Formed: Los Angeles, California, USA
Band Bio / Lineups / Discography
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.
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.
Singles / Albums
|Destroy All Music
|We Got The Neutron Bomb (7", 1978)||Adulthood
(7", as Dix Denney and John Denney, 1979)
|Who? What? When? Where? Why?
|A Life Of Crime
|Weird World 1977-1981 Time Capsule - Volume One
|Message From The Underworld
|We Got The Neutron Bomb - Weird World 1977-1989 - Volume Two (LP/CD, 2003)||Destroy All Music (LP+7"/CD, 2007)|
|It Means Nothing
|Message From The Underworld (LP, 1990)||Ranting In A Rubber Room!!! (2x7", 1992)|
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