing.
Comment by mike whybark on July 9, 2010 at 12:57am
FB peeps sayin DL link is bad, FYI Daniel
Comment by mike whybark on July 9, 2010 at 12:54am
sow. see, that kinda typo. SHOW, of course.

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