Electric Frankenstein

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Electric Frankenstein
OriginNew Jersey, U.S.
GenresPost-punk revival[1]
Years active1991–present
LabelsVictory, TKO, Zodiac Killer, Man's Ruin, Cargo
  • Charlie King
  • Ed Warner
  • Sal Canzonieri
  • Dan Canzonieri
  • Wheez Von Klaw
Past members
  • Steve Miller
  • Mike Lincoln
  • Mike Mindless
  • Paul Perez
  • Rob Sefcik
  • Drew Banfante
  • Frankie Orlandoni
  • Jim Foster
  • John Caton
  • Joe Martin
  • John Steele
  • Bill Gill
  • Joel Gausten
  • Rene Valentine

Electric Frankenstein is an American punk revival band from New Jersey, founded by Sal Canzonieri.[1] The band relocated to North Carolina in 2021.


According to the All Music Guide, Electric Frankenstein has sometimes been referred to as AC/DC meets The Dead Boys - high energy punk rock and roll that combines the raw and energetic sounds of Punk Rock and Garage Punk (Dead Boys, Ramones, Damned, Misfits, Black Flag, etc.) with elements of hard rock played by bands like MC5, Stooges, AC/DC, Kiss, Mott the Hoople, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, and so on.[2]

Also, according to the Italian language book "Punk e Hardcore" pages 103-104, after releasing over 100 records all over the world since 1992, Electric Frankenstein's vinyl singles and albums, CDs, and iconic record covers and posters proved to be highly influential, helping to spark a rock revival among the youth of the time throughout the world from the US to Europe to Scandinavia to Japan, known as the New Rock Revolution. Many new bands soon played the Punk Rock & Roll style that began with Electric Frankenstein's combining of Punk Rock, Hard Rock, and Heavy Metal, greatly influencing such bands as The Hellacopters, Gluecifer, Turbonegro, and many more.[3]

The book "A-Z of Doom, Gothic & Stoner Metal" mention that the band has found favor not only with the Punk Rock crowd but the Stoner crowd as well; the boook features an extensive review of their history, former band members, and an extensive discogrophy (pages 143-145).[4]

The band was first formed in 1989 from the breakup of a band called the Thing. They continued to develop their sounds between 1990 and 1991, by brothers Sal and Dan Canzonieri (a.k.a., Danny Frankenstein). With Sal on guitar and Dan on bass, their first line-up was with Frankie Orlandoni on vocals, Jim Foster on lead guitar and John Caton on drums. Within one year, Steve Miller took over as singer/vocalist and eventually also played lead guitar. Miller took time off while recording a side project, and Scott Wilkins of Verbal Abuse and Condemned to Death took over vocals for two years, after which Steve Miller returned on vocals and lead guitar. John Steele and Rob Sefcik took over alternately playing drums during the last 15 years. They developed a strong following in New York City and by 1995, they toured nationally and internationally. After releasing singles on a handful of independent labels, they released their first vinyl EP, The Time Is Now, in 1995. The EP was also released on CD with added tracks from 7-inch singles as their first full-length album. Since then, they have released over 10 albums with almost every album being released on a different label.[5]

Canzonieri later created the critically acclaimed series of compilations called "A Fistful of Rock & Roll", which collected and highlighted all of the best of the new rock bands, collectively known as the New Rock Revolution. There have been 13 volumes of the series so far, published on various record labels (Tee Pee Records, Victory Records, and Steel Cage Records).[6] A second series followed known as "A Fistful More of Rock & Roll", which is ongoing, featuring over 20 volumes.[7]

Electric Frankenstein released an art book containing their record covers and concert posters, designed by underground artists including Coop, Kozik, Johnny Ace, Art Chantry, Dirty Donny and Peter Bagge. The book was titled, Electric Frankenstein - High Energy Punk Rock & Roll Poster Art and was self-published by Sal Canzonieri.[8]

A second self-published book documenting their second decade of artwork was released: Son of Electric Frankenstein - More High Energy Rock Art.[9]

A third book illustrating EF's first 125 songs was published as Electric Frankenstein: Illustrated Lyrics (Clover Press / Yoe Books).[10]

Previous bands[edit]

Lead guitarist Jim Foster was an original guitarist for Adrenalin OD. Vocalist/guitarist Steve Miller came from the Gutter Kids and the Crash Street Kids. Bassist Dan Canzonieri was in Melvis Kepper, Empire Hideous (with Mike Hideous, short time singer for the Misfits). Dan also played with the Shadow Project and Christian Death, both bands featuring original vocalist Rozz Williams.[8]

Founding member rhythm guitarist Sal Canzonieri was in the band called the Thing from the mid-1980s into the early-1990s. The Thing were part of the early East Coast stoner rock scene. The Thing played live shows at CBGB and the Continental, featuring strobe lights, smoke, dancers, film projection, pyrotechnics and more. Their shows later inspired White Zombie.[11] The band grew popular in New York City and Europe, and toured the United Kingdom in 1991, where they recorded a John Peel Session for the BBC, produced by Dale Griffin (drummer from Mott the Hoople), which was released on vinyl by Dutch East India Records - Peel Sessions series.[12]



  • Charlie King (vocals)
  • Ed Warner (lead guitar)
  • Sal Canzonieri (guitar)
  • Dan Canzonieri (bass)
  • Wheez Von Klaw (drums)


  • Steve Miller (vocals) - from Crash Street Kids, Cherry Thirteen
  • Scott Wilkins (vocals) - from Verbal Abuse, Hollywood Hate
  • Rik L Rik (vocals) - from F-Word and Negative Trend
  • Frankie Orlandoni (vocals) (first singer, before Steve Miller)
  • Chris Lynn (bass) from Hudson Falcons
  • Bill Gill (bass)
  • Mike Mindless Ruggerio (bass) from the Skulls
  • Johnny Yeagher (bass) - from Zodiac Panthers, Ironhead, the Candy Snatchers, Thunderlip
  • Sean O' Brien (bass)
  • Drew Benfante (bass)
  • Paul Perez (bass) from Black Novas
  • Rubin Badillo (drums)
  • Mike Lincoln (drums)
  • John Steele (drums)
  • Rob Sefcik (drums)
  • Joel Gausten (drums) from Pigface
  • Joey Rudacil (drums) (RIP)
  • Joe Martin (drums) from Kill Your Idols
  • Eric Arce (drums) from Murphy's Law
  • Rene Valentine (drums) - from Joey Ramone's band, the Resistance, Hari Kari, Jim Marcus of Die Warzau, Pigface
  • John Caton (drums) (first drummer)



  • Conquers the World (1995) Get Hip Records LP / One Foot Records CD
  • Time is Now (1996)Demolition Derby Records LP / One Foot Records CD
  • Sick Songs (US) Get Hip Records LP - One Foot Records CD / Action High (UK) One Louder Records (1997), featuring Scott Wilkins of Verbal Abuse on vocals
  • Spare Parts (1998) Get Hip Records, featuring Scott Wilkins of Verbal Abuse on vocals
  • Rock 'n' Roll Monster (1999) Au Go Go Records, featuring Rik L Rik of F-Word on vocals
  • How to Make a Monster (1999) Victory Records
  • Annie's Grave (US) Victory Records / Don't Touch Me, I'm Electric (UK) Twenty Stone Blatt Records (2000)
  • The Buzz of 1000 Volts! (2001) Victory Records
  • Burn Bright, Burn Fast! (2005) TKO Records (1st printing) / Little T&A Records (2nd printing) / Zodiac Killer Records (3rd printing)


  1. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Electric Frankenstein – Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  2. ^ All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul, 2002, Backbeat Books, ISBN 978-0879306533
  3. ^ Punk e Hardcore, Federico Gugliemi, 1999, Atlanti Universali Giunti, ISBN 8809217888
  4. ^ A-Z of Doom, Gothic & Stoner Metal, Gary Sharpe-Young, 2003, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 1901447146
  5. ^ All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul, 2002, Backbeat Books, ISBN 978-0879306533
  6. ^ "A Fistful of Rock and Roll".
  7. ^ "A Fistful More of Rock and Roll".
  8. ^ a b Electric Frankenstein!, Dark Horse Books, 2004, ISBN 978-1593070441
  9. ^ Electric Frankenstein!, Create Space Books, 2013, ISBN 1482686481
  10. ^ Electric Frankenstein: Illustrated Lyrics, Clover Press / Yoe Books, 2022, ISBN 1951038363
  11. ^ Thompson, Dave (31 October 2017). Space Daze Book. ISBN 978-1387334131.
  12. ^ "Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - Sessions". BBC. Retrieved 2020-03-18.

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