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The way you feel about S.O.B., BRUTAL TRUTH, NAPALM DEATH and EXTREME NOISE TERROR, is the way they felt about Portland, Oregon hardcore extremists POISON IDEA – hell, VENOMOUS CONCEPT ripped off their name, and they've been covered by WOLFBRIGADE and RATOS DE PORAO!


Angry yet philosophical, with 1990's „FEEL THE DARKNESS“, POISON IDEA changed hardcore punk just as it was in danger of getting boring, and despite the tragic death of guitarist Pig CHAMPION in 2006, they're going to bring the darkness to a whole new generation at OBSCENE EXTREME 2012.

Bio

Poison Idea was formed in 1980 by vocalist Jerry A. (aka Jerry Lang). The initial lineup consisted of Jerry A., Chris Tense (guitar), Glen Estes (bass), and Dean Johnson (drums). Inspired by Black Flag and other early Southern California hardcore acts, they were further influenced by Discharge and Los Angeles's the Germs. Germs singer Darby Crash's influence on singer Jerry A., vocally, lyrically, and philosophically, was considerable, and Poison Idea followed the Germs’ extremist punk ethic. Tense, who previously had played with Jerry in a group called the Stand, was replaced within a year by Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts (guitar), formerly of the Imperialist Pigs. Poison Idea’s debut, 1983's Pick Your King EP was a short, lo-fi blast of hardcore fury. The jacket featured a "choice" of two kings, Jesus (front cover) and Elvis Presley (back cover). In 1984, Chris Tense returned to the band, this time on bass, replacing Glen Estes (later of Portland, Oregon punk/metal band Final Warning), and the group released the Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes 12” (the cover features Pig Champion’s substantial vinyl collection). The record found the band incorporating subtle rock elements into their music, which was further honed on their contributions to two 1985 compilations, “Laughing Boy” on the Drinking is Great EP (on which appeared other Oregon punk bands Final Warning, Lockjaw and E-13), and “Typical” and “Die on Your Knees” on the legendary Cleanse the Bacteria LP (compiled by Pushead for his own Pusmort label). With the release of 1986’s Kings of Punk LP, Poison Idea had fully moved beyond the breakneck hardcore of their early records to a potent, driving and ultimately more intricate and sophisticated hardcore/hard rock fusion that incorporated the accessibility of hard rock without sacrificing the power of hardcore. Following the release of Kings of Punk, the band went through several rapid lineup changes (mostly in the rhythm section), and then added lead guitarist Eric "Vegetable" Olson, a gifted musician who wrote many PI tunes during his tenure in the band (even contributing a piano vamp on one track). The band then released War All the Time (named for the Charles Bukowski book) in 1987. War All the Time and the EPs that followed (the Getting the Fear 12" and the Filthkick 7") found them further developing the rock/hardcore sound first established on Kings of Punk, which they would hone in 1990 with Feel the Darkness. Around this time, after numerous lineup changes, PI had convened one of their more stable lineups in Jerry A., Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts, Charley "Myrtle Tickner" Nims (bass) and Steve "Thee Slayer Hippy" Hanford (drums), with Kid Cocksman and then Aldine Strichnine on second guitar. By this time, their drinking habits and hard living were beginning to catch up with them: the band weighed in at about 1,300 lb. collectively, and Pig Champion in particular was very fat, often having to play sitting down. They also established their own record label in 1989, American Leather (named for the Germs song), and released two records the same year: a reissue of their 1982 demo Darby Crash Rides Again and the Discontent 7”. In 1990, the band released Feel the Darkness. After the release of Feel the Darkness, Aldine Strychnine was thrown out of the band, and Mondo returned this time on guitar, for the 1991 tour. PI then released Blank Blackout Vacant in 1992, and, before seemingly splitting in 1993, they released We Must Burn. When Pig Champion left the band in 1993, shortly after the recording and release of the live album on Your Choice Records produced by Tobby Holzinger, PI effectively called it quits. Jerry A pursued a solo project called Gift with his wife and Thee Slayer Hippy, and in 1998 the original line-up reunited for a 7" EP on released on Taang! (who reissued their early catalogue), but broke up following an aborted tour.


Reformation and recent events


Jerry A reformed the band in late 1999 with the line up featuring Tom (Pig Champion) Roberts(guitar), Matt Brainard (guitar), Chris Carey (bass) and Chris Cuthbert (drums), and after breaking in the new lineup the band toured the east coast in 2002 including an appearance at CBGB's. Also a couple of trips to Texas and California. Matt Brainard was busy with DEFIANCE back then and decided that two full time touring bands was too much, so he elected to leave the band. Jimmy Taylor was hired on as guitarist for PI as the band was planning a 6 week tour of Europe, he ended up being a permanent member of the band. They toured Europe twice in 2003 and 2004, with Eric Eggroll on guitar during 2003 and Joe Spleen (The Gits) during 2004 filling in for Pig on the road. In 2004 PI was invited to go on a tour in Japan as a 4 piece with Japanese punk legends Forward. They were well received in the other countries they toured, inspiring the band to put together a new record. Back home in Portland, the new line up (Jerry A, Pig Champion, Jimmy Taylor, Chris Carey and Chris Cuthbert) began working on material which later became "Latest Will and Testament", recorded in 2005 at Smegma recording studio in Portland OR. On January 31, 2006 guitarist Pig Champion died at his home in Portland of undetermined causes, although he had been suffering from the flu and an untreated kidney infection. He was 47 years old. The rest of the band was devastated. PI had recorded the new record and it was ready for release when he died. Pig wanted the record to be called Latest Will and Testament, a name that the rest of the band liked. After Tom’s death Jerry commented that Pig probably knew something that the rest of them didn't. The album was released in May 2006 on Farewell Records. The band did not play a record release show, or any show for over a year as they tried to get used to the idea that their friend was gone. In 2007, Poison Idea again reformed to play shows in support of a split 7" single with Kill Your Idols (for TKO Records). The lineup for this incarnation was Jerry A., Chris Cuthbert (drums), Jimmy Taylor (guitar), Matt Brainard (guitar) and Rob Hume (bass). This line-up has been a solid unit ever since. October 6, 2008 Portland police arrested Steve "Thee Slayer Hippy" Hanford, 39, in connection with a string of pharmacy robberies in late summer.


Currently Poison idea is working with new solid management as well TKO Records, Southern Lord Records, Crash Assailant Records, and Crawlspace on the Reissue series of the entire back catalog. Upon the first release "The Early Years LP," P.I. completed a solid westcoast tour and has played current gigs with NOFX, Reagan Youth, Naked Aggression, Electric Frankenstein, Jugheads Revenge, and more. Look for Poison Idea on several festivals in 2012 as well as a full European Tour.


Poison Idea has been cited as an influence by bands and musicians such as Nirvana, Zeke, Turbonegro, Pantera, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Emperor’s Bard Faust, and thousands of other bands.


Discography

Release date Release name Media
2003 Another Round of Golf vol 5 CD (Golf) "Say Goodbye" & "Religion & Politics Part I" CD
1999 Short Music For Short People LP (Fat Wreck Chords) "Humanity" LP
1996 Punk-O-Rama Vol. 2 LP (Epitaph Records) "Just to Get Away" LP
1993 Eight Songs for Greg Sage and The Wipers LP (Tim/Kerr Records) “Up Front” LP

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