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:: 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.



Phil
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 12:21:00 PM

One of the great ones -- when it finally appears on CD it'll be a watershed event & will crown these guys as the kings of Long-Haired Punk. Amazing record, not a bad track in the bunch.    



Tuesday, November 01, 2005 7:49:00 PM

Phil - Quite doubtful that this will ever see CD at least on CD Presents. The band never really saw any money from the initial release and I dont think the remaining members will grants rights to CD Presents to reissue it and I am certain that Ferguson wont let it go.

I grew up with these guys, hung out with them and drove them to and fro practice. I've got a ton of stories about them but I've told them already on Agony Shorthand. Check that out for the fun.    



Tuesday, February 28, 2006 11:56:00 AM

These guys were the best but got lost on the road to success. I knew them when they started and practiced for the first time. i grew up with them. I am on the album back under thanks to.    



Sunday, June 17, 2007 8:30:00 PM

Oh shit... I went to school with Jeff in high school (when he was still in the Square Cools). Then I moved up here to Seattle and joined Green River. We all ended up loving the record because I saw the album, knew them, bought it and played it for the other guys. I always wondered about what happened to them. I figured that something would go bad - but you never think about it until it hits.    



Monday, November 26, 2007 10:55:00 PM

Super brownie points and promises of donation (hey, my two copies of this album have cracks) if you will repost the mp3.

CD Presents must be waiting for the Twilight of the Gods to reissue this 'cuz it has been ten years since the first mumblings and nada.    



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