Thursday, 9 January 2014


I don't really have the words to express how important this band was. The Viletones for all intents and purposes could be called a street gang that played instruments. They were what the Dead Boys played at. 30 odd years later, the wave of graffiti that washed over Toronto proclaiming the turf of the Viletones is slowly being erased, but the music will always be part of the fabric of this city.

This video is taken from Colin Brunton's The Last Pogo movie, which is as essential to any fan of Punk Rock as Don Lett's Punk Rock Movie, Ulli Lommel's Blank Generation, Lech Kowalski's DOA or Penelope Spheeris' Decline of Western Civilization. 

There was a problem with equipment, so left handed bass player Sam is playing a right handed bass backwards.

Here is a early rehearsal session from 1977. The songs are Auschwitz Jerk, Wet Dream Girl, Heinrich Himmler & No Fun.  I believe it predates the recording session that their first single "Screaming Fist" came from. It was just released last year as a limited edition single on a couple of different labels.

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