AmRep – A-Z – Urinals / 100 Flowers / Chairs Of Perception

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Rock band from Southern California who formed in 1978. They lyrics were called “punk haiku” due to their minimalist approach. In addition, the band was known for complete inability to play instruments and the constant use of two chords. They influenced many bands including Minutemen, who covered their song “Ack Ack Ack”. Video for the song was directed by Urinals frontmen John Talley-Jones and became Minutemen’s last due to D. Boon’s death.

They changed their name to 100 Flowers (after chairman Mao’s quote) in the 80s, but broke up and reunited as Urinals again in 1996. They also performed under a name Chairs of Perception (possibly a parody of Aldous Huxley’s “Doors of Perception), but then again reverted to their original name in 2008.

Band Members:

John Talley-Jones (Radwaste, Vena Cava)

Kjehl Johansen (Trotsky’s Icepick)

Rob Barker

Kevin Barrett

Robb Roberge

Fun Facts:

– They became a first punk band to perform in China. In 2005, they played at  Chaoyang International Pop Festival in Beijing. (Wikipedia)

Discography:

As Urinals

Urinals EP 7″ (1978 / 2007)

Negative Capability…Check It Out (1997)

What Is Real And What Is Not (2003)

As 100 Flowers

Presence Of Mind 7″ (1982)

Drawing Fire 12″ EP (1984)

100 Years Of Pulchritude (1990)

Compilation Tracks:

Urinals

I’m Like You” on Human Music (Homestead, 1988)

I’m A Bug” on Faster And Louder – Hardcore Punk Vol. 1 (Rhino, 1993) / Punk Territory Vol.1 – U.S.A. 1976-81 (Anthology, 1994) / England’s Dreaming (Trikont, 2004)

Ack Ack Ack” on Punk Territory Vol.1 – U.S.A. 1976-81 (Anthology, 1994)

100 Flowers

Reject Yourself” on Hell Comes To Your House (Bemisbrain Records, 1981 / Time Bomb Recordings, 1997)

The Long Arm Of Social Sciences” on The Best Of The Radio Tokyo Tapes (Chameleon Music, 1987)

Salmonella” on Keats Ride A Harley (Happy Squid Records, 1981 / Warning Label, 2005)

Sensible Virgins” on Keats Ride A Harley (Happy Squid Records, 1981 / Warning Label, 2005)

Videos:

Haunted

Pam

Minutemen – Ack Ack Ack (100 Flowers cover)

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