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Random Killing

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Random Killing is a Toronto, Montreal and Oshawa based veteran Canadian punk rock band established in 1984. The group of childhood friends initially got together to jam some of their favourite punk rock music, just for a shits and giggles. The fun turned infectious, the jams continued and before long they had written their own songs, played their first shows, played on live television, recorded Take Our Flag (1985), a 7" EP and made their first video of the title track. Their video aired on Rogers Cable, CityTV news, Much Music and won a cash prize at Trinity Square Video.

The band followed up the success of their first release with the following record and cd releases: This Whole World (1989), Kicked in the Nuts (1990), Welcome (1992), Reissued (1993), Thoughts of Aggression (1994), Urine the 90s Now (1996), Stranded (1997) as well as numerous short run cassettes, demos and enhanced CD-ROMs, some of which were only available at their shows. Through Raw Energy records Random Killing achieved worldwide record distribution via A&M records, Page Distribution, Black Mark Production and EMI records. The band's latest 12" record Bring Out Your Dead was released Feb 2023 and is available from CursedBlessings Records and their distributors.

In 1995, Random Killing's song "12", a punk rock parody of Sesame Street's counting song, was re-recorded by Random Killing at CBC Studios in Toronto and released as a series of four animated videos (numbers 2, 3, 4 and 12) by Sesame Street where they aired internationally for more than a decade. Johnny was a Punk was also recorded at the same session without vocals and turned into a video for the letter "J".

In 1998, the band performed and interviewed live on CTV's Open Mike with Mike Bullard. After their performance, Mike's team requested if Random Killing could sit in for an interview because they had bounced one of their other guests off the show, a comedian with racist material from NYC... The interview was unscripted and extra hilarious due to the fact the show had a well stocked bar in the green room. Mike Bullard later recounted the live interview with Random Killing in an article within one of the major Toronto newspapers. He made us out to be a bunch of hooligans which is not the way we remember it at all. However, his version made for good press and a funny story...

Random Killing's song "Undertaker" was included in the documentary "Zombiemania", a feature created for the Space (TV channel) in 2008.

Random Killing have performed from coast-to-coast in Canada and played with Canadian and International notables such as Dayglo Abortions, D.O.A., Propagandhi, SNFU, Forgotten Rebels, Ripcordz, Armed and Hammered, Bunchofuckingoofs, Agnostic Front, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Coffin Break, Submachine, The Restarts, UK Subs, The Vibrators and GBH.

Random Killing in one of the longest continuously active punk bands in Canada and are looking forward to celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2024.

Current members:

Drool a.k.a. Andrew Kiteley: Lyrics, Vocals
Rusty Talent a.k.a. John Hajdu: Co-Founder, Guitar
Mudd a.k.a. Jim Moore: Co-Founder, Bass
Boneless a.k.a. Chris Hill: Drums

Former members:

Robber a.k.a. John Neilson: Drums
Victor Farkas: Vocals
Kevin Low: Vocals
Mark Watts: Guitar
Mike Rosenthal: Drums
Tim Monahan: Drums
Tony Mastromatteo: Drums
Sean Dignan: Drums

Sites:Facebook , Bandcamp , randomkilling.com , Wikipedia , MySpace
Members:Boneless (5), Dead Beat (4), Drew Kiteley, Mudd Puddle, Rusty Talent, Ted Robinson (4)

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