Toxic Reasons

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Toxic Reasons are an American hardcore punk/punk rock band.

History[edit]

Toxic Reasons formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1979. The founding members were Bruce Stuckey (bass guitar and vocals), Joel Agne (guitar and vocals), Ed Pittman (lead vocals) and Mark Patterson (drums).

In 1980, Agne left the band and was replaced by Greg Stout on bass, while Stuckey switched to lead guitar. In 1981, Patterson left the band and was replaced by James J. "J.J." Pearson on drums. Rob "Snot" Lucjak also joined on rhythm guitar.

They recorded their first LP, Independence, at Keystone Recording in Indianapolis, Indiana, then went on tour and moved to San Francisco, where their label Risky Records was located. David "Tufty" Clough joined the band on bass guitar.

Pittman left the group following the release of Independence. During this time, the band created a logo showing the U.S., Canadian, and British flags joined together. The symbol not only represented their tri-national roots (Pearson from Canada, Clough and Lucjak from England, and Stuckey from the U.S.), but also came to symbolize the diversity of their sound, which mixed fast U.S. hardcore with melodic Canadian guitar lines and British influences like reggae-punk plus more mid-tempo anthems.

They have made over 40 recordings to date, including eight full-length albums.

Members[edit]

  • Bruce Stuckey: Guitar, vocals (1979–present)
  • Jimmy Joe "J.J." Pearson: Drums, vocals (1981–1988, 1991–1995)
  • David "Tufty" Clough: Bass, vocals (1982–1995)
  • Rob "Snot" Lucjak: Bass, guitar, vocals (1981–1985)
  • Ed Pittman: Lead vocals (1979–1983)
  • Joel Agne: Guitar, vocals (1979–1980)

The band has performed some reunion shows with Independence-era members in Dayton and Indianapolis. Later, Stuckey played a few shows with Pearson and new members Kurt Harley and Jason Pizzleman, performing at the Midwest Music Seminar (Indianapolis), 30 Years of Punk Rock (Chicago) and two Spike Fest benefits (Chicago and Indianapolis). This lineup was also duped into playing the sham benefit for the Children of the World Trade Center Relief Fund in New York City called Unity Fest.

Stuckey continues to write music. Clough plays with Zero Boys and Bigger Than Elvis. Pearson released a solo CD titled Only One Reason, supported by a Midwest and European tour in 2008.

Discography (albums)[edit]

Independence (Risky Records, 1982; re-released in 1989, 1994, and 2002)

  • Mercenary
  • Drunk and Disorderly
  • War Hero
  • Riot Squad
  • Noise Boys
  • Ghost Town
  • Killer
  • Somebody Help Me
  • How Do You Feel?
  • White Noise
  • The Shape of Things to Come
  • Rally 'Round the Flag Boys

Kill By Remote Control (Sixth International Records, 1984)

  • Stuck in a Rut
  • Destroyer
  • JRS Friends
  • Revolution?
  • Powercrazed
  • No Pity
  • Limited Nuclear War
  • Looking at the World
  • Break the Bank
  • Harvest

Re-released in Europe on Alternative Tentacles with two bonus tracks:

  • God Bless America
  • Can't Get Away

Within These Walls (Treason Records, 1985)

  • Then Came the Rain
  • It's So Silly
  • Party's Over
  • Guns of September
  • Dreamer
  • Too Late
  • Sons of Freedom
  • All Known Confusion

Bullets For You (T-reason Records, 1986)

  • Tomorrow Tonight
  • We're the Revolution
  • Get Out the Gun
  • Never Give In
  • It's a Lie
  • Killing the Future
  • Breaking Down the War Machine
  • God Bless America
  • Can't Get Away
  • Do What You Can
  • Gotta Believe

Re-released in Europe on Alternative Tentacles with "God Bless America", "Can't Get Away", and "Do What You Can" replaced by:

  • Too Late
  • Party's Over

Dedication 1979-1988 (SPV, 1988; Funhouse Records; recorded at Hit City Studios Indianapolis)

  • Payback
  • Apes of Wrath
  • Killing Game
  • Your Perfect World
  • Goin'Nowhere
  • Ohio (Neil Young cover)
  • Turn the Screw
  • Justifiable Homicide
  • Us & Them
  • Critical Condition
  • I'm Ready
  • Whole World's on Fire

Anything For Money (SPV/Hellhound, 1989)

  • Just Another Day
  • Shoot to Kill
  • Screamin'
  • Shut You Down
  • Bad Georgia Road
  • Committed
  • Take This City
  • Anything for Money
  • Swingin' the Hammer
  • Wildin'

In The House Of God (Bitzcore, 1993)

  • Road Kill
  • Time
  • Head First
  • In the State of Grace
  • Show No Mercy
  • Liar
  • No Entry
  • Wasteland
  • Last Man Standing
  • Gone Forever
  • Virtual Overdrive

No Peace In Our Time (Bitzcore, 1995)

  • Mark 13
  • Armageddon Night
  • Up Ahead and Around the Corner
  • Friends
  • Third World America
  • No Peace in Our Time
  • Whipping Boy
  • Plant a Seed
  • Die Kristallinacht
  • Mousetrap
  • Wah Tuka Way a Son
  • White Noise

This was the first ever punk rock CD-ROM released for Mac and Windows. It has short videos of the band, the band's history as told by Bruce Stuckey, and a karaoke competition of "White Noise".

Several songs from No Peace In Our Time appeared in the feature film The Waiter, directed by G. Allen Johnson and released in Indianapolis in August 1997.

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