Not everyone with the last name Murphy can be a Murph, but many who know Ryan from the scene may have never known him by any other name. If you ever had cause to doubt that Murph is a genuine Murph, this podcast episode should set you straight once and for all. He and Dave cover a lot of ground, charting his path from kindergarten delinquent to junior high criminal to high school Straight Edge drummer and beyond.
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Most of these conversations will contain shorthand speech and insider info that both parties will be familiar with and won’t necessarily stop to explain for the listener. Whenever possible, Dave will provide some after-the-fact definitions and descriptions. Like your own personal eavesdropping translator.
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MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
UNDERTOW: Seattle Straight Edge band from the early to mid 90s. Murph played drums. Click HERE.
BROTHERHOOD: Early Seattle Straight Edge Hardcore. Set the stage for everything to come. Click HERE.
FIRST STEP: A late-80s Straight Edge band from Bellingham, WA. Not to be confused with THE FIRST STEP from North Carolina.
REFUSE: An early incarnation of the band that would become UNDERTOW. Not to be confused with REFUSED from Sweden.
“John on bass”: John Pettibone. See episode 24 of this podcast.
Ron: Ron Guardipee. See episode 6 of this podcast.
Brian Bauer: Ran a label called SCORCH and later a little bigger one named RX REMEDY. Put out records by AMENITY, RESOLUTION, GALLEONS LAP, and HARRY DEAN STANTON (Yes, that guy).
LAST GASP: CLICK HERE.
ASPIRIN FEAST: CLICK HERE.
Mark Holcomb: See episode 27 of this podcast.
Val: Frequent early-90s partner-in-crime with Dave.
Sea Hag: Some people know him as the artist known as EGO. Or Scott. CLICK HERE.
Derek Harn: Moved to Seattle from Utah just in time to be Dave’s roommate for a month in 1992. Played bass in TRIAL and HIMSA. Just happens to work on this very website.
MOUTHPIECE: Click HERE.
THE CURE: Click HERE.
Greg Anderson: Important figure in early Seattle HC. Maybe someday I’ll get him on the podcast? Click HERE.
ANGRY SAMOANS: Early American Punk. Click HERE.
SSD: SS DECONTROL. Short for Society System Decontrol, which can be shortened even more to SSD. An early 80s Boston SXE band. Click HERE.
MINOR THREAT: Click HERE.
MISFITS: Click HERE.
CELTIC FROST: Click HERE.
SEX PISTOLS: Click HERE.
THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN: Click HERE.
120 Minutes: Old MTV alternative music show. Click HERE.
Fallout: Fallout Records and Skateboards. A Seattle institution. RIP. Click HERE.
Straight Edge: A lifestyle choice of abstinence from drugs and alcohol that originated in the Washington DC punk scene in the early 1980s. It quickly caught fire in the minds of weirdos everywhere and spread worldwide. The X is used as its symbol, and SXE is how you shorthand it.
Vision Quest: CLICK HERE.
Zorlac Metallica Board: CLICK HERE.
Another State of Mind: Click HERE.
JANE’S ADDICTION: CLICK HERE.
Joel: Joel Degraff. Original singer for Undertow. Later Saidchild and currently in Same Animal. Click HERE.
LOVE & ROCKETS: CLICK HERE.
YOUTH OF TODAY: CLICK HERE.
FALSE LIBERTY: Pre-BROTHERHOOD Seattle Hardcore band. Click HERE.
TURNING POINT: CLICK HERE.
RESOLUTION: Post-BROTHERHOOD band. Click HERE.
Seth: Seth Linstrum. Second guitar player for Undertow at one time and later guitarist for Saidchild and many others. Currently in Glass Trains. Click HERE.
SAIDCHILD: A MORRISSEY-influenced Hardcore band started by members that split off from UNDERTOW. Released a 7” on Ron G’s OVERKILL RECORDS. Click HERE.
FACE FIRST: A Straight Edge Hardcore band that Soto Rebelos played bass in before he was in 10:07.
ACCUSED: CLICK HERE.
POISON IDEA: Classic Punk Rock band from Portland, OR. Click HERE.
INSIDE OUT: CLICK HERE.
SICK OF IT ALL: CLICK HERE.
Demian: See episodes 16 and 26.5 of this podcast.
Excursion: Dave’s now defunct record label.
10:07: Click HERE.
ENGINE KID: CLICK HERE.
GALLEON’S LAP: CLICK HERE.
SLEEPER: The band that became Serpico. CLICK HERE.
“Var was there”: That dude from NO IDEA Records.
Hiltz: John Hiltz. Key player who put on shows, took photos, played music, and let hordes of roving maniacs stay at his house.
STRUGGLE: Hardcore band from San Diego. Had a split 7” with UNDERTOW and a number of other releases. Click HERE.
SPARKMARKER: CLICK HERE.
Vanderbrooke: Chris Vanderbrooke, drummer from Engine Kid and prior Bellingham resident. Sadly now gone. Click HERE.
JOHN HENRY WEST: CLICK HERE.
CHOKEHOLD: Click HERE.
GRADE: Click HERE.
STRIFE: Click HERE.
EARTH CRISIS: Click HERE.
SNAPCASE: Click HERE.
DIGH DOWN: Click HERE.
SEAWEED: Click HERE.
UNBROKEN: Click HERE.
NINEIRONSPITFIRE: A post-Undertow NW hardcore band. Click HERE.
DEMPSEY: Another post-UNDERTOW band. Click HERE.
NOTHING LEFT: Another post-Undertow Seattle band. They still have a Myspace page! CLICK HERE.
BOTCH: Click HERE.
TRIAL: Click HERE.
IGNITE: Click HERE.
TEMPERANCE: Click HERE.
SHIFT: Click HERE.
TEXAS IS THE REASON: Click HERE.
C.R.: Click HERE.
RAW DEAL: Click HERE.
SHEER TERROR: Click HERE.
TEN YARD FIGHT: Click HERE.
ENSIGN: Click HERE.
GOOD RIDDANCE: Click HERE.
454 BIG BLOCK: Click HERE.
EYE FOR AN EYE: Click HERE.
THE HELM: Click HERE.
Nate Turpin: See episode 5 of this podcast.
STATE ROUTE 522: Click HERE.
Equal Vision: Record Label. Click HERE.
The legendary money bag:
I’VE KNOWN YOU TOO LONG
David Larson is a screenwriter from the Seattle area who ran an independent record label called EXCURSION for many years. Over the course of the last three decades, Dave has formed friendships with a large number of people who have made an artistic impact, mostly in the world of Punk Rock and Hardcore music. Many of these people have gone on to greater and more varied adventures in the worlds of art, film, music, politics, and activism. In this podcast, Dave uses the timeline of their first meeting to explore back and forth through their histories to try and gain a better understanding of how they came to be the people they are today.
They say history is written by the conquerors, and while none of these campaigns are complete yet, it is time to get some of these tales nailed down before they are lost to time and age.
Check out Dave’s episode of the WORD ON THE STREET podcast HERE.
Check out Dave and Ron Guardipee’s episode of the EDGELAND podcast HERE.