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Sacramento, United States (1982 – 1984)

Tales of Terror was a Sacramento band which was active from 1982 until 1984. They released a self-titled LP in 1984 on the label CD Presents. The LP is rare, and no CD version has been released. Tales of Terror is also featured on “Skate Rock 2” comp LP (Thrasher, 1984); “Rat Music for Rat People V2” comp LP (CD Presents, 1984); and on “Them Boners Be Poppin’ comp LP (Boner Records, 1995). That compilation includes Tales’s songs “Texas Against the World” and “LSD for Africa.” Tim Yohannon reviewed “Tales of Terror” for Maximum Rock and Roll in 1984. He wrote: “Totally drunken, power-chord punk rock, folks. It’s straight out of the DEAD BOYS/STOOGES school of intense, fuck-it-all, snarl and self-destruct. These Sacramento’s are good at it too. Recommended.” Their lone LP greatly influenced rock bands Green River/Mudhoney and Nirvana.

The band consisted of:

Pat Stratford aka Rats Ass (lead vocals)
Geoff Magner aka Dusty Coffin (vocals/bass)
Lyon Wong aka Emperor Fuckshit aka Luther Storms (vocals/lead guitar)
Steve Hunt aka Capt. Trip Mender (guitar/vocals)
Mike Thorpe aka Thopper Jaw (drums)

It all came to an end on the night of January 5, 1986. Lyon Wong, son of late actor Victor Wong (3 Ninjas), died of head trauma .


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  • eduabc

    kurt cobain favorites!

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Hargrove

    Pat told me (sometime in the mid 90's) that the album was in process of being re-released, but that he had a falling out with the owner of CD Presents, who holds the rights, and the guy vowed to keep it from being release to spite him (Pat). That sucks, because this is a treasure of an album that had a huge influence on the Pacific Northwest Scene (Mudhoney, Nirvana, etc.) as well as several L.A. bands, including G'nR.

    10 Jul 2010 Reply
  • P_Machado

    muito bom. :)

    16 Jan 2010 Reply
  • mortytoad

    I hope their album gets a proper re-release someday with all of the comp tracks and their great cover of Search&Destroy that was on the cassette.

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
  • mortytoad

    More influential than a lot of people realize.

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
  • MatticusX22Guit

    this band has great precision in punk, they could f**kin' play. they rule

    14 Feb 2009 Reply
  • christopher_tm

    Tags are mangled. ):

    28 Jan 2009 Reply
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    5 Dec 2008 Reply
  • revsleestaxx

    Roadkill on the road to success.

    5 Aug 2008 Reply
  • monsterpussy

    mighty empty.

    28 Apr 2008 Reply

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