The Angry Samoans formed in 1978 out of the remains of short-lived joke-punk band VOM. Comprised largely of rock critics, VOM played perhaps a dozen LA area gigs and released one EP before breaking up. During their brief existence the band earned a reputation for their hilarious, scatological lyrics, and the onstage antics of lead singer Richard Meltzer; these included audience baiting and throwing live worms and cockroaches into the crowd.
That sense of humor and lyrical vulgarity carried over to the Samoans. Formed by drummer Metal Mike Saunders (who has been credited in some quarters for popularizing the term “Heavy Metal”) and guitarist Gregg Turner, both rock writers published mainly in Creem magazine, the band took the psychedelic... Read More