|May 28, 2009 | Found Sounds
Here’s a very, very rare 45 on loan to me by my kind friend Michelle Skoorka. The Stimulators were a short-lived punk band from New York City who are perhaps best known now as Harley Flanagan’s ( who went on to form the Cro-Mags ) first group. There are some photos of him with The Stimulators, including the fairly famous shot by Pennie Smith backstage with The Clash, here and also here.
This record sounds CRAZY. If I had the equipment I’m guessing they were using I don’t know if I would have been able to do any better, although I definitely would’ve taken that annoying ride cymbal away from young Harley. Still, this is a perfect snapshot from that dead time between the original punk era of 1977-78 and the American hardcore era, 1981-82-83 : tuneful rock n’ roll with big, slashing Sex Pistols guitars, but, you know, louder and faster.
The Stimulators : ” Loud Fast Rules ”
The Stimulators : ” Run Run Run ”