The Penetrators (Punk)

 

 

The Penetrators

Origin

Syracuse NY, USA

Genres

Protopunk, Garage Rock, Punk Rock

Years active

1976–present

Labels

FRED Records, Rave Up Records, Swami Records,

Slovenly Records

Website

www.fredrecords.com

 

Members

Eliot (Spike) Kagan - vocals, guitars, keyboards, tenor saxophone, bass, drums
Jack Lipton - lead vocals
Mark Doyle - lead guitar (studio recordings - 2000 onward)

Curtis Seals - vocals, keyboards

 

Past members

Paul Bawol - bass (1980 live unit)
Henry Brent - drums (1980 live unit)

The Penetrators are a US punk band from Syracuse, New York formed in 1976. Their debut 45 RPM record "Gotta Have Her / Baby Don'tcha Tell Me" was self-released in 1979 and was followed shortly thereafter by three other 45 RPM and EP releases on their own FRED Records record label. [1]

Contents

·                     1 Biography

·                     2 Influences

·                     3 Discography

·                     4 External links

·                     5 References

Biography

The Penetrators were founded by lead singer Jack Lipton and multi-instrumentalist Eliot (Spike) Kagan in Syracuse, NY in August, 1976.[2] What happened when Garage Rock met Punk Rock in the cold climes of upstate NY? "Formed in 76 as punk was exploding, The Penetrators kicked out their own unique twisted version of garage rock... snotty, loud and amateur as can be." [3] This duo of Syracuse music makers released their second 45 in 1979 ("Teenage Lifestyle/Rock 'n' Roll Face") to further critical acclaim and won a spot on Killed By Death #19 in 1998 for their efforts. [4]

Originally intended as a studio project, Jack and Spike wasted no time putting together a live performing unit in 1980, whose efforts were captured on the soundboard bootleg cassette recording released in 2001 on Rave Up Records of Rome, Italy: "Live at Kenny's 1980." [5]  Other 1979/1980 releases included the two-sided release of "The Scandalizer/Drive Me Crazy" by (respectively) Curtis Seals and Christian D'Orbit, and Eliot (Spike) Kagan's 4 track "solo" EP: "SPIKE!" 

In 1982, The Penetrators recorded and immortalized on video the classic track that MTV would not show on their Basement Tapes show: "Shopping Bag".[6]  All this musical productivity and hard work led to their studio efforts being released by Venus Records (FRED 0) on the album "Kings of Basement Rock" in 1988.  "Kings of Basement Rock" was subsequently reissued twice on two other labels - by Rave Up Records in 2000 and by Slovenly Records in 2013.  A CD anthology of their studio and live efforts, "Basement Anthology", was released by Swami Records in 2005. [7]  The initial 2 Penetrator 45 RPM record efforts have been re-released in EP form on Rave Up (1999) and as separate 45's on Windian Records (2011 and 2012 respectively).  The Curtis Seals / Christian D'Orbit 45 was re-released by Windian Records in 2014, along with their 45 RPM release of the Penetrators' classic "Shopping Bag" (backed by "Everybody Needs Lovin'").  Possible plans to reissue the "Spike!" solo EP by Penetrators multi-instrumentalist / producer Eliot (Spike) Kagan are still in the works. 

But all is not reissues in the Penetrators world:  They released an album (in both vinyl and CD formats) on Slovenly Records in 2008 called "Bad Woman" that consisted of their takes of such classics as "The Last Time" and "Dirty Water", as well as remakes of their own bona fide classics, including "Teenage Lifestyle" and "Gotta Have Her", which were also put out by Slovenly on a two-sided 45.  Slovenly Records also put out a 45 of new studio efforts in 2015: "She's The Kinda Girl/ Take A Stand."  Adding his renowned lead guitar stylings to all these recent studio Slovenly efforts is Central New York guitar legend Mark Doyle. 

The Penetrators have also been performing at various punk festival gatherings over the last 20+ years, including the Horizontal Action (Chicago) Blackout 2003[8] , the UFO Dictator Fest 4 (2008)[9] , and the 2012 Windian Anniversary Showcase in Washington, DC[10]  The Penetrators never went away and continue to make fresh music even after 40+ years in the music business.  They even self-released a CD on their own FRED Records called “Legacy” in 2017, [11] and they are always making sure to maintain a social media footprint commensurate with their place in rock ‘n’ roll history. [12] [13] [14]

Influences

Rolling Stones, Eric Burdon, Iggy Pop,  60's Garage Rock, Kinks, Ramones, 60's Soul Music, and much, much more.[15]

Discography[edit]

§       Gotta Have Her / Baby, Dontcha Tell Me 7"     -    Fred FCX10, 1979 PS
                                                                                      -    Windian WIN 20015, 2011 PS
§       Teenage Lifestyle / Rock`n'Roll Face 7"           -    Fred FCX20, 1979 PS
                                                                                      -    Windian WIN 20024, 2012 PS
§       Watch Out For The Penetrators 7"  EP             -    IT Rave Up Gems #3, 2000 PS
               (Gotta Have Her / Baby, Dontcha Tell Me // Teenage Lifestyle / 
                 Rock`n'Roll Face)
§       Curtis Seals - The Scandalizer / Christian D'Orbit - Drive Me Crazy  7"
                                                                                     -   Fred FCX-30, 1980 PS
                                                                                       -   Windian WIN 20034, 2014 PS
§       Spike!  7"  EP                                                -    Fred FCE40, 1980 PS
   (Life Stinks / Brooklyn // No 1 Band In Town / Love Ya Honey)
§       Shopping Bag / Everybody Needs Lovin'  7"     -   Windian WIN 20033, 2014 PS               
§       Kings Of Basement Rock LP                             -    Fred 0, 1988 / 1976-81
                                                                                       -    IT Rave Up RUR #12, 2000
                                                                                    -    Slovenly 702-126, 2013
               (Gotta Have Her / It's My Life / Teenage Lifestyle / Stop Action /
                 #1 Band In Town / Everybody Needs Lovin' // Baby, Dontcha Tell Me /
                                Rock`n'Roll Face / Life Stinks / Shopping Bag / Drive Me Crazy /
                 The Scandalizer)
§       Live At Kenny's 1980 LP                                    -    IT Rave Up RUR #20, 2001 / 1980
               (Gotta Have Her / Baby, Dontcha Tell Me / (I Like) Brooklyn / #1 Band In Town /                 
                  Rock 'N' Roll Face / Sweet Soul Music / Rock 'N' Roll Face (Studio) //                            
                 The Scandalizer / Drive Me Crazy / Teenage Lifestyle / Your SoCalled Friends /             
                 The Godfather Speaks (P.D.) / Life Stinks (Studio))           
§       Spike Penetrator!  LP                                                    -    IT Rave Up RUR #39, 2004 
                (#1 Band In Town / Life Stinks / (I Like) Brooklyn / Rude Boys / Dance Mr. DJ /
                    Warlord // #1 Band In Town / Love Ya Honey   / Your SoCalled Friends /
                  Shopping Bag / I Call That Love Too / Life Stinks (extended))
§       Basement Anthology  CD                               -    Swami SWA 129, 2005 
                (Teenage Lifestyle / Baby Dontcha Tell Me / #1 Band In Town / Shopping Bag /
                    Rock 'N' Roll Face / The Scandalizer (live) / Gotta Have Her / Life Stinks /
                    Your So-Called Friends / Stop Action / Love Ya Honey / Warlord / Intro /
                    Drive Me Crazy / It's My Life / Sweet Soul Music (live) / (I Like) Brooklyn /
                    I Call That Love Too / Everybody Needs Lovin'))
§       Teenage Lifestyle / Gotta Have Her 7"              -    Slovenly 702-64, 2007 PS 
§       Bad Woman  CD, LP                                         -    Slovenly 702-69, 2008
                 (Bad Woman / Teenage Lifestyle / If You Have Ghosts / Little Girl / 
                   What Will Be If You're 70 / Gotta Have Her / Lied To Me // Talk Talk / (I Like) Brooklyn / 
       Li'l Red Riding Hood / #1 Band In Town / Bad Woman (alt.-Spike) / Dirty Water /
The Last Time // last two songs only on CD:  Teenage Lifestyle (alt.-Jack) /   Teenage Lifestyle (alt.-Spike))
§       She's The Kinda Girl / Take A Stand 7"             -    Slovenly 702-164, 2014 PS 
§       Legacy CD                                                        -    FRED FCD1, 2017
               (She’s The Kinda Girl / Take A Stand / Those Hard Times Are Through /
                   What They Said They Would / Young & Strong / Lied To Me /
                   Them No Listen / Nothing Can Change / Keep On Rollin’ (Stones) /
                   She’s The Kinda Girl (abridged) / Them No Listen (Extended) 
 

External links[edit]

·                    Official

References[edit]

1.                    http://www.collectorscum.com/volume3/ny/

2.                    http://www.fredrecords.com

3.                    http://tinygrooves.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-penetrators-kings-of-basement-rock.html

4.                    https://www.discogs.com/Various-Killed-By-Death-19/master/1393436

5.                    http://www.discogs.com/Penetrators-Live-At-Kennys-1980/release/2369007

6.                             www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsNkLET6BGg

7.                             http://www.victimoftime.com/articles/5-shots-horizontal-action-blackout-2003/

8.                    http://www.victimoftime.com/articles/ufo-dictator-fest-blasts-tonight-kalamazoo/

9.                    http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/dc/2012/04/tvd-recommends-windian-anniversary-showcase-at-montserrat-house-46-7/

10.                 https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thepenetrators1

11.                         https://myspace.com/kingsofbasementrock

12.                 https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Syracuse-Penetrators/45478889795

13.                         https://www.facebook.com/groups/824044674341952/

14.                 http://www.solin-live.com/index.php/hrvoje-bubic-intervju-s-rock-bendom-the-penetrators/?fbclid=IwAR3gwwUWvqIzEwjFSEEZWfApgbEbpZPGzLjM1_cQew0INcwR8yktVAXB48g

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·                     Musical groups from Syracuse New York

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·                     Musical groups established in 1976