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?


TEAR 323 German Shepherds - Unreleased B/W Live album art German Shepherds Unreleased B/W Live (Album) Tears Compilations TEAR 323 France 1990 Sell This Version
none German Shepherds - Music For Sick Queers album art German Shepherds Music For Sick Queers (Album) M&S Music none US 1985 Sell This Version
SPH013 German Shepherds - Living Sculptures album art 23 Music / German Shepherds 23 Music / German Shepherds - Living Sculptures(Cass, Album, RE, spl) SPH SPH013 Portugal 2021 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none German Shepherds - Untitled album art The Legendary German Shepherds* Untitled (EP) S&M Records none US 1981 Sell This Version
MS 841 German Shepherds - THC / Quit It album art German Shepherds THC / Quit It(7") M&S Music MS 841 US 1984 Sell This Version

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October 24, 2017
Curious if anyone ever had or saw the German Shepherds/23 Music - Living Sculptures split tape. It was listed in the mid 90's in the Artware Audio catalogue and listed there as an release on the portuguese SPH label.
Wonder what kind of stuff is on that tape. I know there was a private tape circulating (given to someone from a member of the G.S.) in some blogs that included some otherwise unreleased recordings and there was also a song "Woman" on the short lived German Shepherds Website, which by the way seemed always to be under construction and then last time i visited was down.

Hope some day someone goes through their archives and dig out all the other unreleased stuff of them.


June 27, 2013
edited over 8 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 10 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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