"Born in Edmonton as Kendall Chinn (aka Kenny), Mr. Chi Pig was the front man for one of the biggest names in the first wave of Canadian punk rock: SNFU. Like a lot of those original bands, they never found fame themselves but they influenced an entire generation of musicians from Jello Biafra and Moe Berg to Corb Lund, Matthew Good and Hot Hot Heat. The band’s visibility faded even if their influence didn’t, Kenny’s world filled with more drugs and alcohol, and he moved closer and closer to living on the street and suicide. What surprised everyone, including Mr. Chi Pig himself, was what that drug addiction masked, an even greater threat to his whole well being: schizophrenia…Both a comfortable armchair journey through the under-belly of Canadian music and a comeback-kid tale, Open Your Mouth And Say… Mr. Chi Pig is surprisingly accessible for what might’ve been a niche-music documentary…After more than 30 years of mental illness, drug addiction and punk rock Chi is back to take one last crack at success. So come for the tunes or the drama, you’re going to love it either way."

"The Glorystompers were from Edmonton. They were playing a traditional early UK brand of hardcore punk when many of the scenes in North America had forgotten about this scene. In a lot of ways the band was a reannaissance band and can be credited with bringing back that sound. They recorded this EP on August 18, 1994 in Staten Island, New York." "The Glorystompers were from Edmonton. They were playing a traditional early UK brand of hardcore punk when many of the scenes in North America had forgotten about this scene. In a lot of ways the band was a reannaissance band and can be credited with bringing back that sound. They recorded this EP on August 18, 1994 in Staten Island, New York."

"The Glorystompers were from Edmonton. They were playing a traditional early UK brand of hardcore punk when many of the scenes in North America had forgotten about this scene. In a lot of ways the band was a reannaissance band and can be credited with bringing back that sound. They recorded this EP on August 18, 1994 in Staten Island, New York."

A great half hour of tunes and interview with SNFU in Edmonton. The show was White Pages on Air from about 1983.”

mebuell:

You know when you’re a teenager and music is everything to you? Then you go to a concert and it’s a life-changing event?

That happened to me in 1988 when SNFU came to Winnipeg. I was 17, and I haven’t been the same since (for the better).

Now someone’s posted a video of the concert to YouTube.

For 25 years, they’ve been my favorite band. 

I may not be the same after watching it. 

Malibu Kens - Be My Barbie 7”, Edmonton, AB, 1981.
“This is one of the first independent punk singles from Edmonton. Blank Generation might possibly have beaten them to the racks, but at this point Edmonton’s best known punk band, SNFU, didn’t yet exist as such. The Malibu Kens formed in 1980 under the name Joey Did and the Necrophiliacs, and became the Malibu Kens by 1981. Shortly after the name change, the band’s style changed from punk to pop.”

Malibu Kens - Be My Barbie 7”, Edmonton, AB, 1981.

This is one of the first independent punk singles from Edmonton. Blank Generation might possibly have beaten them to the racks, but at this point Edmonton’s best known punk band, SNFU, didn’t yet exist as such. The Malibu Kens formed in 1980 under the name Joey Did and the Necrophiliacs, and became the Malibu Kens by 1981. Shortly after the name change, the band’s style changed from punk to pop.”

creature-features:

Just saw the Chi Pig documentary a couple weeks ago which led me to pull this album out. Fuck. it’s a good record.

creature-features:

Just saw the Chi Pig documentary a couple weeks ago which led me to pull this album out. Fuck. it’s a good record.

Edmonton connection! - used on the cover of an SNFU album?

or as The Awkward Stage says: “the drawing [on the SNFU album] was obviously a reproduction of a photograph by the famous American photographer Diane Arbus, called Child With Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, NYC, 1962.”

papertissue:

Diane Arbus

(via myoctoberrevolution)

saint-veronica:

Born in Edmonton as Kendall Chinn (aka Kenny), Mr. Chi Pig was the front man for one of the biggest names in the first wave of Canadian punk rock: SNFU. The band’s visibility faded even if their influence didn’t, Kenny’s world filled with more drugs and alcohol, and he moved closer and closer to living on the street and suicide. What surprised everyone, including Mr. Chi Pig himself, was what that drug addiction masked, an even greater threat to his whole well being: schizophrenia. Reluctant to take drugs to treat it at first, he quickly realized that he was already heavily self-medicating just to deal with the day-to-day and slowly, his life began to turn around.

Husker Du - “Eight Miles High,” London, 1985.

Possibly one of the best cover songs in existence.

Best band ever.

janglepop:

The Dead Milkmen - “The Secret of Life” (1992)

"The Clash make their US TV debut on 4/25/80 on the ABC Television program "Fridays" In this set they perform "London Calling" and ‘Train In Vain.’"

i want to shoot myself in the face for saying this, but mick jones kinda looks like jerry seinfeld in this video.