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.
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, 60's Garage Rock, and Flipper.
On "Dancin' to Punk" and "FM Ear" you find lipstick traces of the Modern Lovers. The classic "My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic" is punk as fuck, but at the same time, not just punk. It's equal parts Black Flag and Flipper with a touch of the New York Dolls. "Drunk Prick" with it's simple but unforgettable bass riff and sing a-long chorus, was a local favorite that grew to national underground prominence after its original release.
Who should notice, but the budding grunge scene in Seattle, culminating in Mudhoney's well-known cover of "My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic"! Most people think this is Mudhoney's song, but this is the original KBD classic!
The mix of Ricky Kulwicki's unstoppable lava-flow guitar, Matt Bischoff's droning carpet-bombing bass, Davey Stewart's insanely counterpoint train-wreck drums, and Marc Deaton's 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 Pop's grunge invasion of the music mainstream.
Collecting 23 tracks together for the first time on one album, this reissue of "My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic" includes both 1982's Face Reality 7" and the original 1983 My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic 7", 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.
released January 13, 2015
all rights reserved