Friday, February 3, 2012

CHICKENHEAD / LOS CANADIANS - Split CD - 2002(?)

   I never heard of CHICKENHEAD until a year after they had already broken up, so I never got to see their singer Chuck Loose set himself on fire. I never got to see their guitarist, Iggy running around in boxer shorts and spitting beer in people's faces. I only had their 7" from 1993 to listen to and wonder what kind of fucked up people write these fuckin' punk songs about stealing cars, drinking Robotussin and not having a future. My bandmate, Joey Tampon would always bring his CHICKENHEAD demo tape on tour an only play it in the middle of the night on long drives. The warbly fucked sound of that tape was so alien to me at the time, but so full of life, nihilism and decay. I got their 7" and spent many wasted nights blasting it in the park in downtown Huntsville: "Do you like my car?! It was free because I STOLE IT!!"
CHICKENHEAD playing on the moon. Photo by Josie, I think.

   CHICKENHEAD started in 1991 in Miami with Chuck Loose on vocals, Iggy Scam on guitar and Buddha on drums. They put out the aforementioned, ramshackle demo tape before adding Scott on drums and moving Buddha to bass. Their shows could be chaotic and fucked. Chairs got thrown, bottles got broken and beer got spilled. They went on a couple of tours around the US that seemed to be funded solely off of crime and scams. After routinely getting banned from clubs for silly offenses like spitting beer on people, destroying mics and setting themselves on fire, the band called it quits in 1993 after a show in Berkeley, CA.
   LOS CANADIANS, also from Miami, evolved out of CHICKENHEAD and a short-lived band called THE TRI-RAILS. Buddha and Scott (from CHICKENHEAD) played guitar and drums respectively. They were joined by a wizardly bass player named Timmy and Ivy on vocals. LOS CANADIANS and most of CHICKENHEAD either lived at or hung out in an abandoned 13-story hotel in Biscayne Bay called "The Mutiny", which is where a few of LOS CANADIANS' early songs were written. They played their first show in an abandoned, hurricane-damaged warehouse outside of Miami in 1992. LOS CANADIANS wrote fast, quick tuneful songs about alienation, pain and drugs. I didn't "get" them at first, but they soon became indispensable in my life.
LOS CANADIANS on the moon. Photo by Josie.

   I met Iggy and Ivy at the same time in the parking lot of a life-changing all day punk show in Chattanooga in 1995 (across the street from Wally's at McCallie and Holly). The next week, I played a generator show in the Everglades that Iggy set up with LOS CANADIANS, THE STUN GUNS, AGAINST ALL AUTHORITY and many more. Over the years, I got closer to these people and this music that provided so much inspiration to me. Iggy (now Erick), Ivy and Buddha have maintained a close musical partnership over the years that lasts to this day, writing countless, timeless classic punk songs.

  This CD was put out by This Here Records out of Chattanooga and compiles almost all of the recorded output for both bands. One of my favorite things on here is the acoustic, early version of LOS CANADIANS'  "Never Can" recorded in the Mutiny. It's my favorite song by them and I would be happy hearing as many alternate versions of it as possible, Chuck Loose still lives in Miami, went on to play in THE CRUMBS and now plays drums in the DUST TRAPS. Timmy is currently hiding out in the middle of the country and plays bass in HELLO SHITTY PEOPLE. Buddha has been in so many bands that I can't even keep track of them all. He currently lives in Chattanooga and plays guitar in the FASTBOYS (they have a new record that you can get from Young Monster) and HIDDEN SPOTS. Scott went on to play in THE HIDDEN RESENTMENTS with Iggy. He now lives in the East Bay and plays drums in CITY DELUXE. Iggy and Ivy went on to play in a few bands together over the years, like MIAMI, ALLERGIC TO BULLSHIT (with me!) and they are currently in BLACK RAINBOW (with me and our friend, Morgan..next show in March in SF). I think that covers it.

CHICKENHEAD photo by Josie, I think.
Sorry if this is a little scattered. I'm getting over some wild sickness and can't think straight.

9 comments:

Buddha said...

The moon had a really great DIY punk scene back in the early 90's. The shows there were out of this world.

Dk said...

Chickenhead!! First heard these guys on the "Later that Same Year" tape comp then later picked up their 7" and finally later got this split CD. I know I used a lot of 'laters' but I suppose that's better than a lot of 'nevers'. What a band!! Thanks for the post! xD

G O D said...

Yeah ,Chickenhead! i posted that first single on my blog ,as well as the Crumbs 10" and some comp. cuts. Miami was a great scene in the mid 80's - 90's ,hangin' at the Cameo ,eatin good cuban at La Rhumba ,catchin' some cheesecake and coffee at Wolfie's ,damn that scene was swell. One of the many bands I was in ,"Sexboy" ,had a sound close to Chickenhead/Crumbs ,and I actually was supposed to play a gig with The Crumbs ,after contacting Emil Four-and-a-Half ,but it never came to fruition. Oh well ,this shit rules!

Christoper Anonymous said...

The "moon" performance was at one of the Punk Rock Picnic shows, that one was held at a construction site in west Miramar. I've got several dozen photos from that show and plenty of other gigs, I'll eventually get around to scanning them in and sharing them...

Harvester said...

Please do!

Anonymous said...

I saw Chickenhead a handful of times in the Bay Area when I was a pup. My favorite show of theirs was at the Pill Hill house. Chuck Loose shoved his way out the door the second the set started and screamed through the first song from the front porch with the door closed. I bought their 7" that day and wore it out over the years. Phenomenal band. Changed me. Brought a ton of new energy to an already solid music scene. I still get songs from that 7" stuck in my head regularly.

Jossette VonShadow (Jossie) said...

YES!!! I took those pics! Thanks for the credit that rocks! People have used them on albums and have not be so courteous :( So I REALLY appreciate it! :)

Jossette VonShadow (Jossie) said...

Do you by chance have these pictures still?! I would love to at least scan a good quality, trying to get together pics from those days but most of the pics I had were damaged in a freak flood! SO if you have any I would love to get copies or scan them ! Thanks!!!!

Harvester said...

I scanned the photos from the split CD or found them elsewhere on the internet. I don't have any original copies of them
Sorry about the freak flood. That's awful!!