The Weirdos, Los Angeles, California, USA

Formed: Los Angeles, California, USA

The Weirdos, Los Angeles, California, USA

Band Bio / Lineups / Discography

The Weirdos, Los Angeles, California, USAWeirdos

They obviously bought all their clothes in charity shops and dressed in the dark, but there was nothing sloppy or cheap about the Denney brothers (Dix and John) and their mob of loveable crazies. Actually, they were pretty cheap, but that ís much of the attraction. Now, if these guys were British they would have blown the likes of The Lurkers clean off the stage, for they had as much attitude as a sock full of snooker balls and a deliriously bug-eyed sense of humour to match. Arch-nihilists with a sense of fun, their biggest influence seemed to be The Damned, and on top form were just as good. On Destroy All Music Dix announces that he "Smashed up my records and my stereo/Ripped up my tickets to see ELO". He then calls for the government to send everybody to hell in a handcart on We Got The Neutron Bomb. That's two cracking singles full of firewall guitars, heavily clobbered drums and cathy tunes.

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The band stopped making records after 1980's Action-Design E.P. and went into semi-hibernation. The Denney's formed the experimental If-Then-Else, releasing an album as such in 1981, and the pair continued to record home demos throughout the decade.

The Weirdos played the odd show here and there, eventually reforming in the late 80's and making their long awaited debut LP, Condor, which straddled obnoxious but intellectual punk with arty trimmings and is generally well worth checking out.

Drummer Nicky Beat was a veteran of The Germs and also battered the bins for The Dickies, The Cramps, The Mau-Mau's and L.A. Guns.

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

The Weirdos - Destroy All Music Weirdos - We Got The Neutron Bomb Dix Denney and John Denney - Adulthood Weirdos - Who? What? When? Where? Why? Weirdos - Action-Design E.P.
Destroy All Music
(7", 1977)
We Got The Neutron Bomb (7", 1978) Adulthood
(7", as Dix Denney and John Denney, 1979)
Who? What? When? Where? Why?
(12", 1979)
Action-Design E.P.
(12", 1980)

Extraneous Releases

The Weirdos - A Life Of Crime The Weirdos - Weird World 1977-1981 Time Capsule - Volume One The Weirdos - Message From The Underworld The Weirdos - We Got The Neutron Bomb - Weird World 1977-1989 - Volume Two The Weirdos - Destroy All Music
A Life Of Crime
(7", 1985)
Weird World 1977-1981 Time Capsule - Volume One
(LP/CD, 1991)
Message From The Underworld
(7", 1991)
We Got The Neutron Bomb - Weird World 1977-1989 - Volume Two (LP/CD, 2003) Destroy All Music (LP+7"/CD, 2007)

Bootlegs

The Weirdos - It Means Nothing The Weirdos - Message From The Underworld The Weirdos - Ranting In A Rubber Room!!!    
It Means Nothing
(7", 1988)
Message From The Underworld (LP, 1990) Ranting In A Rubber Room!!! (2x7", 1992)    

Various Artists

The Best Of Bomp - Volume One US LP 1978 (Bomp!): A Life Of Crime

Govi Presents: Rock Lines Germany LP 1979 (Line): Happy People

Who Put The Bomp? UK 2xLP 1979 (London/Bomp!): Life Of Crime

Experiments In Destiny US 2xLP 1980 (Bomp!): Jungle Rock

Yes Nukes 14 Atomic Powered Cuts US LP 1980 (Rhino): Helium Bar

Where The Action Is US LP 1980 (Bomp!): Idle Life

Best Of Bomp! US LP 1982 (Bomp!): Jungle Rock

Me Want Breakfast - The Dangerhouse Collection US LP 1987 (no label): Solitary Confiement / Neutron Bomb

Dangerhouse Volume One US LP/CD 1991 (Frontier): Solitary Confinement

Dangerhouse Volume 2: Give Me A Little Pain! US LP/CD 1993 (Frontier): We Got The Neutron Bomb

We're Desperate - The L.A. Scene (1976-79) US CD 1993 (Rhino): A Life Of Crime / We Got The Neutron Bomb

Live From The Masque US CD 2003 (Dionysus): Teenage

No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion US 4xCD 2003 (Rhino): We Got The Neutron Bomb

Dangerhouse: Complete Singles Collected 1977-1979 Spain 2xCD/14x7" 2013 (Munster/Frontier/Dangerhouse): We Got The Neutron Bomb / Solitary Confinement

 

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