Poison Idea

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

These hardcore heavyweights’ broad appearance (nearly all the band members could be generously described as obese) gave little credence to the harsh, speedy rock path they pursued. Formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, in late 1980, their first incarnation featured Jerry A. (Jerry Lang; vocals), Pig Champion (b. Tom Roberts, 4 November 1958, USA, d. 31 January 2006, Portland, Oregon, USA; guitar), Glen Estes (bass) and Dean Johnson (drums). They debuted with the unwieldy EP Pick Your King, which contained no less than 13 tracks, packaged in a sleeve featuring Elvis Presley on one side and Jesus Christ on the other. Chris Tense had replaced Estes by the time of 1984’s wonderfully titled ‘Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes’ 12-inch. By the time of 1986’s Kings Of Punk they were slightly more tuneful, but no less belligerent. However, Johnson and Tense were both fired and replaced by Steve ‘Thee Slayer Hippy’ Hanford (drums) and...

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