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Whipping Boy

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Whipping Boy could refer to two different acts:

1) A hardcore punk band from Palo Alto, California. The band was created in 1982, made up of students from Stanford University. Their sound featured lightning-fast melodies, tight, chunky rhythms, and violently incoherent vocals. They espoused a radically anti-government view that caught the attention of Dead KennedysJello Biafra and led to his support. Their first LP, “The Sound of No Hands Clapping” was produced by DK’s Bassist, Klaus Fluoride. The band enjoyed moderate success, and a national tour in 1983 was capped by the release of the psychedelic “MuruMuru” in 1983. This abrupt change in style was not welcomed by Whipping Boy’s fanbase, and after several personnel changes and the release of another record, “The Third Secret of Fatima,” the band broke up in 1986. Incendiary frontman Eugene Robinson is now in the experimental rock band Oxbow.

2) An Irish rock band who were active in the 1990s. They came to public attention with the critically acclaimed Heartworm album. They had been together a number of years at this stage, and had already released a low-key debut, Submarine. Despite its critical acclaim, Heartworm sold poorly and the band was subsequently dropped from their label, Columbia Records. They released a self-financed, self-titled follow up album, which again got huge critical acclaim. However, without the backing of a major record company the record once again flopped.

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