In the final edition of our three part Q&A series with some of our favorite ROIR artists, we spoke to Nick Marden of 70s NYC underground band Stimulators. The Stimulators, which featured a 13 year old Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags) on drums, wrote the punk anthem “Loud Fast Rules!”.
The slogan “Loud Fast Rules!” has been used widely by punks throughout the decades and has lent its name to everything from radio shows to magazines. Our Stimulators live album goes by the very same name, and we’re proud to emblazon “Loud Fast Rules!” on one of our new t-shirt designs.
What was the first album or single you purchased?
With my own hard earned money, can’t remember whether it was The Tubes, The Ramones or the Where Eagles Dare Soundtrack. Or maybe it was Zappa’s “Apostrophe”.
What was the first concert you attended?
I was brought along too a lot of music as a child. The 1st time I was really aware that I was “at a concert”. I think was Monterey Pop #1 in Big Sur.
What is the best slice of pizza in NYC?
Sal’s on Rivington.
What is your musical “guilty pleasure”?
Not guilty about my pleasures.
All time favorite band? Current favorite band?
Bad Brains and Bad Brains.
If you had to pick one song to sing at karaoke, what would it be?
Not terribly thrilled with Karaoke.
If you could play any other instrument, what would it be? Piano
NEW AT ROIR: Cro-Mags “Final Quarrel” DVD
The Stimulators’ feature a 12 year old Harley Flanagan, who later grew up to start the Cro-Mags… so for a limited time, you can SAVE UP TO $5if you buy the Cro-Mags “Final Quarrel” DVD with the Stimulators’ “Loud Fast Rules!” CD or LP… Order the Cro-Mags DVD
CD + DVD $24 (reg. $28) | LP + DVD $26 (reg. $29)
Summer’s almost over, can you belize it!? We got some rad releases for you to look forward to as fall arrives…
“In Search of Black Judas”
CD / LP
Oct 26, 2010
Bad Brains bassist, Darryl Jenifer returns to ROIR, home to the Bad Brains’ legendary debut album, to release his solo debut.
“In Search of Black Judas” blasts off with hardcore riffs and monstrous grooves, delivered with classic Bad Brains fire and fury and the quickness to shift into downtempo reggae passages. It’s a heady and intoxicating mix of sounds that continues a quest for innovation and soulful vibes, anchored by Jenifer’s rock steady lines. Read more…
“Harvest the Beast”
Sep 14, 2010
IMPOSE MAGAZINE says: It’s a soulful, greasy, howlin’ whiteboy kind of rant-rock that’s even greater than the sum of all its crazy parts, a frantic, no-holds-barred, “fuck the rules” kind of album that we desperately need right now… Let’s just say that what we have here is one of the albums of the year, mos def, and leave it at that. Read more…
The Legendary Pink Dots
“Seconds Late for the Brighton Line”
CD / Double LP
October 5, 2010
After more than 25 years, the Legendary Pink Dots continue to make compelling new music that is demanded by fans and maintains the high level of quality that set their careers in motion. Their new album finds the band in familiar territory; pulsing Krautrock, dark and sinister pop and epic post-industrial soundscapes. The album invites the listener to put on head phones, close their eyes and embark on a technicolor journey. Legendary Pink Dots embark on a US/Canada tour in October. Read more…
“Loud Fast Rules!”
CD / LP
Oct 5, 2010
A long awaited re-issue on vinyl & CD of the celebrated ROIR cassette, this is more than just a record; it’s a piece of NYC punk history. “Loud Fast Rules!” captures the band doing what they do best, playing a sharp, fast, energetic live set of catchy, feisty songs that mix punk with metal, reggae and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. A perfect soundtrack to a slam dancing, pit slamming, pogo party! Read more…