Wasted Youth (American band)
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|Also known as||LA's Wasted Youth|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Crossover thrash (later)
|Associated acts||Velvet Revolver, Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age, Goatsnake, Zilch, Sugartooth, Savage Republic|
|Past members||Chett Lehrer|
Wasted Youth (also known as LA's Wasted Youth) was a hardcore punk band in the early 1980s from Los Angeles, California. The band followed in the footsteps of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks. It was a prominent and popular act among the Los Angeles punk underground. Other bands active in the early 1980s Los Angeles punk scene were The Adolescents, T.S.O.L., Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Agent Orange, and The Stains.
Footage of the original lineup (1981-1983) can be seen in the film Slog Movie, which is a film documenting the Orange County punk scene.
The original members of Wasted Youth were Chett Lehrer, Jeff Long, Allen Stiritz, and Danny Spira.
The band's first album Reagan's In, is in the early West Coast hardcore punk music style. It is known for the Pushead artwork of Ronald Reagan on the front cover. The back of the album features Edward Colver's photograph of an upside down stagediver in midair. Though this album consists of ten tracks, it is less than fifteen minutes long.
The band's later releases moved towards a heavy metal sound. Jeff Dahlgren, front man after Allah Akhbar (1983–1985), left the band. His work was re-recorded by Paolo Rossi co-produced with Darin Scheff and titled "Get out of my Yard". It was released on the band's last album, Black Daze.
Get Out of my Yard
Chett and Paolo Rossi (the last generation of Wasted Youth front men) went on to start an indie label "Open Circle Records" in Glendale, California (Open Circle released Get Out Of My Yard LP). The final creation of Wasted Youth was a successful "Crack Across America Tour" in the late 1980s to support "Get Out Of My Yard." Michael Licalsi, a club and show promoter from the SF Bay Area, served as their manager, with Louis (VideoLouis) Elovitz taking part in management for a period of time as well. Wasted Youth performed with bands such as Bad Brains, The Ramones, Circle Jerks on this final tour.
Members went on to perform in the tribal-industrial group Savage Republic; Joey Castillo became a drummer for Danzig and later Queens of the Stone Age; while Dave Kushner, who played guitar on Black Daze, went on to become a member of the chart topping rockers, Velvet Revolver.
Jeff Long is now a professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa. He is a leading biostatistician in global research effort studying Huntington disease.