John Ransom - vocals, Gish Stiffness - bass, Julia Smut - drums, Sean "the duck" Mallard - guitar, Scott "prospect" O'Brien - guitar.
SMUT PEDDLERS started in the summer of 1993. Originally it was Gish and a guitar player just jamming out in an apartment at 220 Avenue H apt. B, Redondo Beach, CA. Julia was in apartment A. Gish did some recruiting and she and John Ransom joined up shortly thereafter. There were a couple other people involved in the beginning, but no one that ever stuck around more than a few weeks.
SMUT PEDDLERS, the early years... So they played their first show at Toe's Tavern in Redondo Beach. Toe's is gone now; I think they sell rattan and wicker there. They played shows at Frog's in Lawndale, the Wolves Den in Manhattan Bch., the Crest Bar in Torrance, Hermosa Saloon in Hermosa Bch., the Pitcherhouse in Hermosa Bch., Sacred Grounds in San Pedro, various VFW halls & YMCA's, backyard parties, etc... They played those places until they closed down or until the establishment decided they couldn't handle "punk rock" bands anymore. Gish moved south, to Orange County and Julia followed suit a few years later. John Ransom still resides in the South Bay. So it remains, the original triad of John, Gish and Julia. The list of guitarists: ...who really cares about the past, what matters now is the present, and presently we have Sean Mallard (formerly of Naughty Monkey) on guitar. He is an Orange County native. Smut Peddlers have also added Cleveland to Newport Beach transplant Scott O'Brien on second guitar.
So, now its 2004... To date SMUT PEDDLERS have 4 full length cds and a live seven inch record out on their own label, Ransom Records. Recently the band has joined the TKO Records family. A new full length "Coming Out" in April '04 on TKO Records. Orange Countys Hostage Records has put out two seven inches, Silicone & STP and Bipolar Girl, as well as having two exclusive songs on the Hostage Situation cd compilation, one exclusive song on their Cuts Vol.1 cd series compilation and a new song on the vinyl only compilation, "Tower 13". The PEDDLERS have been on a ton of misc. projects (check out the discography page). Smut Peddlers have a song in MTV's "jackass: the movie". The song, "Let's Get F***ed Up" is in the movie and available on the soundtrack. The director of jackass, Jeff Tremaine, and the director of photography, Rick Kosick, also shot a video of the the song. Green Hell/ Stereodrive Records in Germany released ISM, out on limited edition vinyl in Europe which promptly sold out. 77 RPM Records will be releasing a split 7" with Throw Rag and the Jack Saints each doing a GEARS cover as well as releasing "Tarball 2000" on vinyl, hopefuly by fall of 2004. Recent releases include a vinyl only release on Deadbeat Records titled "Ten Inch" with 8 brand new songs as well as . Also the Stab & Kill Records comp. has "Riot At The Pier" on it for all you collectors or hardcore fans. The new Sessions Records comp. is also out featuring a previously released song off of ISM. So what's next? Well, the band went into the studio with the one and only Billy Zoom; Nice Guy and Punk Legend, and recorded 3 new songs, an ultra limited 7" titled "EXIT PLAN" on Ransom Records to be released by the middle of March. A 10" picture disc on Rock 'N' Roll Radio Records out of Belgium and 7" on Chainsaw Massacre Records out of Switzerland are on the horizon.
'Course they do... Some bands they have played with: Pennywise, Hot Water Music, Swingin Utters, Flogging Molly, Youth Brigade, the Dwarves, the Distillers, Voodoo Glow Skulls, U.K. Subs, the Adicts, the Skulls, the Dwarves, D.I., the Controllers, Dr. Know, Ill Repute, Decry, ANTI, the Crowd, Angry Samoans, the ADZ, Mau Maus, the Humpers, U.S. Bombs, One Man Army, Duane Peters & the Hunns, Cadillac Tramps, Throw Rag, River City Rebels, the Stitches, Smogtown, Bonecrusher, the Exploding Hearts, the Frogs, the Virus, the Voids, the Riffs, etc... etc...
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