VOM was conceived in 1976, a self-described beat combo featuring the renowned writer and critic Richard Meltzer ('Mr. Vom') on vocals, with Gregg Turner ('Allen Ginsberg Jr.') on 2nd vocals and "Metal" Mike Saunders on drums under the pseudonym "Ted Kluszewski". The band also featured Dave Guzman ('Davey Dumbster') on 'tuneless rhythm guitar', Lisa Brenneis ('Gurl') on bass guitar, and Phil Koehn ('Johnny Fingers') on lead guitar.
The name Vom is short for 'vomit', as their early live act is said by Meltzer and Turner to have included throwing various 'viscera', cow parts and food substances at the audience to provoke reaction.
They released only one 7", posthumous in 1978.
In August 1978 Mike Saunders and Gregg Turner started the Angry Samoans.