The Blackouts

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The Blackouts
Origin Seattle, Washington
Genres Punk rock, post-punk
Years active 1979–1985
Labels Situation Two, Wax Trax!
Associated acts Ministry
Past members Erich Werner
Bill Rieflin
Mike Davidson
Roland Barker
Paul "Ion" Barker

The Blackouts were a punk rock band formed in Seattle in 1979 by singer/guitarist Erich Werner, bassist Mike Davidson, and drummer William Rieflin, who were all former members of a local punk band, The Telepaths.[1] They were joined by Roland Barker, first on synthesizer and later on saxophone.[1][2]

Following a single and EP on small local labels, Davidson was replaced by Roland's brother Paul Barker in 1981.[3] This line-up recorded the "Exchange of Goods" single for English label Situation Two, and relocated to Boston in 1982.[4] There they met Al Jourgensen of Ministry, who produced their last recording, the Lost Soul's Club EP for Wax Trax! Records.[5]

The band relocated a second time, to San Francisco in 1984, and toured the East Coast with Ministry that year before breaking up.[5] Jourgensen recruited Paul and Roland Barker and Rieflin to the line-up of Ministry, playing a major part in the transformation of Ministry from a synth-driven dance band to one of the top exponents of industrial metal.[4] This started a long collaboration between Paul Barker and Jourgensen in Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lard, and other projects. Rieflin released a solo album in 1999, Birth of a Giant,[3] worked with KMFDM, Pigface, Ruby, Peter Murphy, and Nine Inch Nails,[3] and was the studio and touring drummer for R.E.M..[6] Erich Werner went on to join the Toiling Midgets.[7]

In 2004, Olympia's K Records released History in Reverse, compiling the band's studio recordings.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gimarc, George (2005) Punk Diary: the Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock 1970-1982, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-848-6, p. 416, 556
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny "History in Reverse Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  3. ^ a b c Worley, Gail (1999) "Bill Rieflin - What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been: The Definitive Bill Rieflin Interview", Ink19
  4. ^ a b Sutton, Michael "The Blackouts Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  5. ^ a b Thompson, Dave (2002) Alternative Rock, Miller Freeman, ISBN 0-87930-607-6, p. 497
  6. ^ Nusca, Andrew (may 2008). "Bill Rieflin: Steering R.E.M. Into Harder Waters", Drum Magazine.
  7. ^ a b Lumsden, Lee (Spring 2004). "The Blackouts were the best Seattle band you never heard of". K Records. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 

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