The Vindictives

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The Vindictives
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1990-1996, 1999, 2012-present
Labels VML, Lookout! Records, Liberation Records, Selfless Records
Associated acts Screeching Weasel
Website the VINDICTIVES official website
Members Joey Vindictive
Johnny Personality
Past members Ben Weasel, Erik Elsewhere, Dr. Bob, Billy Blastoff, P.J. Parti, Angel Ledezma, Mike Byrne

The Vindictives are a Chicago-based punk rock group founded by singer/songwriter Joey Vindictive in 1990.[1]


They began their career in 1990, cutting their first 7" record later that year with the lineup of Joey Vindictive (vocals), Johnny Personality (bass), Ben Weasel (guitar) (soon to be replaced by Billy Blastoff), Dr. Bob (guitar), and Erik Elsewhere (soon to be replaced by P.J. Parti) (drums). The band would end up releasing 12 EPs and albums until July 1996, when Joey Vindictive revealed that his health issues would prevent the band from going on.[2]

Guitarist Robert "Dr. Bob" Nielson died of a heroin overdose on February 22, 2003.[3] After Dr. Bob's death, The Vindictives released a pair of records containing material previously unavailable on CD and two new re-recordings; Muzak for Robots which was quirky electronic instrumental versions of their songs and Unplugged soft and toned-down acoustic versions of their works.

In 2004 Billy Blastoff left the Vindictives of his own accord took a year off music joined Lucky Savage in Chicago, Il as their drummer eventually forming the Gornys and switching over to bass in 2005 eventually renamed the John Doh's in 2010 and currently on hiatus.

In 2006, Shot Baker and Vacation Bible School released a limited edition of 500 pressing Split 7" on Chicago's Underground Communique Records featuring The Vindictives' "Future Homemakers of America", "Glad to Be", "Assembly Line", and "Automoton".[4]

In 2006, Joey Vindictive and Johnny Personality started to demo material under Joey Vindictive & The Personality Crisis. The two performed under the name Faerie Wunderpuss, releasing a split 12" LP with Chicago's own Alla, an experimental heavy rock psychedelia band, and is said to be in the vein of Queens of the Stone Age.

In addition to possible new material surfacing, Joey Vindictive launched a new theatre art program called The 1901 Gallery Theatre with wife, Jenny, and bandmate, Johnny Personality.[5]

In 2011 Billy Blastoff joined Magatha Trysty a culmination of power pop and punk rock sensibility as Bass player.[6]

In 2011, Joey Vindictive revamped the official website at allowing any user to download all previous released, as well unreleased material, of the Vindictives, free as long as you become a registered user on the website's Forum.[7]

The Vindictives' song "The Invisible Man" was covered by Ghoti Hook on their cover album Songs We Didn't Write.

The Vindictives' song "In the Corner" was covered by Apocalypse Hoboken on their Inverse, Reverse, Perverse.

The Vindictives released their first new material in 13 years on December 4, 2012, with an EP titled "Mono Flexi".[8][9]

The Vindictives (Joey Vindictive, Johnny Personality and guest musicians) digitally released a Halloween tribute to Vincent Price, JERK-O-LANTERN, titled "Triskaidekophobia" which means "The fear of the #13" and features 13 songs recorded on Friday the 13th, 2013 and is a total of 13 minutes and 13 seconds in length.

In 2013 the band announced on its Bandcamp page that they were working on a new album called F*CKUNICORN, but as of 2018, it has not been released.


  • Joey Vindictive (Joey Volino) - vocals (1990–1996, 1999–Present)
  • Johnny Personality (John Stockfisch) - bass (1990–1996, 1999–Present)
  • Dr. Bob (Robert Nielson) - guitar (1990–1996)
  • Billy Blastoff (Bill Sullivan) - guitar (1992–1996, 1999-2004)
  • P.J. Parti (Pat Buckley) - drums (1991–1996)
  • Ben Weasel (Ben Foster) - guitar (1990–1992)
  • Erik Elsewhere - drums (1990-1991)
  • Angel Gabriel Ledezma - drums (1999)
  • Mike Byrne - guitar (1994-1996)



  • The Vindictives 7", V.M.L. Records, 1991
  • The Invisible Man, V.M.L. Records, 1991
  • Ugly American 7", V.M.L. Records, 1992
  • Assembly Line 7", V.M.L. Records, 1992
  • This Is My Face 7", V.M.L. Records, 1993
  • Disturbia 7", V.M.L. Records, 1993
  • Rocks In My Head 7", V.M.L. Records, 1994
  • Seventeen b/w No Feelings 5", Selfless Records/V.M.L. Records, 1994
  • Johnny Where Are You? b/w Eating Me Alive Picture Disk 7", Lookout! Records/V.M.L. Records, 1995
  • Alarm Clocks b/w Left For Dead 7", Lookout/V.M.L. Records, 1995
  • Pervert At Large b/w Sloppy Seconds Split 7", V.M.L. Records, 1997
  • Nuttin' for Christmas b/w Jingle Bells 7", Stardumb Records, 2002
  • Mono-Flexi EP 7", Sexy Baby Records, 2012
  • Jerk-O-Lantern EP, 2013

Studio albums[edit]

  • Partytime for Assholes 10" - Double 10" LP, Selfless Records, 1996 Reissue: Liberation Records 1994
  • Leave Home LP, Selfless Records, 1994
  • Hypno-Punko LP, Coldfront/V.M.L. Records, 1999
  • Muzak for Robots, TEAT, 2003 (instrumentals)
  • Unplugged, TEAT, 2003 (acoustic versions of old Vindictives songs)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Many Moods Of The Vindictives Double LP, Lookout/V.M.L. Records, 1995 Reissue: Liberation Records 1995
  • Curious Oddities and the Bare Essentials, TEAT, 2003
  • Original Masters (1990–1992), TEAT, 2003


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  2. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Vindictives Bio". Allmusic. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ Heisel, Scott (February 25, 2003). "In Memoriam: Dr. Bob of The Vindictives: 1954-2003". Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Shot Baker/Vacation Bible School - Vindictives Tribute - Split". Interpunk. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Vindictives >> ABOUT". The Vindictives Official Homepage. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Magatha Trysty Bio". Magatha Trysty homepage. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Vindictives >> Home". Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ Yancey, Bryne (October 30, 2012). "The Vindictives announce 'Mono Flexi' EP, stream new song". Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mono Flexi EP". Sexy Baby Records. December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 

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