Legal Weapon

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Legal Weapon
Origin Los Angeles, USA
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1981-present
Labels Arsenal Records, MCA Records, Triple X Records, Last Resort Records, Sewer Line Records
Associated acts The Silencers, Bags, the Gun Club, the Sisters of Mercy, the Damned, the Adolescents
Members Kat Arthur
Brian Hansen
Charlie Vartanian
Steve Reed
Past members Patricia Morrison
Mike R. Livingston
Steve Soto
Frank Agnew
Adam Maples
Eddie Wayne
Derek O'Brien
Tom Slick
Danny Halperin
Billy Koepke
Jerry Jones Haskin
"Mad Dog" Karla

Legal Weapon are a Southern California punk band, initially composed of singer Kat Arthur and guitarist Brian Hansen (both previously of the Silencers), bassist Patricia Morrison (formerly of Bags and later of the Gun Club, the Sisters of Mercy and the Damned), drummer Charlie Vartanian and guitarist Mike R. Livingston.[1]

The band's early full-length albums Death of Innocence (on which their lineup included Steve Soto and Frank Agnew of the Adolescents) and Your Weapon were well received. Later efforts moved away from punk to a more hard rock sound.[2] With her powerful voice, Kat Arthur was often called "the Janis Joplin of punk".[3]


Studio albums
Singles and EPs
  • No Sorrow EP (1981, Arsenal Records)
  • The World Is Flat EP (1993, Last Resort Records)
  • "Totally Knocked Up" 7" single (1996, Subway Records)
Compilation appearances


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