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The Viletones were a Canadian punk band from Toronto, led by Steven Leckie, a.k.a. “Nazi Dog” or “Dog” on vocals. Other members from the original lineup were Freddie Pompeii, (some sources list him as Frederick DePasquale) on guitar/vocals; Chris Paputts, a.k.a. “Chris Hate” on bass/vocals and Mike Anderson, a.k.a. “Motor X” on the drums/vocals. They were active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their music was similar to that of the Sex Pistols and The Damned.

For a while, The Viletones were quite infamous in punk circles. Leckie himself was infamous for cutting himself up on stage, à la Iggy Pop. Footage of such can be found at the CBC Archives. They appeared in magazines all over the world. According to music journalist Alan Cross, in 1977, along with The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Damned, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, The Viletones were one of the few punk bands actually releasing records.

From July 7-10, 1977 the group joined The Diodes and Teenage Head at famed New York punk club CBGB at a showcase featuring “three outrageous punk bands from Toronto, Canada”. Eminent rock critic Lester Bangs described the show in an April 29, 1981 article for the Village Voice: “This guy Natzee Dog hung from the rafters, crawled all over the stage, and hurled himself on the first row until his body was one huge sore. Somebody asked me what I thought and I said, ‘Fine with me - in 1972 every band in the world was Grand Funk, now every band in the world is the Stooges.’ I didn’t tell Natzee Dog that, though; I told him: ‘You guys were cooler with hockey haircuts.’”

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