Chicago post-punk outfit the Bhopal Stiffs was formed in 1985 by singers/guitarists Larry Damore and Vince Marine, bassist Steve Saylors, and drummer Dave Schleitwiler. Honing a melodic, mid-tempo approach very much in tune with the prevailing Windy City punk sound of the period, the group gigged steadily, in time becoming the de facto house band at the Chicago bar the Exit; in 1987, the Bhopal Stiffs recorded a ten-song demo tape, with the single "Bottle It Up" following on the Dazit label later that year. Marine exited the lineup in early 1988, with guitarist Ron Lowe stepping in and Damore assuming sole vocal duties; the reconfigured group recorded the six-song E.P.A., issued on the Roadkill label. After contributing "Too Much Pain" to the There's a Fungus Among Us compilation, the Bhopal Stiffs disbanded in 1989; Damore and Saylors later formed Pegboy with former Naked Raygun guitarist John Haggerty. Harmless Records later compiled the Stiffs' complete recorded output on the CD 1985-1989.
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