Checking In With “OFF!” And Punk Rock Icon Keith Morris!

Keith Morris Punk Rock Legacy Continues In Hardcore Band “OFF!”

OFF! Band Front Line Up!

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OFF!, Lead Singer “Keith Morris” Vocals!

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OFF!, “Wasted Years” Skateboard Deck!

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OFF!, “Wasted Years,” Video – Full Album!

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Punk Rock Legends Keith, Ian and Henry!

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Keith Morris Working It From Rotations

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Maty’s Corner #12 Keith Morris

Maty’s Corner #12

Keith Burned a Black Flag, Got a Midget Handjob, Won The Circle Jerk and Got OFF!

 

                        This well known voice of our scene came screaming in 1976 as a co-founder of Black Flag.  Before all this though, he had gone to high school with Greg Ginn and Raymond (Pettibon) Ginn. Also worked in his dad’s bait shop with Bill Stevenson of Black Flag and ALL.  In ’76 Black Flag was known as Panic, thankfully that changed.  Keith’s time in Black Flag was short lived but did garner the seminal Nervous Breakdown Ep.  In ’79 he split off citing creative differences and his intense use of stimulating drugs.

            From here he formed the Circle Jerks with Red Kross members Greg Hetson and Lucky Leher.  This original line up also included Roger Rogerson on bass.  The first Jerks shows were where a lot of the stage dives and slam pits that are now commonplace started up.  Their beginnings were at a place called The Curch which was a burned out shut down church in Hermosa Beach.  This is also were Black Flag and The Descendents started out of.  The Circle Jerks would go on to release 3 seminal albums.  Being Group Sex (1980); Wild In the Streets (1982) and Golden Shower Of Hits (1983). Shortly after they released Wonderful (1985) and VI (1987). They weren’t as great, but pretty good.  Then they released their absolute abortion known as Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities. In all fairness I feel the same way about Black Flags most recent offering. Outside of their releases, the Jerks were in Decline of Western Civilization and Repo Man where they met Zander Schloss who would become a later bassist of the band.  After more than 30 years the Circle Jerks are “on Hiatus” as of 2010.

            In 2000 Keith had a project called Midget Handjob. They released one album named Midnight Snack at the Poodle Factory.  It was a strange mix of jazz with really weird spoken word by Keith.  I think it’s pretty cool and worth a listen.

            As of 2010 Keith has been active with OFF!  This band is a bit of a super group as it consists of Keith along with members of Redd Kross, Rocket From the Crypt and Burning Brides.  They have released 2 albums to date with a third on the way 08 April 2014.  These guys are a hard core kick in the teeth like the Jerks old days.  Definitely worth getting to know if you haven’t already done so.

            Outside of OFF, Keith has teamed with some prior members of Black Flag to form Flag.  This presently is a strictly touring unit that plays old Black Flag songs.  I don’t know that they’ll ever record as they do not currently illustrate any intention of doing so.  Flag spent most of last year in some strange legal conflict with Greg Ginn.  That issue is currently dead in the water.  So to those who read this not knowing about this unstoppable scream of the scene, get to know the recordings and turn others on to this favorite of mine.

Black Flag Band Members Touring In Two Rival Bands. Lawsuits Pending!

Black Flag Fans Get Two World Tours For The Price of One In 2013

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Pro skateboarder and band manager Mike Vallely with bands founder Greg Ginn

There’s a simple answer for all the “Black Flag” fans who are confused about why two different versions of the hardcore punk band are touring this year only separate: It’s about money, says Mike Vallely, professional skateboarder and newly appointed band manager for Black Flag. The master mind and founder of “Black Flag,” guitarist Greg Ginn carefully selected, vocalist Ron Reyes and original drummer Gregory Moore, to be the front men on a world tour in 2013. Now here’s a hilarious facet of this punk rock reunion story, but also performing on the road, simultaneously, playing memorable Black Flag songs, is tribute band “Flag,” who’s by the way is also composed with former band members, and playing the same popular hit songs, while traveling on the road. Seems almost everyone from Black Flag’s “Ghost of Christmas Past,” have been called to duty, except for the bands most popular vocalist and easily most famous band member, Henry Rollins.

rollins-bandHenry Rollins Performing Live from L.A. in 1996 as the “Rollins Band”

Keith Morris, the bands original singer and song writer for Black Flag, heads up the tribute band “Flag,” with the likes of Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson, also reuniting together and touring North America, performing the same Black Flag songs, live in concert. Guitarist Greg Ginn claims the touring band Flag,” consisting of Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson, infringes on “Black Flag’s” rights, which are owned by him under his label, SST Records.

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Keith Morris of OFF! former singer of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and now Flag

Keith Morris and all the ex-band members through the years, have been wanting to do Black Flag again, but they’ve been wanting to do it on their own terms,” Vallely tells in Rolling Stone magazine. The pioneering hardcore punk rock band had been largely dormant since splitting in 1986. Then, after years of releasing music on his own and with various side projects, Greg Ginn announced in January that he was re-teaming with Reyes and Moore for a tour and a new album under the original band name, “Black Flag,” a move that Vallely says was nearly a decade in the making. “Greg and I had been talking about doing something together since 2003,” says Vallely, who is Black Flag’s newly appointed manager and remains the lead vocalist in the hardcore band, “Revolution Mother.”
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Vallely has been performing hardcore since early years as Mike V and the Rats
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“Good for You” turned into something good thus far, a new punk band with Mike Vallely on vocals and Greg Ginn on guitar. The group released its debut, “Life Is Too Short to Not Hold a Grudge,” in February on Ginn’s legendary label “SST Records”. “Good for You” seemed to signal that Ginn was ready to return to producing hardcore punk rock, and at the same time the guitarist was working with Vallely, he was talking to Ron Reyes about reviving Black Flag, but he did not want to just play oldies, but goodies as the sets.

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Keith Morris, remains calm after hearing of Ginn’s negative comments to the media and the multiple pending law suits popping up almost daily. Kieth Morris says he’s doing “Flag” just for fun, not for an increase in revenue, or fame, says Morris, who is the original vocalist and the front man for “Black Flag” from 1976-1979. Morris later went on to sing with the band “Circle Jerks” and currently remains the lead singer in the punk rock band “Off!” who’s also touring North America in 2013.

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By Rich Monday