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


SV37LP Rocket From The Tombs The Day The Earth Met The... Smog Veil Records SV37LP US 2002 Sell This Version
DFM-058 Rocket From The Tombs Rocket Redux Glitterhouse Records DFM-058 US 2004 Sell This Version
SV 104LP Rocket From The Tombs Barfly (Album) Smog Veil Records SV 104LP US 2011 Sell This Version
FIRELP419 Rocket From The Tombs Black Record (Album) Fire Records FIRELP419 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 Strychnine(CDr, Single, Promo) Fire Records none UK 2015 Sell This Version


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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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