Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Stiphnoyds - 1980 - Afraid of the Russians 7''

Stiphnoyds - 1980 - Afraid of the Russians 7''
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Sometime in 1978, The Stiphnoyds played their first punk shows in Portland. They became members in the newly founded Alternative Arts Association that promoted the dozen or so punk bands and the underground scene. The Earth Tavern, The Long Good-bye Tavern, The Urban Noize Club, Knights Of The Pythian Hall, Portland State's Smith Center Ballroom and others were open for punk gigs--some of the shows were underage. They also played the Maclaren Home For Boys in Salem and The Wow Hall in Eugene. The band opened up for such acts as Black Flag, The Dils, Rank And File, DOA, The Secret V's, The Wipers and many, many others. In 1979, Greg Sage Of The Wipers approached the band offering to help them record and produce a three song seven inch record on his new Trap Label. Out of all The Stiphnoyds repertoire, Sage selected the band's "Afraid Of The Russians" as the title track. The record came out in mid-December 1979 and hit the stores in early 1980. Only 1000 copies were made. The band sold several at gigs and in local stores plus Sage took 100 or so with him to New York City where the record was on the jukebox at St. Marx Bar in Greenwich Village for sometime.
In 2001, the band reunited for a successful Satyricon show in Portland and later that year a very strange gig at the relatively new Meow Meow Club also in Portland. In 2002, a live recording from a Long Goodbye show recorded in the late 70's made it onto Italy's Rave Up records and was released on vinyl. And Greg Sage included The Stiphnoyds in Zeno Records' History Of Portland Punk. The band is currently working on a new release for later in 2004. Afraid of the Russians comped on Killed By Death 5, Mom's A Fake on Killed By Death 8.
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