Go Ahead, Fear The Reaper
:: Tales of Terror - Tales of Terror ::
Sacramento-area skate band Tales of Terror burned out fast, releasing one self-titled LP in '84 along with a handful of songs on a few compilations. I first heard them on Volume 2 of the Rat Music for Rat People trilogy, where they offered up a great song, "Skate or Bate," leading me to scoop up this album. And holy shit, what an album it is! Equal parts Iggy & the Stooges and Black Sabbath, fueled with cheap beer and LSD. These guys were amped up, raw, and messy to the point where you think a song is going to fall apart, but they keep it all together and blast their style of fun fuckin' rock and roll out at you.
I'd always wondered what happened to these guys, but until posting this I hadn't ever looked into it. Turns out lead guitarist Lyon Wong (a.k.a. Luther Storms) was beaten to death by a carload of high school jocks looking for a head to bash in 1986. He was the son of Victor Wong, by the way, the actor best known as Egg Shen in John Carpenter's "Big Trouble in Little China." Bassist Jeff Magner (a.k.a. Dusty Coffin) went on to play in a band called Cactus Liquors, and recently died of a heroin overdose. Research can be depressing, man.
It's rumored that CD Presents owner, David Feguson, may soon be re-releasing some of the CD Presents back catalogue. Lets hope that turns out to be true, because this record deserves another chance at exposure.