Bunchofuckingoofs

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Bunchofuckingoofs
CrazySteveGoof1988.jpg
Crazy Steve Goof of bunchofuckingoofs, 1988
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk
Years active 1983–present
Labels God Records, Fringe Product, Back Alley Records
Associated acts Armed and Hammered
Dayglo Abortions
The 3tards
Website http://www.myspace.com/bunchofuckingoofs

Bunchofuckingoofs, or the BFGs, are an infamous Canadian hardcore punk band from Kensington Market in Toronto, Ontario who formed in November 1983 as a response to "a local war with glue huffing Nazi skinheads."[1]

They ran a 24 hour a day, seven day a week boozecan for five years from July 1983 to July 1988 at their Baldwin Street address known on the street as "Fort Goof". Their "live like there is no tomorrow, end of the world by nuclear war" attitude and lifestyle was documented in Ruth Taylor and Edward Mowbray's Victory Video Arts Presentation's "Not Dead Yet" in 1984.[2]

For another three and half years they continued their antics at the 26A Oxford Street warehouse (Goof World) until May 5, 1991. Spawned from this local scene were the bands 4½ Reasons For Retroactive Abortion, Brutally Honest, Ded Fuck, No Identity (No I.D.), Blasphamy, Nunoyerfuckinbiziness (N.F.B.), Armed and Hammered, B. Bob's Banned, Verboten, PolitiKILL inCOREct and the singer of the present line-up for Random Killing. The band has a notorious reputation for their excessive beer drinking,[3] anti social outbursts and violent behaviour on and off stage as well as their followers.[4] They were label mates with the Dayglo Abortions on God Records and Fringe Product.[5]

In November 1985, the singer Crazy Steve Goof, ran for the municipal office of Alderman Ward 6 in Toronto, Canada, under the name Steve BFG Johnson. He won more than 13 percent of the total vote with 1,059 votes, losing the seat to Dale Martin (the incumbent), who won with 6,791 votes.[6]

In 1985, Kieran Plunkett, the present singer and bass player for UK punk band The Restarts, spray painted the Bunchofuckingoofs logo on the Berlin Wall and after the fall of the wall, that section of the wall was taken off to be viewed in art expositions in Basel, Switzerland and New York City. The 8, 4 meter tall pieces of the wall (measuring ten meters long) were then to be auctioned off at Sotheby's. [7]

In November 1988, the Crazy Steve Goof again ran for the municipal office of Alderman in the newly designated Ward 5 (Financial District, Toronto – University of Toronto), finishing 4th out of five with 417 votes.[8]

The BFGs can be seen in the Canadian series T. and T. where they played a street gang in the first episode. They were extras in many other T. and T. episodes and numerous other television series such as Night Heat, Captain Power, Street Legal, Friday's Curse, Knightwatch, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, My Secret Identity, Katts and Dog, War of the Worlds and Friday the 13th. They can also be seen in movies such as Millennium, Amerika, Dragon Hunt,[9] Twin Dragon Encounters, Freakshow, Class of 1984, Apology, Short Circuit 2, Still Life, Pater Noster, Blindside and The Fly. The BFGs were also featured in a 1980's W5 exposé on Punk music and lifestyle, painting a primarily negative view of it.

Joey Only states them as one of his first major influences after seeing them play at Punkfest in his teens.[10]

The band played shows for 25 years to the day and at the 25th anniversary party, it dissolved temporarily with the BFGs not doing another show for more than two years until April 27, 2011, for the release of Jennifer Morton's book about the band and their entourage, Dirty, Drunk and Punk, on Insomniac Press.[11] [12][13][14] They played two separate sets, the first with GregGoose on drums, Scrag on bass, Airock on guitar and Crazy Steve on vocals; and the second with Maddog on drums, Stompin Al Miller on guitar, Thor on bass and Crazy Steve on vocals.

Bunchofuckingoofs did not play again until October 28, 2011, at Toronto's Hard Luck Bar, billing it as the 'Last Show Ever'[15] The line-up was Crazy Steve Goof on vocals, Maddog on drums, Scrag and King Kong Goof on bass and Airock and Stompin Al Miller on guitars.[16][17]

Founding members[edit]

  • Crazy Steve Goof - vocals
  • Brian "Scrag" Gallagher aka By-T - bass
  • MadDog - drums
  • Bambi aka Jules (R.I.P. Feb 09, 2012) - guitar

Members[edit]

  • Crazy Steve Goof - vocals

formerly bass for 4.5 Reasons For Retroactive Abortion, PolitiKILL inCOREct, Ded Fuk, Brutally Honest and B Bob's Banned

Past members[edit]

  • Brian "Scrag" Gallagher aka By-T - bass and back up vocals,

formerly of the Lower End

  • MadDog - drums

formerly of Blibber and the Rat Crushers and FingerBanger

  • Bambi aka Jules - guitar and back up vocals

formerly of the Liquor Pigs and the Excrections

  • Merrick "Scumbag" Atkinson - bass

formerly of FingerBanger and presently of Lummox

  • Godzilla - guitar

formerly of Elvis Manson, Brass Knuckle Therapy, and CJ Sleeze

  • T-Bag - guitar
  • Baron Wasteland - guitar

formerly of 4.5 Reasons For Retroactive Abortion and Brutally Honest

  • John "Yngwie Grovestien" Grove - bass and guitar

formerly of almost every punk band to ever exist in Toronto and presently AWOL

  • Terry Rubberstone - guitar

formerly of Groupoem

  • Mike Anus Jak - guitar

formerly of Dayglo Abortions, the Impaired, Karnig and presently of Fuquored

  • Thor Hammersen - bass

formerly of Armed and Hammered, Blast Furnace, Ride at Dawn and Perdition

  • Stompin Al Miller - guitar

formerly of Living Proof and FingerBanger

  • Steds Dead - guitar
  • Hardcore Dave - guitar

formerly of Armed and Hammered, NunoyerFuckinBizzizz, No ID, Land Fill and other side projects

  • Airock - guitar

formerly of Shitloads of Fuck-all and the 3Tards

  • King Kong Goof - bass

formerly of SnapperHead, Fucknuckles, The Terrorists.US and the Bouncing Betties

  • Bones - guitar and bass

formerly guitar for Fucknuckles and drums for Pallbearer

  • Cisco - Dr. Valdez - vocals on the song "Religion Made By Hypocrites"
  • The Tepperman Brothers - vocals on the song "Sony Walkmans"
  • al-Qaetor - bass

presently bass for Go Die Scum

  • Gregoose - drums

presently drummer for Son Of Bronto and The Punching Nuns, formerly of Brontocrushrock and the UK Subs

  • Fetus - lead guitar and back up vocals

presently guitar for Go Die Scum

  • Mike Murderio - rhythm guitar

presently rhythm guitar for Go Die Scum

Discography[edit]

  • 1986: There's No Solution - So There's No Problem
  • 1986: Drunk - Destroyed - Demolished demo
  • 1992: Carnival of Chaos and Carnage
  • 1997: Totally Unmarketable
  • 2000: Barrage of Battery and Brutality (God Records)

Compilations[edit]

  • 1984: Questionable - Jonestown Records
  • 1993: A Touch of Fringe
  • 1993: Dead on the Road - Songs Without Keyboards
  • 1999: Disease Control - Volume 1
  • 1999: Kin of Kensington
  • 2001: The International Punk 10-CD Box Set

[18]

  • 2007: Canucks Punk Rock

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