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Gang Green

Formed: 1981
From: Boston, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Gang Green news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Boston Punk Anthology Streaming Online

"Drop the Needle: Boston Punk Anthology" is a new compilation release of five old-school Boston punk, rock, and hardcore bands from the 1980's and 1990's. This collection will be released October 1st, on Trev Records.

Before the album is released, Trev Records has teamed up with Noisecreep.com for a full album stream. Check it out below.

The anthology includes Gang Green's original 1985 version of the classic song "Let's Drink Some Beer." This rare studio recording has never been available on CD before and was co-written by Dicky Barrett from Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones fame. More...

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Gang Green Streaming Track From Anthology

"Drop the Needle: Boston Punk Anthology" is a new compilation release of five old-school Boston punk, rock, and hardcore bands from the 1980's and 1990's. This collection will be released October 1st on Trev Records.

This release includes Gang Green's original 1985 version of the song "Let's Drink Some Beer." This rare studio recording has never been available on CD before and was co-written by Dicky Barrett from Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones fame. Today the song can be heard below, courtesy of AbsolutePunk.net.

Glen Stilphen, the man behind the anthology and Trev Records, commented" "The original version of 'Let's Drink Some Beer' was recorded in 1985 around the same time that the band recorded their most successful record, Another Wasted Night. The song was written by Dicky Barrett from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with Chris Doherty while they were both in a band called The Cheapskates in Boston.

"After The Cheapskates broke up in 1984, Chris brought the song over to Gang Green rehearsal. With its beer theme and high tempo, it was a perfect fit for the band. The drummer during this era of Gang Green was Walter Gustafson, one of the best in Boston during the 1980's. He is largely responsible for the explosiveness of this track. His drum break in the middle flows perfectly and actually has proven to be what actually makes this song work. Later attempts to record this track never came close to the soul of this original recording due to these drumming differences. The best tracks ever recorded by Gang Green were recorded with Walter on drums." More...

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Pit Stories: Puke And Rally

For today's Pit Story, Boston hardcore punk outfit Gang Green goes way back in time to the mid-80s to tell the following tale of the band's vocalist passing out drunk half an hour before a show:

In Long Beach, California in 1985, the teenagers of Gang Green were on their first national tour. With a just a couple 7” singles released, each show was generally unpredictable for this new up and coming band outside major cities. After the van breaking down 1 hour out of Los Angeles, the band was slightly on edge and out of money when we finally arrived into California, though happy that we had finally made it to our main destination.

We were all pleasantly surprised to see some of our punk rock idols from The Circle Jerks attending the show. I guess Chris, our singer, decided he was going to impress some these guys with some good old excessive drinking! Something he was getting very good at after 20 days on the road with 5 or 6 smelly guys in a van. Actually, he drank so much that night he was vomiting outside the venue and eventually passed out in a grassy area. Holy shit! Here we are in California ready to play in front of kids who are actually looking forward to seeing us play and Chris is passed out with 30 minutes left until set time.

After forcing him to wake up, we were all relieved when he made it to the stage and made it through most of set without falling on his face. This show is documented in the live photograph of Gang Green displayed on the inside panel of the CD, Drop The Needle: Boston Punk Anthology.

The new compilation "Drop the Needle: Boston Punk Anthology" is due out October 1st, 2013 and features tracks by Gang Green, Smegma and the Nunz, Celebrity Death Certificate, Scratch, and Mallet Head. Full details are available at this location. More...

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Boston Punk Anthology To See Release

"Drop the Needle: Boston Punk Anthology" is dedicated to vocalist Alec Steere aka "Smegma," who was hit by a train in 1999. The release is due out October 1st via Trev Records, and the following press release was also issued:

"Gang Green was the most raucous and explosive hardcore punk band in Boston from 1982-1986. 'Drop The Needle: Boston Punk Anthology' is a new compilation release of five old-school Boston punk, rock, and hardcore bands from the 1980's and 1990's.

"This release includes Gang Green's original 1985 version of the classic song 'Let's Drink Some Beer.' This rare studio recording has never been available on CD before and was co-written by Dicky Barrett from Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones fame. Check out the track below.

"Smegma + The Nunz featured members of hardcore legends Gang Green and The Freeze, with Alec Steere, former vocalist for Leper, who are considered to be Boston's very first hardcore band. Following Leper, Smegma + The Nunz became one of the most outrageous and most blasphemous bands in Boston in the early 80's. For the first time, here are five rare demo recordings by this now-infamous Boston punk band.

"Chuck Stilphen (guitar) and Walter Gustafson (drums) were members of Smegma + The Nunz, The Freeze, and also recorded with Glen Stilphen (bass) in Gang Green and Mallet Head. Chuck and Glen also appear with the bands Scratch and Celebrity Death Certificate, which also features Erich Thaler, from the influential Boston-based alt-metal band Stompbox, who released the landmark album Stress on Columbia Records in 1994." More...

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