German Shepherds

German Shepherds

Formed in San Francisco in 1981 by Stephen Scheatzle and Mark Hutchinson (aka Sandy Stark), the German Shepherds released two singles, one LP, and a slew of songs on comp's. They were not a studio project, although they played live only occasionally in the early to mid-80's.

Their first single is "I Adore You," a forgotten minimal synth nugget with an unforgettable rhythm box pattern. Fittingly, this confessional dirge is backed with "Booty Jones," a tribute to convicted child molester Kenneth Parnell, which features Hutchinson's menacing and child-like vocal affectations that later appear on other great tunes, "THC," "First Man To Give Birth," etc.

Scant information exists on the whereabouts of the band. Misleading biographies and omissions are a part of their legend. For instance, they once announced the arrest of a band member on "trumped up child molestation charges" and suicide in order to promote the forthcoming LP, "Music For Sick Queers" (ARM vol.3 #8, 1985). There is no evidence that any arrest or suicide ever happened, yet the LP did come out. What else would one expect from a band who took audio samples from Jonestown to mock-torture Steve from Subterranean Rec's?

German Shepherds Discography


German Shepherds Music For Sick Queers (Album) M&S Music US 1985 Sell This Version
The German Shepherds* Experience The Freedom Of Total Control M&S Music Germany 1992 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Legendary German Shepherds* Untitled (EP) S&M Records US 1981 Sell This Version
MS 841 German Shepherds THC / Quit It(7") M&S Music MS 841 US 1984 Sell This Version

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June 27, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
there are more tracks on some samplers!
Various ‎– What Is Truth? Vol. 1, 2, 3
Label: Panic Records & Tapes ‎


August 31, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
the Untitled 7" from 1981 was something I picked up for a $1 thinking it might be some obscure local punk gem or something and was presented with super creepy child molester minimal electronic madness. Pretty sure this scarred me for life.

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