These pictures are from their 20th reunion show at the Canal Street Tavern in
Dayton,Ohio Oct.2,1999.You can purchase a 2 Hour VHS Hi-Fi video tape of this
incredible show plus their rehearsal the night before from BIG BEEF PRODUCTIONS
at http://www.bigbeef.com All proceeds from this concert and video go to the
Gregg Spence Fund.
Bruce Stuckey:Guitars & vocals ( 1979 - 1995 )
- J.J. Pearson:Drums & vocals ( 1980 - 1995 )
- David Clough ( Tufty ) :Bass & vocals ( 1982 - 1995 )
- Rob Lucjak ( Snot ) : Bass, Guitar, vocals ( 1980 - 1985 )
- Ed Pittman : Lead Vocals ( 1979 - 1983 )
- Joel Agne : Guitar,vocals ( 1979 - 1981 )
SPECIAL REUNION SHOW
The band is having another reunion show at the Melody Inn 3826 N. Illinois
in Indianapolis , on Saturday July 12th at 10:00 P.M.This is all the
information I have at the time. I will update this whenever I get more
information to add. I'm not sure who all is showing up yet, but, I suspect that
J.J. & Bruce , will be there for sure. I 've talked with Tufty , and , he
will NOT be there. The last reunion in Dayton, brought Bruce , J. J. , Rob , Ed
, & Joel together . so , this might be the same line-up that will appear @
the Melody Inn . I'm trying to find out,but, Bruce is very bad at answering his
email,and, J.J. seems to have changed his,since his aol address bounces back to
me.I will keep trying to find out more,and keep you informed.For now you can go
to this website from punkrocknight.com to check out the weekly gigs, including
the TR Reunion @ the Melody Inn.
Though other members came and went through the bands career, these were
the main members,in one form,or another,they kept the band alive,and Bruce, J.J.
, and Tufty carried on until the end in 1995 sometime after recording "No Peace
In Our Time" for Bitzcore Records.
Toxic Reasons recordings:
This CLASSIC debut album has been released in
2002 , by a third record company , Beer City ( out of Milwaukee ) . It features
brand new art work and a huge poster ( available with Lp only ) , the CD
includes a 16 page booklet .
INDEPENDENCE:(Risky Records) Released in 1982.Band members: Ed
Pittman:Lead vocals;Bruce Stuckey:Lead & acoustic guitars,backing
vocals;J.J.Pearson:Drums,(bass on Ghost Town);Rob Lucjak ( Snot ) :Rythm
guitar,bass,backing vocals.Song list:Mercenary;Drunk and Disorderly:War
Hero:Riot Squad:Noise Boys:Ghost Town:Killer:Somebody Help Me:How Do You
Feel?:White Noise:The Shape Of Things To Come:Rally 'Round The Flag Boys.Their
first album.This album set standards being one of the first milestones
combining British punk rock traditions and first generation U.S. Hardcore!
Comes with a detailed poster / booklet.This was the first full length release
and the most sought after.2,000 copies printed! Most fans and critics hail
INDEPENDENCE as a true classic punk record and a MUST HAVE for the serious
punk rock collector!
Kill By Remote Control:( Sixth International Records) Released
in 1984.This was the band's second release and their first without the
services of Ed Pittman on vocals.After Ed departed in 1983,the band continued
as a four piece,with Bruce,J.J.,Tufty,and Rob. Song list : Stuck In A Rut,
Destroyer, JRS. Friends, Revolution?, Powercrazed, No Pity, Limited Nuclear
War, Looking At The World, Break The Bank, Harvest.
Kill By Remote Control:(Re-issued by Jello Biafra of the Dead
Kennedys,on his Alternative Tentacles label.The album was released in Europe
with two bonus tracks: "God Bless America" / "Can't Get Away".)
War Hero / Somebody Help Me :Released on Banit Records
1980.This is their FIRST release and VERY RARE , (ONLY 500 COPIES ! ) . It is
also the only recording with the "Original" lineup of Ed Pittman on
vocals,Joel Agne on guitar & vocals,Bruce Stuckey,bass & vocals,and
Mark Patterson on drums.
- Ghost Town b/w Killer/Noise Boys:
(Risky Records) This Ep released in 1981 was their first release on
Risky.It was recorded at Army Street Studios in San Francisco,and produced by
East Bay Ray of the Dead Kennedys.
The Master Tape:A Compilation:(Affirmation Records) Released
in 1982,this compilation featured several bands recording at Keystone
Recording in Indianapolis. The two Toxic Reasons tracks,"Mercenary" and "Drunk
and Disorderly" were basically rough mixes from the basic track sessions for
"INDEPENDENCE".When I became manager and went to re-mix the album,I took Greg
Stout off bass and had Rob Snot play bass on all tracks except for Ghost Town,
J.J. played bass on that particular song.
Bullets For You:(T-reason Records) Released in 1986,this was
the bands fourth full length release.Enter Terry Howe on rythm guitar to
replace Rob Lucjak.Song list:Tomorrow Tonight:We're The Revolution:Get Out The
Gun:Never Give In:It's A Lie:Killing The Future:Breaking Down The War
Machine:God Bless America:Can't Get Away:Do What You Can:Gotta Believe.
Bullets For You :(Alternative Tentacles) Released on Jello
Biafra's Alternative Tentacles in the U.K. This is basically the same as the
T-reason LP, except it has a blueish green cover (the T-reason LP is red),and
on side B, God Bless America , Can't Get Away , and Do What You Can, are
replaced with Too Late, and Party's Over.
God Bless America:(UK 7" release in 1984)God Bless America /
Can't Get Away.Only 1,000 copies were released.
INDEPENDENCE:(CD Re-issue 1994
on Century Media)This was the first re-issue of their critically aclaimed
Nobody Tells Us:(Selfless Records 1990 ) 7" with Ed
Pittman,Joel Agne,Bruce Stuckey,,Mark Patterson.This ep features 4 live tracks
recorded 6/18/80 at Sam's Club in Dayton,Ohio. (Chinese Rocks/Nobody Tells Us
b/w 48Hours/Tommy. )This is a decent live recording made off the P.A.
Split 7" ep with Zero Boys:Toxic Reasons side has "No Pity"
& "White Noise" recorded live for the B.B.C. radio sessions with John
Peel.(Recorded September 1986,with Bruce,J.J. & Tufty).Zero Boys side has
"Blank Network News" & "Blood's Good".Limited to 1,000 copies on bubblegum
colored vinyl.Released on Selfless Records.
Within These Walls:(Treason Records) Released in 1985,this was
the last recording with the services of Rob Lucjak,who by his own
admission,terminated himself because he no longer wished to remain the status
quo.Bruce,J.J. & Tufty carried on as a three piece band.
Song list :
Side one ; Then Came The Rain; It's So Silly; Party's Over, Guns Of September;
Side two : Dreamer; Too Late; Sons Of Freedom; All Known Confusion
Dedication 1979 - 1988:(Fun House) Released 1988
Re-issue 1989 on Lp & CD.This was released as part of Bitzcore's Hardcore
Classics series.This is the second re-issue of their classic debut.
In The House Of God:(Bitzcore) CD only issue.Song list:Road
Kill:Time:Head First:In The State Of Grace:Show No Mercy:Liar:No
Entry:Wasteland:Last Man Standing:Gone Forever:Virtual Overdrive. This is the
band's seventh album release.It was released after a short hiatus,with just
Bruce,J.J. and Tufty as a three piece band.
No Peace In Our Time:(Bitzcore) Released in 1995.Song
list:Data Track for Mac & Windows:Mark:13:Armageddon Night:Up Ahead And
Around The Corner:Friends:Third World America:No Peace In OurTime:Whipping
Boy:Plant A Seed:Die Kristallinacht:Mousetrap:Wah Tuka Way A Son:White
Noise.This is the first punk rock CD ROM for Mac & Windows.It has short
videos and the band's history as told by Bruce Stuckey,original founding
member,and a karaoke competition of "White Noise".This is their eighth full
length album over a span of sixteen years.
Anything For Money :Import on SPV;(CD issue)Just Another
Day,Shoot To Kill,Screamin',Shut You Down,Bad Georgia Road,Committed,Take This
City,Anything For Money,Swingin'The Hammer,Wildin'
For A Fistful Of Yens24 bands:Toxic Reasons with Zero
Boys,Cock Sparrer,A.O.F.,others. (Bitzcore)
So You Wanna Be A Rock'N'Roll Compilation?:12 bands including
Toxic Reasons,Zero Boys,Cock Sparrer,Flower Leperds,NRA,others. (Bitzcore) CD
Some basic facts about the band:
Toxic Reasons were formed in Dayton,Ohio in 1979.The founding members were
Bruce Stuckey (bass & vocals); Joel Agne (guitar & vocals); Ed Pittman
(lead vocals);Mark Patterson (drums).In 1981,Mark Patterson left the band and
was replaced by James J. Pearson (J.J.) on drums,and Joel Agne was replaced by
Rob Lucjak (Snott) on rythm guitar,and Greg Stout on bass,Bruce switched to lead
guitar.Though the band was from Dayton,J.J. was from Canada. Times weren't easy
for the band in the early days living in Dayton,Ohio, a city in a state hardly
noted for punk music,but the band survived .There were many days
when,Ed,Rob,Bruce,J.J. , Joel, and Greg lived on ONE DOLLAR a DAY ! They used to
pool their dollars to buy tortillas and cans of chili beans and heat them up on
their van dashboard heater ! Gig money was just enough to fill up the van with
gas . There were even times that they had to steal boots to put on their feet
along with other shit . These were hard times indeed,and these guys paid their
dues to be sure .Both Joel and Greg had left the band when they hired me,Terry Hammer
as their Manager,Producer/Engineer.Although Joel did not play on "INDEPENDENCE",
he did in fact help write most of the songs,along with Ed and Bruce, and those
are Joel's great guitar leads that you hear Bruce playing. Greg did contribute
bass on Riot Squad and Noise Boys.Greg left the band while recording the basic
tracks.We finished the recording session with Rob playing bass on the other
tracks with the exception of Ghost Town, J.J. played bass on that particular
While recording the Lp at Keystone Recording in Indianapolis,Indiana,which
was actually a guy's basement,we stayed at the Zero Boys' house.They were a
popular punk band from there,who were breaking up.Since they were going their
own ways,we enlisted the services of their bass player,Tufty to tour with us.He
was a natural and fit right in,and became a member instantly.
We went on tour and moved to San Francisco,where their label,Risky Records
When the band hired me as their manager,we went to Indianapolis to finish
mixing their debut album,INDEPENDENCE.We only had 2 days to finish the overdubs
and mixing sessions.Since the basic tracks were done,we had only a short time to
finish the project.Against all odds,we managed to fix as many problems as we
could to make it a presentable album.Fans and critics hail it as a must have,and
a true classic.All things considered,we did a decent job with what we had,and I
am proud to be a part of that experience. I left shortly after the release of
INDEPENDENCE,and so did Ed.The boys continued without Ed and basically remained
the same except that Rob left the band after Within These Walls.He was replaced
by Terry Howe for the Recording of Bullets For You in 1986.Howe left shortly
after the recording and they remained from then on,a three piece band,Bruce,J.J.
& Tufty.Though alot of people relate to their first album INDEPENDENCE which
included Ed , the fact is that Bruce, Rob , J.J. , and Tufty were the main
reason that people recognize the name.It was these four members that struggled
through the hard times(they braved their first tour of Europe in the winter by
sleeping in frozen tents because they didn't have much money!), and they carried
on the name for some 12 years.They are living in Indianapolis,Ed is back home in
Dayton, Joel,Mark and Greg are still living in Dayton,and I believe Rob is
living in Minneapolis,the last I heard,Mark Patterson was living somewhere in
Toxic Reasons have over 40 recordings to date,including eight full length
Tufty and J.J. have promised to do a more in depth and complete web site with
sound files and pictures and lots more,but, until then,this will have to