|Origin||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Labels||Probe Records, Poverty Records|
|Associated acts||Fuckboyz, Schleprok, Agalloch, Ludicra, Yogurt, The Unit Breed|
Hickey (also known as "The Naked Cult of Hickey") was a melodic punk band from San Francisco's Mission District. The band often recorded, released and distributed their own music. Elaborate and very personal artwork was the style used for the band's records, and they were well known for their raucous and sometimes antagonizing live performances.
Hickey was started in 1994 by guitarist/singer Matty Luv and drummer Aesop Dekker following the demise of their previous band, FuckBoyz, who had moved from south Florida to San Francisco's Mission District earlier in the year. The trio was rounded out by bassist Chubby, formerly of Schleprok.
Hickey recorded their first 7" EP, Us vs. Them, within a month of forming and released it soon afterwards. The band quickly became a part of the Probe Records scene, featured in the Probe zine and on a few of the label's releases. Later, Hickey made split 7" records with bands such as All You Can Eat, Fuckface and V.B.F.
Bass player Chubby left Hickey in 1997, and was replaced by Matt Rissler (a.k.a. "Dwight Trash"). The new line-up went on to record a self-titled LP, as well as the Hickey/Voodoo Glow Skulls split 7", both for Probe Records. Hickey called it quits in 1998, refusing to contribute any new material for a proposed split with Screeching Weasel, and handed their last recording ("Robots Never Cry") over to trend is dead! records for the Worse Than Alternative It's Another Punk Comp CD in 1999.
The original Hickey line-up of Matty, Chubby and Aesop re-united and soon began recording a plethora of new material under the name Yogurt, almost all of which remains unreleased. Yogurt was essentially an experimental recording outlet for the band, only performing live on a few occasions, and dissolved after Matty Luv's death in 2002. Nine Yogurt songs appear on the All Seeing Monotony split CD (Nothing Enterprises).
Matty Luv died of a heroin overdose on October 5, 2002. A wall mural of Luv was painted in tribute, and stands in the Mission District today.
Various States of Disrepair - Complete Works 1994-1997 collected some of Hickey's EPs, splits and compilation tracks, along with unreleased recordings from the era (though it was not truly Hickey's "complete" recorded output during that time). It was originally released on CD in 1997 via Poverty Records. Various States was re-pressed on CD by S.P.A.M. Records following Luv's passing in 2002. In 2012, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records released the compilation on vinyl for the first time, marking the tenth anniversary of Luv's death. The vinyl issue was a double LP with bonus tracks, but still incomplete; missing were cover versions of "American In Me" (originally by The Avengers) and "Kingdom Come" (Manowar), as well as alternate recordings of "Hey Cutie Pie" and "Food Stamps + Drink Tickets" (all four omitted songs had been released on various compilation CDs during the band's existence).
Voodoo Glow Skulls controversy
Probe records released a 7" which was made to look as if it were a split between Hickey and the Voodoo Glow Skulls. On one side of the 7" was the Hickey song "Food Stamps and Drink Tickets" and the other side members of Hickey played the trumpet that was stolen from Voodoo Glow Skulls over the answering machine messages left by Voodoo Glow Skulls members and Epitaph Records employees demanding the return of the instrument. The 7" also falsely had the Epitaph Records logo on the back as Epitaph had no official part in the release.
According to the zine included with the 7", the two bands played together at the Nile Theater in Mesa, Arizona. Matty Luv, singer of Hickey, made disparaging remarks about Epitaph Records and the commercialization of punk. After members of both bands had a confrontation, the Voodoo Glow Skulls convinced the venue owner to eject Hickey without pay. In response, Hickey stole the trumpet in question out of the Voodoo Glow Skulls van.
After receiving threatening messages on his answering machine, Hickey claimed to have returned the trumpet. Contrary to this rumor, members of the Voodoo Glow Skulls claimed they had to retrieve the instrument themselves. Upon return, it had been suspected the instrument was urinated in and required professional cleaning.
- Hickey (1995) Probe Records
- Various States of Disrepair: Complete Works 1994–1996 (1997) Poverty Records, (2001) S.P.A.M Records, (2012) 1-2-3-4 Go! Records
- Us Vs. Them (1995) Truth About Fonzie Records
- Art, Messianism & Crime (1995) Last Resort Records
- Gaia (199?) Little Deputy Records
- All You Can Eat/Hickey – Banana Split (1995) Monitor Records
- Hickey/Viejos Bien Feos (1996) Yucky Bus Records
- Fuckface/Hickey (1996) Shapunk Records
- Hickey/Voodoo Glow Skulls (1997) Probe Records
- This Ain't No Fucking Melodic Punk (1995) Probe Records – "Cool Kids Attacked By Flying Monkeys"
- Group Therapy Explosion... (1995) Slow to Burn Records – "My Last Night on the Planet" (live)
- Frontline Foundation (1995) Loony Bin Records – "Happily Ever After"
- Back Asswards (1996) Interbang Records – "Food Stamps and Drink Tickets" (alternate version)
- Axhandle Punk Compilation (1996) Axhandle Records – "Hey Cutie Pie" (alternate version)
- Scene Through My Eyes (1997) Shapunk Records – "The Export of Coffee..." (live)
- Viva La Vinyl Volume 2 (1997) Deadbeat Records – "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"
- Mission Accomplished (1997) Dill Records – "Hickey Blvd."
- Death to False Metal (1997) Probe Records – "Kingdom Come" (Manowar cover)
- Joey Vindictive Presents That Was Now, This Is Then (1997) VML Records – "American In Me" (The Avengers cover)
- Worse Than Alternative: It's Another Punk Comp (1999) Trend Is Dead! Records – "Robots Never Cry"
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
-  Matty Luv R.I.P. site, includes Hickey info
-  1-2-3-4 Go! Records-reissuing Hickey records
-  Eulogy for Matty Luv in SF Weekly, October 2002
-  Hickey article on eMusic's 17dots.com
- [permanent dead link] The Arkansas Traveler writes about Hickey, October 2006
-  Mike Wiebe of Riverboat Gamblers talks about Hickey in a Thrasher Magazine interview, 2004
-  Matty Luv listed as first of five notable 2003 musician obituaries in Thrasher Magazine, January 2004, despite the fact that he died in 2002