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 ( Jimmy Joe ):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 )
- Bob Roadie :Technical coordinator & crew of one(1979 -1983)
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,I departed shortly after the release of Independence in 1983 and Ed left shortly after that.Rob remained with the band through Kill By Remote Control & Within These Walls. Bruce, J.J. , and Tufty carried on until the end in 1995 sometime after recording "No Peace In Our Time" for Bitzcore Records.Bruce & J.J. still perform as Toxic Reasons with other members playing bass to this day at an occasional show in the Indianapolis area.
Toxic Reasons recordings:
This CLASSIC debut album has been reissued in 2002 ,for the third time by yet another 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 .I would recommend you look for the original recording on Risky first which is only available on vinyl,or Century Media (CD only),or Bitzcore which released it on both LP & CD.
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, Bob Roadie;Technical coordinator & crew of one.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,Rob, & Bob. 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 debut Lp.
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
INDEPENDENCE: (Bitzcore) 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 :
LINE UP : Bruce Stuckey ( Vocals , Guitar ) ; David Clough ( Bass ) ; Felo Forconi ( Lead Guitar ) ; Mark Cutsinger ( Drums )
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 Yens 24 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 issue
War Hero reissuereissue of their first single on white vinyl LIMITED to 1000 copies.Released on record store day 2014.
Ghost Town reissuereissue of thne Ghost Town 3 song 7" ep.LIMITED to 1000 copies on Blue vinyl.Released on Record Store Day 2014.
This is a live recording from the Berkeley Square on their first tour to the Bay Area.Song list: 1.-Mercenary , 2.- Can't Get Away (In The U.S.A.), 3.- Noise Boys, 4.- White Noise, 5.- Time Will Tell, 6.- Rally 'Round The Flag Boys, 7.- War Hero, 8.- Color Me Dead, 9.- Nobody Tells Us What To Do , 10.- Sheltered Life , 11.- Drunk And disorderly, 12.- See No Evil, 13.- God Bless America
Essential IndependenceDVD/CDThis is a DVD/CD package of Independence,the War Hero Single and Ghost Town ep, and also the Live Berkeley Square LP,PLUS the TR 20th Anniversary DVD of them live at the Canal Street Tavern in Dayton Ohio.
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),Bob Roadie (guitar tech/roadie).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, as well as their first manager, Kent "K.C." Coffey (who was the one who came up with the idea of combining the 3 flags of The U.S.,Canada,& England into one to represent the 3 countries the band represented) before 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 track.
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 was located.
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 Texas.
Toxic Reasons have over 40 recordings to date,including eight full length albums.
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 suffice.
Die hard fans might be glad to know that there is a 2 HOUR VIDEO 20th year reunion of the band in Dayton recorded at the Canal Street Tavern 10/2/99. It is recorded in VHS Hi-Fi Stereo. Toxic Reasons did this reunion and allowed it to be recorded by Big Beef Productions.It was in support of and dedicated to the late, great Gregg Spence-- beloved musician and friend to so many in the Dayton,Ohio music community.You can help support this worthy cause by purchasing this video of one of america's finest hardcore bands ! All proceeds from this concert and video go to the Greg Spence Fund. You can purchase this video from BIG BEEF PRODUCTIONS . http://www.bigbeef.com
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