High school bands are usually best forgotten, but then they don’t all have drummers who go on to be Hollywood megastars.
Ben Stiller’s juvenile outfit have languished in obscurity for too long, according Captured Tracks, the Brooklyn indie home to the likes of Perfect Pussy and The Soft Moon. Capital Punishment’s 1982 album has become a minor cult classic in the three decades since its release, and now the label has announced a full vinyl issue of the band’s first and last album, Roadkill.
Talking about his group on the Howard Stern Show this week, Stiller described them as “ridiculously weird”. “I was like 15, 16, and my friend from high school, Chris, started this band […] I was the drummer,” he said.
The record was initially pressed up in 500 copies, but none were sold, according to the group’s bassist Peter Swann, now an appellate judge on the Arizona court of appeals. He told the Arizona Republic that he and Stiller later formed a rap group, Sucker MCs, but they quit when the Beastie Boys appeared. “They were 600 times better than we were,” said Swann, who says he still has a cassette of Sucker MCs music, but he doesn’t expect anyone will want to hear it. How wrong he is.
A release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but you can listen to Capital Punishment’s awkward no/new wave, Beefheartian stylings and fake English accents in the album’s title track and ‘Delta Time’ – we approve! [via Stereogum]