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Icky Boyfriends

San Francisco cult band the Icky Boyfriends echoed the musical and lyrical naiveté of artists like Jonathan Richman and Half Japanese, borrowing the lovelorn geekiness of the former and the amateurish, nearly avant-garde clatter of the latter. However, their collective persona notwithstanding, their crude abrasiveness had more in common with the noise rock underground, particularly that distinct streak of Bay Area weirdness that also informed other long-running scene staples like Caroliner. The Icky Boyfriends were formed circa 1989, featuring Jonathan Swift on vocals, Shea Bond on guitar, and Anthony Bedard on drums. Bedard had previously played with a garage-flavored band called the Leather Uppers under the stage name Tone EB. The Icky Boyfriends stuck around for more than a decade, performing on a mostly local basis. Despite their longevity, their music was documented very sporadically, with only the occasional vinyl single or EP on a tiny indie. Those releases included the Cuckoo and End of Lust EPs for Blackjack, and the "Frank's Mom" single for C&P. The Icky Boyfriends also starred as themselves in the 1996 pseudo-documentary film I'm Not Fascinating, directed by Super-8 filmmaker Danny Plotnick; an accompanying LP of the same name was released on Past It Records. In 2000, the Menlo Park label issued a limited-edition, career-wrapping compilation titled Talking to You Is Just Like Being Dead, which consisted mostly of previously unreleased studio cuts. Bedard continued on in a duo called the Resineators, with guitarist David Nudelman. In 2010 the band reunited and began working on new material. Longtime fan John Dwyer of garage darlings Thee Oh Sees recorded one of their first shows in 2013 and released the recordings on his Castle Face label the next year under the title Live in San Francisco. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Love Obscene

Disc 1

1. Burrito

2. Miss Nevada

3. Ann Can Fly

4. 22

5. Nervous Guy

6. Passion Assasin

7. Ecophobia

8. Katemania

9. Nihls

10. Our Love Song

11. Pay n' Pak

12. Amanda

13. Rock And Roll A**hole

14. Pigs

15. Hot N' Hunky

16. Frank's Mom

17. What We Had

18. Kids In Fresno

19. No Duh

20. Recyling Center

21. Toenails

22. Skitty

23. Cuckoo

24. Drug War

25. King Of Zeitgeist

26. Industrial Melanism

27. Why I'm Here

28. My Disciples

29. I'm Not Fascinating

30. I Was…

31. As I Recall

32. Nightshade Family

33. She Said

34. Seal Of Approval

Disc 2

1. Frank: A Rock Opera

2. Frank's Mom (2)

3. Pigs (2)

4. Searchin' For Love

5. Katemania (2)

6. Kidnapped Co-ed

7. Closet

8. Bay Colony Baby

9. New Kids

10. Repress Yourself

11. Vicious Duck

12. Sycamore St.

13. Anti-Brautigan Pome

14. Why's You Kill Me?

15. Blame It On Guy

16. Flying Monkey

17. Katerophenia

18. Mc Geopolitics

19. Ice Cream

20. Pussycat

21. Paul Simon

22. Western Addtion

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Great band name. I dig 'em.

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