The Offs – 2 Singles

Previously I posted First Record by The Offs. I pointed out that this album could win an award for most under-rated new wave LP ever. A lot of the criticism of the LP stems from the perception that it does not live up to their earlier material, which I believe is untrue.

A lot of us were made familiar with The Offs on Jello Biafra’s classic Let Them Eat Jellybeans comp. The Offs were on side 2 (the arty side) with “Everyone’s a Bigot” which was sort of a reggae/funk driven track. “Everyone’s a Bigot” is also the A Side of thier first single. The B Side is “Zero Degrees” which is one of thier “punkier” numbers. The Offs sound was pretty unique for San Francisco at that time. People have always had a hard time classifying them. Were they a ska band? A punk band? Funky new wave?

I do not own The Offs second single. I remember not liking it much. I thought their version of “Johnny Too Bad” was inferior to The Slickers original version. As far as I know it is not on any other blogs at this point….

Judged in this light, First Record by The Offs was a successful contemporary of The Bush Tetras and James Chance. The final single has a different version of “You Fascinate Me” from First Record along with a solid ska tune. After that, what happened to The Offs?

The Offs – First Single (1978)
A. Everyone’s A Bigot
B. Zero Degrees

The Offs – Third Single (1980)
A. You Fascinate Me
B. My World

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13 Responses to The Offs – 2 Singles

  1. rob strange says:

    Zero Degrees was NOT the 1st single. The 1st single is ‘Johnny Too Bad’ backed with ’624803′. I know this cause I played bass on it and have the test pressing. We always said it was recorded on masking tape by smokey the bear. Not too great – but nevertheless – it was first. Thankx.

  2. Joe says:

    Thanks Rob for letting me know. I’m a one man show here so I sometimes get stuff wrong. Were you only on the first single?

  3. R.I.P Don V :( Thanks for putting up the singles and BIGGER thanks for putting up the picture sleeve with WCUW on it…that used to be a cool hangout in the late 70′s and early 80′s for us here. And it’s *still* there but barely!! Viva La Wormtown!!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    well Don Vynil is no longer with us. From my understanding The Offs pretty much had a revolving lineup. Don moved to NYC and restarted The Offs. I think he passed away from AIDS or similar related casuses in the late 80′s

  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh I forgot to add that they do have a cd of their singles available too. I found mine for $8 awhile back.
    Kennyhel77

  6. worm says:

    Cheers!

  7. jon manyjars says:

    Here are my 3 cents about the Offs:
    http://underneathica.blogspot.com/2006/07/on-with-offs.html

    There is a cd of the Offs performing at the Mabuhay that is great stuff.

  8. worm says:

    Hey Kennyhel77

    Is it possible to get a copy of your OFFS cd?

  9. Anonymous says:

    The Offs were a great band, but I too like the earlier stuff better. They started out punk and ended up funk. Not that that’s a bad thing, but I prefer the earlier edgier stuff. The Mab cd is good, but if you can hear the tracks from the Live at the Deaf Club LP or Eastern Front comps, you’ll hear them a lot tighter.

    And the band did move to NYC where Don od’d in the mid 80′s.

  10. mark says:

    hey , does anyone have a blog post of ‘JOHNNY TOO BAD” by the OFFS ??
    fantastic single. A-side is not SKA, but amphetamine reggae.

    really cool stuff.
    I miss these guys. yes, the EASTERN FRONT stuff really rules too.

  11. mark says:

    oops .
    I posted before reading the article.
    I feel stoopid now.

  12. The first single was of course “Johnny Too Bad” and “624803.” The cover sleeve art featured an image from Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’Amour ( a man sucking off a gun barrel) and a negative image of Dan White being taken into custody. White was the assassin just a month earlier of San Francisco Mayor Moscone and Harvey Milk. I worked (as Jack Off) with Enrico on the sleeve art.

  13. alexandra (beauty hawley-shire says:

    My daughter, Elizabeth played bass with the offs briefly prior to NYC…she died March 1981.

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