Rocket From The Tombs

Rocket From The Tombs

Proto-punk band from Cleveland, Ohio, USA active from mid-1974 to mid-1975. After the split of the Rocket From The Tombs O'Connor and Madansky formed Frankenstein (pre-Dead Boys), Laughner and Thomas founded Pere Ubu. Reformed 2003.

Rocket From The Tombs Discography Tracks


Rocket From The Tombs The Day The Earth Met The... (Comp) Smog Veil Records US 2002 Sell This Version
Rocket From The Tombs Rocket Redux (Album) Glitterhouse Records Japan 2004 Sell This Version
Rocket From The Tombs Barfly (Album) Smog Veil Records US 2011 Sell This Version
Rocket From The Tombs Black Record (Album) Fire Records UK & US 2015 Sell This Version
CRO2 Rocket From The Tombs The WWMS Demos(Cass, Album) Not On Label CRO2 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HR150 Rocket From The Tombs I Sell Soul(7", Single) Hearthan HR150 US 2010 Sell This Version
none Rocket From The Tombs Coopy(CDr, Single, Promo) Fire Records none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Rocket From The Tombs Welcome To The New Dark Ages(CDr, Single, Promo) Fire Records none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Rocket From The Tombs Strychnine(CDr, Single, Promo) Fire Records none UK 2015 Sell This Version

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August 25, 2016
'Aint It Fun' (a total monster!) was released on the 'Punk Vault' limited edtion series as 'Number Four' and was also later(?) pressed up by Jack Slack Records b/w Transfusion...


May 20, 2016
One of the greatest bands never to have issued a record. Not during the period of their existence anyway.
Most of their recordings are demos, live tapes and rehearsals. The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From The Tombs is a compilation of all the bits of tape that managed to meet a recording-head during their brief tenure on the planet (they only existed for about 13 months in 1974).

It's all rough as old boots and all completely brilliant. The genius of the band was Peter Laughner who wrote some nasty, crude, nihilistic punk songs before punk existed. Ain't It Fun was covered by Guns n Roses which means that Peter Laughner would now be a very rich man, if he was still with us. Unfortunately, like his good mate Lester Bangs, he departed this earthly plane prematurely, alas.

Anyway - get hold of this album if you like real rock n roll in the vein of the Stooges. It doesn't really matter if it's on CD or vinyl - they both sound good. The other one to get - which has a few different tracks on but quite a lot of overlap - is the Peter Laughner compilation Peter Laughner & Friends* - Take The Guitar Player For A Ride on Tim Kerr Records.


August 21, 2013
Rocket From the Tombs was a legendary Cleveland band that never issued an album during its existence, but has nevertheless left a definite mark on the city's fruitful punk scene.

The band was formed by vocalist David Thomas in June of 1974. Lots of musicians came and went, but the most productive was the gang of Thomas, Laughner, O'Connor, Bell and Madansky. They managed to produce some of the most gritty and biting proto-punk, influenced by the music of The Stooges and Cleveland psychopaths The Electric Eels. After Rocket From the Tombs was disbanded in 1975, Thomas and Laughner continued as Pere Ubu but unfortunately soon after, in 1977, Laughner passed away. O'Connor and Madansky formed Dead Boys, and Bell went to New Haven, CT where he formed punk band Saucers. A lot of the songs they performed in RFTT, like "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and "Sonic Reducer", remained in the playlists of the newly-formed bands.

The reissue of most of RFTT's available material, ferociously dirty-sounding as it is, was done in 2002, on The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs. Such a collection was eagerly anticipated and well received. This prompted Thomas and his bandmates of the past to reform and to record Rocket Redux, a set of studio versions of RFTT songs, with the help of Television guitarist Richard Lloyd, who takes the place of Laughner, and also current Pere Ubu drummer Steve Mehlman.

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