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Flowers of Discipline

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Flowers of Discipline was a band from Harrisonburg, VA. They were Steve Slaubaugh on Vocals, Dave Park (Unrest, Eggs, The Undecided) on Bass, Phil Krauth (Unrest, Tone) on Drums and Mike Cluff (The Undecided) on Guitar & Background Vocals.

FoD was part of a very small scene surrounding James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. (They jokingly called JMU “Boston University” since no matter where you went, someone was playing Boston from their dorm room. Not a good place for a punk scene!) The college was a snapshot of the Reagan ’80s, where most students majored in business, lived to party, and listened to Prince. The “scene” — if you could call it a scene — was a small cadre of people who simply didn’t fit into the larger picture. The shows were typically at a now-defunct shitkicker country bar called the “Mystic Den.”

At first, Dave Park and Mike Cluff were a group called The Undecided (which recorded an LP at Dischord’s favorite studio Inner Ear). After their breakup, and a few mis-starts they started FoD in 1985 or so once someone introduced them to Phil Krauth, a core member of Unrest. As you can tell from their sound, they were heavily influenced by DC harDCore and other underground bands of the time (Minutemen, Husker Du, Butthole Surfers, early Rem). But they were also closet fans of late 60’s psychedelic music and snuck in punked-up covers of The Doors, Pink Floyd, Seeds, etc. Dave wrote most of the songs.

Their shows were hard, fast, loud, tight, short — and empty. (They were unpopular enough that they were the OPENING ACT at their last Harrisonburg show.

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