Mentors (band)

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Mentors
OriginSeattle, Washington, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal, shock rock, hard rock, punk rock
Years active1976–present (hiatus; 1997–2000)
LabelsMentor Records, Mystic, Metal Blade, Ever Rat
WebsiteOfficial Website
Church of El Duce
MembersEric Carlson
Steve Broy
Cousin Fister
John Christopher
Past membersEldon Hoke
Jeff Dahl
Chris Jacobson
Mike Dewey
Ed Danky
Zippy
Clark Savage
Sickie J
El Rapo
Mad Dog

The Mentors are an American heavy metal band, noted for their deliberately shock rock lyrics.

Originally formed in Seattle, Washington in May 1976,[1] they relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1979 where their irreverent attitude aligned them with the city's punk rock scene. Their music has developed stylistically over the years from garage metal to hardcore punk to experimental thrash metal.

Although garnering attention both from noted hard rock acts and pro-censorship movements such as the Parents Music Resource Center,[2] the high-profile death of drummer and lead singer Eldon Hoke ("El Duce") in 1997 brought them unprecedented attention. The band remains active today with a different line-up: Sickie Wifebeater (Eric Carlson) on lead guitar, Dr Heathen Scum (Steve Broy) on bass guitar, Cousin Fister (Bryan) on rhythm guitar, and John Christopher on drums.

History[edit]

Founding members Hoke, Eric Carlson ("Sickie Wifebeater"; guitar) and Steve Broy ("Dr. Heathen Scum"; bass) attended Roosevelt High School together in Seattle,[2] and began experimenting together with crude punk and primitive heavy metal. Upon formation, The Mentors began to tour the Northwest, playing shows with their trademark executioner hoods (it was the idea of El Duce, who adored horror movie called "Mark of the Devil") and bawdy lyrics. Broy was in and out of the band during its early career due to his preoccupation with pursuing a degree in engineering.[3] Other bassists from this era include Jeff Dahl, Chris Jacobsen (Jack Shit), and Mike Dewey (Heathen Scum Wezda).[4] Hoke claimed in a 1982 interview with Metalgasm Magazine that many of the perverse acts describe in Mentor songs came from a six-week relationship he had with Lisa Boucher.

Through Mystic Records, the Mentors released their first EP, The Trash Bag, in 1983.[1] Their first live album, Live at the Whiskey/Cathey de Grande, came out the following year; both records were produced by Phillip (Philco) Raves. In 1985, they signed to Death Records, a subsidiary of Metal Blade, and released their debut studio LP, You Axed for It!, with Broy returning on the bass.[3] During this time, Hoke maintained a strong public presence, making a controversial appearance[5] alongside fellow metal band GWAR on The Jerry Springer Show, where Hoke's band, beliefs, and public image were criticized.[2]

The Mentors did not achieve true notoriety until the 1985 Congressional hearings orchestrated by Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). The relatively obscure Mentors caught the attention of the PMRC with their song, "Golden Shower", prompting a reading of some of its lyrics on the Congressional floor and inducing peals of uncontrolled laughter from those present.[citation needed]

Broy was briefly replaced by bassists Wayne Daddio ("Ripper"), Ed Danky ("Poppa Sneaky Spermshooter"), and Zippy, but later returned to the group. In 1989, The Mentors released their third album, Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll, a faux-live[citation needed] record. This album caught the attention of the hard rock band Revolting Cocks, who invited The Mentors on tour with them.[2]

They released Rock Bible in 1990, with Rick Lomas ("Insect On Acid")[6] sitting in on drums. To the Max followed the next year. Clark "Moosedick" Savage[1] often filled in for Hoke on drums at live shows, as Hoke's alcoholism had made it difficult for him to play drums and sing simultaneously.

The Mentors remained sporadically active thereafter. Hoke began a solo career, while Carlson formed the band Jesters of Destiny.[3] In the mid 1990s, Hoke claimed that Courtney Love had offered him $50,000 to kill her husband Kurt Cobain,[7] whose death was ruled a suicide. In 1997, days after being interviewed for the documentary film Kurt and Courtney, Hoke died after being struck by a freight train while intoxicated. His death was alternately described as an accident and a suicide,[8] while some conspiracy theorists have claimed there is evidence suggesting foul play.[9]

Carlson, Broy and Savage continued the band and were joined by guitarist Sickie J and vocalist El Rapo, releasing Over the Top in 2005. 2006 Singer and drummer Marc DeLeon ("Mad Dog"), of the Mentors tribute band The Mantors, replaced El Rapo and, later, Savage. 2009 saw the release of Ducefixion, their eighth full-length record. DeLeon left the Mentors in 2014 during the making of full length documentary film called The Mentors: Kings of Sleaze Rockumentary, directed by April Jones.

On May 25, 2017, the Mentors released The Illuminaughty, their first studio album in eight years, with Broy and Lomas sharing the vocal duties.

Members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles/EPs[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Videography[edit]

  • 1983 - Get Up & Die
  • 1987 - Fuck Movie
  • 1990 - A Piece of Sinema
  • 1990 - The Wretched World of The Mentors
  • 1991 - Hollywood Head Bash
  • 1991 - Tour De Max '91
  • 1993 - El Duce: The Man. The Myth. The Video
  • 2007 - El Duce Vita
  • 2010 - Perverted Movie
  • 2017 - The Kings Of Sleaze (Documentary)
  • 2017 - The El Duce Tapes (Documentary)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Site Suspended - This site has stepped out for a bit". Thementors.us. Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Mentors | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  3. ^ a b c "The Mentors". Facebook. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  4. ^ "The Mentors - Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  5. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  6. ^ "MusicMight :: Artists :: MENTORS". Rockdetector.com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  7. ^ "Justice For Kurt Cobain - Investigation - Case Documents - Eldon Hoke Interview". Justiceforkurt.com. 2007-10-26. Archived from the original on 2006-03-25. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  8. ^ "A Tribute to El Duce". Mindmelt.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  9. ^ "Justice For Kurt Cobain - Investigation - Eldon Hoke aka El Duce". Justiceforkurt.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-07-23.

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