Anchored by the core duo of Ralph Spight on guitar and vocals and Larry Boothroyd on bass, Victim's family has existed in one form or another since way back in 1984. Right off the bat, their eclectic blend of jazz, hardcore punk, and weird metal turned heads, landing them a record deal and U.S. tours soon after. Their first album, Voltage And Violets, was released in 1986, followed by Things I Hate To Admit in 1988 and White Bread Blues in 1990. They're all classics, but my personal favorite is 1992's The Germ. Full of humorous lyrics, wild noodling, and weird changes, it's the quintessential V.F. record, perfectly summing up what they're all about.
Maybe I just have a soft spot for these guys because they're from Santa Rosa (a town I have the dinstinct displeasure of being born in). Or maybe it's because I spent so much time bumping their tapes in high school. Whatever the reason, I have a solid affection for this band, running all the way back to the early 90's. Check them out, won't you?
Below: Victim's Family, 1988.
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