Poison Idea

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Poison Idea was started in 1980 in Portland, Oregon, by vocalist Jerry A. (Lang). Within a year, the band had a solid lineup with drummer Dean Johnson, guitarist Tom Roberts (aka Pig Champion), and bassist Glen Estes. The band was motivated by the Germs and Black Flag, and took their musical cues from bands such as Discharge and SOA. Pushing the speed limits of contemporary punk rock, they played raw and angry hardcore the likes of which had rarely been heard before (or since). Their 1983 debut EP, Pick Your King, is a classic and arguably the best hardcore record ever released. Its subsequent followup, Record Collectors are Pretentious Assholes (featuring Pig Champion's substantial collection on the cover), saw Chris "Tense" replacing Glen on bass. Both were put out on the Fatal Erection label, run by Pig Champion and Malcom Conover from Eugene, Oregon.

In 1986, Poison Idea released the aptly titled Kings of Punk LP on Pushead's Pusmort label. By this time, the band's sound had changed from manic, breakneck thrash, to a more driving, Motorhead-influenced attack - losing none of their intensity, anger, or nihilism. In the next few years, Poison Idea's lineup (mainly the rhythm section) changed several times. 1987's War All the Time was somewhat of a misstep - nowhere near as powerful as their previous output - although the two EPs released the next year both had good material.

By 1989, Poison Idea seemed to pull it together; after trouble with record companies and distributors in the past, they started their own label, American Leather, and began by reissuing their 1982 demo. The band recorded the excellent Discontent 7" and also found their most stable lineup in years: Jerry A., Pig Champion, Myrtle Tickner, and Thee Slayer Hippie (although the second guitarist seemed to switch between "Mondo" and Aldine Strichnine). In 1990, Poison Idea released the classic Feel the Darkness LP, successfully combining (where so, so many others had failed) the best elements of hardcore and hard rock for a dark, powerful sound.
In the next three years, Poison Idea put out several more records - two more full-lengths, a string of 7"s, and an LP collection of all covers. When Pig Champion decided to leave the band in 1993, Poison Idea called it quits. However, a few years later in 1996, the band briefly reformed and recorded a 7" for Taang!, who also reissued (again) most of their early catalog. An aborted tour in 1997 saw another breakup, but Poison Idea is currently back together again playing local shows, and has recently toured the US and Europe

Past Members:
Jerry A - Vocals
Eric "Vegetable" Olson - Guitar
Brandon Bentley - Guitar
Chris "Spider" Carey - Bass
Mickey Widmer - Drums
Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts - Guitar
Chris Tense - Bass
Glen Estes - Bass
Dean Johnson - Drums
Jim Taylor - Guitar
Charles "Myrtle Tickner" Nims - Bass
Steve "Thee Slayer Hippy" Hanford - Drums
Craig "Mondo" Lower - Guitar, Bass
Kid Cocksman - Guitar
Aldine Strichnine - Guitar
Matt Brainard - Guitar
Andy "Joe Spleen" Kessler - Guitar
Rawbo Knox - Bass
Chris Cuthbert - Drums
Jeff Walters - Guitar
Natalie Lucio - bass
Gordon Scholl - Drums
Nathan "Skinny" Richardson - Drums
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Albums

Poison Idea - Kings Of Punk album art Poison Idea Kings Of Punk (Album) Pusmort US 1986 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - War All The Time album art Poison Idea War All The Time (Album) Alchemy Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Feel The Darkness album art Poison Idea Feel The Darkness (Album) Vinyl Solution, American Leather Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Dutch Courage album art Poison Idea Dutch Courage (Album) Bitzcore Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Blank, Blackout, Vacant album art Poison Idea Blank, Blackout, Vacant (Single, Album, Comp) Vinyl Solution, Vinyl Solution, Vinyl Solution, American Leather Records Japan 1992 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Dead Boy album art Jeff Dahl And Poison Idea Jeff Dahl And Poison Idea - Dead Boy (Album) Triple X Records US 1992 Sell This Version
none Poison Idea - S / T / Leave It To Blohole album art Jeff Dahl & Poison Idea / blohole Jeff Dahl & Poison Idea / blohole - S / T / Leave It To Blohole(Cass, Promo) Triple X Records none US 1992 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - We Must Burn album art Poison Idea We Must Burn (Album) Vinyl Solution UK 1993 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Your Choice Live Series album art Poison Idea Your Choice Live Series Your Choice Records, Your Choice Records Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Pig's Last Stand album art Poison Idea Pig's Last Stand (Album) Sub Pop US 1996 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Latest Will And Testament album art Poison Idea Latest Will And Testament (Album) Farewell Records, Network Of Friends Germany 2006 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Confuse & Conquer album art Poison Idea Confuse & Conquer (Album) Southern Lord US 2015 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Company Party album art Poison Idea Company Party (Album) Voodoo Doughnut Recordings US 2016 Sell This Version
#11 Poison Idea - Live In Catalonia album art Poison Idea Live In Catalonia(LP) Trashtocat Records #11 Spain 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Poison Idea - Pick Your King E.P. album art Poison Idea Pick Your King E.P. (EP) Fatal Erection Records, Fatal Erection Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes E.P. album art Poison Idea Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes E.P. (EP, Album) Fatal Erection Records, Fatal Erection Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Filthkick E.P. album art Poison Idea Filthkick E.P. (EP) Shitfool Records US 1988 Sell This Version
none Poison Idea - Plastic Bomb / We Got The Beat album art Poison Idea Plastic Bomb / We Got The Beat(Cass, Single, Ltd) Not On Label (Poison Idea Self-released) none US 1989 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Darby Crash Rides Again album art Poison Idea Darby Crash Rides Again American Leather Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Just To Get Away album art Poison Idea Just To Get Away (Single) American Leather Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Getting The Fear album art Poison Idea Getting The Fear Rockport Records (2) US 1989 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Discontent b/w Jailhouse Stomp album art Poison Idea Discontent b/w Jailhouse Stomp American Leather Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Taken By Surprise b/w We Got The Beat album art Poison Idea Taken By Surprise b/w We Got The Beat (Single) Sub Pop US 1990 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Dead Boy (A Tribute To Stiv) album art Jeff Dahl & Poison Idea Jeff Dahl & Poison Idea - Dead Boy (A Tribute To Stiv) (Single) Triple X Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Poison Idea - Official Bootleg album art Poison Idea Official Bootleg Vinyl Solution, American Leather Records UK & US 1991 Sell This Version

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CleMitch

CleMitch

January 14, 2019
Well I'll be damned. All my life I though Poison Idea was a NY band. Huh. Learn somethin' every day.
A.B1

A.B1

January 9, 2017
This is an OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. We've told our friends, talked with promoters, announced it at the last show, but I guess we have to do this to make it "official". POISON IDEA is pulling the plug on the life support system that keeps the band side alive. Ya can't kill the spirit. But as of Jan. 1, 2017, POISON IDEA is no longer a band. We're going to keep working with TKO/Cascade to rerelease the old catalog and we have stuff that was never let out of the can, that will probably be released. THANK YOU FOR THE 35(!) YEARS WORTH OF MEMORIES. STAY TRUE, STAY FREE. CHEERS.
nagyphilip

nagyphilip

November 20, 2016
Heavy as fuck. FEEL THE DARKNESS! Heavy band (pun intended).
alain.pantel

alain.pantel

April 3, 2016
i have one called banned in the UK on in your face records " face 06"

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