Catholic Discipline

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Catholic Discipline
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Punk rock, new wave[1]
Years active 1979–1980
Labels Artifix
Past members

Catholic Discipline was a Californian punk rock band, formed by Slash Fanzine editor Claude Bessy in 1979. The initial line-up of the band featured Bessy on vocals, Phranc on guitar, Rick Brodey on bass guitar, Richard Meade on keyboards and Craig Lee on drums.[1]


The band was started in 1979 and played a series of shows around the Los Angeles area. After the first shows, Meade was replaced by keyboardist Robert Lopez.[2] The band is known for their appearance in the 1980 Penelope Spheeris rockumentary film The Decline of Western Civilization, alongside other punk rock bands such as Black Flag, Fear, X, Circle Jerks, Germs, and Alice Bag Band.[3] Catholic Discipline disbanded in spring of 1980. A compilation of the band's live material, Underground Babylon, was released in 2004 through Artifix Records.[4]

During the band's existence, all of the members were also in different bands. Phranc was a keyboardist for Nervous Gender[5] and Craig Lee was the drummer of Bags. Robert Lopez previously performed with The Zeros and Rick Brodey was an early member of the Bpeople. Phranc argued that Catholic Discipline "was never a real ‘band’ situation." She further stated: "Everyone was in at least one or two other bands. Some of it was conflict of interest or conflict of personality but it was perfect the way it started and ended."[1][2]

Following the demise of the band, Bessy moved to the United Kingdom and became a press officer for Rough Trade Records. He also worked as a video DJ at the Haçienda and a music video producer.[1] Phranc embarked a solo career as a folk singer-songwriter and Robert Lopez started to perform under the name, El Vez.[6] Craig Lee became a contributor to Flipside and the music editor of LA Weekly. Lee also co-authoured the book Hardcore California: A History of Punk and New Wave. He died in 1991 due to complications from AIDS.[6]


Past members
  • Claude Bessy – vocals (1979-1980)
  • Phranc – guitar (1979-1980)
  • Craig Lee – drums (1979-1980)
  • Rick Brodey – bass (1979-1980)
  • Richard Meade – keyboards (1979-1980)
  • El Vez – keyboards (1980)


Compilation albums
  • Underground Babylon (2004)
Soundtrack appearances


  1. ^ a b c d "Catholic Discipline". Allmusic. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Catholic Discipline". Artifix Records. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ Brown, Bill (2010). You Should've Heard Just What I Seen: Collected Newspaper Articles, 1981-1984. Lulu. p. 345. ISBN 0557668441. 
  4. ^ Bishop, Moe (September 29, 2011). "Kickboy Face". Vice. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Denise (2011). Keep on Pushing: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-hop. 181: Chicago Review Press. p. 1569769060. 
  6. ^ a b Talevski, Nick (2010). Rock Obituaries - Knocking On Heaven's Door. Omnibus Press. p. 360. ISBN 0857121170. 

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