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.