Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the legendary Frantix! Their unique sound and chaotic live show transfixed the early 1980s Colorado punk scene and these are all of the band’s studio tracks, along with rare, unreleased and great sounding live and demo songs. They evolved into the equally legendary grunge band The Fluid, who were one of Sub Pop’s first non-Seattle bands back in 1988. Though most people mistakenly believe that Mudhoneys well-known cover of My Dads A Fuckin Alcoholic is a Mudhoney song, THIS is the original KBD classic!
In the short time they were together, Frantix released just two 7-inch records, collected together in this reissue with previously unreleased tracks. They were never just hardcore, and you can hear it from the very first recordings from 1980: beneath the amphetamine stutter and sonic tachycardia of the songs are strands of Rock n Roll DNA belonging to Johnny Thunders and Keith Richards. As they progressed, they veered into a one-of-a-kind blend of Detroit, 60s Garage Rock, and Flipper.
On Dancin to Punk and FM Ear you find lipstick traces of the Modern Lovers. The classic My Dads A Fuckin Alcoholic is punk as fuck, but at the same time, not just punk. Its equal parts Black Flag and Flipper with a touch of the New York Dolls. Drunk Prick with its simple but unforgettable bass riff and sing a-long chorus, was a local favorite that grew to national underground prominence after its original release.
The mix of Ricky Kulwicki and his unstoppable lava-flow guitar, Matt Bischoff and his droning carpet-bombing bass, Davey Stewart and his insanely counterpoint train-wreck drums, and Marc Deaton with his teenage zombie vocals creates something not just greater then its parts, it creates something down right legendary. Frantix would share the stage with national acts and punk legends like Black Flag, T.S.O.L., Circle Jerks, and Dead Kennedys.
The Frantix later took their unique sound one step further, merging with the other main Denver HC band, White Trash, and morphing into The Fluid, who helped lead Sub Pops grunge invasion of the music mainstream.
Collecting 23 tracks together for the first time on one album, this reissue of My Dads A Fuckin Alcoholic includes both 1982s Face Reality 7 inch and the original 1983 My Dads A Fuckin Alcoholic 7 inch, along with 7 previously unreleased demo tracks and 8 previously unreleased live tracks. Parts of this were released as a CD-only Australian release in the early 2000s.
This is a must have addition for any punk rock music collection worth a damn!
MARC DEATON vocals
RICK KULWICKI guitar
MATT BISCHOFF bass
DAVEY STEWART drums
THIS RELEASE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF FRANTIX FOUNDER MR. RICHARD PAUL KULWICKI….god speed Rick, you were the man with the plan that started it all, found the notes, and kept us going for like 30 years in Denver,
the members of The Frantix & The Fluid!
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