The Accident from Olympia

Formed: Olympia, Washington, USA

The Accident from Olympia

A terrific punk band, formed in '77 by drummer Mike Stein and bassist Trent Kelly, with Megan Chance on vocals and Bruce Gourley on guitar. Megan was replaced by Jennifer Warp after a few gigs, and prior to recording their sole single, Warp and Bruce had been replaced by Lisa Nameri and Doug Cram. During their short career they supported Avengers, Subhumans and D.O.A., amongst others. The original single (paid for by Stein's mum and the first release on Kurt Bloch's No Three's Records) was advertised with a poster boasting the very same image that graced the covers of the debut records by both Anti-Pasti and Angry Samoans (woman with meat cleaver in head).

Bruce Gourley: Thanks so much for posting about our band. I'm not some guy named Bruce. I'm Bruce Gourley. I formed the band, wrote all the songs, and quit because I wanted to play stuff more along the lines of D.O.A. and the Subhumans. I'm still indebted to Joey Shithead for loaning me his Gibson SG mid-set late December, 1978 because my guitar fried. I broke 3 strings and offered to pay him but he refused to take my money. Played the first punk show in Bellingham, Washington, in 1979. Opened for the Subhumans.

To be fair, even though I formed the band and wrote all the original songs, I quit before they recorded the Kill the Bee Gees 45. 'Jonestown Hop' I wrote right after that news story broke. We used to drink kool aid on stage and flop around on the floor while playing our instruments and the singer would give out kool aid to the audience in little cups and then throw the rest on the crowd. After we tried that the first time, we stopped adding sugar (duh!). It was a corny stunt but everyone had a laugh. We mostly played in Vancouver, B.C., opening for D.O.A., Pointed Sticks. We played a lot with the Subhumans. The two pics [below] are of me. The B&W one was taken the first time we every played, opening for D.O.A. at the Windmill Tavern in Vancouver a few days before Christmas, 1978. 40 years ago. Great memories and the Vancouver scene was really cool. We also played the first punk show in Bellingham, Washington, in 1979 with the Subhumans. I have lost track of the original bass player (Trent) and the drummer, (Mike), but recently reconnected with our first singer, Megan. Thanks again for posting stuff about us. It was a great time to be in a band!

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ORIGINAL LINEUP (1977-1979):

Megan Chance - vocals
Bruce Gourley - guitar
Trent Kelly- bass
Mike Stein - drums, vocals

CLASSIC LINEUP (1979-1981):

Lisa Nameri - vocals
Doug Cram - guitar
Trent Kelly- bass
Mike Stein - drums, vocals



Singles & Albums

The Accident - Kill The Bee GeesKill The Bee Gees (7", 1979)

Extraneous Releases

The Accident - No Romance For You No Romance For You (LP/CD, 1995)

Various Artists

Killed By Death #9 US LP 1995 (Redrum): Kill The Bee Gees



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