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Uploaded on Jul 18, 2009

Voodoo Glow Skulls / HICKEY split 7" - 1998
Probe Records www.proberecords.com

1. (0:00) Hickey - "Food Stamps and Drink Tickets"
2. (1:42) VGS "Me and My Homies" - VGS and friends leave threatening messages while Hickey improvises with their stolen trumpet (see below for background)

This is an out-of-print 7". Mp3s are made available at www.mattyluv.com , which is a memorial site for a late member of HIckey.

VGS is a really old skacore band that plays upstrokes with distortion, and after all these years I think they are still around. This record is really funny if you know either of the bands or Epitaph.



(Here is a good review by Aaron J. Poehler, http://aaronpoehler.com/ )

"This 7" comes with a 28-page zine, You Bet Your Sweet Ass I'm A Turtle: To Blow The Horn Of Justice, which ties in with the record. Apparently back in the fall of '95 FYP got Hickey on a bill with Voodoo Glow Skulls in Mesa, Arizona. Hickey said some derogatory things onstage about Epitaph Records (Voodoo Glow Skulls' label) and VGS labelmates Rancid, and when they got offstage VGS lead singer Frank demanded Hickey be thrown out without pay or he wouldn't go onstage. On the way out Hickey snagged a trumpet belonging to VGS by way of payback and hauled it around for awhile telling everybody they met of their mistreatment. Eventually they mailed it back under threat of bodily harm and/or legal action, but after the horn was returned the fun really began. Apparently before the horn's safe return Frank was worried they might pawn or destroy it, but after it was back he got his courage up and let loose with a variety of threatening, profanity-filled messages to the Hickey household, purportedly from Amsterdam on the Epitaph phone tab, and even got some of his friends to join in the death-threat fun. Hickey even reports intimidating calls from Epitaph Records staffers (which if true is more serious than interband slapfights--ever hear of RICO, the anti-racketeering and criminal organizations act?). So this isn't really a VGS/Hickey split: "Me And My Homies" reproduces a selection of the best messages Frank from VGS and his "homies" left on Hickey's machine, underlaid with taped tootling on the Horn of Justice itself by Aesop from Hickey. "Food Stamps And Drink Tickets", a Hickey tune about the whole mess, is on the flipside, complete with a musical allusion to the Clash's version of "Police On My Back" to make their point about how VGS and company were acting like cops. The zine reproduces letters from Hickey to VGS and from Frank to a Hickey associate, and includes a thorough retelling of the entire saga in exacting detail. What's funniest is that in the first message Frank pretends to be a friend of VGS who just heard about the incident, but then recounts specific details about it like someone who was there. This is obviously not a bright person. So where do I stand on the issue? Well, I must admit if anyone stole any of our instruments I'd be mighty pissed and might resort to drastic measures against the perpetrator. Then again, I'd never be such an asshole as to insist anyone be thrown off a bill, especially just for something they said onstage, and secondly anybody stupid enough to leave a $4000 horn unguarded in a rock club is bound to get it lifted eventually. Truthfully the horn's theft and return is less interesting than the heated exchanges it provoked; there's a real Negativland/U2 feel to this whole thing, and that whole flap certainly wasn't good for U2--does anybody think they're cool anymore? So I'm not buying any Voodoo Glow Skulls stuff, but then I wasn't buying any before. I've never heard a really good record on Epitaph--even the Cramps' record on Epitaph doesn't seem as good as their others to me--but I'd probably still buy a record on Epitaph if there ever was one that was really good. It doesn't seem like it's going to be an issue, though: it's seemed to me like that label's been struggling and gradually sinking commercially ever since Offspring left. I hear they're going to be putting out a Tom Waits album, which might prove the exception to the rule, but then again it might not--we'll see. The Hickey track on here is pretty good, though, so I might be interested in hearing more of that. Needless to say, I'm keeping this record. ­"

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