Danny, Randy and Jimmy of Neon Christ, in January 2006
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, US|
|Genres||Powerviolence, hardcore punk|
|Years active||1983-1986, 2004, 2008, 2011|
|Labels||Social Crisis Records|
|Associated acts||Alice in Chains|
Comes with the Fall
|Past members||Randy DuTeau|
Pioneers of powerviolence, the band was formed in 1983 by Randy DuTeau (vocals), William DuVall (guitar), Danny Lankford (bass guitar), and Jimmy Demer (drums). For a brief spell in 1985, they added a second guitarist named Shawn Devine. The band recorded and released two EPs, Parental Suppression and The Knife That Cuts So Deep, but only the former was a stand-alone; the latter was the second disc of a double 7" release that came out in 1990, four years after the band broke up. The song "Ashes to Ashes" was included as the third track on the International P.E.A.C.E. Benefit Compilation, a 1984 double album, released on R Radical Records, featuring 55 hardcore punk acts from around the world. They toured throughout the Atlanta area, playing alongside other notable acts such as Corrosion of Conformity and Dead Kennedys. The band played one final show in February 1986 before going their separate ways for the next two decades.
Neon Christ reunited for a one-time show on February 2, 2008 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The reception that they got inspired them to work with director Edgar Johnson on creating a documentary film called All Alone Together: Neon Christ and Atlanta Hardcore.
William DuVall said of the project:
|“||I was first approached in 2005 by Edgar Johnson (director) about making a Neon Christ documentary. However, while I always thought our story was interesting, I really questioned who else would care. It was a long time ago. Nostalgia is boring to me. Why would I want to foist that onto anyone else? 'Back in my day…' Whatever, fuck off! I want to know what kids are doing NOW. But when Neon Christ reunited for one show in February 2008 and all these 15 and 16 year old kids were singing our songs back to us, it was very moving, and not just because it was a pleasantly surprising ego rush. It was more about what those kids and that club represented. The show took place at the Treehouse, a DIY all-ages storefront club in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville. The energy and enthusiasm of the entire scene there was electrifying. Those kids were taking what we started, the real outsider/all-ages/DIY/basement punk culture and making it their own. That’s when I knew we had our movie: Take two generations of outsider kids, nearly 30 years apart, and tell both their stories concurrently – what’s different, what remains the same, why it all still matters.”||”|
|1.||"Parental Suppression" (Track A4 on 1990 reissue)|
|2.||"Draft Song" (Track A1 on 1990 reissue)|
|3.||"Winding/Bad Influence" (Track A2 on 1990 reissue)|
|4.||"Neon Christ" (Track A3 on 1990 reissue)|
|1.||"We Mean Business" (Omitted from 1990 reissue)|
|2.||"Yoof" (Omitted from 1990 reissue)|
|3.||"It's Mine" (Track B3 on 1990 reissue)|
|4.||"Doom/After" (Tracks B1 and B2 on 1990 reissue)|
The Knife That Cuts So Deep
|1.||"The Knife That Cuts So Deep"|
|1.||"Ashes To Ashes"|
|3.||"The Death They'll Give You"|
|1984||"Ashes to Ashes"||P.E.A.C.E.||R Radical Records|
New Red Archives (1997 CD reissue)
"We Mean Business"
|Deflagration Vol. III||Deflagration Tapes|
|1990||"Neon Christ"||Mighty Risen Plea||Sacred Flames|
|2000||"Parental Suppression"||A Compilation Dedicated To Tim Yohannan - 1945-1998||None|
|2003||"Draft Song"||Queencrust Versus Kiss The Goat||None|
|2012||"It's Mine"||Shotgun Seamstress||M'lady's Records|
|TBA||All Alone Together: Neon Christ and Atlanta Hardcore||Social Crisis Films|
- Deming, Mark. "P.E.A.C.E./War". Allmusic. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
- Beldin, Fred. "Peace War". Allmusic. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
- "Blabbermouth.Net - ALICE IN CHAINS' WILLIAM DUVALL Producing and Directing Two Documentaries". Roadrunnerrecords.com. 2014-07-06. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
- Neon Christ on Myspace
- Neon Christ discography at Discogs
- All Alone Together: Neon Christ and Atlanta Hardcore