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.
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"