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Fang

Fang: Landshark / Where the Wild Things AreLandshark / Where the Wild Things Are (1997)
Boner Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: NotoriousGrayDavisNotorious Gray Davis
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Rounding out the list of semi-obscure punk bands from the glorious 80's hardcore era is Fang, a bunch of earsores from Berkeley, CA whose perturbed band history had caught up to their music. Before lead singer Sam McBride went acid-berserk, killed his girlfriend, ran from the cops for 6 months and s.
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Rounding out the list of semi-obscure punk bands from the glorious 80's hardcore era is Fang, a bunch of earsores from Berkeley, CA whose perturbed band history had caught up to their music. Before lead singer Sam McBride went acid-berserk, killed his girlfriend, ran from the cops for 6 months and served 6 years in prison (obviously forcing Fang into a long stint of indefinite hiatus), Fang was playing some particularly incendiary, gloomy yet creepy style of hardcore to the unwashed masses.

This record, a combo re-release of two records (Landshark in 1982 and Where the Wild Things Are in 1985), is probably the most representative of their music, probably the best Fang CD, and yet the only one most widely available. You may ask: "What are the chances?!"

Landshark/Where the Wild Things Are has Fang at it's best: an incidiary, yet mildly creepy and gloomy, punk rock characterized by these three factors:

1. Sam's vocal range which varied from totally-nasal, barely-audible, almost monotone moaning to a loud, fat, crusty, yet completely-thrashed voice (strangely reminiscent of Rancid's Matt Freeman).

2. Incendiary, nihilistic lyrics that projected as much rampant silliness as obscenity: "I've Got the Disease" recounts a fascination with beastiality, raping and mutilating animals with chainsaws whereas "Destroy the Handicapped" chides the crushing burden and the overbearing-societal inconvenience of accommodating the handicapped: "Gonna push 'em down the stairs, they get in my way, they make the gov't pay..."

3. The actual music which ranged from creepy dirges like "G.I. Sex," the mockingly-ghoulish " Diary Of A Mad Werrwoulf," to moaning, yet catchy pop-like songs like "The Money Will Roll Right In" (Kurt Cobain covered this song with Mudhoney once) to fast punk screeds like "Drunk Crazy," "They Sent Me to Hell C.O.D." and the dope fiend's delight "Junky Dare." "The Money Will Roll Right In" is an ode to nihilistic jealousy and resentment for materialism: "I would give you some, if you'd only treated me nice, and you'd wish you did, You'll feel pretty stupid!" "I Wanna Be on T.V.," a drum-heavy screed, is Fang's special retort to the glam-publicity-Studio 54-shit scene (also covered by Green Day on their Shenanagans CD).

Indeed, Fang contributed a special flavor to the 80's hardcore scene: a flavor of punk rock that communicated sullen despair, self-mockery mixed with crude, crass banality and happenstance nihilism that spurned the ultra-sensitiveness of ultra-P.C. Berkeley, CA (i.e. "Berkeley Heathen Scum"). Recommended.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

Does anyone know where I can fnd Bill Collins the guitarist. He was a teacher at the high school I went to and I want to find him. If anyone knows please contact me at behavioriststone@yahoo.com. I have very fond memories of the music, hanging out with him and Joe the drummer.
Thanks

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

Does anyone know where I can fnd Bill Collins the guitarist. He was a teacher at the high school I went to and I want to find him. If anyone knows please contact me at behavioriststone@yahoo.com. I have very fond memories of the music, hanging out with him and Joe the drummer.
Thanks

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

those first two albums really kicked cock!

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

best shit i ever heard

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

best shit i ever hear!!!!!

lushj (October 6, 2004)

The last album from the first run of Fang is "A Mi Ga Sfafas?" It is really underrated. If kids can go crazy for RKL post-"Keep Laughing", then they need to go crazy for this record. It includes one of Bill Collins' best tunes "House Wrecking Party" (also done by Special Forces) and their truly twisted cover of "Puff the Magic Dragon." Weird downbeat Fang Flipper-esque stuff mixed with metallic hardcore punk (it WAS 1987, okay?). "You Suck" "F.U.C.K. Y.O.U." "Fistfull of Wicked Women" "Severed By War", yeah this record kicks some butt also.

In 1986 they recorded "Spun Helga," which isn't as crazy good as "A Mi Ga" or the first 2. "Tits and Oi" is obviously a winner of a tune though.

After Sammy got out, the reconstituted band put out "American Nightmare" which is really good. I think I'd put it somewhere around "A Mi Ga" - it's worth it for "Electric Chair" "A-OK" and "Hair of the Dog" alone.

Here's my faves in order:
Landshark, Where the Wild Things Are, A Mi Ga Sfafas?, American Nightmare, Spun Helga

If you've never heard them, go in that order. Spun Helga's not really necessary, if you ask me....

Anonymous (October 4, 2004)

i think malt soda records is supposed to re-release their other old albums on cd soon. i forget the names right now. a mi mas gafas?

lushj (October 3, 2004)

These are 2 of the best FANG records, if you've never heard them this is definitely the cd to get. The final FANG record, which came out a couple years back, is also really good, moody, fucked up, and disturbing. Check out Sammytown's newer band, The Resistoleros- their record is absolutely vital raw punk rock. Really good stuff. Plus, they're the current Fang whenever Fang goes out and plays shows.

Yeah, I'm a huge fan, I still have the "We Are Cool Give Us Money" shirt I ordered through the mail from Boner in 1987. It's been worn so much it's almost see-through, but boy were they a revelation to me back then.

There's a lot of nasty, fucked up history to this band, which I'm surprised no one's really talked about, but it all fits within the music of the band. A lot of drugs and violence surrounded this band over the years. Sammy smothered his girlfriend and went to prison for 8 years for manslaughter. When he got out and started the band again, there was a lot of controversy locally.

Also- if you want more information about Boner Records, go to Midheaven/Revolver (there's a link above I think) and check out the other great bands they put out (a lot of which are out of print):
Steelpole Bathtub, the first few Melvins, Fearless Iranians From Hell ("Die For Allah" is the best one- as long as you can hang with Iranian skate-metal-punk), Warlock Pinchers, Special Forces, "Them Boner's Be A Poppin" compilation, et cetera. A weird mix of the puerile and the experimental...

Anonymous (October 3, 2004)

Fang is good.

-I Hate the Kids

Anonymous (October 3, 2004)

Thanks for posting my incendiary review about this really incendiary band called Fang.

All joking aside, I did have an incendiary weekend, appearing on Thursday on a local L.A. radio show with my 2002 gubernatorial opponent, Bill Simon. It was a refreshing moment, and sort of a departure from campaigning for John Kerry (in Nevada).

I just sat there: giving my political insights on the Bush-Kerry debate (which Kerry won handily), and it reminded me of my own personal campaign debates...

Well I didn't really debate my opponents. I just aired numerous attack ads over and over, and basically refused to even debate Bill Simon in 2002. I felt: "Why bother discussing the real issues when debates just get in the way of my message?!" Later I clobbered him by 10 percentage points!

Moral of the story is that debates are stupid and pointless--all you need is attack ads and everything else takes care of itself...

(Notorious) Gray Davis

Anonymous (October 2, 2004)

The guitarist in my band used to play with Fang all the time.....he was really good friends with Sammytown.

TheOneTrueBill (October 2, 2004)

Yeah, what the guy below me said. I've always heard things about Fang but never any actual music.

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

i was holding my copy of the melvins' "bullhead" in my hand the other day, and i said to myself, "i wonder if boner records ever released anything else" now i know.

i've heard things about fang for years and i'll have to check this out.

recordings (October 1, 2004)

did you mention theyre incendiary? just checkin.

Hulka (October 1, 2004)

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes borrowed the opening riff from "The Money Will Roll Right In" for their version of Dusty Springfield's "I Only Wanna Be With You."

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