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Original Montana Hardcore Featuring Jeff Ament and Bruce Fairweather of Green River.

Here’s Jeff’s account: Deranged Diction, Montana’s First Hardcore Band Missoula, Montana, 1981-83. Jon Donahue and I met Bruce Fairweather skateboarding the brick banks at the University of Montana in September of 1981. Within a month, we were rehearsing as Deranged Diction with Bill the drummer, playing songs by Black Flag, 999, the Dead Kennedys, the Ramones and the Clash. We played a half dozen shows that school year, mostly with new drummer Sergio Avenia, with a summer assignment to write some of our own songs. Fall quarter 1982, Jon moved back to California, so we needed a new singer. Tom Kipp approached us and we wrote and recorded our first batch of songs which included “Pruning” which ended up on a compilation called “We Got Power” and the Flipper-inspired “Periscope.” Tim Healy took over vocals in March of 1983 and we wrote and recorded six new songs, including “Only” and “I’m an Amerikan.” We put these songs on a cassette called “No Art, No Cowboys, No Rules” and sold and traded them through fanzines like Maximum Rock and Roll and Flipside. Deranged Diction, Seattle Era Seattle, Washington, 1983-84. Sergio, Bruce and I decided to move to Seattle in May of 1983 with the idea of finding a new singer for our band. We put a “singer wanted” ad in the Rocket and our first tryout with Rod Moody was a great fit, and he played guitar which gave us a bigger heavier sound.

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  • foodandliquor

    This was Jeff Ament's (bassist for Pearl Jam, Green River) before he moved from Missoula (where he was going to college at University of Montana) to Seattle (where he hooked up with the Seattle grunge scene). Jeff still plays random shows for Deranged Diction in Missoula once in a blue moon when the stars and planets all align. Good band.

    18 Feb 2011 Reply
  • NeddX

    good band hardcore

    24 Jun 2009 Reply
  • stogref

    Have a nice day! ;P

    29 Dec 2008 Reply