Screamers- Demos ’77-’78 LP

Today’s band may not need much introduction, for even having not released a single full length record, their impact is immeasurable. Arguably the first synthpunk band (though perhaps Suicide and Devo may deserve further pioneering credit), Screamers hailed from the inner recesses of LA, and were among the first wave of the initial punk explosion. Unusually (especially at the time), the band incorporated tape loops, electric pianos, and synthesizers into their sound, mixing with the usual manic antics of the punk movement.

Screamers initially formed in 1975 as The Tupperwares, but were forced to change their name in lieu of legal action. From 1977 until their demise in 1979, the band became a LA sensation, selling out various clubs in California. Their trademark spiked hair and manic demon faces (both as their logo and part of the band’s image) became highly recognized symbols of the era. The band split before recording a proper full length (though they attempted to record a video record release, as their sound was arguably aided more by their visual presence), with Paul Roessler joining LA’s second synthpunk act, Nervous Gender soon after. Not much is known about the other member’s whereabouts, though singer Tomata du Plenty passed away in 2000.

Several bootleg releases comprised of live tapes or rehearsal demos were released in the band’s aftermath, as interest in Screamers rose as their followers (such as the Dead Kennedys, whose vocalist Jello Biafra sung their praises) gained more notoriety. I’ve uploaded one of these releases, the Demos 77-78 LP.


Screamers- Demos 77-78 LP
1. The Beat Goes On
2. Thru the Flames
3. Sex Boy
4. If I Can’t Have What I Want (I Don’t Want Anything)
5. She’s the Girl
6. I Wanna Hurt
7. 122 Hours of Fear (Part 1)
8. 122 Hours of Fear (Part 2)
9. Punish Or Be Damned
10. Government Love Affair
11. Peer Pressure
12. In a Better World
13. Vertigo
14. Magazine Love
15. It’s a Violent World

*download it here*

7 Responses to “Screamers- Demos ’77-’78 LP”

  1. Joshua Second Says:

    great! I’ve searching all over the net for some screamers tunes.

    I’m from mexico so it’s really hard to get this type of music, internet is my only source.

    thanks a lot.

  2. iamthev0id Says:

    I have been looking this demo CD for such a long time, I’d appreciate it so so so much if you could upload it again? The link is no good.

  3. Maxi (Romin) Says:

    Very cool, thank you!

  4. winterwhite Says:

    Scotty to bridge! The Screamers file link in zShare is dead!

  5. Novemberer Says:

    …worked fine for me! Great post, I've wanted to hear some Screamers stuff for YEARS but their music is totally unavailable over here… x

  6. Anonymous Says:

    THX THX THX THX THX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Alexandre Says:

    Thanks for share!!!

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