The First 7inch by The Urinals

The Urinals were a punk band from Southern California. They were a huge influence on The Minutemen and I have always seen them as the missing link between The Minutemen and Wire. Thier second 7inch was MUCH better, but it is also very widely circulated. It contains Ack, Ack, Ack and I’m a Bug which are both pretty heavily covered punk standards these days. Maybe I’ll post it down the road.

The Urinals turned into 100 Flowers at some point in the very early 80s. I don’t know what happened to them after that. They were recently interviewed in the great Minutemen rockumentary We Jam Econo…so they are still alive. Amphetamine Reptile released a CD with all of thier tracks at some point in the 1990s but I believe it, like all AmRep stuff is out of print (?).

This is the first 7inch by the Urinals from 1978 and it sounds like the band basically set up thier mics in a trash can, closed the lid and then recorded from a block away. Regardless, I like it and since I named my site after it I felt that it should be the first set of mp3s I post.

If I am incorrect about any of the info above, feel free to correct me below in the comments.

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11 Responses to The First 7inch by The Urinals

  1. x1984x says:

    The Urinals are still around and still do gigs on occasion. All of the ones I’ve heard about are with The Last too. The history of those two bands are pretty intertwined. For instance Go Away Girl is a cover of The Last…a song that they have yet to release a studio version of themselves! Joe Nolte talked alot about the Urinals in his 1979 diary from when they were recording their first lp. There’s a couple of hilarious stories in there! You can read it all on their forum and there’s alot of history on the Urinals/1000 Flowers on their Happy Squid (official?) website. Oh…your blog is looking pretty cool too.

  2. darl says:

    Surfing With The Shah

    I had not heard this one, pretty wicked. I didn’t know they were still around either. Great blog btw.

  3. dave says:

    Sorry it’s late, some of us didn’t know comments were so wanted. But this 7″ is glorious. Hologram’s a masterpiece. It has a very Desperate Bicycles feel to it – was there a causal link, anyone know?

  4. Anonymous says:

    so ugly, so good. the first three 45s by these guys are all good. somebody booted 2 of them about 7-10 years ago- thats the way to go!-dylan

  5. I couldn’t understand some parts of this article The First 7inch by The Urinals, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.

  6. johnakni says:

    Don’t forget that the band God and the State was an offshoot of th Urinals. And the current offshoot is Chairs of Perception.

  7. Joe Stumble says:

    No Desperate Bicycles link as far as I know. I always got a Wire feel from the 2nd 7inch.

  8. Ldog says:

    Funny how these things swoop around, come together, and connect. Or reconnect.

    Got a copy of “We Jam Econo”, which got me back into thinking about the Minutemen and d. boon and those days (“Close your eyes/Open them/Not since those days!”), and looked back thru my old boot tapes and there was a gig the Minutemen did at UCLA’s Keirkhoff Coffee House, Valentine’s Day 1985. They did acoustic and electric sets, and did “Ack Ack Ack” in both–the first time metnioning that John Talley-Jones (“the author” d. said) and his wife (“the REAL author!”) were in attendance. In History Lesson Pt 2, when d.’s rattling off “I was…”, at the end, it’s “John Talley-Jones” instead of John Doe. And, their final song was Surfing With The Shah.

    Or at least I was pretty sure it was. I have that 7″, but was too lazy to go pull it out and make sure my 20 year old memory was working correctly. Absent-mindedly googling “Surfing with the Shah” brought me here. Ahhhhhh…yeah, that’s it. Great simple tune, that.


  9. jt says:

    just saw Mike Watt and the Missingmen, and his opening number pretty much had me on board from the get-go. i thought maybe it was an overture to his latest opera piece, but it was simply a hectic instrumental kick-starter to what proved to be a delightfully “potpourri” sort of set. after the show, i asked him what that first song was called, and if he had written it. he laughed and told me “that’s a song called ‘Surfin’ With The Shah’ by a band we loved called Urinals.” i knew of the Urinals through the Minutemen connection, but was pressed to do a little research as soon as i returned home. found this blog, and the song, and i thank you for posting it. Watt himself joked “we changed it up to do it our way, you know!” but the original is certainly compelling and it’s great to know he could bridge a piece of his own punk history with the here-and-now.

  10. Grant says:

    Hey Joe,
    Never said thanks for posting this but this was my introduction to the urinals and they ARE one of my favorite bands anymore, what do you think of 100 Flowers?

  11. Mike says:

    Used to love these guys. Bought their EPs at Rhino. I remember there was some graffiti on Overland Avenue that said “Long Live The Shah” which someone changed to “Surfing With The Shah”

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