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Poison Idea

Nihilistic Portland, Oregon hardcore outfit Poison Idea was formed in 1980 by frontman Jerry A., guitarist Tom Roberts, bassist Chris Tense, and drummer Dean Johnson. The group debuted three years later with the EP Pick Your King, cramming 13 songs into a 16-minute time frame; the Record Collectors Are Pretentious A**holes EP followed in 1985, fine-tuning the band's blistering sound and fatalistic worldview. Thanks to their notoriously insatiable diet of drugs, alcohol, and junk food, the members of Poison Idea all ballooned past the 300-pound mark by the time of their 1986 full-length Kings of Punk, with Roberts -- who then tipped the scales at an impressive 450 pounds -- rechristening himself Pig Champion in honor of the occasion. Tense and Johnson were then dismissed from the lineup, although the former returned in time for 1987's War All the Time, recorded with second guitarist Eric "Vegetable" Olsen and drummer Steve "Thee Slayer Hippy" Hanford; Tense was then replaced by bassist Mondo for 1988's Filthkick EP. Both the Darby Crash Rides Again and Ian MacKaye EPs followed a year later, along with another period of roster tumult, which made way for the addition of guitarist Kid Cocksman (soon to be replaced by Aldine Striknine) and bassist Myrtle Tickner. Poison Idea returned in 1990 with Feel the Darkness, with a series of live releases (the Official Bootleg EP, the Live in Vienna EP, and the Dutch Courage LP) preceding 1992's Blank Blackout Vacant. A collaboration with Jeff Dahl appeared a year later, concurrent with the covers album Pajama Party; however, in the wake of Pig Champion's subsequent departure, Poison Idea disbanded, releasing their June 6, 1993 farewell gig at Portland's La Luna as Pig's Last Stand. The breakup was short-lived, however, and they were back at it by the end of 1999, with Jerry A. and Pig Champion joined by guitarist Matt Brainard, bassist Chris Carey, and drummer Chris Cuthbert. Guitarist Jimmy Taylor replaced Brainard for a European tour in 2003, but ended up staying on as a permanent addition for further touring, as well as the 2005 recording of material that would become their next album, Latest Will and Testament. In January of 2006, Pig Champion passed away at age 47 of undetermined causes. Latest Will and Testament saw release that May, though the band didn't play live again for over a year. They played and recorded intermittently in the time following Pig's death, with more multiple lineup changes and only a little bit of new music seeing release, usually in the form of split 7" singles. On a five-week tour of Europe in 2012, Jerry A. developed a foot infection that medical professionals advised was serious enough to merit the band canceling the tour completely. A. declined, suffering through the infection and completing the tour, with the consequence of having two toes amputated when he finally returned home. In late 2013, the band announced yet another lineup change, with Natalie Lucio joining up as bassist -- the first-ever female member of the band. Eric "Vegetable" Olsen returned to the fold around this time as well, ending nearly 25 years of absence since the last time he'd played with Poison Idea. The next few years brought even more touring, with the announcement of new record Confuse and Conquer slated for release on Southern Lord in spring of 2015. ~ Jason Ankeny & Fred Thomas, Rovi
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War All The Time tour, spring of 1988. One of the first shows at the Speedway Cafe in SLC. Jerry cut his forehead with broken glass, lit a street flare, took a mouthful of wizard charcoal lighter and blew fire over the f**king pit. Kings Of Punk!
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First show at Satyricon poison idea lock jaw in 85 what a f**king blast. My brother kicking skinheads a**. Lol!!!
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geoffvg4
Not an accurate bio...do some research! Hint: Tense played guitar first...
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whoever wrote that is an idiot...they still play..and pig is dead..long live pig!still can stop listening.fe e l the darkness is my personal favorite.

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Just seen them @ the Star last week!
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Kings of punk!!!!! One of the most talented and angriest punk bands of all time! What would life be without them
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kicks a$$ !!!!
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bonnit's into skiffle. . . don't even know why he listens to so much punk since he hates all of it
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You are awesome bobonnit. I love it when people like you only have the ability to comment on things they see as "sucking". I just wonder why you're afraid to let people know what you actually like. I'm sure it's not because you have sh! t taste.
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They suck. get these no talent noisemakers offa my Pandora
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PIG CHAMPION WAS AWESOME !!!
R.I.P. MY FRIEND !!!
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Hi Jerry!
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always great to listen to !!!
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The first cd I ever bought was Dutch courage.
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My dad was good friends with poison idea and has many story's
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despoiler200 0
The name Pig Champion is from Tom's band the Imperialist Pigs.
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I don't understand you if you don't love PI. There just aren't many bands that rock the f**k out like this.
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PI is still a band fyi.
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"Fatalistic"
'Someone who believes everthing is predestined or predetermine d '
Whatever Indie kid artfag is writing for Pandora needs to stop.
Hire someone who understands the music.
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one of the best bands ive ever heard
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please put their earlier albums up. i swear ill pay for a subscription if you do. these three are good but subpar to just about every other release. latest will and testament was pretty damn good though
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sbkosiba
The writers for this site are absolutely terrible. Nobody who knows the meaning of the word fatalistic would use this term to describe PI's music. Number one rule of writing: don't use words that you don't understand.
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awesome stuff !!!! Pig Champion rules man !!!
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linwood52
Blank Blackout Vacant... the best album ever.
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"war all the time" and "Pick your king" are some of their best albums.
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Feel the Darkness is their best. I agree. What's behind the Badge?
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mmiloff90
Feel the Darkness is their best album by far. Pandora needs to get it.
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THE LOUDEST DRUNKS IN PUNK!!!!!!!! !
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Um, Jason Ankeny, PI is still a band.
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Aldine Strichnine. From SLC's Maimed for Life. Great Guitarist.
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Still the Kings of Punk!
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good stuff,makes me wanna go grind some curbs...

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