Another out of this world track from the Avengers. This EP (usually called the White Noise EP) came out in 1979. This EP was produced by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols! That’s why it has that great, Sex Pistols-like “Wall of Sound” feel to it. The Pistols “wall of sound” always sounded similar to Phil Spector’s stuff. Spector after all was the inventor of the “wall of sound” concept.
The lineup on this great EP was as follows:
Penelope Houston – vocals
Greg Ingraham – guitar on “The American in Me”, “Uh Oh!” and “White Nigger”
Brad Kunt – guitar on “Corpus Christi”
Danny Furious – drums
Jimmy Wilsey – bass
I love Brad’s name. Nice touch there Brad!
In 1978, the Avengers and the Nuns opened for the Sex Pistols in their only West Coast appearance in San Fransisco. The Nuns and the Avengers were two of the three famous original SF punk rock bands.
The famous punk rock venue at the time SF was called Mabuhay Gardens. I am not sure if it is still open or not.
Here is a great interview with Danny Furious about his days in the Avengers and afterwards. He describes how the Avengers were originally formed by art school students in SF. Penelope Houston originally wanted to be an actress, and Danny wanted to be a painter. The very earliest LA punk rock scene centered around a band called the Screamers who also grew out of the art school crowd down in LA.
Danny has been living in Sweden for the last 18 years. It’s a great interview! He sounds like a very interesting and cool fellow and it looks like he’s led a very interesting life!
Penelope Houston is the great lead singer for the band. The band broke up almost as soon as it was formed, in 1979. Houston has spent the time from 1980-2006 continuing to be involved in various punk rock and folk rock related music projects in Los Angeles, London and San Fransisco. Her new stuff is quite a bit different, a unique dark sound that blends punk, folk, rock, blues and Americana.
Very few people nowadays have ever heard of this band which was one of the greatest punk bands that ever existed.
Punk 4 life!