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Regressive Aid was an instrumental band consisting of Simeon Cain (drums), William Tucker (guitar), and Andrew Weiss (bass guitar), managed by Tom Burka. Regressive Aid frequently played at City Gardens, a punk rock club in Trenton, New Jersey.

Sim Cain is an American drummer, best known as a member of the hard rock group Rollins Band from 1987 to 2000. Critic Michael Azerrad describes Cain's drumming as "a brutal but brainy style that was positively electrifying."

William Tucker was a guitarist whose credits included work with Ministry, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Pigface, Chemlab, and Chris Connelly. He grew up in New Jersey where he formed Regressive Aid with Andrew Weiss and Sim Cain. He also taught the guitar to locals, one of whom was Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo of the alternative band Ween.

Andrew Weiss is an American musician, composer, audio engineer and Grammy-winning record producer.


The band later would become Scornflakes, ultimately the same lineup with the addition of a vocalist (Boy White) and a shift into a sound centered on punk, rather than the jazzy-rock dissonance common in songs by Regressive Aid. [1] Following their termination, all of the members of Regressive Aid would become longtime collaborators in the band Ween. [2]

Ween American alternative rock band

Ween is an American alternative rock band formed in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in 1984 by childhood friends Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, better known by their respective stage names, Gene and Dean Ween. After meeting in a middle-school typing class, the two began playing music and immediately chose the name Ween as well as their Ramones-inspired pseudonyms. Ween performed as a duo backed by a Digital Audio Tape for the band's first ten years of existence before expanding to a four- piece act. The band's highest charting single is "Push th' Little Daisies", which was a hit in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

The members of Regressive Aid were featured as characters in the Matt Howarth comic book The Anti-Chair (1983), the title taken from one of the band's songs. [3] The band also received a plug in Howarth's graphic novel WRAB: Pirate Television. [4] Cain and Weiss also played in Gone, a three pieced punk instrumental rock outfit, as well as the Rollins Band, while Tucker went on to perform with Ministry in 1989. All three members spent time performing with the supergroup, Pigface, as well.

Matt Howarth is an American comic book writer/artist known for such series as Those Annoying Post Bros, Savage Henry, Star Crossed, and Bugtown.

Gone is a three-piece punk-based instrumental rock band, formed by Greg Ginn in late 1985. Originally, Gone was a side project to his main group, Black Flag.

Rollins Band band that plays punk rock

Rollins Band was an American rock band from 1987 to 2006, formed in Van Nuys, California and led by former Black Flag vocalist Henry Rollins.


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  1. Jim H. (December 11, 2004). "Regressive Aid – Effects on Exposed People LP". Vinyl Mine.
  2. Mike Lupica (April 12, 2006). "What the World Abuses, Trenton Uses". WFMU's Beware of the Blog.
  3. The Anti-Chair: Regressive Aid - The Fire Shrine Trilogy (1983) Matt Howarth (self published)
  4. WRAB: Pirate Television (1985) Matt Howarth (self published)