Mentally Ill

Real Name:
The Mentally Ill
Mentally Ill were one of the Chicago-area's first and most mysterious punk acts. Formed by 4 teenagers in Chicago's north shore suburbs, the band released a 7" EP called "Gacy's Place" in 1979, named after notorious Chicago-area serial killer John Wayne Gacy. College aspirations seemed to put the band to an early end, and outside of a few house parties, the original group never played live. Over the years, due to its crude sound and outrageous lyrics, "Gacy's Place" developed a cult following, finding such famous fans as Steve Albini and Jello Biafra. In 1982, the band, sporting a different line-up, put out a second 7" called "Sex Cells", which did not have the same impact as "Gacy's Place". In 2004, Alternative Tentacles released the entire "Gacy's Place" recording session on CD, along with other demos that the band had recorded. In 2007, the original line-up played its first official gig, appearing at the after party for a screening of the documentary "You Weren't There: A History Of Chicago Punk 1977-1984". Since then, the band has continued to make sporadic live performances.


none Mentally Ill - Can-Ni-Bal album art Mentally Ill Can-Ni-Bal(Cass) Autistic Records, Snat 5 none US 1982 Sell This Version
AU102 Mentally Ill - Strike The Bottom Red album art The Mentally Ill* Strike The Bottom Red (Album) Autistic Records AU102 US 1999 Sell This Version
HAW-041 Mentally Ill - Gacy's Place (Starbeat Sessions) album art The Mentally Ill* Gacy's Place (Starbeat Sessions) (Album) Last Laugh Records (2) HAW-041 US 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MI-1, MI-2 Mentally Ill - Gacy's Place album art The Mentally Ill* Gacy's Place Autistic Records, Autistic Records MI-1, MI-2 US 1979 Sell This Version
666 Mentally Ill - Sex Cells album art Mentally Ill Sex Cells(7", Single) Autistic Records, Snat 5 Limited 666 US 1982 Sell This Version


Virus 315 Mentally Ill - Gacy's Place: The Undiscovered Corpses album art The Mentally Ill* Gacy's Place: The Undiscovered Corpses (Comp) Alternative Tentacles Virus 315 US 2004 Sell This Version
HAW-044 Mentally Ill - Gacy's Place  album art Mentally Ill Gacy's Place (Comp) Last Laugh Records (2) HAW-044 US 2021 Sell This Version


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May 13, 2020
Not sure how to add this, but the lineup for Gacy's Place 7" was:
Larry Gutkin (Sado Marquis) - Vocals
Rob Herman (Skitz Phrenic) - Bass
Rick Schleicher (Hans Doolittle) - Guitar
Richard Blatt (Special Ed) - Drums

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