Saccharine Trust

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Saccharine Trust
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresPost-hardcore, punk jazz
Years active1980–1986, 1996-present[1]
LabelsSST, Hazelwood
Associated actsUniversal Congress Of, Unknown Instructors, Slovenly
MembersJoe Baiza
Jack Brewer
Brian Christopherson
Chris Stein
Past membersTony Cicero
Richie Hass
Mark Hodson
Rob Holzman
Bob Fitzer
Earl Liberty
Steve Moss
Luis MadMax Maldonado
Ritchie Wilder

Saccharine Trust is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1980 by singer Jack Brewer and guitarist Joe Baiza. The band would frequently perform with SST labelmates Minutemen and Black Flag. However, Baiza described Saccharine Trust as the "black sheep" of the SST roster.[1] Drummer Rob Holzman appeared on their 1981 debut Paganicons but left the band to play in Slovenly, replaced by drummer Tony Cicero. After a ten-year hiatus circa 1986 to 1996, the band re-formed and began performing around the West Coast.


In his journals, Nirvana guitarist Kurt Cobain listed Saccharine Trust's Paganicons as one of his Top 50 favorite albums.[2] Buzz Osborne of The Melvins stated in the book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge that Saccharine Trust were hugely influential in terms of atmosphere. Sonic Youth covered their song "I Am Right" on the SST compilation The Melting Plot. Members of Saccharine Trust also contributed songwriting to the Minutemen's landmark 1984 album Double Nickels on the Dime.


Studio albums
  • "A Christmas Cry" (1981, SST)
Live albums


  1. ^ a b "Saccharine Trust". Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  2. ^ Cobain, Kurt (October 4, 2008). Journals. Paw Prints.

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