Ultraman – Destroys All Monsters and Families Too

Ultraman – Destroys All Monsters and Families Too (Science Patrol Records) 1988.I’m sure every town had a band like Ultraman in the 1980′s. Local heroes who were head and shoulders above all the rest. They ruled the punk scene in St Louis back then. That’s really saying something too because St Louis had some great bands (Laffinstock, Drunks With Guns, Whoppers Taste Good) at that time.

This is the first Ultraman 45 I believe. It was the first one I ever heard. *This is not true….as was pointed out to me in the comments, there was the “Mr Yuk” 7incher before this. It kicked ass…I remember it.* Tim had been in a local HC band called “White Suburban Youth” before this. There’s a demo floating around out there of it I believe.

An added element of coolness for me with regards to the whole WSY / Ultraman deal was that they came from North County which is where I was from. North County is generally regarded with complete derision by hipster St Louisans. In the 80′s this was unfair because it was actually a pretty unique place. There was a Community College station (KCFV) in North County that had a HC radio show on Saturday nights called “Faster and Louder”. There was a also an overnight punk/new wave show called “Pipeline” on the UMSL station in North County. I don’t know how many people were introduced to punk and hardcore by those shows, but I was.

Anyway, this is also the Ultraman line-up with Mike who I believe had been in a band called “Dead Planet”. I saw them open up for Naked Raygun (I think) and this guy was an amazing guitarist. I remember standing in the audience awestruck as he pulled all kindsa Burma type sounds from his axe. I believe he passed away in the early 90′s which is a total shame.

Unfortunately, this 45 does not do Ultraman justice. It’s got that TERRIBLE fuckin 1980′s pop music production on the drums. This sucks because the material is great. “Mean Dream/Night Season” was a real scorcher in concert with its Dead Boys-style intro morphing into a “Falling”-era Decry-type rave-up.

Flawed as it is, it is a great artefact of a time gone by. If I got any info incorrect (likely), please feel free to let me know…it’s been a while.

On another note, if anyone out there has any Dead Planet or Laffinstock material, please contact me.

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14 Responses to Ultraman – Destroys All Monsters and Families Too

  1. malfeitor says:

    Yeah, North County! I REPRAZENT Spanish Lake, beeotch. Should I request that WSY demo from your readers again or should I just give up. Flo Valley used to play “Skateboard” and “Jason” if I remember correctly.

  2. Joe Stumble says:

    Dude I’m from Black Jack…did you go to East? Rosary?

  3. malfeitor says:

    Hazelwood East. I guess Central was our “rival”, whatever that means. The Duck Duck Drummer went to Rosary. There were like 6 people who listened to any of this shit. When I went to shows and saw hundreds of people I always wondered where on earth they all came from.

  4. brownsferry4 says:

    This was the second Ultraman 7″ the first one was un-named, but had “Mr. Yuk” on the a-side and a photo of “Isolated” Bob (original 2nd guitar)doing a flip over Tim J. Mike Doskocil from Drunks with Guns played drums on it. Very different feel from later Ultraman.

    I think I still have a dub of the White Suburban Youth demo. Always liked it more than Ultraman.

    What was your band from that era, Joe S.?

  5. Joe Stumble says:

    Hey Brownsferry4 — I dont wanna get into what band I was in on this blog. I try to keep any of the music projects I was/am involved with separate from this site which is essentially a “fan site”. Plus we SUCKED and I was just a hired gun.

    Shoot me an email and I will tell ya though, especially if you can hook me up with the WSY Demo

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I remember the song “Rector Breath”. I must have seen Ultraman a zillion times back then.

    I remember another band called Snake Ranch that used to play at the Bernard Pub all the time too. What a great neighbor hood Bernards was in then. Yikes!

    I was in a band then that sucked too, so don’t feel like the lone ranger, Joe. Plus, we sucked AND they fired me, so I’m one up on you.

  7. Joe Stumble says:

    Hey Anon – My shitty band fired me as well! Ha! Maybe it was the same band….the guitar player was a douche. I totally forgot about snake ranch. They were another regular.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think they fired me because I was a poser. Which was probably true. Our guitarist Pat McCauley guitarist plays with a metal band called Head on Collision out of STL. The drummer played with a pretty successful band called Castor up around U of I.

    I checked out HOC’s MySpace page and that sure sounds like Pat singing.

    I haven’t talked to those guys in like 20 years.

    WTG used to practice at house that I used to hang out at in Edwardsville, which is where I’m from.

  9. Anonymous says:

    One more thing. If you want to hear something really crazy, I live in Raleigh, NC now, and I played on the same line as Mike from Corrosion of Conformity on a local hockey team for a couple of years.

  10. Joe Stumble says:

    Anon – So were you in WTG?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nope, I wasn’t in WTG. I’m just from Edwardsville and a skateboard buddy of mine lived across the street from WTG. The band I was in was in Collinsville and was called “Corporate Death” or some nonsense. When everybody figured out that I wasn’t really that anti-establishment *POOF* they fired me.

  12. Jim says:

    Wow, I’m commenting on a page from like a year ago but who cares. This is quite a memory you guys are bringing up. I used to hang out at that same house in E-ville where those guys practiced. And I was the drummer for Snake Ranch, we played constantly with Ultraman, WTG, TOG, and 10 other bands that we constantly regulared with. All great friends. And Rob from Ultraman was our final bass player before we called it quits. Dang, that was 20 years ago, I’m old.

  13. Joe Stumble says:

    I’m old too. I remember Snake Ranch and saw a couple of your shows. Coincidentally, I was just talking about Snake Ranch the other day with Jason Potter. Another great old band from the area! Send me old stuff and I’ll post it. I was also briefly in one of the 10 other bands you are talking about…I think. I believe we played with Snake Ranch. Drop me a line!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hey, this is Pat McCauley, one of the guys “anon” is talking about above.

    HAHAHA!!! I believe the anonymous guy in this thread is named “Adrian” if I remember correctly? It’s crazy how I remember stuff like this, but I do. Adrian was cool, and I was really never one to “boot band members for being poseurs,” and if you look at my band history, you’ll see I played with plenty of em! Adrian was booted because he typically never showed for practice! Nothing personal, dude! This was the first or second band I was in! ADRIAN! IF THIS IS YOU, HOW ABOUT RETURNING MY ALBUMS I LOANED TO YOU 20 SOMETHING YEARS AGO, YOU WANKER! If I remember correctly…Dehumanizers-Kill Lou Guzzo was one of em! YOU OWE ME!!!

    The “Whopper House” or “T.O.G. House” in E-Ville was quite a place to party in the late 80′s/early 90′s. Todd Robbin’s (ex-TOG, FullFledge Ledge, HOC, etc) lived there and Gary Phillips from WTG for a while as well. The guy who owns the place is Eric (I believe) Gavollette (mispelled?). According to Todd Robbins, he still lives there! Funny, don’t remember partying or hanging out with Adrienne there! My best memory is the ACCUSED staying there around 90/91 and Tommy (guitar) puking all over the place while Tim Byrnes was talking to me about both of our latest musical discoveries.

    Small world, eh Adrianne??? Also, we were all like 14 or 15, and Adrianned was like 19 or 20 or something ridiculous. You still hang out with and date minors? HA! Sounds pretty anti-establishment to me!

    Bernard’s Pub, despite it’s ghetto-fabulous location and “dirty boogers” inside was the epicenter for punk/metal shows in the late 80′s. Saw Ultraman too many (not really) times there. They opened most of the good shows back then, and their local shows were pretty full most of the time.

    I owned both of the 7 inches Ultraman did, but I left em at the “Corporate Death” practice space and they disappeared unfortunately. OR MAYBE I LOANED THEM TO “ADE.”

    PS Adrienne-Jason Vance lives in Champaigne and is still rockin. He books shows, screenprints shirts and plays drums in a doomy band.

    Instead of stalking me on myspace, why don’t you actually get in touch with me!

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