Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Battle of the Joes: Icky versus Stumpy

Before we get to this week’s Smackdown, we should give mad props to Sub Pop for hosting such a great anniversary party last month. Bands were enjoyed, beer (more specifically, Elysian Loser Ale) was chugged, and dudes wearing House of Large Sizes t-shirts were spotted. The Vaselines and Green River were the obvious highlights, but Mudhoney, Les Thugs, and Comets on Fire also tore shit up.

Sadly, record exec obligations prevented us from seeing the Fluid reunion show, but according to those in the know, the band sounded as great as ever. You can watch a video here. And what excuse could we have had to miss the legendary Fluid? Why the debut (and hopefully not last) live performance of the Drills! Patrick McCabe and Patrick Thomes played a smashing set at Drills headquarters and sounded amazing and nutty. The closest band I could compare them to would be Harry Pussy. McCabe recorded their performance, and we’ll hopefully be able to distribute it to the Drillamaniacs sometime.

Now back to the action in the ring.


Like the Civil War, the Icky Joey versus Stumpy Joe rivalry has pitted brother against brother. . . . Well, at least it has in our family. I am strongly in the pro-Stumpy camp, whereas William belongs to the pro-Icky camp. While blood has yet to be shed, online taunts have been thrown, and feelings have been hurt. Why is there such animosity between camps? Probably because we are bored and easily amused.

In the grunge corner, you have Icky Joey. Made up of Love Battery rhythm tag-team members Jason Finn and Jason Tillman, Icky Joey also featured vocalist David Lipe, guitarist David Rott, and guitarist/artist/Thrown-Up Ed Fotheringham. Icky Joey didn’t last too long, but they were signed to C/Z and left behind the Marron, Marron 7” EP, Pooh LP, and a song on Teriyaki Asthma Volume Four. Plus they opened for Madison, Wisconsin’s, all-time greatest band, Killdozer. Really, that’s quite a pedigree.

Musically and stylistically, Icky Joey was Grunge with a capital G. They had all the benchmarks: Jack Endino production, Charles Peterson photography, wah-wah solos, and that snotty-and-proud punk rock irreverence that quickly went away once the Seattle Sound went national. Hell, Steve Turner even made a guest appearance on their record!

Now in the pop corner, you have Stumpy Joe. Named after Spinal Tap’s second drummer (who tragically died after choking on somebody else’s vomit), Stumpy Joe released records on Conrad Uno’s Popllama, Sicko’s Top Drawer, and Bellingham’s gone-but-not-forgotten Estrus Records. The band consisted of John Ramburg (vocals/guitar), Mark Hoyt (guitar), Christian Wilson (bass), and Scott Russell (drums), and most of their songs were about beer. “Drunk Idea” is their hit and has enjoyed a steady rotation in my head after I first heard it at a Popllama Picnic in the Park many battles ago.

John later formed the very fine Model Rockets, who didn’t sing about beer nearly enough, in my humble opinion.

The lines have been drawn and now it’s your turn to pick a side. Let the battle begin!

Icky Joey

Marron, Marron EP
Marron, Marron
Liberace
Zara
I Love You There

Teriyaki Asthma V4
Josephine

Pooh
Bone of Contention
Smokin' the Devil's Bud

Stumpy Joe

Love Plumbin' 7"
Love Plumbin
I Want Some Bud

Sugar and Glue 7" Top Drawer Records 1993
Sugar and Glue
Welcome Back (Kotter's Theme)

Drunk Idea

Get 'em all in a zip file here.

--MC Tom

16 comments:

Yannick said...

Thanks for the icky joey, I recently bougth the teriyaka asthma vol 4 and that song is great,...

sub pop family tree said...

Hi, do you know something about the band the tree climbers ('85 - '87) with scott anderpool ( drumms) jonathan poneman ( bass/ voacals ) and gary thorstenson ( guitar)?

or the band love and respect with steve turner ( guitar), steve larose ( vocals) joe ( drumms) ed and some other guy,...

Lamestain HQ said...

hey there,

sadly, we don't have the treeclimbers lp.

however, we are planning a love & respect post sometime. they left behind a 7" ep and full-length.

1009 said...

Anything that gets Steve's approval gets mine.

Any updates on U-Men reposts? I'd really like to hear that stuff. Picked up a couple of singles elsewhere & I'm really digging them at the moment.

Doug said...

The bass player for Icky Joey was Jim Tillman. I don't know Jason Tillman. I'm sure he's a fine fellow he just never played bass for Icky Joey.

Strict-9er said...

I was wondering, is there an e-mail I address I can contact you at, or is leaving a comment here the only means? Just curious.

Lamestain HQ said...

Strict-9er, you can reach us at lamestainnw@gmail.com. Note the "nw" in the address.

CMA said...

I love the I want some bud. Love the different violins and other shit in the background. A classic. thanx for posting...I have the 7 inch but not as an mp3.

MZ said...

One of my favorite bands ever, Stumpy Joe that is. I remember being rather unimpressed with Icky Joey back in the day.

kevin said...

Thank you sooooooooo much! This is the best blog of all time. It's great to read about a bunch of bands that I love and also finding out about/hearing bands I never got into. Keep it up!

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