|Years active||1991-1996, 1999, 2012-present|
|Labels||VML, Lookout! Records, Liberation Records, Selfless Records|
|Associated acts||Screeching Weasel|
|Website||the VINDICTIVES official website|
|Past members||Ben Weasel, Erik Elsewhere, Dr. Bob, Billy Blastoff, P.J. Parti, Angel Ledezma, Mike Byrne|
The Vindictives are a Chicago-based punk rock underground group founded by singer/songwriter Joey Vindictive in 1990. They were peers with Screeching Weasel and other bands from the era, they were also heavily influenced by the Ramones. Joey Vindictive's characteristic nasal melodies often told the story of alienation, psychosis, social-ills, and continually rejected rules of politeness. Intertwined with sweet intricate contrasting harmonies it made for an interesting balance. Also the band mixed metal, rock blues and early punk rock roots so as to make their own hybrid sound that would influence bands to come such as Green Day, Blink 182 amongst others. The lyrics were often intelligent outrages communicated through intentionally immature self-defeating soliloquies.
They began their career in 1991, cutting their first 7" record later that year with the lineup of Joey Vindictive (vocals), Johnny Personality (bass), Ben Weasel (guitar) (soon to be replaced by Billy Blastoff), Dr. Bob (guitar), and Erik Elsewhere (soon to be replaced by P.J. Parti) (drums). The band would end up releasing 12 EPs and albums until July 1996, when Joey Vindictive revealed that his health issues would prevent the band from going on.
Guitarist Robert "Dr. Bob" Nielson died of a heroin overdose on February 22, 2003. After Dr. Bob's death, The Vindictives released a pair of records containing material previously unavailable on CD and two new re-recordings; Muzak for Robots which was quirky electronic instrumental versions of their songs and Unplugged soft and toned-down acoustic versions of their works.
In 2004 Billy Blastoff left the Vindictives of his own accord took a year off music joined Lucky Savage in Chicago, Il as their drummer eventually forming the Gornys and switching over to bass in 2005 eventually renamed the John Doh's in 2010 and currently on hiatus.
In 2006, Shot Baker and Vacation Bible School released a limited edition of 500 pressing Split 7" on Chicago's Underground Communique Records featuring The Vindictives' "Future Homemakers of America", "Glad to Be", "Assembly Line", and "Automoton".
In 2006, Joey Vindictive and Johnny Personality started to demo material under Joey Vindictive & The Personality Crisis. The two performed under the name Faerie Wunderpuss, releasing a split 12" LP with Chicago's own Alla, an experimental heavy rock psychedelia band, and is said to be in the vein of Queens of the Stone Age.
In additional to possible new material surfacing, Joey Vindictive launched a new theatre art program called The 1901 Gallery Theatre with wife, Jenny, and band mate, Johnny Personality.
In 2011 Billy Blastoff joined Magatha Trysty a culmination of power pop and punk rock sensibility http://www.magathatrysty.com as Bass player.
In 2011, Joey Vindictive revamped the official website at www.vindictivesmusic.com allowing any user to download all previous released, as well unreleased material, of the Vindictives, free as long as you become a registered user on the website's Forum.
The Vindictives' song "In the Corner" was covered by Apocalypse Hoboken on their Inverse, Reverse, Perverse.
The Vindictives (Joey Vindictive, Johnny Personality and guest musicians) digitally released a Halloween tribute to Vincent Price, JERK-O-LANTERN, titled "Triskaidekophobia" which means "The fear of the #13" and features 13 songs recorded on Friday the 13th, 2013 and is a total of 13 minutes and 13 seconds in length. The band is currently working on their first new full length in almost 15 years: "F*CKUNICORN" - featuring 14 brand new original songs by The Vindictives, with cover art by Chicago artist Jeremy Scheuch that features a rainbow unicorn giving the bird.
- Joey Vindictive (Joey Volino) - vocals (1991–1996, 1999–Present)
- Johnny Personality (John Stockfisch) - bass (1991–1996, 1999–Present)
- Dr. Bob (Robert Nielson) - guitar (1991–1996)
- Billy Blastoff (Bill Sullivan) - guitar (1992–1996, 1999-2004)
- P.J. Parti (Pat Buckley) - drums (1992–1996)
- Ben Weasel (Ben Foster) - guitar (1991–1992)
- Erik Elsewhere - drums (1991)
- Angel Gabriel Ledezma - drums (1999)
- Mike Byrne - guitar (1994-1996)
- The Vindictives 7", V.M.L. Records, 1991
- The Invisible Man, V.M.L. Records, 1991
- Ugly American 7", V.M.L. Records, 1992
- Assembly Line 7", V.M.L. Records, 1992
- This Is My Face 7", V.M.L. Records, 1993
- Disturbia 7", V.M.L. Records, 1993
- Rocks In My Head 7", V.M.L. Records, 1994
- Seventeen b/w No Feelings 5", Selfless Records/V.M.L. Records, 1994
- Johnny Where Are You? b/w Eating Me Alive Picture Disk 7", Lookout! Records/V.M.L. Records, 1995
- Alarm Clocks b/w Left For Dead 7", Lookout/V.M.L. Records, 1995
- Pervert At Large b/w Sloppy Seconds Split 7", V.M.L. Records, 1997
- Nuttin' for Christmas b/w Jingle Bells 7", Stardumb Records, 2002
- Mono Flexi EP 7", Sexy Baby Records, December 4, 2012
- Partytime For Assholes 10" - Double 10" LP, Selfless Records, 1996 Reissue: Liberation Records 1998
- Leave Home LP, Selfless Records, 1998
- Hypno-Punko LP, Coldfront/V.M.L. Records, 1999
- Muzak for Robots, TEAT, 2003 (instrumentals)
- Unplugged, TEAT, 2003 (acoustic versions of old Vindictives songs)
- The Many Moods Of The Vindictives Double LP, Lookout/V.M.L. Records, 1995 Reissue: Liberation Records 1999
- Curious Oddities and the Bare Essentials, TEAT, 2003
- Original Masters (1990–1992), TEAT, 2003
- Torreano, Bradley. "Vindictives Bio". Allmusic. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
- Heisel, Scott (February 25, 2003). "In Memoriam: Dr. Bob of The Vindictives: 1954-2003". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
- Vindictives Tribute Split on Underground Communique Records
- Mbrs of Vindictives open 1901 Gallery Theatre
- New Official Website, Free Download Discography
- Yancey, Bryne (October 30, 2012). "The Vindictives announce ‘Mono Flexi’ EP, stream new song". Punknews.org. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- "Mono Flexi EP". Sexy Baby Records. December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2012.