LEGIONAIRE’S DISEASE BAND was formed in Houston, TX by Jerry Anomie who took the band and went into Magic Rat Studios in 1979 with just $120 and recorded this single which was released on their own Disease Unlimited Records in a small run, with a second batch on Lunar Lab shortly after. Anomie conceived a plan to promote the record by staging his own funeral, he got a casket from a local funeral home and making an announcement on KPFT, the ploy lured people into Warehouse Records and Tapes where Jerry was rolled out in the casket. Chris Lord of Plastic Idols read his Eulogy before Jerry was resurrected and the band played an in-store.
This single is a fantastic slice of old school punk rock with energy and anger that still sounds fantastic today. Huge guitar, crashing drums, thumping bass, and a singer that seems like he’s not right in the head makes for a great re-release. This is the kind of punk rock that bands try to emulate and really have a hard time duplicating because of the freshness of the music and the ability to offend and scare the normals that’s lost nowadays.
A great single from start to finish that will have you shouting out Bahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
This super rare four song EP from 1981 is finally available again courtesy of Cheap Rewards Records. This re-release of their first single has been hotly anticipated and now you can hear this great piece of Ft Worth, Texas punk rock history without the record collector scum prices.
Yes this is amateurish, the playing is rudimentary, the production is mediocre and the British accent that was used seems forced, but damn…I loved this! The energy and enthusiasm that they show on this single makes me smile and the goofy lyrics fit in perfectly with the playing. You can hear that they were having a great time making this and with so many bands playing such bland, insincere music passing itself off as punk, this is a gem.
This is a great re-release that is dedicated to the late singer, Brad Stiles and gives the average fan a chance to hear what the fuss was about this band. Go out and grab a copy and support the label for going out and giving us the chance to hear great old, out of print punk rock.