Wednesday, 11 June 2008

DA STUPIDS 'Alien' demo (1983) upload...

As promised here is the demo by DA STUPIDS from Western Massachusetts, which was pressed onto vinyl (unofficially I assume) by Mindless Records, alongside the great OUTPATIENTS demos.

Download here.

I know very little about this band, other than that they were from Western Mass, the same area as the OUTPATIENTS and DEEP WOUND, and that this demo came out in 1983. Like the OUTPATIENTS, DA STUPIDS seem to have been lost in obscurity, atleast compared to other Massachusetts hardcore bands. This is perhaps due partly to the fact that both bands were from Western Mass and not the city, so were not affiliated with the X Claim crowd nor the Modern Method bands as far as I know...perhaps DEEP WOUND too would have been forgotten (or atleast be more obscure) if members didn't go on to form more popular bands.

Since I don't know anything else about them, I can't re-tell any stories about them getting into fights with Al Barile, or beating up DEEP WOUND onstage leading to Lou and J to abandon playing hardcore, or threatening to sue THE STUPIDS from the UK over their namesake. If any of these stories actually happened, let me know. I guess I'll just have to write about the music...This is great hardcore punk; out-of-control and wild, psychotic and distinctive vocals, guitars that are all over the place. It's a bit like early MEAT PUPPETS meets NO THANKS. I believe they also shared members with PAJAMA SLAVE DANCERS (who's early stuff is also good).

By the way I think they also had a female singer, although I'm not 100%, it could be a eunuch or teenage boy (i.e. CRIPPLED YOUTH). Still...listen to a song like 'Ex-Communique' and try telling me that's a guy. I'm probably just an idiot: if any one knows the truth, or has an actual hard-copy of this demo, please get in touch or leave a comment...

REVIEW from Maximum Rock'n'Roll #11, Jan/Feb 1984.
"Some good psycho thrash noise with distinctive vocals, reminiscent of the Meat Puppets, the Butthole Surfers, and the Crucifucks. The recording is fine, and it makes for interesting listening, but the lyrics are as goofy as their band name indicates.-Tim Yohannon"

6 comments:

Flex said...

Awesome, thanks for the upload. I was reading about these guys on KFTH and got interested in tracking the demo down...

Anonymous said...

Their singer was a woman named Yanna, or something like that. Bass player was called Scott Blood, who was/is Native American. I think Steve Westfield played guitar. He's still in the scene in Western Mass.

Danny Hartling said...

The female singer for Da Stupids called herself "Mars" I think her name was Marlene. Her boyfriend Kenny played guitar. Scott Blood on bass. Trying to remember the drummer's name. I happened to write the lyrics to "Ex-communique" and it should be "X-communicate." Somebody got that wrong. All the rumors you mentioned are true, so spread 'em far and wide.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any Pajama Slave Dancers stuff?

Anonymous said...

Danny is right, Marlene 'Mars' Rosella & her boyfriend Kenny (on guitar). Future PSD Scott Blood played bass. Mars used to strip in clubs in downtown Springfield Mass. She replaced Dennis Most as singer of Audiolove after his band threw him out. That band eventually morphed into Foreign Objects (Dino Records), w/o Mars, and soon after Da Stupids were formed.

Anonymous said...

I met Ken (Roberts?) and Marlene (Rozelle?) in 1980 and also had a chance to jam with them a couple times at their place while I was visiting from Italy. They lived near Springfield, in Chicopee maybe. They were nice.