Poison Idea was formed in 1980 by vocalist Jerry A. Inspired by Black Flag and other early Southern California hardcore acts, they were further influenced by Discharge and Los Angeles's the Germs. Germs singer Darby Crash's influence on singer Jerry A., vocally, lyrically, and philosophically, was considerable.
Poison Idea’s debut, 1983's Pick Your King EP was a short, lo-fi blast of hardcore fury. With the release of 1986’s Kings of Punk LP, Poison Idea had fully moved beyond the breakneck hardcore of their early records to a potent, driving and ultimately more intricate and sophisticated hardcore/hard rock fusion that incorporated the accessibility of hard rock without sacrificing the power of hardcore. The band then released War All the Time in 1987 which found them further developing the rock/hardcore sound first established on Kings of Punk, which they would hone in 1990 with Feel the Darkness.
Around this time, after numerous lineup changes, PI had convened one of their more stable lineups in Jerry A., Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts, Charley "Myrtle Tickner" Nims (bass) and Steve "Thee Slayer Hippy" Hanford (drums), with Kid Cocksman and then Aldine Strichnine on second guitar. They also established their own record label in 1989, American Leather (named for the Germs song), and released two records the same year: a reissue of their 1982 demo Darby Crash Rides Again and the Discontent 7”. Pig Champion left the band in 1993. A brief reformation happened in 1998 but didn’t last.
On January 31, 2006 guitarist Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts died aged 47 at his home in Portland,OR. The band had recorded the new record and it was ready for release when he died. Pig wanted the record to be called Latest Will and Testament. The album was released in May 2006 on Farewell Records. The band did not play a record release show, or any show for over a year as they tried to get used to the idea that their friend was gone.
In 2007, Poison Idea again reformed to play shows in support of a split 7" single with Kill Your Idols (for TKO Records). The lineup for this incarnation was Jerry A., Chris Cuthbert (drums), Jimmy Taylor (guitar), Matt Brainard (guitar) and Rob Hume (bass).
The band distributed a video announcement in early October, 2013 announcing that Natalie Lucio would now be playing bass. Natalie was a surprising and exciting choice due to her gender and age. Furthermore, it was announced that Eric "Vegetable" Olson would be rejoining the band on guitar after an almost 25 year absence. Eric is best known for his work on the War All The Time album as well as the Filthkick E.P.
In November 2014 the band entered Audiosiege Studios in Portland, OR with producer/engineer Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and recorded “Confuse & Conquer”, their first brand new full length album since the passing of Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts. The album was mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) and released worldwide on Southern Lord on April 7 2015. The remainder of 2015 is shaping up to be one of Poison Idea’s busiest years in their 35 year career with 2 European Tours lined up as well as numerous tours throughout the United States and beyond. Poison Idea has been cited as an influence by bands and musicians such as Nirvana, Zeke, Turbonegro, Eyehategod, Pantera, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Emperor’s Bård Faust, Ratos de Porão among countless others.www.facebook.com/Poison-Idea-Official--366089496806858/?fref=ts
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