Formed in 1984, the band was originally made up of bassist/mastermind Leighton Beezer (ex-Blunt Objects), guitarist Mike Faulhaber (what happened to him?), singer Steve Mack, and drummer Scott Schikler (ex-Limp Richerds). This line-up didn’t last long, as Steve quit, moved to the UK, and joined up with some ex-Undertones in the very-different-sounding That Petrol Emotion, and Scott joined the since-reformed Swallow. Leighton then recruited new band members Ed Fotheringham (vocals), Steve Turner (guitar), and Mark Arm (drums), and this is the version of the band that, according to Trouser Press, recorded some of “the most willfully inept objet de f’art ever knowingly committed to tape.”
The band convinced Tom Hazelmeyer to sign them to his new label, Amphetamine Reptile, who previously only did singles by his own band, the very cool and underrated, Halo of Flies. They debuted in 1987 with the 500-pressed Felch EP. They soon followed with the Smiling Panties (1987; 600-pressed) and Eat My Dump (1988; 600-pressed) EPs and appeared on the first Dope, Guns , and Fucking in the Street EP (with the U-Men, Mudhoney, and Halo of Flies) and the notorious Sub Pop 200 compilation record.
Some songs from the Felch sessions were also included on the 1990 Melancholy Girlhole full-length, but everything else was recorded by Jack Endino at Reciprocal in 1989. Amphetamine Reptile originally released this as a 1000-pressed 3x7 box set, while German label Glitterhouse released it on 12’ vinyl. AmRep also lovingly reissued nearly everything by the band on the 7 Golden Years CD, which you can buy here.
Leighton went on to play in Stomach Pump, whose single on Penultimate records we are still trying to find, and is also behind the official Thrown Ups webpage (there is also a great “unofficial” page here). He also played in El Grande Conquistador, although I am unsure whether they are still around or have released any records. Before Ed gave up the rock ‘n roll life for illustration, he also played in the Sad and Lonelys, Love and Respect, Icky Joey, Eddie and the Back Nine (w/ Flop), and Bushpig (w/ King Snake Roost members). Ed was only on the Bushpig AmRep single, while Steve Turner and Mark Arm were on the record. We’ll eventually post stuff by all of those bands, so sit tight, kids.
For now, though, take some time to reflect on the meaning of President’s Day and enjoy “Person in My Bowels (is Very Sad).”
"Person In My Bowels"
“Fleshy Web Pit”
“Sloppy Pud Love”
The songs are on a .zip file here.
-- MC Tom