OFFENDERS

THE OFFENDERS from Killeen, Texas -

Not to be confused with the Sex Offenders, Repeat Offenders, Young Offenders or even Willie Nelson’s Offenders for chrissakes!  Texas produced some of the best punk/hardcore in the world:  D.R.I., Verbal Abuse, The Dicks, Big Boys, M.D.C. . . . and of fuckin’ course, the Offenders.  And of all the god forsaken places to have been spawned, a dump - Killeen - near Fort Hood, Hood named after, get this (Tony’s gonna’ love it) a confederate general!  Half-way between Austin (Thank God) and Wacko.  Famous for the Luby’s Massacre where George Hennard murdered 24 people and then committed suicide in a Luby’s Cafeteria on October 16, 1991.  I mean, you would too if you lived there and the fact that it’s like 115º F . . . in the shade!  Home of the Killeen Kangaroos - wow!  Anyway, back to the band.


Not since 1981 has there ever been nor will there ever be a band like the Offenders.  Vastly under-rated - I mean true punk and hardcore has since been vastly underrated and ignored.  The industry, blind as usual, having missed out, chose to focus on what came after they missed the bus.  Otherwise, how is it that folks actually listen to and think punk is Sum 41, Blink 182, Good Charlotte and let’s not leave out Green Day (?) with their fluffy Wake Me Up When September Ends!  I think I just puked! The Dicks song Fake Bands applies just as much today.  No thanks to your pat yourself on the back self-anointed R’n’R Hall of Shame.  We know who you are . . . sorry, back to the band again.


Tony, a friggin’ redneck at heart and rumoured to be a distant relative to Robert E. Lee reincarnated in a Marshall Tube Screamer Les Paul mojo, is still one of the best hardcore guitar players out there.  With the ability to blend vintage rock tradition, modern thrash and solos unique only to himself and all to the desired effect, i.e. in your face - kick your ass! 


Mikey Donaldson, Kiss Fan Club Member #49, once a pudgy little cigarette smoking Asian turned Bass God wrote some of the best tweak inspired thrash riff-knitted songs into the tapestry that IS the Offenders.  Without him there is no, never would’ve been and never will be any Offenders.  Gracing the stage with other such notables as D.R.I., Sister Double Happiness, Direct Control, Nitwitz, Brutalized Super Star and permanent residence with M.D.C.  Mikey passed away in Barcelona, Spain September 22, 2007.


JJ.  After hearing Mick Buck’s sufferah Clash influenced Brit punk bordeline pop interpretations, JJ was a God-send.  The troubled youth who’s kitchen sunk tortured by self abuse mind was the psyche of the band.  Sadly he kept going nowhere faster than you and the long awaited reunion back at Emo’s was short lived behind bars.  JJ was the key to getting the band back together but with Mikey gone, now it’s too late.


Pat Doyle, at the time, a cross between muppet Animal and Keith Moon who dropped Thrash LSD and had a bad trip on the drums.  Easily up there with the best of the old schoolers - Circle Jerks Lucky Lehrer, Dead Kennedys D.H., Bad Brains Earl, M.D.C. Alschvitz, D.O.A. Chuck Biscuits - you name ‘em.  Not many in his league . . . even today.  Pat is currently in Roger’s Porn Collection and IGNITOR. Check it out!


x-con ron 10.06 (revised 2008)


Releases*

Lost Causes/Rockin' the Town 7" (Suffering Sounds, 1981)

We Must Rebel 12” LP (R Radical, 1983)

I Hate Myself 7” Single (Rabid Cat, 1984)

Endless Struggle 12” LP (Rabid Cat, 1985)


Reissues

We Must Rebel CD/LP (Bitzcore, has first LP with 5 extra songs)

Fight Back 7” (Bitzcore, 1989)

We Must Rebel LP (Reflex Records) *all releases except Endless Struggle

Died in Custody CD (Grand Theft Audio) Pat Doyle’s production - includes 2nd 7", 2nd LP, demo from 83, and an Maximum Rock’n’Roll interview with Tim Yohannon)

Wanted by Authority 1981 - 1985 CD (Kangaroo Records) *all releases - CLICK HERE


Compilations

P.E.A.C.E. Comp (R Radical, 1984) "Face Down In the Dirt"

Nothing Lasts CD (Bitzcore, 1989) "Fight Back"

Suburban Voice 15th Anniversary Comp (Suburban Voice, 1998)


Covers

Napalm Death - Leaders Not Followers Part II - Face Down in the Dirt - track 2.

Spazm 151 - I Hate Myself


We Must Rebel 12” LP

Label: R Radical Records

Released: 1983


1. Fight Back

2. No Chance

3. Like Father - Like Son

4. Just For Fun

5. We Must Rebel

6. Never Cared

7. Direct Defiance

8. Wanted by Authority

9. New Militia

10. Youth Riot


I Hate Myself 7" single

Label: Rabid Cat Records

Cat. #: RAB-001

Released: 1984


1. I Hate Myself

2. Bad Times


Endless Struggle 12” LP

Label: Rabid Cat Records

Cat. #: 005

Released: 1985


1. You Got a Right

2. Face Down In the Dirt

3. Victory

4. On the Crooked Edge

5. Impact

6. Endless Struggle

7. Coming Down

8. Get Mad

9. Inside the Middle

10. Trials and Tribulations

11. Do or Die

12. When Push Comes to Shove

13. You Keep Me Hanging On


Fight Back 7" Single

Label: Bitzcore Records

Released: 1989


1. Lost Causes

2. Poor House Energy

3. I Hate Myself

4. Rockin' the Town

5. One Fine Morning


OFFENDERS - We Must Rebel (lyrics)


Fight Back

People always put me down

Don't like me hanging around

With twisted values, what a mess


Put me away if they could

Say it's for my own good

Let them know just what they lack

Rise up now and fight them back


They'll bust in and raid the bars

Roit squad and 10 cop cars

If we don't do what they say

They'll put us under lock and key


We don't care what they say

We'll do things our own way

Let them know just what they lack

Rise up now and fight them back


Let them know you've got a brain

Let them see your anger and pain

Society took their minds away

Fucking morons, make them pay


Now we'll fight them back

We'll let them know just what they lack

Fight back


No Chance

Annihilation stands before me

No cease fire holds remember history

Both superpowers, they profess peace

While greed triggers war in the middle east


There's no chance, no chance for me

There's no chance for us to be free


Wars are old news, they're out of date

But human beings can't live without debate

This earth is here for all to see

We want our chance to be free


Reagan steps in here comes the war

Death in every state what the hell for

Listen and watch on our T.V.

See people die in agony

Burning sky, burning sky

They're burning you, they're burning me


There's no chance, no chance for me

There's no chance for us to be free


So listen now and listen good

I wanna be free and understood

War's not worthwhile, it never was

Got worse problems now and always will


Like Father/Like Son

Work us hard, day and night

Make us starve until we fight

Crowd us in and we'll get pissed

Start your war, we'll be on your list


After thousands die

You'll say you've won

Then you'll go back home

and teach it to your son

So that he'll join, just like you

And end up living in a zoo


He'll grow up to be a soldier

Won't know nothing until he's older

Load the gun, put it in his hand

So he can fight to save your fucked up land


After thousands die

You'll say you've won

Then you'll go back home

And teach it to your son

So that he'll join, just like you

And end up living in a zoo for life


Just For Fun

You're out of place in this crowd

Slam me down cause the music's loud

Knock me in the face, you're so cool

This ain't the place for a fucking fool


Not for pain, just for fun

Thrash some heads, off you run


You're caught up in your fucking game

Looking for someone to take the blame

Strong aggression on the dance floor

Push me down, what the hell for


Not for pain, just for fun

Thrash some heads, off you run


You don't have to be so goddamn rough

Do you think that's what makes you punk

What the fuck have you got against me

Ain't done shit to you, let me be


Not for pain, just for fun

Thrash some heads, off you run


JUST FOR FUN

JUST FOR FUN

JUST FOR FUN

JUST FOR FUN


We Must Rebel

See the KKK dressed in their gowns

As they come to meet from all around

They wear a white hood over their head

I hate their guts, how I wish they were dead


Stand up now against them, we must rebel

Don't give in, take a stand, we must rebel

See the cops on the street looking for you

They look so stupid all dressed in blue

They wear a badge and carry a gun

They like to kill, just for fun


Stand up now against them, we must rebel

Don't give in, take a stand, we must rebel

Stand up now against them, we must rebel

Don't concede your beliefs, we must rebel


We must rebel against them

Take a stand for what we are

We must rebel, don't give in

We must rebel, against them

We must rebel, we must rebel, we must rebel


See they're both the same, hate minorities

They leave no chance for us to be free

So we must rebel for what's right

Join us as one in our fight


Stand up now against them, we must rebel

Don't give in, we must rebel

Stand up now against them, we must rebel

Don't you do what they say

WE MUST REBEL


Never Cared

You never cared, snug in America

Life in the suburbs easy as could be

You never knew or even thought

How nuclear fission turns us into asphalt


War and despair, you never cared

War and despair, it's everywhere


Life in a bunker, it won't be fun

With nuclear war, don't need a gun

How can you stand it, death everywhere

It's plain to see, you never cared


War and despair, it's everywhere

War and despair, you never cared


The neutron is next, it's tragic death

Kills instantly, no chance for breath

Painless death, yes that's the goal

What becomes of us when we crowl out of this hole?


War and despair, you never cared

War and despair, you never fucking cared


Direct Defiance

White trash fools

Fucking rules

Got their head

Up their ass


The system fucking me

See why I don't agree

Let the cops make the rules

Nazi tactics in the schools


Dress in blue

Against you

Fuck their laws

Shoot their dogs

Doing what you want

Can be lots of fun

But you won't survive

Unless you got a gun

Pull the trigger

Watch the cops run

Direct defiance

The way has just begun

NOW!


Wanted By Authority

Pigs are always chasing me

Don't like what I chose to be

They never leave me alone

I'm wanted by authority


Wanted by authority

Runaway at sixteen

Wanted by authority

They're coming after me


Try to get the system back

FOr making my life such a wreck

Just a punk on the street

I'm wanted by authority


Wanted by authoriy

Runaway at sixteen

Wanted by authority

They're coming after me


Pigs are always chasing me

Don't like what I chose to be

They never leave me alone

I'm wanted by authority


Wanted by authority

Runaway at sixteen

Wanted by authority

They're coming after me


WANTED BY AUTHORITY!


New Militia

You don't want us in your city

Cause we're too rough on the street

But we only want to be ourselves

So give us a fucking chance


We're the new militia

And we think for ourselves

We got our way of saying

There has to be a better way

We're the new militia

And we mean what we say

If you don't believe us

Jus tempt us, see what we do


Why do you treat us this way?

Is it because we're not like you?

But don't you know that no one's the same

This is what we stand for


We're not gonna take your shit no more

Now it's time to even the score

If you wonder why we feel this way

It's expressions of reality


If you think we'll agree with you

We dare you to force us to

Since we've got so much to lose

Let us choose for ourselves

Our alternative to hell

Cause we know what we want

So don't stand in our way


Youth Riot

We want to be free

And on our own

To live life

The way we want

Don't need no rules

No government

To take control

Of where our money's spent


All the kids want is to be free

If you don't let us, then you'll see

A youth riot

Then we'll be your worst enemy


And you don't want that

Cause we'll take over

In the streets

We'll do what we want

Do what we please

We'll show no mercy

To no one


If you don't like the way I think

If you don't like the way I look

Fuck you

Cause I'm gonna do what I want


We don't care

Anymore

We're gonna do

What we want

We're gonna live

By our own rules

What are we gonna do

We're gonna youth riot


I'm only gonna tell you

One more time

So you better listen

And take my advice

We want to be free

And on our own

And if you don't let us

Then we'll youth riot

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I Hate Myself

I don't like the way I feel

Tell me is this real

I don't like the way I think

My mind is like the kitchen sink


I Hate Myself


I live a life of self abuse

I think it's time to tie the noose

It's too late now to reconstruct

I know I'm gonna self destruct


When I die I'll go to hell

You know I'll like it very well

Lots of junkies just like me

Screaming for eternity


Bad Times

I don't go to church on Sunday

Don't get on my knees to pray

According to their knowledge

I live a life of sin


If there really is a god

Up there looking down on us

You'd think he'd put an end

To our bad times


Organized religion

Only want your money in the end

Did you ever wonder what the fuck

Is god gonna do with all those bucks


I'm not for religion

Don't want to be born again

Make the best of what I got

Whether there's a god or not


Some people believe that god above

Will save them from what they'll become

What they don't realize

It's up to them to decide


Cause god's not gonna save you from your bad times

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