Formed: San Francisco, California, USA

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According to Wikipedia, "The Mutants are an important band in the history of San Francisco punk rock and new wave music. They are known for their theatrical performances which often include elaborate props, projections, and comical antics. They are credited with being one of the first "Art-punk" bands in San Francisco, and were one of the most popular bands of the San Francisco punk scene during the late 1970s and early 1980s."

They recorded one single and one LP, and a handful of compilation tracks, before drug abuse and the usual interpersonal bullshit tore them asunder in 1983, although they have reformed a few times since. In 1989 it was for a gig at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, and fifteen years or so later they could be seen treading the boards with other punk oldtimers.

The Mutants is excellent catchy punk in a 77-style with rough guitars and faintly aggressive vocals, but by the time of Fun Terminal they'd opted for a more boring new wave sound, although it still had a handful of good songs.


Mutants: Forensic Report is a DVD documentary.


Singles / Albums

New Dark Ages Mutants - Fun Terminal      
The Mutants
(7", 1980)
Fun Terminal
(LP, 1982)

Extraneous Releases

Shredder Presents '78 On 45        
Shredder Presents '78 On 45: The Mutants And (Impatient) Youth Live In San Francisco
(7", split, 1988)

Various Artists

415 Music US LP 1980 (415): Baby's No Good

Can You Hear Me? Music From The Deaf Club US LP 1980 (Optional/Walking Dead): Tribute To Russ Meyer / Monster Of Love

Savoy Sound — Wave Goodbye US LP 1981 (Go!): Furniture

Songs From The Edge Of The World US CD 2013 (Superior Viaduct): Insect Lounge


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