As we enter our last week of The Bands Of Gonerfest Eleven , we are going to feature two bands with links to Goner Records. Today we are meeting or not meeting The Son Of Vom. This is a cover Band and they cover Vom, so if you don’t know who Vom was, this is for you….
VOM was conceived in 1976 as a self-described beat combo featuring the renowned writer and critic Richard Meltzer on vocals, with Gregg Turner on second vocals and “Metal” Mike Saunders (under the pseudonym “Ted Klusewski”) on drums. The band also featured Dave Guzman on “tuneless rhythm guitar”, Lisa Brenneis (“Gurl”) on bass guitar, and Phil Koehn on lead guitar. The name VOM was an abbreviation for “vomit”, as their early live act was said by Meltzer and Turner to have included throwing various viscera, cow parts and food substances at the audience to provoke a reaction.
Both Meltzer and Saunders had already contributed to music as a whole in very distinct conduits. Richard Meltzer had written The Aesthetics of Rock (written in ’68 but published in ’70) which was certainly the first serious discussion of rock music in long format as an art form. Mike Saunders was credited for coining the term “heavy metal” as a music genre while writing for Rolling Stone. In 1970, he wrote: “Here [Humble Pie] were a noisy, unmelodic, heavy metal-leaden shit-rock band, with the loud and noisy parts beyond doubt,” in a review of As Safe As Yesterday Is. “This album,” he continues, “more of the same 27th-rate heavy metal crap, is worse than the first two put together, though I know that sounds incredible.” Although Saunders himself states that the title is “right there” in Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” (“heavy metal thunder…”) and the term predates even this in William S. Burroughs’ novel The Wild Boys, Saunders was the first to lend it to the new hard rock of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.
Besides “I’m in Love With Your Mom” and “Too Animalistic” (both later incorporated into the Angry Samoans catalog), VOM were notorious for a song called “Electrocute Your Cock”, which began with Saunders’ Ramones-like tom tom beat and Meltzer’s cries of “Electrocute your cock, electrocute your cock / Looking for a handjob? Stick It in a clock!”. Despite its profane audacity, it had enough pop catchiness and wit to become a minor hit for the band. Other VOM material included “Broads Are Equal” and “I Am (The Son of Sam)”.
Videos for “I’m in Love With Your Mom”, “Too Animalistic” and “Electrocute Your Cock” were produced, directed by Richard Casey (who went on to create videos for Blue Öyster Cult, Buck Dharma and Romeo Void). “I’m in Love With Your Mom” was shot as the band performed on the beach, with Meltzer wearing briefs on his head. The more humorous and visually interesting “Electrocute Your Cock” video included footage of Meltzer sprawling backwards in a chair while screaming the lyrics and sitting in a bathtub being electrocuted. Both videos (and interviews with Meltzer, Saunders and Turner) were later included in the Angry Samoans True Documentary video ….Wikipedia…VOM
VOM – Too Animalistic
Son of Vom (featuring musicians who are either currently in or have played in Manateees, Nots, Buck Biloxi and the Fucks, and Final Solutions)
Hi our name is….
SON OF VOM
And our sound might be best described as….
It sounds like Vom. That’s short for Vomit.
Mr. Vom II. Joey Fingers. Greg Loozinksi. Your Mom.
We are originally from…..
Beast Town USA, home of hand jobs and clocks, malls and hepcats, suburban gals and their more attractive moms.
What was the 1st Record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?
I was a wee tot. Had yet to discover the joys of a good sears catalog pud pull. But I did know where my mom’s change purse was. I filched some coin and copped the Tommy Roe “Sweet Pea” 45. That song was a real son of a bitch.
The first time we met was…..
I don’t know you man.
We knew we were going to be a Band when………
Greg Turner came to me in a dream. He said – “do not do this. this should not be done.” And then he morphed into a small whale that was licking me and my legs had turned to crystal and I got scared and said stop it that’s too animalistic.
What are you looking forward to most at Gonerfest this year?
Getting paid. These fucking reunion shows are the pits. Just keep the granola creeps away from me and everything will be OK.
Our craziest gig ever was….
We played this one moon gig, the space crickets outnumbered the audience 100-1 and Greg Loozinski got a drumstick stuck in his buttcrack. Punk.
What tunes are you currently jamming to…
Louie Louie. No Surf Commies.
What are some of the 1st songs you remember listening to that made you say, that’s what I want to do
No Surf Commies. Louie Louie.
When you are touring and have some time off , where could we find you..,.,
On the pot.
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us
You think this ones bad just wait til the next one. It’s a real doozie.
electrocute yer cock….. vom
Vom – Punkmobile
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