The Offs - THE OFFS

Formed: San Francisco, California, USA

The Offs - San Francisco, California, USAThe Offs - Don Vinil

The Offs - Johnny Too Bad - US 7" 1978 (Crack In The World - 007.5/624803) Side 1The Offs - Johnny Too Bad - US 7" 1978 (Crack In The World - 007.5/624803) Side 2

Initially fine band which fused ska with punk looooong before the likes of Operation Ivy and Rancid, around the same time The Specials were doing it in the UK, in fact. Their first two singles are considered minor classics: Johnny Too Bad is a cover version of The Slickers' Johnny Too Bad, issued by Crack In The World Records. The follow-up 45, Everyone's A Bigot, was the first release on local label 415 -, later home for such luminaries as The Nuns, Red Rockers and a slew of shitty new wave bands. By the time of third third single, released on another label (Max''s Kansas City!), they were starting to lose firepower: the A-Side betrayed a major soul influence, and the saxophone was becomingly tiresomely prominent. When they finally got around to making an album in 1984, First Record was universally slated for being a slick boring ska/rock LP. And ohm it was on yet another label (CD Presents).

The Offs - Everyone's A Bigot -Side 1The Offs - Everyone's A Bigot - Side 2

The Offs - circa 1984

The Offs - San Francisco, California, USA

LINEUP 1 1978:

Don Vinil - vocals
Billy Hawk - guitars
Robt. Morgan aka Rob Strange - bass
Chris Olson - drums

LINEUP 1984:

Billy Hawk - guitar
Don Vinil - vocals
Bob Steeler - drums, vocals
Eric Peterson - bass
Roland Young - saxophone, vocals
Richard Edson - trumpet

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

The Offs - Johnny Too Bad The Offs - Everyone's A Bigot The Offs - You Fascinate Me The Offs - First Record  
Johnny Too Bad
(7", 1978)
Everyone's A Bigot
(7", 1978)
You Fascinate Me
(7", 1980)
First Record (LP, 1984)  

Extraneous Releases

The Offs - Californian Skapunk Pioneers The Offs - Live At The Mabuhay Gardens Nov 7 1980      
Californian Skapunk Pioneers (CD, 1997) Live At The Mabuhay Gardens Nov 7 1980 (CD, 2000)      

Various Artists

Can You Hear Me? Music From The Deaf Club US LP 1980 (Optional/Walking Dead): Hundred Dollar Limo / Die Babylon / I've Got The Handle

415 Music US LP 1980 (415 Records): I've Got The Handle

Let Them Eat Jellybeans! US LP 1981 (Alternative Tentacles): Everyone's A Bigot

Eastern Front US LP 1982 (ICI/Sanoblast): One More Shot

Links

THE OFFS MYSPACE PAGE

 


 

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