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Trotsky Icepick


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Los Angeles post punk band formed by Vitus Mataré and Kjehl Johansen in 1982, following the demise of The Last and 100 Flowers. Named for the murder weapon used to kill Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, the band’s first release Poison Summer came under the name Danny and the Doorknobs. Trotsky Icepick released seven albums in an eight-year span; the first two on Vitus Mataré’s label, Old Scratch Grammophon, five on Greg Ginn’s label, Sst Records.

The original concept for the band was anonymity by way of an endless selection of different band names. A new name was to be selected for any live performance. All record albums were to bear the title Poison Summer but be released under a different band name. The band was never intended to feature a stable line-up.

Musically the group continued very much in the vein of the 100 Flowers opus with some influence from Paisley Underground pioneers, The Last.

Members throughout the years: Kjehl Johansen (guitar/bass/vocals, ex-100 Flowers/Urinals), Vitus Mataré (guitar/flute/piano/organ/keyboards/vocals/producer, formally 100 Flowers/Urinals producer, ex-Last), John Frank (drums, formally of The Last), Jimmy Lennon (keyboards), Jason Kahn (drums, ex-Leaving Trains/Downey Mildew/Universal Congress Of), John Rosewall (bass/guitar/producer, formally of The Last), John Talley-Jones (vocals/bass/guitar, ex-100 Flowers/Urinals/Radwaste/Vena Cava), Mike Patton (bass, formerly of Middle Class, The), Skippy Glogovac (drums), Hunter Crowley (drums, ex-Last), Tom Hofer (bass, ex-Leaving Trains, Sylvia Juncosa band.

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