U.S. Chaos

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U.S. Chaos
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U.S. Chaos
Background information
Origin New Jersey, United States
Genres Punk rock, street punk
Years active 1981–1987
1995–present
Labels Punk Rock Records
Associated acts The Front Line
The Radicals
The Chosen Few
Fahrenheight 451
Johnny and The Barflys
The Pickles
Blanks 77 and many more.
Website www.uschaos.com
Members Jack Gibson
Rene "U.S. Chaos" Wasted
Glenn "Spikey" Mayer
Allan "Skully" Skolsky
Past members English Ron, Brian Daley, Eddie Enzyme, Mark Beers, Gary Reitmeyer, (Frank) Buddy Vern, H.C.,

U.S. Chaos are an American punk rock band from Paterson, New Jersey, formed in 1981. They were one of the first American bands to play in an Oi!/street punk style. The band was originally based in Passaic and Bergen counties. The band's approach was to play music with lyrics that had an ironic, as well as satirical, overzealous pro-American stance. They often played recordings of military marches, air raid sirens and polyphonic sound assaults before going on stage.

Career[edit]

U.S. Chaos wrote songs and rehearsed in a basement for months before they played their first concert. In 1981, when their singer English Ron quit, Jack Gibson recruited Alan "Skully" Skolski. In the winter of 1982/1983, U.S. Chaos rehearsed and wrote several songs. In March 1983, the band performed for the first time at a party at Aldo's Hideaway in Lyndhurst, NJ and many times at CBGB, as well as at City Gardens, in Trenton, New Jersey.[1] The lineup at this time was: Skolski on vocals, Gibson on bass, Gene on drums, Gary Reitmeyer on guitar and Brian Daley (HC) on rhythm guitar.[2]

Their first release was We've Got the Weapons, a vinyl EP released in 1983. The production of the EP, including recording and printing by Ross Eliss, cost them $5,000, which was unheard of in the American punk scene at that time. Their second release was the single "Kill The Killers" b/w "Suicide" costing considerably more. This was later remastered by manager and producer Marty Munsch, from the first pressing disk plates, and re-released by Punk Rock Records and Punk-Core records as a limited co-release in 1996.

Reitmeyer's departure from U.S. Chaos meant that the only original member of the band was Skolski. The band changed their name to The Chosen Few and wrote new material. This change coincided with the end of the first wave of US hardcore punk, with many bands changing their sounds or leaving the scene altogether.

In 1992, U.S. Chaos reunited to perform at a party. The band continued this tradition every year until 1995, when they fully brought U.S. Chaos out of hiatus. Munsch, owner of Punk Rock Records would then become the organizations manager. This led to several more releases and a few movie appearances. From 1996 to 1997, the lineup was: Skolsky on vocals, Reitmeyer on guitar, Gibson on bass and Glenn 'Spikey' Mayer on drums. Mayer was later replaced by Eddie Enzyme (who had played in Fahrenheit 451 and The Undead). The band continued to play and release new material into 2007, the year Reitmeyer died. Prior to his death, Reitmeyer had recommended Buddy Vern to fill his place. Vern had recently declined a longtime membership, and was replaced by Reitmeyer's younger sister Rene Wasted, who is also an active founding member of Blanks 77.

Munsch engineered and produced a U.S. Chaos album in 1999 called "You Can't Hear A Picture", which also led to several videos and four more singles. U.S. Chaos had resumed their normal performance schedule as of September 15, 2007. The current lineup is Gibson on bass, Skolski on vocals, Mayer on drums and Wasted on guitar.

Discography[edit]

  • Stopping Evolution Dead In It's Tracks" Single CD, songs "For Being Young", "Panties" B/w "Stormtrooper" (Punk Rock Records, 2010) produced by Marty Munsch [3]
  • We've Got the Weapons EP (1983)
  • "Eye For An Eye / Don't Wanna Live" 7" (self-released, 1984 - later reissued by Punk Rock Records/Punk-Core Records)[4]
  • Complete Chaos LP (1996)
  • You Can't Hear a Picture LP (Punkrockrecords/Razorwire E.U., 1997)[5]
  • We Are Your Enemy - split 7" single with Portland, Oregon's Statch and the Rapes, remixed and mastered by Marty Munsch, released 1999, Punk Rock Records.[6]
  • 'Stopping Evolution Dead In It's Tracks' Produced by Marty Munsch, released 2011, Punk Rock Records.[7]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Stinkbox Records Compilation LP (1996)
  • Skins N' Pins CDLP (1996)[8]
  • Punk Dwellings: New York's Finest Vol. 1' CD - songs "For Being You" and "Last Call For Alcohol" (Dwell, 1996), prod. M. Munsch [9]
  • No More Heroes: A Tribute To The Stranglers song "Shut Up" (Elevator Music, 1998)[10]
  • Broken Bones And Power Chords Vol. 1: New York's Finest CD songs "For Being Young", prod. M. Munsch and "Last Call For Alcohol", Prod. M. Munsch. (Crosscheck, 2005)[11]
  • A Marty Munsch Production EP (Punkrockrecords SG-63593, 2010, UPC: 846017048228)[12]

Filmography[edit]

  • A Current Affair - Fox Network television show (1985), Unknown clip, murder case in Washington DC area.
  • Pariah - movie soundtrack, U.S. Chaos 1983, 45 Single, Don't wanna live (suicide), 2001, movie, soundtrack, inclusion, (1996)
  • Punk's Not Dead - movie soundtrack inclusion (2006)-(Susan Dyner)
  • All Grown Up The Movie- A documentary movie soundtrack, full inclusion, lengthy interview (2006) - (Andrea Witting)[13]
  • Love and Bullets - movie soundtrack inclusion (1999)-(Matthew Brown)

Members[edit]

  • 1982 Gary Reitmeyer guitar, Brian "HC" Daley guitar, Jack bass, Glenn "Spikey" Mayer drums, English Ron vocals
  • 1982 Reitmeyer guitar, Brian "HC" Daley guitar, Jack Gibson bass, Gene drums, Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals
  • 1983 Reitmeyer guitar, Brian "HC" Daley guitar, Jack Gibson bass, Glenn "Spikey" Mayer drums, Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals
  • 1984 Reitmeyer guitar, Jack Gibson bass, Glenn "Spikey" Mayer drums, Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals
  • 1984 Reitmeyer guitar, Brian "HC" Daley guitar, Jack Gibson bass, Glenn "Spikey" Mayer drums, Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals
  • 1984-85 Steve "Hot Shot" guitar, Jack Gibson bass, Glenn "Spikey" Mayer drums, Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals.
  • 1985 Reitmeyer guitar, Steve "Hot Shot" guitar, Jack Gibson bass, Eddie Enzyme drums, Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals.
  • 1986 Reitmeyer guitar, Mark Beer guitar, Jack Gibson bass, Eddie Enzyme drums, Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals.
  • 1986 Reitmeyer guitar, Mark Beer guitar, Jack Gibson Bass, Jade drums, Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals.
  • 1987 Mark Beer guitar, Reitmeyer guitar, Tim Taylor bass, Jade drums, Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals.

U.S. Chaos Reunited[edit]

  • 1996 - Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals, Reitmeyer guitar, Brian H.C. Daley guitar, Jack Gibson Bass, Glenn "Spikey" Mayer drums.
  • 1997 - Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals, Reitmeyer guitar, Jack Gibson bass, Eddie Enzyme drums.
  • 2007 – Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals, Rene Wasted guitar, Jack Gibson bass, Glenn "Spikey" Mayer, Eddie Enzyme drums.
  • 2011 - Allan "Skully" Skolsky vocals, Rene Wasted guitar, Jack Gibson bass, Glenn "Spikey" Mayer drums.

Others[edit]

  • Freddy L. - manager during first incarnation
  • Marty Munsch - Band manager from 1995 to present.
  • Matthew Brown, drummer for Dysfunctional Youth, filled in on drums while drummer Eddie Enzyme recovered from a work injury.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cbgb.com/about.php U.S. Chaos performances cited online December 2012
  2. ^ uschaos.com, accessed December 3, 2006
  3. ^ iTunes - Music - Stopping Evolution Dead In It's Tracks - Single by U.S. Chaos
  4. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20070926215306/http://www.btinternet.com/~thisispunkrock/ps/ushc/2/uschaos.htm[dead link]
  5. ^ LP (Punk Rock Records/Razorwire E.U., 1997)
  6. ^ "Blame It On Sam", remixed and mastered by Marty Munsch, released 1999, Punk Rock Records Reviews in RazorCake Fanzine
  7. ^ "Stopping Evolution Dead In It's Tracks", engineered and mastered by Marty Munsch, released 2011, Punk Rock Records Reviews in RazorCake Fanzine
  8. ^ Skins & Pins CD Album
  9. ^ Punk Dwellings CD Album
  10. ^ Interpunk.com - The Ultimate Punk Music Store!
  11. ^ Interpunk.com - The Ultimate Punk Music Store!
  12. ^ SongCast : Music Pages
  13. ^ http://www.allgrownupthemovie.com

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