Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rednecks in Pain

As we embark on this foray into Nashville’s 90s punk history, the most logical place to start seemed to be Rednecks in Pain. Since no official information is available to me at current (Google searches are fruitless), the following background info is only what i’ve pieced together.

R.I.P. seemed to be together from about 1988 - 1990 (give or take a year). They released two demos, and two EP’s and remain pretty legendary around these parts. Equipped with a goofy, country boy sense of humor, a nasty disposition, and hardcore punk hooks that could snap your neck, I don’t doubt these guys used to put on a hell of a show.

Singer Cat and guitarist Don Kendall went on to form Fun Girls from Mt. Pilot, who were featured on this blog last year. While the music between the two isn’t a whole lot different most of the time, R.I.P. were a little less focused in terms of style. Tracks like “AK-47” and “Painted a Pretty Picture” stray into hard rock, metal, and psychedelic alternarock territory.

Provided here is 3/4 of their discography. Their second demo cassette, Sick Semen, is mostly there for posterity. I did my best to make it as listenable as possible, but unfortunately, I think this is as good as it gets for 20-year-old DIY cassette release.

Bonus: a little digging turned up this video of a band that may or may not be the same Rednecks in Pain:


John D. Wilkinson said...

Oh, that certainly is the same Rednecks in Pain. Cat was my best friend in grade school. I have some history with these guys.

Cat said...

Hey, I know quite a bit about the history of this band since I was the lead vocalist on all of our recordings. If anyone cares, the group played their first show in 1986 or 1987 with a different vocalist (Rusty, who went on to front Stupid Americanz). I joined in 1987 and left around 1990. Frank from Fatal PMS replaced me and the group called it quits around 1991.

As far as being more "musically focused," maybe so until our last record, "Tribal Dance Sequence," which was all over the place in terms of style. We really didn't know what we wanted to be at that point in our careers and it really shows on that record.

Anyway, thanks for this blog. It's pretty cool that someone is preserving all this local music history.

Bob said...

This is Bob the ariginal bass player from the stupid americanz! I love going through this sight. Damn I miss the old day's.
Ps. I still have that old walshburn

Patrick - said...

Cat, Bob,

This is Patrick who used to book shows in Carbondale, Illinois at House-O-Voodew, Lost Cross House and 611 Pizza. I have some video footage from a RIP/SA show at 611 Pizza that I can put on DVD for you.

Also, I do have a RIP song on You Tube, right here:

Patrick - said...

Oh yeah, Seth...if you're interested in a copy of the RIP/SA video stuff I have just get in contact with me and I'll get you a copy as well.

Thanks for doing this site!


Carcass said...

I'm very interested in putting out a Discography of Rednecks in Pain. I grew up on their music, they used to send me cassettes, T-Shirts and 7"'s and were generally very awesome. Anyone from RIP want to contact me about that?

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