The Feederz

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Feederz
Origin Arizona, United States
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk
Years active1980–1987, 2002–2004, 2017–present
LabelsAnxiety Records, Placebo Records, Flaming Banker, Broken Rekids, Slope Records
Associated acts Dead Kennedys, Eddy Detroit, Victory Acres/Joke Flower
Website http://www.feederz.org/
MembersFrank Discussion
Clear Bob (Dan Clark)
D.H. Peligro
Past membersArt Nouveau (John Vivier)
Mark Roderick
Jayed Scotti
Ben Wah
Denmark Vese
Brant Bolling

The Feederz are a punk rock band, originally from Arizona. They are known for their controversial song "Jesus" (aka "Jesus Entering from the Rear"), which was featured on Alternative Tentacles' infamous Let Them Eat Jellybeans compilation, and for their provocative album covers. The Feederz have strong Situationist tendencies, verging into communism and anarchism. Their songs were highly critical of government, consumerism and religion.

Punk rock is a rock music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels.

Arizona state of the United States of America

Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.

Alternative Tentacles American record label

Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label established in 1979 in San Francisco, California. It was used by the Dead Kennedys for the self-produced single "California Über Alles". After realizing the potential for an independent label, they released records for other bands as well. Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray and vocalist Jello Biafra formed Alternative Tentacles, but Biafra became the owner in the mid-1980s. Alternative Tentacles no longer owns the rights to Dead Kennedys recordings after a 2000 lawsuit.

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Lead singer Frank Discussion is also known for his "subvertisements" or "derailments", an adaptation of the situationist tactic of detournement, as well as what he calls "interventions" whereby one detourns physical events by intervening with an out-of-place element in the physical world, a tactic expressed as simply as placing disparate items in unsuspecting people's shopping carts, thereby raising the action beyond the level of mere prank to a conscious tactic used to undermine society and to express a unified critique of it. He is also known for being one of the developers of "antistasiology", defined as the comparative study of various types of tactics, strategies and organizational structures used by various resistance movements, historically and currently.

History

Discussion and Clear Bob (Dan Clark) formed the Feederz in 1977. Art Nouveau (John Vivier) later joined as a drummer. Before performing publicly, the Feederz issued a press release that the local media mistook as a terrorist communique. At their first show, Discussion caused a panic by firing blanks from an AR-15 rifle into the audience. In 1980, the band released their first recording, the four-song EP Jesus .

<i>Jesus EP</i> 1980 studio album by the Feederz

Jesus is the debut EP by Arizona punk band the Feederz. It was recorded cheaply in their home state of Arizona and released on 1980 through Anxiety Records. It was reissued in 1983 on Placebo Records with a different sleeve. The EP generally received positive reviews. The title track later appeared on the classic Let Them Eat Jellybeans! compilation, issued in 1981 on Alternative Tentacles. Later band releases are simply credited to "Feederz".

In 1982, Discussion wrote "Bored with School", [1] a diatribe against school and work posing as an announcement from the Arizona Department of Education, and distributed 5,000 copies to local high schools. He fled Arizona to escape arrest for this incident and settled in San Francisco.

Arizona Department of Education

Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is an Arizona state agency overseeing public education. Its headquarters are located in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

San Francisco Consolidated city-county in California, US

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a city in, and the cultural, commercial, and financial center of, Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, and the fourth-most populous in California, with 883,305 residents as of 2018. It covers an area of about 46.89 square miles (121.4 km2), mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second-most densely populated large US city, and the fifth-most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is also part of the fifth-most populous primary statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area.

Clark later recorded with Eddy Detroit and Victory Acres/Joke Flower. [2]

The Jesus EP was reissued in 1983 by Placebo Records.

In 1984, Discussion reformed Feederz with Mark Roderick (credited as "Mark Edible") and D.H. Peligro (as "Darrin Henley"), with whom he recorded Ever Feel Like Killing Your Boss?. In Situationist style, the album sleeve was covered in sandpaper. In 1986, Teachers in Space was released, with Jayed Scotti replacing Peligro on drums. Scotti, a partner of Winston Smith, created album art for bands such as the Dead Kennedys, MDC and Crucifucks. The cover of Teachers in Space featured a photo of the Challenger disaster. Later in the decade, Discussion again disbanded the Feederz, but by then their orbit of influence had expanded, including Kurt Cobain among their fans. A fan's post to the Nirvana newsgroup, alt.music.nirvana, revealed that Cobain had taken a bumper sticker from the Feederz' Teachers in Space LP and stuck it on his all-black Fender Stratocaster, made famous at the 1991 Reading Festival in England, where Nirvana performed with Sonic Youth. The sticker read: "Vandalism: As beautiful as a rock in a cop's face". In small type underneath were these words: "Courtesy of Feederz: Office of Anti-Public Relations". (This bumper sticker message would become the title of Feederz' comeback release more than a decade later.) Cobain's use of this guitar in the 1991: The Year Punk Broke film later that year indirectly lent even more exposure to the Feederz (until Cobain smashed it into pieces at a Paris show the following spring).

Winston Smith is an American artist who primarily uses the medium of collage. He is probably best known for the artwork he has produced for the American punk rock group Dead Kennedys. He also designed the Motéma Music logo.

Dead Kennedys are an American punk rock band that formed in San Francisco, California, in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom.

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Feederz reformed in 2002 and released Vandalism: Beautiful as a Rock in a Cop's Face, engineered by Jack Endino. This lineup included Ben Wah on drums and Denmark Vesey on bass, both from Seattle. They toured throughout 2003. Discussion and Wah both relocated to Los Angeles in 2003-2004, and continued the band, playing with bassist Brant Boling, until 2007, when they played their last show at Mondo-Video-A-Go-Go.

In 2017, Feederz once again reformed, with Discussion joined by early members Clark and Peligro. The trio recorded four songs with producer Cris Kirkwood of Meat Puppets, two of which were released by Slope Records on April 15 as the WWHD: What Would Hitler Do? EP. [3] [4]

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