The Four Letter Words

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An extremely silly squad of loons from Anaheim, California, the Four Letter Words' most prominent members included the band's supposedly sleazy manager, the Kernal, who might wear an American flag tie,…
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An extremely silly squad of loons from Anaheim, California, the Four Letter Words' most prominent members included the band's supposedly sleazy manager, the Kernal, who might wear an American flag tie, a thrift shop Gucci sweat suit, a grandpa hat, and a fake, President Taft-style moustache; a small, slightly chubby ska kid, A.J., who sported thick glasses, could dance, and screamed about his undying love for Pikachu; and slightly less crucial to the lineup, Bob Slayer, in his Ozzy bandana, Motörhead t-shirt, Sammy Hagar-bleached wig, and stoner sunglasses, who was Four Letter Words' full-time roadie. They formed the nucleus of Four Letter Words' theatrical stage show, which might feature Mexican wrestling, demented homoerotic dancing, and always some unabashed chaos. The rest of the band, who stayed in the background and churned out a punk rock soundtrack, included Kit Kevin on guitar, Jef Lepard, also on guitar, Chris Z. on bass, and Sexual Chocolate on drums. The bandmembers were partially underage, and tended to rip apart clubs, such as the Showcase Theater, Koos Cafe, and Chain Reaction in their Orange County homeland, and the Garage and Head Line Records when they played L.A. They toured up and down the West Coast and survived Texas and Arizona, where no members were arrested or executed. The Four Letter Words only recorded a couple of 7"'s and a self-titled, split-LP with their tour mates, the Jag Offs, on Recess Records, these included many of their standards, like "Swap Meet Ass" and "Whorse Penis." No piece of vinyl is ever going to do justice to the sprawling disorder of their live shows. The band broke up in 2001.