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...Jeff was already a disenchanted drop-out from the Berklee College of Music when he finally gave into his friend Pete Coffey’s urgings to check out a punk show—which was the friggin’ Clash in ’79 @ the Palladium!!  Next came Black Flag @ the Peppermint Lounge.  Feverously inspired, Jeff formed “Expatriot,” whose career lasted for all of one gig.  His band dreams were stalled until he met Ron, an amped-up, like-minded soul,  @ “One Way Records” in Huntington , NY, a gathering place for local musicians & underground music fans.  Now all they needed was a bassist…

Meanwhile, Nelson & Jon were calling themselves “That Annoying Static Cling,” & recording fairly juvenile ditties in Nelson’s basement with names like “My Baby’s an H-Bomb” & “Taco Bell in Outer Space.”  Their main influences were early Devo, Talking Heads, Cramps, etc.  Nelson played the tape for Ron (they were students @ Northport High School together, along with Jon), who brought it to Jeff & the light bulb went off—two bands for the price of one! Ron & Jeff gave Nelson & Jon a crash course in hardcore, & both bands exploded from there. 

“Insanity Defense” got their name from the infamous plea in John Hinckley, Jr.’s trial.  “Satan’s Cheerleaders” got theirs from the title of a really bad softcore horror movie. (A rockabilly band out of Texas who have a much more successful discography than us chose the same name, but we were first, bitches!)  Between them, ID & SC sold hundreds of copies around the world & played some high level gigs (ID with the Minute Men & Hüsker Dü @ Love Hall in Philly, & SC with Government Issue @ CBGB’s, among many others).  They were together from about 1983 til 1985, & despite various outstanding beefs, grudges & blood vendettas, still remain friends to this day...

 
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