Hogan's Heroes (band)

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Hogan's Heroes
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Hogan's Heroes performing in the U.S. in 1990
Background information
Origin New Jersey, United States
Genres Hardcore punk, skate punk, metalcore
Years active 1984–1993
Labels Straight-On, New Red Archives
Past members George Barberio
John Cuccinello
Skip Hoefling
Tony Scandiffio

Hogan's Heroes was an American hardcore punk band[1] formed in New Jersey in 1984. During their time they recorded three full lengths for California label New Red Archives. They have been considered a classic hardcore band, as well as "thrash,"[2] skate punk[3][4] and metal[5] band. The band broke up in 1993.


Early years (1984–1986)[edit]

Hogan's Heroes was formed in the shore area of South Central, New Jersey in 1984 by George Barberio (lead guitar), John Cuccinello (bass), Matt Gunvordahl (drums), and Scott Cassidy (vocals). After a short stint as Impossible Task, the band disbanded and re-grouped with new member Cuccinello who wanted to call the band Hogan's Heroes. In 1985 the band released their first demo[6] Hogan's Heroes, which was co produced with local N.J. producer Merlin.[7] In August[8] 1985 Cuccinello (bass) left the group and moved to California. Hogan's Heroes continued to play gigs and recorded a new demo[9] with bass player Gerry Daseking in December 1985, Bomb Guy Demo,[10] which was again co produced with local N.J. producer Merlin. The underground tape trading wave of the early 1980s led to extensive distribution of the demos, bringing the band[11][12] wider attention. Paul Decolator of Maximumrocknroll said in 1986 that Hogan's Heroes were "the new thrash kids on the block. They're probably the best thrash band in South Jersey and hopefully they'll widen their style. If they do – watch out, they could be big."[2]

In July 1986, Cuccinello (bass) had rejoined and Gunvodahl and Cassidy had left the group.[13] In November 1986 Barberio and Cuccinello made a new 13 song[14] recording with new members Tony Scandiffio (drums) and Skip Hoefling (vocals). This was recorded at Merlin Studios and Produced by Hogan's Heroes and Merlin. Through some extensive trading the band found its way on the thanks list of 7 Seconds 1987 release Live! One Plus One.

Built To Last (1987–1988)[edit]

Hogan's Heroes continued to play[15] club gigs, writing songs and refining their stage show. In 1987, the band produced and recorded songs for Built To Last at Waterfront Studios (Lenny Kravitz, B.B. King, Madonna, Slash)[16] with Rae Dileo engineering. The album mixes hardcore with elements of hard rock, thrash, and metal.

After a deal with another label did not materialize, Straight-On records released Hogan's Heroes' debut album, Built To Last, in 1988.[17] The album sold well and secured the band distribution through Caroline Records.[18]

Hogan's Heroes (1989 –1990)[edit]

In early 1989 the band switched record labels. The success of Built To Last on Straight-On led to a record deal with New Red Archives (UK Subs, Kraut, Reagan Youth), who immediately reissued the band's debut album, Built To Last,[19][20] on multiple formats[21] in 1989.[22] Prior to reissue, the New Red Archives version of Built To Last was mastered at Trutone Mastering.[citation needed]

After New Red Archives Records acquired the band from Straight-On in 1989, they signed Hogan's Heroes[23] to a two-record deal and released[24][25] the eponymously titled second studio album,[26] Hogan's Heroes,[27][28] on multiple formats[29] in 1990. Hogan's Heroes (Barberio, Scandiffio, Hoefling) produced the Import/Caroline/Rough Trade[30] distributed release with Ryk Oakley (Kraut, UK Subs),[31] where it was recorded in 1989, at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi[citation needed] in New York City and then mastered at Trutone Mastering Labs.[citation needed] The album[32][33][34] showcased the band's[35] use of mixing hardcore with elements of punk, thrash, reggae,[36] metal,[37] and utilizing full-band backing vocals, which gave the album a varied feel.

3 Fists and a Mouthful (1991–1992)[edit]

Hogan's Heroes continued to play club gigs, writing songs and refining their stage show. In 1991, the band signed a new contract with New Red Archives Records and in mid-1991[38] recorded songs for 3 Fists and a Mouthful.[39][40] Produced by George Barberio, and recorded at Ocean Gate Studios (Nelson, Alice Cooper)[41] the album[42][43] showcased the band's[44] explosive hardcore, full-band backing vocals, and hard rock, with elements of punk, thrash and metal.

Style and legacy[edit]

They have been classed under the genre of hardcore punk,[1] They have also been classed under the genres of skate punk,[3] "thrash"[2] and metallic hardcore.[45] Their music is described by Rolling Stone as "Pure old school Hardcore on New Red Archives. Uptight, edgy and dizzyingly fast, this band kept it simple and savage, ...quick, efficient rips of pure American Hardcore." [46] Their music is described by Razorcake in April 2006 as "fast'n'furious, pissed off, ...holds up consistently well, managing to get the blood pumping just as well as it did a decade and a half ago".[47] Michele Angermiller of Billboard called them "seminal".[48]


  • George Barberio – guitar
  • John Cuccinello – bass guitar
  • Tony Scandiffio – drums
  • Skip Hoefling – vocals


Studio albums
Compilation albums


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