Poison Idea


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good hardcore band frou m the old school very brutal and raw not for trendy ears so if you want to hear something pretty get the fuck out of here!

>>By frogbone   (Monday, 9 Dec 2002 01:47)

I first encountered POISON IDEA! when I was 12. It blew my motherfucking mind! It blew me away in ways that have only occurred because of a select few bands (Nirvana, The Wipers, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Bad Religion, Black Flag, MC5, Napalm Beach, Hazel, etc.). Pig's Last Stand was actually recorded live at La Luna(R.I.P.)-my all time favorite club in Portland, OR-on my 13th birthday. I was apalled to think that just after hearing one of my favorite bands, they broke up! Portland, OR-contrary to public knowledge-has always contained a ton of kick ass, mind blowing bands (see several of above and more) but Poison Idea still stand out amongst the pack. Imagine my dismay at finding out via a friend that singer Jerry A currently works in the NW industrial district and still can't drive a car (Just To Get Away "I never sang a love song, I never owned a car). A band that's been around the fucking world and back, infulenced a ton of bands (Nirvana used to take them on tour and talk about them in interveiws, a popular Boston band whose name escapes me even covered Ugly American) and their singer has to work a bullshit wharehouse job?!? Anyhow, I was overjoyed when they started working again and have since seen them 5 times. I was even there again for the Triumphant Return Of Pig Champion last summer. Chris and Chris (the new drummer and bassist) are great guys. I got to talk to them several times in bars around town. Chris (drummer) is not quite as precise or fast as Thee Slayer Hippy but he's definitely a qualified replacement. Chris (bassist) is about as interesting a character as Myrtle Tickner. I actually saw them once when the man could not remember his own name he was so drunk. He just kept saying, "Let me tune up; I'll be fine" and low and behold, he never missed a lick. Matt (new guitarist, formerly of Defiance) is a great guy as well. I met him at a party about six months prior to his joining PI; despite the fact that everytime I've seen the guy he was (literally) drooling in his hand drunk, he's still one of the nicest guys in PDX. Anyways, I could go on forever but I'm out of beer so I'll just say this: POISON IDEA ARE STILL THE FUCKING KINGS OF PUNK! BELIEVE THE MOTHERFUCKING HYPE!!!!!!!!!!

>>By Larry Worst   (Saturday, 14 Dec 2002 09:30)

Poison Idea is alive and well....Saw them at Club DV8 in Portland on Jan 3 2003. Pig and Jerry A are the only original members left, but they still KICK FUCKIN ASS!!! They still playninPortlan/Seattle and Jerry has a MC gig at the Satyricon in Portland every week.

>>By PI FAN   (Wednesday, 15 Jan 2003 12:42)

does anyone have any u.s. tour dates available for poison idea? please email me at whitetornado668@hotmail.com as soon as possible if you do. i'm looking for texas tour dates in particular.

>>By j love   (Friday, 21 Feb 2003 07:07)

PI is about the best band that ever was and Jerry A is one of the best song writters ever. I love his lyrics. I have been listening to them since I was fifteen in the mid eighties. I grew up in Portland and had the oportunity to go to lots of all ages shows where the band really rocked the shit out of places like the old Pine St. theater. I saw them at a place called the blue gallery and the Mayor's Ball, then put on by Bud Clark. I loved to see the show. Jerry A would blow fire so high that it would touch the roof of the Pine Street. He would cut his head and bleed meanwhile Pig champion would cut the killer sounds on his guitar. Slayer hippie is a great drummer and myrtle writes some pretty damn good songs. I had the oportunity to see the band while I was back home, in PDX, during december of last year. They played on friday the 13th. It had been a long time and Jerry A and Tom were the only origional members (i think). It was cool to see them play again. Thanks for keeping the music going. Don't ever stop.

>>By JUSTIN   (Monday, 24 Feb 2003 23:49)

I saw Jerry A drive a Jeep Wagoneer into a Plaid Pantry parking lot, then go in and buy a 44 oz. soda.

>>By Conan   (Monday, 24 Mar 2003 10:55)

punk drugs and poison idea

>>By the secret son of pig   (Saturday, 5 Apr 2003 20:05)

The best band ever !!! Pig Champion rules everytime i heard PI ! From bigest fan from Czech rep! Beer, Grass and Poison Idea!
Please fans from US or other world write to me some news about PI Thanx

>>By kovin666   (Monday, 7 Apr 2003 11:18)

re:"Jerry A currently works in the NW industrial district and still can't drive a car ... and their singer has to work a bullshit wharehouse job?!?" Larry..Baby! I think the story about Jerry not driving got misinterpreted somewhere along the line...and he doesn't work a bs wharehouse job in the NW district. Jerry was working at Satyricon which is on NW 6th Ave. (Don't know if he's still there or not, I haven't been up there since the Seattle I-Spy debacle on Jan 3---I heard rumblings and thought they might have moved over to DV8 because supposedly Jason is doing the booking and bartending there (read story here:) http://www.pdxguide.com/nightlife/dv8.html
As far as I know, Matt plays in both Defiance and PI (here is Defiance's page:)
Chris the new drummer can rock your ass off and has previously recorded with Thy Infernal and Iommi Stubbs. Check out the song 'Derailer' under band name "Iommi Stubbs" on www.stonerrock.com in the mp3jukebox top left ...He's also on the GG Allin Tribute Straight from Hell on Crazy Bastard Records (plays with both Iommi Stubbs and Thy Infernal on this one): http://crazybastardrecords.com/Titles.htm#ggallin
And he's on the Thy Infernal cover of Slayer's "Black Magic" ....so, uhm, yeah I guess you could say he's "competent" ;^)

>>By searchindex   (Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 02:50)

poison idea was/is the best hard core punk in the world. pick yer king can destroy ANY thing that steps to it. i knew this 19 year old chick whos all tattoo'd up and listens to "hard core" stuff like nofx and rancid. i asked her if she had ever heared of poison idea..."no, whos that?..." she said. i played it for her and she was floored. she then said that she didn't listen to hard core, but rather trendy corp-core fat (wallet) wrek cords. in other words, if you don't have a poison idea disc in yer collection, you don't know what american hard core is. and you probally worship crass...whatever.

>>By mhofkp   (Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 23:04)

There's a dvd just out yesterday CBGBs Punk from the Bowry with two songs from PI from their east coast tour last year: http://www.digitallyobsessed.com/showreview.php3?ID=4555

>>By searchindex   (Friday, 25 Apr 2003 04:37)

Are there any other UK dates (not Morcambe) planned for this year?

>>By toxocara   (Saturday, 26 Apr 2003 03:58)

This is the Euro date listing from Hidden Talent Booking http://www.hiddentalentbooking.com/
(but you'll notice it is a very stringent schedule, so CHECK with the venue before you spend a lot of time or energy just incase a show has been canceled or rescheduled)
19th Nottingham Old Angel
20th Morecambe Holidays In The Sun
21st (B) Maastrict Mindsummer HC fest (afternoon show)
21st (NL) Haarlem Psatronaat
22nd (NL) Rotterdam Baroeg
24th (NL) Tilburg 0-13
25th (G) Bochum Zwischenfall
26th (G) Blieskastel P-Werk
27th (G) Berlin S036
28th (CZ) Prague Open Air
29th (A) Vienna Arena
01st (G) Hamburg Fabrik
02nd (G) Bielefeld Forum
03rd (G) Frankfurt Excess
04th (G) Gutersloh Forum
05th (G) Leipzig With Full Force
06th (G) Nurnberg K4
08th (I) Rimini Tunder Beach 4 Fun
11th (F) Montpellier Rockstore
12th (ESP) Bermeo
13th (ESP) Madrid Gruta 77
14th (P) Lisbon Caixa Economica Opedarla
15th (ESP) Jerez De La Frontera
16th (ESP) Valenica
17th (ESP) Barcelona KGB
18th (F) St Brieuc Le Wagon
19th (B) Kontich Lintfabriek
21st Newport T.J's
22nd Dublin Whelans
23rd Belfast Warzone
24th Glasgow Cathouse
25th Sheffield Corporation
26th London Garage   (Saturday, 26 Apr 2003 11:11)

...and even when you check with the venue that can still sometimes bite you in the ass.......because this is after all punk rock...and shit happens....The only dates I've seen listed or heard of as 'confirmed' so far (throw salt over your shoulder when you say that) are the HITS festival, Berlin with Kill Your Idols, and the London Garage...and it's all hearsay until the show actually goes on.   (Saturday, 26 Apr 2003 11:23)

Poison Idea are a fucking legendary band. I fucking love them. The total kings of punk. I am a punk promoter in Ireland and I have booked them for two shows here this summer - Dublin Whelan's 22/7 and Belfast Menagerie 23/7. Never thought I'd get to see them live and now they are playing my fucking hometown. Fucking amazing!

>>By Andrew Griswold   (Sunday, 27 Apr 2003 14:23)

So it is the Menagerie now and not Warzone for the 23rd? Just double checking.

>>By searchindex   (Sunday, 27 Apr 2003 20:07)

Yep. The Belfast show is 100% confirmed for The Menagerie and NOT the Warzone Centre.

>>By Andrew Griswold   (Monday, 28 Apr 2003 16:47)

I also saw a date for 20 July with Stuntface but one place says it's at MS1 Club in Cardiff...but the Stuntface official site says TJs in Newport.....


I have no idea if these are 'one or the other shows' of if it's a case of two shows in a day like a matinee and evening show or something like that.......so double check with venues closer to show time.   (Monday, 5 May 2003 08:24)

Here's the TJs link in Newport, Wales

http://www.tjs-newport.demon.co.uk/   (Monday, 5 May 2003 08:27)

oh probably 20th at MS1 in Cardiff and 21 at TJs in Newport   (Monday, 5 May 2003 08:55)

No I think it was originally scheduled for Cardiff MS1 then moved to Newport TJ's - still on the 20th. As far as I know, the 21st is a day off.

>>By Andrew Griswold   (Thursday, 8 May 2003 03:55)

Yeah, that's kind of what Stuntface said too. Have you seen this Golf Records UK notice: http://www.golfrecords.co.uk


Punk legends will release 6 of their back catalogue albums on Golf in June and July and will do a mammoth European tour to promote them. The band will also release a new studio record in October 2003 also via Golf. Golf is very proud to be able to work with this classic and legendary Punk band. “War All The Time, Pyjama Party and Blank Blackout Vacant” will be released on June the 19th. “We Must Burn, Dysfunctional Songs and Early Years” will be released on July the 14th. All titles will be mid priced.

>>By Search Index   (Thursday, 8 May 2003 16:11)

Any extra tracks on the reissues I wonder?

>>By Andrew Griswold   (Friday, 16 May 2003 04:48)

It's not likely...I've been looking up stuff on Golf and they are like a subsidiary of PHD (Plastic Head Distributors) PHD also released another PI compilation about a year and a half ago on another one of its subsidiaries Rhythm Vicar http://www.rhythmvicar.com/home.htm . It's the news about this 'new studio album' that's got my attention.   (Sunday, 18 May 2003 03:51)

fair fucks to ya andy. im also Irish and I never thought Id see the day pig would cross the atlantic. see can you get the melvins next, we need more bad ass shows in this country. keep on truckin motherfuckers

>>By steve   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 10:41)

You have to remember Poison Idea changed theri line up as often as they changed their underwear. The original memebers who created the now classic Pick your King EP all have left the band. Jerry A is the only member left. Its a pale comparsion to any of the memebers before them. Very sad. Its pretty much like all the old punk bands though. So if your excited to see Jerry Asshole then thats what your going to get. The other pick up members are OK to say the least. They cant get the Pig sound and the drummer is too slow....Their name is ironiclly fitting.

>>By Feel the tribute band   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 21:49)

I think NSYNC is better!

>>By kisser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   (Saturday, 24 May 2003 06:09)

Pig has not 'left the band'...and don't be such a wet rag....they sound good.....they sound better live now than some of their recordings with the primo line ups.   (Tuesday, 27 May 2003 19:47)

From the fucking horses mouth

Regarding the upcoming POISON IDEA dates, a lot of people have been asking if Pig Champion will be on the tour. To me this seems like a silly question if you know anything about the band but Jerry A has given me permission to use this passage from a recent email he sent me, which puts it all into perspective I think:
"As far as Pig goes, that's really not reality. Between health problems and lifestyle, I'm just happy he's alive right now. We've flew him to the East Coast to play three shows and that was about the extent of pushing it. The people who are disappointed, should know this about him. I mean, hey I'd like to see Syd Barrett play, but I don't see it in the stars (not happening)."

>>By Feel the tribute   (Wednesday, 28 May 2003 02:02)

Pig won't be on the euro tour....they did pick another guitarist for that...but he has not 'left the band,' he just can't do the tour (not for lack of wanting to)....and if the word is correct about the new studio album this fall, then I'm sure he'll be on that because he prefers recording. But as for referring to them as 'just a pick up band' and giving the impression that they are lame, I think you would be doing people a disservice...Sure you can sit with your record player or cd player listening to the particular line ups of your choice, and grouse about the fact that they are no more or be nostalgic about old shows you've seen with former line ups (I've seen some of the old line ups play and I still think this line up is just as fun if not more so), but you'd be missing out and encouraging others to possibly miss out on the live aspect of what is currently something fun.... One of the great things about the PI experience over the years are the fans. This group has some of the best die hard old and new fans world wide. They are the nicest people who just want to drink, laugh, and bounce off one another, and they'd like you to be there to share the fun....I've been to some shows where Jerry has been so 'on' as to be the quintessential showman/seasoned entertainer, I've been to other shows where he sat on a chair behind the drums doing encore after encore after encore swapping heckles and the show turned into the longest, most fun, intimate, party experience..The guys were having so much fun they just kept playing til they couldn't breathe, and still other shows he was too drunk to sing and the band played on, but it was still funny--because there is always an interaction of some sort going on--especially down front. The pick up players have been playing for probably about two years now so I think it's safe to call them a PI line up and not just pick up players...For the little bit that venues charge to see them, you really can't get more for your money even if you do want to refer to them as their own tribute band.   (Wednesday, 28 May 2003 12:48)

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