I got an email from Steve Humann, the bassist from the great and woefully unrecognized LA punk band Detox earlier this week. It was entitled “I searched your site for an older LA band called Detox.” The first sentence of the email follows “And I came up with nothing. Did you never like us or never hear us?”
I can understand Steve’s frustration. I went and looked on Kill From The Heart. No Detox. I went and looked on Flex. No Detox. So you look on Last Days and what do you see? No Detox. What the fuck?
Well…let me just say it was on my queue when another site went and posted both LPs. So I moved on to another band. But let me set the record straight for Steve and any other doubters. DETOX FUCKIN’ RULES.
Detox came along right when I was starting to get disillusioned with hardcore and I used to listen to the first record religiously. In fact, Detox still pops up on the shuffle. I never really stopped listening to them. Reason being, that they weren’t really an LA hardcore band. They were some sort of weird, slightly glammy, seedy, slow approximation of an LA hardcore band. Because of this, there is an element of timelessness with the two Detox records that you just don’t get with, say, a Wasted Youth record.
Looking at them now, you could almost see Detox as kinda like an LA version of Flipper. Most Detox songs were pretty slow. You get the impression that Detox wasn’t just a name for these guys but a way of life. However, in keeping with the LA vibe there is an overt sense of humour accompanying the nihilism. It’s not as bleak as Flipper. Not saying that Flipper wasn’t funny. Just that you had to look a little deeper into Flipper to find the humour. Except for Sex Bomb…which could be a Detox song. So yeah.
Now I would go ahead and re-post the two Detox records cuz they are tragically out of print but Steve went on to assure me in his email that they are about to release a legit CD with both LPs and the impossibly hard to find first 7inch (produced by Geza X in 1982) shortly. So in order not to steal any of the bands thunder, I am posting a few mp3s. If you have never heard Detox before, you are in for a treat. These guys were the wild cards in the pack of Long Beach bands that came out in the mid-eighties.
I’m gonna leave most of the Detox story for the liner notes on the soon to be released CD. But suffice it to say, singer Dan Forcum was killed by some loser with a samurai sword in Seattle in 97. I’m not making this shit up. Even more interestingly, Dan got killed by this asshole while saving two people’s lives. So yeah, the guy was a hero. How many of us would do that?