- Stick Men with Ray Guns
Stick Men with Ray Guns was an American
punk rockgroup from Dallas, Texas. The group's name comes from a comiccalled Stick Man with Ray Gun. They formed in 1981 after lead singer Bobby Soxx (formerly of the Teenage Queers) attended a show by guitarist Clarke Backer's previous group, Bag of Wire. [http://www.emperorjones.com/stickmen.html Biography] , Emperor Jones Records. Accessed November 18, 2007.] Their first show was a date opening for Black Flagin spring 1981. They also opened on Texas dates for punk groups such as X, Dead Kennedys, TSOL, The Misfits, Bad Brains, UK Subs, and Butthole Surfers. They went on hiatus in 1987 and reconvened in 1988 to write new material; their last show was in June 1988.
The group was distinguished by their raucous and aggressive musical style, confrontational and offensive lyrics, and a correspondingly decadent lifestyle. Their sets were often self-destructive, as they would intentionally perform songs which they had barely or never rehearsed. Bobby Soxx was notorious for starting fights frequently, [http://www.dallasobserver.com/2000-11-02/music/grave-city/ Grave City] . "
Dallas Observer", November 2, 2000. Accessed November 18, 2007.] stealing drugs on tour, urinating on other groups in concert, and inserting microphones into his anusbefore leaving the set for the next band. [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/22061-some-people-deserve-to-suffer?artist_title=22061-some-people-deserve-to-suffer Review of "Some People Deserve to Suffer"] . Pitchfork Media, March 6, 2003. Accessed November 18, 2007.]
In its heyday, the group recorded little, never toured outside of Texas and was not well known beyond the regional punk scene. However, as interest in the early Texas punk scene increased over time, groups like Stick Men with Ray Guns and
The Hugh Beaumont Experience(whose own fame surged after the breakout success of Butthole Surfers) acquired a cultstatus among punk fans. Stick Men became better known when the Richard Hell/ Thurston Mooreproject, Dim Stars, covered their song "Christian Rat Attack". In 2000, guitarist Clarke Backer re-released 16 of their recordings on an album entitled "Some People Deserve to Suffer". In 2002, the album was picked up, enlarged to 23 tracks, and re-released on Emperor Jones/ Drag City; the reissue received highly positive reviews from several major press agencies [Review of "Some People Deserve to Suffer". "Magnet", January/February 2003.] [Review of "Some People Deserve to Suffer". "Mojo", December 2002, p. 113.] and was named the #6 in "Mojo"'s Best Underground Albums of 2002 list. ["Best Underground Albums of 2002". "Mojo", January 2003, p. 75.]
After spending time in
prisonand a mental hospital, Bobby Soxx died of alcohol poisoningon October 23, 2000.
*Bobby Soxx (Bobby Glenn Calverly) - vocals
*Clarke Blacker - guitar
*Scott Elam - drums
*Bob Beeman - bass
*Valerie Bowles - bass (briefly)
*Mark Ridlin - bass (briefly)
* [http://www.stickmenwithrayguns.com/ Official website]
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