Category: gas huffer

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Mudhoney “You Stupid Asshole” and Gas Huffer “Knife Manual” 1992. European import, Split 12” on Musical Tragedies and Empty Records. Spinning “You Stupid Asshole” – originally by the Angry Samoans (1980) – today as a certain major VIP is rallying in our city. I love both the original and Mudhoney’s slightly grunged-up version. Another fave is Gas Huffer’s “Knife Manual,” a cover of the Silly Killers’ 1982 punk single (their sole release). Also on this split single is Mudhoney’s “March to Fuzz,” which appears on an Estrus comp from 1991 (The 12 Drunkest Bands in Showbiz), and Gas Huffer’s “Firebug,” originally a single from 1989 and also on their 1991 LP Janitors of Tomorrow. We picked up this 12” in London this past summer at Flashback Records, I’m pretty sure the Islington location which was within walkable distance (a lengthy one) of our apartment. I usually remove pricetags from our crate digging scores but not this time.

Gas Huffer “Janitors of Tomorrow” 1991. Empty Records. Grungy, garagey punk blues via Seattle, Janitors of Tomorrow is Gas Huffer’s debut album. It punches hard with a mix of crazed psychobilly (like “Nisqually,” “Dangerous Drifter” and “Lizard Hunt”), 60′s/70′s era power pop (“Going to Las Vegas,” “Robert”) and head-banging garage punk (“Shoe Factory,” “All That Guff” and “Love Comes Creeping”). 

For each of Gas Huffer’s albums (seven full-lengths; the band broke up in 2006), they included a comic book illustrating the lyrics but also fun stuff like mazes and cut-out masks of the band members. The comic books were drawn and written by the band: Matt Wright on vocals, Tom Price on guitar, Don Blackstone on bass and Joe Newton on drums who went on to become an art director for Rolling Stone magazine.