MBP (Gro) / Fang (US) @ W.N.C., Groningen NL 3 May 1987   Leave a comment

FangFang is a punk rock band that originated in 1981. Fang was originally part of the punk rock scene in Berkeley, California in the 1980s. The band broke up in 1989 when key member Sam McBride was sent to prison for killing his girlfriend, Dixie Lee Carney. Upon his release, in 1995, McBride changed his name to Sammytown and reformed Fang.

History:
Fang’s first record under the name ‘Fang’ was actually more of an experimental record, according to the band; the “Yukon Fang” single. Fang guitarist Tom Flynn and bass player Brian Beattie, his former bandmate from the bands “Tapeworm” and “Safety Patrol”, put out “Yukon Fang” as a duo and thus Fang was born. The original version of Fang toured the country once, only to break up shortly thereafter with Beattie moving on to Texas where he later formed the band Glass Eye. While this was happening, Sam McBride, the band’s vocalist, was singing with future Fang drummer Greg Langston in the band “Shut up”. Eventually, “Fang” won out, and the band’s lineup included McBride, Chris Wilson (bass), Tom Flynn (guitar), and Joel Fox (drums). Together they contributed the song “Fun with Acid” on the Not so Quiet on the Western Front compilation LP. Shortly thereafter, guitarist Tom Flynn created “Boner Records” and released their debut LP and EP Landshark and “Where the Wild Things Are.” Tim Stiletto drummed on the latter. These two releases are now considered classic east bay punk.

In January 1986, the “Spun Helga” LP was recorded in West Germany with McBride singing vocals, and two Germans named Joe (Guitar) and Ollie (Drums) playing instruments. We Bite Records in Germany released the LP, but in the U.S. it was handled by National Trust Records. Fang next released was 1987’s “A Mi Ga Sfafas?” (The title literally means “Give Me Head?” in Yugoslavian). The lineup during this era was McBride, Bill Collins (guitar), Joe Miller (bass), and Steve Chinn (drums). Drummer Mike Branum replaced Chinn and Fang recorded the album “Pissed-Off Buddah”, which remained unreleased until 2008, when it was released with Fang’s other albums “Spun Helga” and “A Mi Ga Sfafas?”

In 1989, Sam McBride was sentenced to six years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Dixie Lee Carney.

During Fang’s inevitable break, punk rock group Green Day recorded a cover of their song “I Want to Be on TV” and released it on the B-Side of their hit single “Geek Stink Breath”. The song was later re-released on the groups B-Side compilation album Shenanigans.

Nirvana played “The Money Will Roll Right In” live on many occasions, perhaps most famously at the 1992 Reading Festival.

After a long break, Fang regrouped in 1995 and put out the “Electric Chair” single on Man’s Ruin Records. The lineup at this time included Sam McBride (vocals) (Sam had recently legally changed his name to “Sammytown”), Greg Langston (Drums), Bill Burnett (Guitar) and Josh Levine (Bass). This incarnation of the Band recorded the “American Nightmare” LP on Wingnut Records.

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