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The Pinkerton Thugs


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Formed in Kennebunk, Maine in the summer of 1994 as “Turbo-Kitten” The Pinkerton Thugs officially became the Pinkerton Thugs in March 1996 (taking their name from the infamous Pinkerton National Detective Agency), the band has been together since July 1994 under a number of different names. The band, which initially consisted of drummer/vocalist Paul Russo, guitarist/vocalist Micah Smaldone and bassist James Whitten drew influence from punk bands such as Sham 69, The Clash, Conflict, and Cocksparrer as well as Bruce Springsteen and Woody Guthrie’s political ballads. They are known for their spirited live performances just as well as their radical anarchistic political views. During most of the band’s existence, Paul Russo was also a member of Boston band The Unseen, whom the Thugs often played shows with.
Their recorded debut was a 7” E.P. titled “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit Of Shit” that was self-released on the band’s own Police Records in the U.S. in August 1996 and re-released by Nefer Records in Canada in 1997. In addition to that record, The Pinkerton Thugs released two full albums (“The Pain and The Pinkerton Thugs” on V.M.L. Records in 1997 and “End Of an Era” on Go Kart Records in 2000), a split 7” record with the Ducky Boys, and a 7” on Go Kart Records titled “The Times.” The bands later recordings saw Paul Russo playing both drums and guitar as well as singing in the studio while Tommy “Von” Gatton, who joined the band in 1998, played drums live.


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  • wallawalla88

    just found my copy of End of a Era , Awesome Album

    24 Nov 2012 Reply

    Oh how I do miss this band.

    17 Dec 2009 Reply
  • BattleofDisarm

    If you talk about the boston punk scene and don't know who the thugs are, you should not be speaking.

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • fu-sion

    omg how i love this band<3

    28 Jan 2009 Reply
  • fu-sion

    malcom x had it wont win unless you FIGHT!

    26 Jan 2009 Reply
  • fu-sion

    when i die i will be free,you'll never get the best of me^^

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • TrailerParkMark

    Well said Mr. Trailer Park.

    19 Jul 2008 Reply
  • TrailerParkMark

    Paul Russo was in this band. He was also in The Unseen. I attribute the rock and roll licks on their first two records to him. Honestly, my fav records from that band. I think he honestly could be one of the most underrated musicians in punk rock.

    10 Mar 2008 Reply
  • meltinjohn

    This band is fucking awesome.

    1 Feb 2008 Reply
  • teelord

    This is the best punk band ever

    9 Sep 2007 Reply
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    21 Aug 2007 Reply
  • kieran_ross

    This band should of gone far. Truly underated. Respect!

    9 Nov 2006 Reply
  • DanielBurns11

    Wow. Underrated. They should have much more than 200 listeners.

    16 Jul 2006 Reply

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