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Angry Samoans


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Los Angeles, CA, USA (1978 – present)

Angry Samoans are an early Los Angeles, CA, USA band, formed by rock critics “Metal” Mike Saunders and Gregg Turner after the demise of Vom, with fellow critic Richard Meltzer in 1978. Their unspecified grudges against influential KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer caused them to write a defamatory song called “Get Off the Air,” which caused many Los Angeles clubs to avoid booking them until the mid 1980s. The band’s particularly offensive, attitude and lyrical content probably contributed to this situation as well.

AS put out a 7 inch as The Queer Pills in 1981 including the classic anthem “They Saved Hitler’s Cock” which seems to be played on XM Radio’s Fungus 53 station with hilarious regularity in 2007.

Angry Samoans began as Vom in 1976, a self-described combo featuring the reknowned writer and critic Richard Meltzer on vocals, with Turner on guitar and 2nd vocals and Saunders on drums. The band also featured Dave Guzman on “tuneless rhythm guitar,” ‘Gurl’ on bass guitar, and Phil Koehn on lead guitar. The name Vom is short for ‘vomit’, as their early live act is said by Meltzer and Turner to have included throwing various ‘viscera’, cow parts and food substances at the audience to provoke reaction.

The first Angry Samoans gig was opening for Roky Erickson And The Aliens in Richmond, CA in 1978. In the middle 1980s Angry Samoans returned to their roots in 1960s (they had always cited the 13th Floor Elevators as being their major influence) and put out two releases, Yesterday Started Tomorrow EP and Stp Not Lsd.


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