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Willful Neglect

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Willful Neglect were a hardcore punk band from the East Side of St. Paul, Minnesota. The band was formed in late 1981 by Wade Calhoon (vocals), Roger DeBace (guitar), Scott Peterson (drums), Rory Schoenheider (guitar), and Jimmy Wallin (bass). Wade’s brother, “Thirston Howell”, was the soundman and roadie for the band. Band names were tossed around (Sorry Confusers and Unlikely Whimperers were a few) but eventually the name Willful Neglect was chosen. All members were around 20 to 21 years old.

In less than a year Willful Neglect had 12 original songs and in the summer of ‘82 decided to record at Blackberry Way Studios with Steve Fjelstad, who also recorded many Twin Tone Records acts. The result was the Willful Neglect 12” EP, released November of 1982 on the band’s Neglected Records. 1000 copies were pressed, the first pressing of 500 copies including an insert with some lyrics. Maximum Rock’n’Roll fanzine called “Abort the Mission” from the EP “one of the best songs of 1982” on the cover of MRR issue #4.

Willful Neglect set up and played many shows in halls in St. Paul, bringing in and selling their own booze and using the profits to record and rent the next rehearsal space. They were featured on local CBS affiliate WCCO-TV on a “Local Punk” news report, where a show at Castle Greens in North St. Paul was filmed for broadcast.

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