- The Avengers (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Avengers
Img_capt = The Avengers in 2006
Background = group_or_band
Origin = San Francisco,
Genre = Punk
Years_active = 1977–Present
Greg Ingraham, guitar
Past_members = Brad Kunt
Danny 'Furious' Obrien
The Avengers were a San Francisco-based punk band in the first wave of American punk.
Penelope Houston, who later became a folk musician, was their singer. In 1977, Houston moved to San Francisco, attended the San Francisco Art Institute, and shortly thereafter became the lead singer and songwriterfor the Avengers. A three-song EP on Dangerhouse Recordswas issued in 1977. [ [http://www.stdteco.ca/~rina/avengers.html] ]
The Avengers opened for the
Sex Pistolsin San Francisco at their final show at Winterland, and their four-song EP was produced by Steve Jones of that band. Several months later, this recording was released on White Noise Recordsfeaturing the memorable song, "The American in Me," as well as " Uh Oh!," "Corpus Christi," and "White Nigger." In addition to Houston, James Wilseyplayed bass, Danny 'Furious' Obrienplayed drums, and Greg Ingrahamplayed guitar. Brad Kentplayed guitar on "Corpus Christi." [ [http://www.stdteco.ca/~rina/avengers.html] ]
An album called "The Avengers" (aka 'the pink album') was issued in 1983. Although the LP has long since gone out of print and into what Houston refers to as "legal limbo," it is available on CDR format directly from her website. In 1999, a
compilation albumof unreleased tracks and outtakes called " The Avengers Died for Your Sins" was issued by Lookout! Records.
The CD "
The American in Me" released in 2004, has four studio tracks and eight live tracks recorded at the Old Waldorf in 1979.
With the release of the new CD, vocalist Penelope Houston has joined with original guitarist Greg Ingraham to bring the Avengers back to life, completing the line-up with bassist Joel Reader (
The Mr. T Experience, The Plus Ones) and drummer Luis Illades ( Pansy Division, The Plus Ones).
On July 16, 2006 Penelope and Greg joined
Pearl Jamto perform "American in Me" (credited as "Amerikan In Me" on Pearl Jam's official bootlegs) at the Bill Graham Civic Center. [ [http://www.stdteco.ca/~rina/avengers.html] ]
Penelope Houston, vox
*Greg Ingraham, guitar (1977-1978)
*Brad Kunt, guitar (1979)
*Danny 'Furious' Obrien, drums
*Jimmy Wilsey, bass
*Penelope Houston, vox (original Avenger)
*Greg Ingraham, guitar (original Avenger)
*Joel Reader, bass and vox (The Plus Ones, MTX, and scAvengers)
*Luis Illades, drums (The Plus Ones, Pansy Division)
*3-song 7" EP (
Dangerhouse Records, 1977)
*4-song 12 EP (
White Noise Records, 1979)
*"The Avengers" (
CD Presents, 1983)
The Avengers Died For Your Sins" ( Lookout! Records, 1999)
The American In Me" ( DBKWorks, 2004)
* [http://www.myspace.com/Avengers The (sc)Avengers] on
* [http://penelope.net/ Penelope Houston's official web site]
* [http://punkcast.com/1028/ PUNKCAST#1028] video of
CBGBshow - Sep 8 2006.
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