The Undead


The Undead
The Undead

The Undead live in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2000
Background information
Origin New Milford, New Jersey, USA
Genres Horror punk
Hardcore punk
New York hardcore
Years active 1980–present
Labels Stiff Records, Post Mortem Records
Associated acts Misfits
Members
Bobby Steele
(See Line-ups)
Past members
(See Line-ups)

The Undead is a horror punk band formed in 1980 in New Milford, New Jersey by Bobby Steele (vocals and guitar), Chris "Jack" Natz (bass; he went on to play with Cop Shoot Cop), and Patrick Blanck (drums). Bobby had just been fired from his previous band, The Misfits, when forming The Undead.

They released their first EP 9 Toes Later in 1982. A few months later Jack and Patrick left the band. Brian Payne (Brian Aliano) became the new bassist and Bobby Savage became the drummer. This line-up released the Verbal Abuse single in 1983. Steve Zing (of Samhain and Mourning Noise) then took over the drumsticks. Between 1983 and 1986 Brian and Steve played for the band on and off, and many others played in The Undead for short periods. Brian and Steve finally quit the band in December 1986. Since then Bobby has not managed to keep a steady line-up. One-time bassist Inger Lorre went on to front The Nymphs.

Many singles and EPs have been released by the band, but Act Your Rage (1989), Til Death (1998) and Dawn of the Undead (2006) are the only full-length studio albums so far. The group took a hiatus from performing live from late 2002 to early 2006.

Contents

Return of the Undead

2006 saw a return of the Undead to the music scene with the lineup of Bobby Steele on guitar and vocals, Joel Gausten back on the drums and Joff Wilson on bass. They played CBGB's on St. Patricks day (also Bobby's 50th birthday, at midnight) and also played a free show at Tomkins Square park in June; September saw the remastered re-release of Dawn of the Undead. All of the Undead profits have gone towards funding for Bobby's lawsuit against his landlord who allegedly ignored Bobby's demands to fix weather-related water damage to his apartment. Joff Wilson left the band in July, 2007. Joel Gausten left the band on friendly terms in September, 2008 and is currently involved in the experimental project, Effectionhate.

The Undead recorded its own version of the infamous "lost" Misfits album, 12 Hits From Hell, and made the full recording available as a stream on its website on Hallowe'en 2007. This release was quickly followed by a new single, a cover of The Misfits' "Halloween," on Germany's No Balls Records.

Drummer Patrick Blanck died in 2001. Bassist Roxy Michaels died in 2005. Bassist Olga De Volga died in March, 2008.

Bobby Steele released a solo album called "Bobby" in 2009.

Releases

Albums

  • Never Say Die - LP (1986); cassette (1987)
  • Act Your Rage - LP, cassette (1989)
  • Dawn of the Undead - LP, CD, cassette (1991); Remastered CD (2006)
  • Live Slayer - LP, CD, cassette (1992)
  • The Undead - Cassette (1995)
  • Til Death - LP, CD (1998)
  • Still the Undead After All These Years - CD (2007)
  • 12 Hits from Hell - Uncovered - Download (2007)
  • Bobby (aka Bobby Steele) - CD (2009)

EPs

  • 9 Toes Later - 7" EP (1982)
  • Slave to Fashion - 12" EP (1992)
  • Times Square - split 7" EP (2000)
  • Third World U S A - 4-song EP(2002)
  • Rockn'Roll Whore - 4-song EP (2002)
  • Be My Ghoul Tonight - 4-song EP (2003)
  • I Made a Monster - 3-song EP (2009)

Singles

  • "Verbal Abuse" - 7" single (1983)
  • "Never Say Die" - 7" single (1985)
  • "Invisible Man" - 7" single (1992)
  • "Evening of Desire" - 12" single (1992)
  • "There's a Riot in Tompkins Square" - 7" single (1993)
  • "Halloween" - 7" single (2007)

Line-ups

Current line-up

  • Bobby Steele - guitar, vocals, bass (1980-current)
  • Zombie Alex (kopec)- bass (2010-current)
  • Serial Bill Gotta - drums (2010-current)

Former members

Guitarists

  • Eddie Van Migraine (8//1996)
  • Bryce Bernius (7/21/2000)

Bassists

  • Chris Natz (1980–1982)
  • Brian "Payne" Aliano (on and off between 1982–1986)
  • Olga de Volga (1983)
  • Inger Lorre (1984)
  • John Fiore (1986)
  • Tom (1987)
  • West Rocker (1987, 1988)
  • Pete Lisa (1987)
  • Tim Taylor (1988–1990)
  • Rich Pressley (1990)
  • Jim Joyce (1990–1992)
  • Phil Portuesi (1993)
  • Brian (1993)
  • Anthony D'Amico (1993–1995)
  • Jay Von Hack (1996)
  • Will Harper (1997, 1998)
  • Greazy Tony (1998)
  • Mr. D (1998)
  • Ian Lawrence (on and off between 1998–2000)
  • Rahne Pistor (on and off between 1998–1999)
  • Bryce Bernius (on and off between 2000–2006)
  • Roxy Michaels (2002)
  • J~Sin Trioxin (2002)
  • Argyle Goolsby (2002)
  • Joff Wilson (2006–2007)
  • Paul of the Living Dead (Halloween 2007)
  • Hiromu C Yanagiya (2008–2011)

Drummers

  • Patrick Blanck (1980–1982)
  • Bobby Savage (1982–1983)
  • Steve Zing (on and off between 1983–1986)
  • ROBO (1983)
  • Vinnie Signorelli (1984)
  • Adolfo Galella (1986)
  • Rich Matalian (1986)
  • Stacey Morris (1987)
  • Tony DiLeo (1988–1989)
  • Eddie Enzyme (1989–1990)
  • Steve Sloppy (1990, see Sloppy Seconds)
  • Joe Darone (1990–1992)
  • Jeff O'Hara (1993, 1993–1994)
  • Ratty (1993)
  • John Rosado (1994–1995)
  • Atom Cheeze (1996)
  • Mormo Stinkbat (1997, 1998)
  • Sébastien DeChamplain (1998)
  • Gram Slam (on and off between 1998–1999)
  • James "Jaw" Alexander (1999–2000, see The American Plague)
  • Joey Image (2000–2002)
  • Angel Bartolotta (2001)
  • Billy Bones (2002)
  • Serial Bill Gotta (Halloween 2007)
  • Joel Gausten (1998–1999, 2002, 2006–2008)
  • Hitomi - drums (2008–2010)

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