Anti-Heros

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Anti-Heros were an American Oi!/street punk band formed in 1984 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. They took a hiatus from 1989–1993, but continued to record and play concerts through the early 2000s. Anti-Heros are one of the first and most popular American Oi! bands. The original lineup consisted of Mark Noah (vocals), Mike Jones (bass), Phil Solomon (drums) and Joe Winograd (guitar). The band released two records on Link Records in the late 1980s, That's Right! (produced by John Blackwell) in 1987 and Don't Tread on Me (produced by John Blackwell) in 1988. Link manager Mark Brennan never paid the band for the recordings, which the band members paid to produce.[1]

In February 1997, longtime drummer Phil Solomon left and the band brought on Mark McClusky. Later, Don Shumate (AKA El Guapo, formerly of Time Bomb '77) took over percussion duties and Mark Magee (formerly of The Glory and Condemned 84) replaced Winograd on guitars.

Despite the band's vocal admonishment of racism, their association with such ideals has long been a topic of contention among fans. Their theme song, "Anti-Hero," featured as a standard in their live set, is set to the tune of "Anti-Social," a song by Skrewdriver, one of the first and most prominent white power skinhead bands (although the song has no racist lyrics). The Anti-Heros stance on racist Skinhead participation in the Atlanta Skinhead scene circa 1987 is addressed in the song "Some Fun" with Mark Noah's lyrics "Now the Nazis are coming around, let's run them out of town!" The Anti-Heros were involved in a lawsuit against New Line Cinema for using the band's logo in the film American History X against the band's will (as they did not want to be associated with white supremacists).[2] Following the lawsuit, the logo was removed from all subsequent releases of the film.

Their last studio release, 1999's "Underneath the Underground," was produced by Lars Frederiksen of Rancid fame.[3]

Noah owns GMM Records. GMM Records released some of Dropkick Murphys' earliest recordings, as well as bands such as Iron Cross, Oxymoron, Agnostic Front, The Ducky Boys, The Templars and One Way System.

Discography[edit]

  • That's Right! on LINK Records -1987
  • Don't Tread On Me on LINK Records -1988
  • Election Day 7" on GMM Records - 1992
  • That's Right!/Don't Tread On Me multi-CD on GMM Records - 1994
  • Murder One mini-CD on GMM Records - 1995
  • American Pie CD and LP on Taang! Records - 1996
  • Live on a Five 5" on Headache Records - 1997
  • Truck Stop Toilet split 7" with Blanks 77 on Taang! Records - 1997
  • Anti-Heros vs. Dropkick Murphys split on TKO Records - 1998
  • Underneath the Underground on GMM Records - 1999
  • 1000 Nights of Chaos LIVE on Taang! Records - 2000

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • U.S. of Oi!, Volume 1 on LINK Records
  • U.S. of Oi!, Volume 2 on GMM Records
  • Oi! That's What I Call Music! on LINK Records
  • Oi! Glorious Oi! on LINK Records
  • Drunk and Disorderly on Step-1 Records
  • Backstreets of American Oi! on Sta-Prest Records.
  • Punk Uprisings Volume 2
  • Skins and Pins on GMM Records
  • Punch Drunk on TKO Recordsl

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anti-Heros Online". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. 
  2. ^ J R Taylor, The Anti-Heros Sue Over American Hero X, New York Press (June 16, 1999) [1]
  3. ^ 1999 Interview with Mark Magee