JFA (band)

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Origin Phoenix, Arizona;
Southern California
Genres Skate punk, hardcore punk
Years active1981 (1981)–present
Labels DC-Jam Records
Associated acts Black Flag, D.O.A.
Website jfamusic.com
MembersCarter Blitch
Brian Brannon
Don Pendleton
Corey Stretz
Past membersTodd Barnes (deceased)
Alan Bishop
Scott "Sketch" Chasen
Michael Cornelius
Bob Cox
Brian Damage
Joel DuBois
Trace Element
Matt Etheridge
Jim Moore
Don "dred" Pendelton
Al Penzone
Jaime Reidling
Mike "Bam-Bam" Sversvold
Bruce Taylor
Mike Tracy

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JFA was formed in April 1981, 19 days after the failed attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. [1] Hinckley, an obsessed fan of Jodie Foster and her portrayal of a teen prostitute in the 1976 Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver, reportedly attempted to kill the President as a means of impressing the actress. [2] The band's name was thus a dark play on Hinckley's attempt at murdering Reagan — a hated figure in the early 1980s punk rock scene.

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Don Pendleton, then in the band The Deez and Cornelius, then in the band Jr. Chemists, knew each other from shows around Phoenix, Arizona and from skateboarding. They began playing together after a D.O.A. concert during the band's Hardcore 81 tour. Bam-Bam later joined after meeting Pendleton at an "Industrial Dance" in Phoenix. Brian Brannon was pulled into the band by Cornelius who met him skateboarding and at punk shows.

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The band's first show was opening for Black Flag at an Industrial Dance which was one of a series of early Phoenix punk shows. Their first song of the night was "Pipetruck".

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Recording history

Placebo Records released their debut EP Blatant Localism in late 1981. The band toured the west extensively and played many local shows. Their first national tour was in the summer of 1983 following the release of their first album Valley of the Yakes.

The original bassist, Michael Cornelius, left the band in the summer of 1984 prior to the nine-week summer '84 tour. Alan Bishop of labelmates Sun City Girls played bass until Cornelius returned for the 1986 release Nowhere Blossoms.

Brian Brannon was most recently selected as a Master Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy Reserve, the first punk rocker to ever receive this distinction.

The band received continuing coverage in the influential skateboard magazine Thrasher during the 1980s. Brannon appeared on the April 1987 cover of Thrasher riding backside at the Love Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. He also appeared on the cover of the April 1989 issue grinding a fakie layback on the edge of the pipe at Thrasherland Skatepark in Glendale, Arizona. In 1990, Brannon took a full-time position as staff writer at Thrasher and eventually became music editor and art director of the magazine until he left in 1997. Throughout the 1980s, Brannon, Pendleton and Cornelius were Thrasher freelance contributors of articles and photographs.

<i>Thrasher</i> (magazine) Skateboarding Magazine

Thrasher is a skateboarding magazine founded in January 1981 by Eric Swenson, and Fausto Vitello, and published by High Speed Productions, Inc. of San Francisco, US. The publication consists primarily of skateboard and music-related articles, photography, interviews and skatepark reviews. The magazine also maintains a website, which includes segments with names such as "Firing Line" and "Hall of Meat", an online store, a video collection, a radio show, and a forum for registered users. The company also owns and operates the Double Rock indoor skateboarding facility.

Current lineup


  1. "JFA," Flip Side Fanzine, whole no. 31 (April 1982), pg. 28.
  2. Douglas O. Linder, "The Trial of John Hinckley: Taxi Driver," University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 2002.


<i>Blatant Localism</i> 1981 EP by JFA

Blatant Localism is the first EP released by the Arizona-based skate punk band JFA. Upon its release in 1981, it was the first major underground release in the punk rock scene to incorporate skate themes, making JFA one of the pioneering skate punk bands.

DC-Jam Records

DC-Jam Records is an American record label founded in 2006 by Darron Hemann that focuses primarily on punk rock, ska, and experimental music. The company was established in 2006, though the first release didn't happen until early 2008. The label features well-known classic punk rock artists such as T.S.O.L., JFA, Fishbone, The Adicts, Down By Law, Trusty, and Government Issue, and several up and comers including Dirty Filthy Mugs, The Generators, Machine 22, Kirkwood Dellinger Downtown Brown, and Fast Piece of Furniture.

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