Greg Bullock

Profile:
Greg Bullock was born in 1965 and began playing the guitar in 1975. In 1979 his family relocated from Deerfield, IL to New Providence, NJ. It was in New Providence that he met several people who would be significant in his later musical career. In a freshman-year music theory class at New Providence High School he met both Kazumi Umeda and Bob Muller (Trey Gunn Band, Dangerous Music), both of whom he played with in various musical settings over many years.

From 1979-1982 he played with Umeda and other friends in local garage bands such as Arcadia and Nude Satanic Mass. This culminated in the formation of Teenage Depression, which released the legendary NJHC EP Skank or Die.

In 1983 Bullock moved to NYC where he attended NYU as an undergraduate (1983-1987). By coincidence he met and became friends and roommates with Lyle Hysen (Misguided, Das Damen). Hysen was a key figure, introducing Bullock to lots of new music and, more importantly, to his many friends in the NYC scene. With Hysen he formed a jam band, jokingly named Gregg, that dabbled in noise, psych and free jazz. He also played in a jam band with J Mascis and John Paul Joyce (Magnolias, Run West Run). Through Hysen Bullock also met Gerard Cosloy, who invited him to play on GG Allin’s You Give Love A Bad Name album. Bullock also briefly played with Yo La Tengo during this period, and studied jazz guitar with Dan Converse (Brother Jack McDuff.)

After leaving NYU in 1987 Bullock reunited with Umeda and formed various bands (Payne Glansfield, The Optimist Club w/Paul Noser aka “Gus” from NJHC band Sand In The Face.) These bands recorded and gigged minimally and, ultimately, failed to get off the ground. Umeda terminated their musical relationship in 1989. Of interest is that during this period Bullock lived in various places around NYC with J Mascis, Alec Morton (Raging Slab) and writer Mike McGonigal (Chemical Imbalance, Maggot Brain), among others.

Bullock quit playing music in 1990 and decided to start a record label instead. Akirfa Recordings was launched in 1990 and in 1991 Bullock released the legendary Alphabet Soup EP, A Sunny Day In Harlem. After various label-related legal complications Bullock folded the label and returned to playing music, teaming up again with Kazumi Umeda and Bob Muller in the band New Providence. This band released 2 singles, an album and an EP before breaking up amidst personal, musical and contractual acrimony.

At this point Bullock came to feel that he was “generally incompatible with music,” and quit the game completely. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
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Vocals

HMS069 Greg Bullock - You Give Love A Bad Name album art GG Allin & The Holy Men GG Allin & The Holy Men - You Give Love A Bad Name (Album) Homestead Records HMS069 US 1987 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

0001 Greg Bullock - Skank Or Die album art Teenage Depression Teenage Depression - Skank Or Die (EP) Bulldada Records 0001 US 1984 Sell This Version
HMS069 Greg Bullock - You Give Love A Bad Name album art GG Allin & The Holy Men GG Allin & The Holy Men - You Give Love A Bad Name (Album) Homestead Records HMS069 US 1987 Sell This Version
RUSCD8258 Greg Bullock - Res-Erected album art G.G. Allin* G.G. Allin* - Res-Erected (Comp) ROIR USA RUSCD8258 US 1999 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

HMS069 Greg Bullock - You Give Love A Bad Name album art GG Allin & The Holy Men Suck Dog GG Allin & The Holy Men - You Give Love A Bad Name (Album) Homestead Records HMS069 US 1987 Sell This Version