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). Chris "Tense" replaced Glen on bass by the time of their 1983 debut EP, Pick Your King, a classic and arguably the best hardcore record ever released. Its subsequent followup, Record Collectors are Pretentious Assholes featured Pig Champion's substantial collection on the cover, and were both 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, followed by further reformations. In 2017 the group disbanded for good.

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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PUSMORT 0012-10 Kings Of Punk — Poison Idea Poison Idea Kings Of Punk (Album) Pusmort PUSMORT 0012-10 US 1986 Sell This Version
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VM106 War All The Time — Poison Idea Poison Idea War All The Time (Album) Alchemy Records VM106 US 1987 Sell This Version
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SOL 25, AL 005 Feel The Darkness — Poison Idea Poison Idea Feel The Darkness (Album) Vinyl Solution, American Leather Records SOL 25, AL 005 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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bc 1667 Dutch Courage — Poison Idea Poison Idea Dutch Courage (Album) Bitzcore bc 1667 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
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TECX-25113 Blank, Blackout, Vacant — Poison Idea Poison Idea Blank, Blackout, Vacant (Single, Album, Comp) Vinyl Solution, Vinyl Solution, Vinyl Solution, American Leather Records TECX-25113 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
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51137-4 Dead Boy — Poison Idea Jeff Dahl And Poison Idea Jeff Dahl And Poison Idea - Dead Boy (Album) Triple X Records 51137-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
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none S / T / Leave It To Blohole — Poison Idea 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
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SOL37MC We Must Burn — Poison Idea Poison Idea We Must Burn (Album) Vinyl Solution, Vinyl Solution SOL37MC UK 1993 Sell This Version
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YCLS 024, 024 Your Choice Live Series — Poison Idea Poison Idea Your Choice Live Series Your Choice Records, Your Choice Records YCLS 024, 024 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
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SPCD 343 Pig's Last Stand — Poison Idea Poison Idea Pig's Last Stand (Album) Sub Pop SPCD 343 US 1996 Sell This Version
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FWR #28 Latest Will And Testament — Poison Idea Poison Idea Latest Will And Testament (Album) Farewell Records, Network Of Friends FWR #28 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
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LORD207 Confuse & Conquer — Poison Idea Poison Idea Confuse & Conquer (Album) Southern Lord LORD207 US 2015 Sell This Version
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VDR 1609 Company Party — Poison Idea Poison Idea Company Party (Album) Voodoo Doughnut Recordings VDR 1609 US 2016 Sell This Version
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AL-0015 Legacy Of Dysfunction — Poison Idea Poison Idea Legacy Of Dysfunction American Leather Records AL-0015 US 2017 Sell This Version
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#11 Live In Catalonia — Poison Idea Poison Idea Live In Catalonia Trashtocat Records #11 Spain 2019 Sell This Version
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TKO-20-0006-1, AL-0023 The Beast Goes East — Poison Idea Poison Idea The Beast Goes East (Album) TKO Records, American Leather Records TKO-20-0006-1, AL-0023 US 2021 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

NO. 1, TR-001 Pick Your King E.P. — Poison Idea Poison Idea Pick Your King E.P. (EP) Fatal Erection Records, Fatal Erection Records NO. 1, TR-001 US 1983 Sell This Version
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none Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes E.P. — Poison Idea Poison Idea Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes E.P. (EP, Album) Fatal Erection Records, Fatal Erection Records none US 1984 Sell This Version
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FK-001 Filthkick E.P. — Poison Idea Poison Idea Filthkick E.P. (EP) Shitfool Records FK-001 US 1988 Sell This Version
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none Plastic Bomb / We Got The Beat — Poison Idea Poison Idea Plastic Bomb / We Got The Beat(Cass, Advance, Single, Ltd) Not On Label (Poison Idea Self-released) none US 1989 Sell This Version
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AL 001 Darby Crash Rides Again — Poison Idea Poison Idea Darby Crash Rides Again American Leather Records AL 001 US 1989 Sell This Version
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AL-002 Just To Get Away — Poison Idea Poison Idea Just To Get Away (Single) American Leather Records AL-002 US 1989 Sell This Version
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RR-001 Getting The Fear — Poison Idea Poison Idea Getting The Fear Rockport Records (2) RR-001 US 1989 Sell This Version
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AL#003 Discontent b/w Jailhouse Stomp — Poison Idea Poison Idea Discontent b/w Jailhouse Stomp American Leather Records AL#003 US 1990 Sell This Version
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SP86 Taken By Surprise b/w We Got The Beat — Poison Idea Poison Idea Taken By Surprise b/w We Got The Beat (Single) Sub Pop SP86 US 1990 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.
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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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