FALSE PROPHETS

Formed: New York, USA

False Prophets - New York Punk 2

BIO FROM ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES:

False Prophets were formed in June 1980 by singer Stephan Ielpi, bassist Steve Wishnia, and guitarist Peter Campbell. Matt Superty, Stephan's cousin and scion of a long line of drummers, joined soon afterwards. We quickly made a name for ourselves with raw, danceable energy and Stephan's welcome-to-my-nightmare theatrics, playing gigs at Max's Kansas City and predawn sets at the A7 Club. Our first single, "Blind Obedience" b/w "Overkill" and "Royal Slime" came out in June 1981. Musically, we were part of punk-rock's second generation, which included the Undead, Heart Attack, Reagan Youth and DC transplants the Bad Brains in New York, and the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, D.O.A., and Minor Threat in the rest of the world. We also drew on British post-punk bands like Joy Division, Public Image and the Gang of Four; pre-punk rockers like the Kinks and Stones (Steve and Peter) and Alice Cooper and Mott the Hoople (Stephan); and rap, reggae, and funk, the sounds of the boom boxes on New York's streets.

False Prophets - New York Punk

So we never quite fit the hardcore stereotype, being too varied musically and not thuggish enough personally. "Good Clean Fun," our second single, released in 1982, was both our first hardcore-speed song and a criticism of mosh-pit violence. Matt quit soon after, replaced by the Undead's Patrick Blanck, Donna Baril, and Ned Brewster, who made his debut at an all-night anarchist ball on New Year's Eve, 1983. We recorded our first album [False Prophets] the next summer, financed largely by Stephan's uncle hitting the triple at the Aqueduct racetrack in Queens.

False Prophets - Good Clean Fun

Alternative Tentacles put the album out in early 1986. By then Peter was gone, having quit after a Southern tour in the summer of 1985. The band toured heavily over the next two years with new guitarists George Tabb and Debra DeSalvo, recording the Implosion album in early 1987. The band broke up during a disastrous West Coast tour that fall. Stephan and Debra then re-formed it with new musicians and kept it going for several more years, releasing one EP [Invisible People, 1990]. (Steve and George went on to form Iron Prostate, while Ned eventually wound up in punk-blues stalwarts the Senders.)

Ronald Reagan was inaugurated a couple days before our first two-night stand at A7, ushering in a new era of greed, puritanism, and hate. We wanted to rage against all that, and did. We also wanted to write great songs, have fun, and get possessed and out of our heads playing rock'n'roll. Listen to Blind Roaches and Fat Vultures and see how we did.

False Prophets - New York Punk 3

Lineup 1

Stephan Ielpi - vocals
Peter Campbell - guitar
Steve Wishnia - bass, keyboards
Matt Superty - drums

Lineup 2

Stephan Ielpi - vocals
Steve Wishnia - bass, keyboards
Ned Brewster - drums
George Tabb - guitar
Debra Adele - guitar, keyboards

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

False Prophets - Blind Obedience False Prophets - Good Clean Fun False Prophets - False Prophets    
Blind Obedience
(7", 1981)
Good Clean Fun
(7", 1982)
False Prophets
(LP, 1986)
   

Extraneous Releases

False Prophets - Blind Roaches And Fat Vultures: Phantasmagoric Beasts Of The Reagan Era        
Blind Roaches And Fat Vultures: Phantasmagoric Beasts Of The Reagan Era
(CD, 2000)
       

Various Artists

New York Thrash US Tape 1982 (ROIR): Taxidermist / Scorched Earth

P.E.A.C.E. US 2xLP 1984 (R Radical): Banana Split Republic

BARK! BARK! BARK! US LP 1988 (Dead Issue): Destructive Engagement

Blitz Live Hitz Norway Tape 1989 (Blitz Recording): 6/6

What Else Do You Do?: A Compilation Of Quiet Musis Europe/US LP/CD 1990 (Shimmy Disc): The Invisible People

Blitz Live Hitz IV Norway Tape 1989 (Blitz Recording): 26.09.90 / 13.9.91

The Ecstasy Of The Agony US CD 2000 (Alternative Tentacles): Overkill

Against Police Injustice US CD 2003 (Non-Commercial): Baghdad Stomp

 

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