reviews

DEAD ON THE WEB - Jay Franko THE STRAP-ONS - " Geeking Dream" CD

This band is great! The Strap-Ons keep the essence of bands like Iggy and the Stooges, New York Dolls, and The Dead Boys alive today. '77rock is what they are all about. The singer reminds me a lot of Duane from The US Bombs and the Hunns with a twist of Iggy. Very cool! Ah, the way punk was made to be! 

Caustic Truths #79 (Summer 2001) by Jason MacNeil THE STRAP-ONS -Geeking Dream (Long Beach)

There is no sugar coating the Strap-Ons and their no bullshit approach to their madness. Sex, drugs, Jon Benet Ramsey and songs about dolls having sex (“Chucky Got Lucky”), all in 90 second testosterone blasts, grow with each listen, despite how f—ked up the lyrics tend to get. “Wicca Chicka” is the tightest song here, while “Blacksheep” is a throwaway, which is quite remarkable. Lyrics like, “I woke up in love this morning/rolled a joint and drank a beer/these new whores are comin over/the old ones died” is a great example of the album’s theme. The spontaneity throughout is really refreshing and Brian Diederich’s sneering vocals are pure old school. It’s rare an album can be done so half-assed and still kick ass, but that’s what The Strap-Ons has done.

AllMusic Review by Jason MacNeil Geeking Dream CD Review

If the band name is anything to go by, it seems the Strap-Ons are long in the tooth when it pertains to the punk rock method. More than two dozen songs in 40 minutes is something to behold, and each song packs quite a wallop. Lead singer Brian Diederich goes about lewdly ranting about sex, Jon Bonet, dolls having sex, drugs, sex, violence, pimps, and anarchy, minus the British sneering of Johnny Rotten. Supported by a credible cast in Billy England and Katie Grottenhaler, each number is identical to the other, with Blacksheep of Society a possible exception. Diehard old-school punk fans should embrace this band energetic take no prisoners approach with this record, but it's definitely an acquired taste.

NeuFutur Magazine April 24, 2013 by James McQuiston The Strap-Ons Geeking Dream CD Review

These guys are a 5-piece band from Norfolk, VA. They began 1996 out as the Pimps, are no strangers to a microphone, as they have released 3 7 inches, I EP, and 1 full length album. To add to this, they also have toured nationwide. I love bands that actually include lyrics sheets, and this album was made in 2000, has twenty-five songs, and is on the World Label cooperative. These songs clock in at just under 41 minutes, averaging out to about 1:36 per song, and their longest song is 2:47, shortest :39. All the songs on the disc contain some very funny shit, from “Wetty Beddy” to “Jon Benet”. “Crusin for Creation” starts off with a simply brilliant bass line, played by Collin Contes, who also lays out a fucking great line on “Dying Nation”, the song following. The Strap-Ons have a lot of the old punk spirit, even being serious when it benefits them (“K-9 Christ”, “Anarchy Life”). Some of the tracks on “Geeking Dream” are so much in the old spirit that one forgets that all of these songs are no old then 3 years old. The sound of this band is towards Fear and the Assmen. ‘This place sucks” has an excellent guitar solo that is unfortunately muffled by the recording of the song which ends with an excellent drum solo. “Drugs sex violence” starts off with a wicked guitar line, which leads to the excellent sound chorus of “Drugs, sex, and violence.” Collin comes back with another great bass line in “Flipping”. ”Flipping” also has the lead singer, Brian Diederich, adopts a very Jello Biafraish vocal style. Brian’s vocal style changes a small bit for “Fist Fuckers”, going into a more Sex Pistols style. This band is the only one in a long time that included a lyrics sheet without needing it at all, as Brian’s voice for the most part. This band must have a substantial following, as they had Joey Image, drummer for the Misfits during the best ear of their existence 1977-1980. They also got a van from Yip Records (Lancaster, PA). The main thing tying this whole CD together would be all the religious comments, which I would like to know the story behind. One of the record labels on the back of the CD has a cross, and the crown of thorns with it. Rating 7.3/10

HBM MAGAZINE - Clive Monster THE STRAP-ONS - "Geeking Dream" CD

The kind of Shit we like around here!

PUNKRAWK MAGAZINE (Germany) - Guntram THE STRAP-ONS - "Geeking Dream" CD

Na, so was habe ich aber auch noch nicht gesehen. Nicht zwei, nein, gleich sechs Labels teilen sich diese Veröffentlichung, wobei der gute Dirk von Volxdroge den deutschen Part übernimmt. World Label Cooperative nennt sich das ganze. Und Geschmack haben die Labels, denn THE STRAP-ONS bieten extrem geilen US-Hardcore, deren Sänger aufs angenehmste an Keith Morris (CIRCLE JERKS/BLACK FLAG) erinnert. Musikalisch geht´s zur Sache, als wäre 1982 erst letztes Jahr gewesen. Man, ist das Klasse. Alle Fenster zu, Anlage auf Maximum und durch´s Wohnzimmer moschen. Absolut das beste, was mir in letzter Zeit untergekommen ist. Nur Hits!! Supergeil!!!

Well, I haven't seen anything like that either. Not two, no, six labels share this release, with the good Dirk from Volxdroge taking over the German part. The whole thing is called World Label Cooperative. And the labels have taste, because THE STRAP-ONS offer extremely hot US hardcore, the singer of which is most pleasantly reminiscent of Keith Morris (CIRCLE JERKS / BLACK FLAG). Musically it's going to be like 1982 was just last year. Man, that's great. All windows closed, system to maximum and mosh through the living room. Absolutely the best I've come across lately. Only hits!! Super cool!!!

BIG FUCKING SKULL MAGAZINE - Crotch THE STRAP-ONS - "Geeking Dream" CD

This Record rocks hard, and vocalist is killer, like the lyrics, me and my bro were in fits over Wetty Beddy, Chucky Got Lucky, & Nose Pain. Great sound, real original, and as an added bonus the guitarist is a beauty!

Magnatune Review Geeking Dream Snot-voiced thrashing punk 'n' roll

The Strap-Ons aren't going to waste any of your time, oh no. They cut straight to the chase and bring THE ROCK exactly the way it was meant to be brought: edgy, messy, sexy. Twenty-five shot glasses full of high-octane guitars and awesomely bad attitude really do it for us (plus a healthy dose of humor too -- "Wicca Chicka" is hysterically funny). You're gonna wanna have this one on hand for those days when you feel like telling everyone where to go. Check out "This Place Sucks" to see what we mean. A fantastically unsubtle album that hits the bullseye, straight-on.

WORLD WIDE PUNK.COM - Reviewed by Ken: March 5, 2001 THE STRAP-ONS - "Geeking Dream" CD

Last I heard of these guys they were known as the Pimps, and in the review, I couldn't help but comment on how utterly terrible of a name that was. The Pimps?? What the fuck?!? Just change 'The' to 'Tha', and put a 'z' in the place of the 's', and you've got the perfect name for the latest ho slappin', people killin', emmy award winnin' rap group. Anyway so now they're called 'The Strap-Ons'. Hm. Cute. Don't think that the new name means new sound though. It's still the same big ol' drunken orgy of chaotic punk rock'n'roll imperfection and irresponsibility. If you're not permanently offended and vomitously insulted by frightfully rude songs like Prom Mom, Park That Ass, FFFH, and Wetty Beddy, then maybe you should re-consider your continuation of being a part of society and check yourself into one of those nice cozy rubber rooms. You could totally check this out, or you hug and kiss snakes. Yes, you could hug and kiss some poisonous snakes.

KERRANG! MAGAZINE - Paul Travers THE STRAP-ONS - "Geeking Dream" CD

25 songs in 40 minutes and, on first listen---- it sounds like it took half that time to write them. Titles like 'Drugs Sex Violence' and 'My Dad Smokes Crack' give a clue as to the level we're working at here and the music is based on refried Ramones and Dead Boys riffs and a singer who sounds exactly like Handsome Dick Manitoba, the ex-frontman of one-time New York scuzzballs The Dictators. It's simple, basic stuff but theres a raw catchiness in operation. There's also something appealing about a band that's NOT afraid to play sub-Johnny Thunders solos in 2001, just don't expect to see them on MTV back to back with Blink 182.

Maximumrocknroll #213 THE STRAP-ONS - "Geeking Dream"

Silly drunk punk that may be trying to fit into the SLOPPY SECONDS niches, but SLOPPY SEONDS are funny, and this is just depressing. (DP)

MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL - August 2003, Issue # 243 THE STRAP-ONS - "Dirty People" LP

….well, this isn't terrible….BUT IT AIN'T GREAT EITHER!!!! ……snot punk done with a modern production sound……the music is pretty basic generic going in circles kinda stuff, but it's the singer who holds the magic…..great vocal style….great lyrics tooo…I can use a singer like this for my own pleasures here in Frisco….I wonder if he's a top?????(SW) (Zurich Chainsaw Massacre, PO Box 44, CH-8953 Dietkon 2, SWITZERLAND, www.zurichpunkconnection.ch) 

HIT LIST VOL.#1 ISSUE #5 -(JB) Wicca Chicka EP

Snooty garage-style punk with satirical lyrics, as in the title song: "Voodoo chick bewitch me...Wicca Chicka, cast your spell...Your religion sucks, I just wanted to fuck..." Yeah, that's right,THE PIMPS (a.k.a THE STRAP-ONS) play groovy, juvie p-rock with dirty guitars and themes like "Nose Pain". What's not to like?

FLIPSIDE: Issue #121, Summer 2000 PIMPS "Wicca Chicka" EP

Four Songs, garagey/'77 non-difficult punk from VA Beach, I don't really understand the lyrics ("Cruisin for Creation a can of beer," "Nose Pain won't you let me down") but the musical parts sure are catchy. It's got a big hole, if that matters. -Cuss Baxter (Rapid Pulse PO Box 5075, Milford. CT 06460). 

MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL: Nov. 1999, Issue #198 PIMPS - "Wicca Chicka" EP

This record makes me want to become a punk-preying serial killer. I haven’t an ounce of tolerance, not an inch of capacity in my world, for total crap garbage like this. Stuff can be shit…and then it can be disturbingly bad shit. Like, the only time I will waste on this is wondering how people could be so fucking into their own bullshit that they think they can interest the rest of us in it. What does it sound like? I told you – shit! Free box, here you come! Rema Young

MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL VOL. 213 -(HM) The Pimps R.I.P. EP

How appropriate to name their EP The Pimps R.I.P. since the Strap-Ons rose from the ashes of the band The Pimps. These Virginian delinquents are full of juvenile, obnoxious ideas and dirty, I-don't-give-a-shit punk 'n' roll. This stuff's usually right up my alley, but something's missing on this EP.

BLANK GENERATION MAGAZINE - (JD) THE STRAP-ONS - "The Pimps R.I.P" 7"

The Strap-Ons, previously know as the Pimps, are an 80's styled punk band with a certain love for one of my favorite bands, the Circle Jerks. And while they aren't going to grab the Circle Jerks crown with this record, they do mange to spit out some vile p-rock that'll make any boorish and belligerent punk rocker proud. The Strap-Ons get it on with 4 tunes including, "Park That Ass" and "Fist Fuckers."

Kerrang! Paul Travers The strap-ons "covered ass"

It’s simple, basic stuff but there's a raw catchiness in operation. There’s also something appealing about a band that’s not afraid to play sub-Johnny Thunders solos in 2004, just don’t expect to see them on MTV back to back with blink 182

PETER WILLIAMS MUSIC IN THE MADNESS 2003 - KSFR 90.7FM -- SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO STRAP-ONS: $4 WHORE (Naked Jain Records)

The STRAP-ONS are from NorFUCK, VAGINIA. It's not only the last place you'd expect to have a killer punk scene, but apparently it's got killer punk bands, too. The STRAP-ONS not only have BALLS and BRAINS, but they also have BRILLIANCE. The song "Johnny Jihad" - even though it seems to be treading too lightly around the subject matter - is good post-911 apolitical teenage fun, that won't get them into any trouble. The title song is hilarious, as is GLAD BAGGY. "REPLACE ME" is also a great song, and MISSY and KATE prove that pissed-off girls are one of the unheralded foundations of punk! STRAP- ONS is the band you wish Jenna and Barbara Bush were in.
And the musicianship? Come on...it's punk, and punk is supposed to suck. Punk that doesn't suck is called pop music. At a time when Mariah Carey is doing Def Leppard covers, the Strap-Ons are a fresh breath of sweaty, smelly, stinky (fishy) air. The Strap-Ons are not afraid to suck out loud! PW

GUNTHER 8544 http://www.crash.to/emptywagon The Strap-Ons - "$4 Whore" (Naked Jain)

More twisted thoughts from the mind of idle. The ginch who's "pulling tricks and doing hits at the dollar store" on the title track is later found making change inside the "OV Love" shack ("Kneeling in piss, just a little kid with lipstick and tights/Ocean View -- they're only dudes in dresses wearing spikes..."). Having saddled his/her last Trojan horse minutes earlier, the tranny doesn't take chances and gets a "Glad Baggy" across the next piece of raw hide ("I had no rubbers, honey/It was after two/I said, 'look girl'/I think I'll go home with you/Slide my jockey in"). While counting post-coitus pennies (all 400 of 'em), the TV shows a bit of a political side on "Replace Me" ("Only cloned from good genes/Generations much more clean/History for what it seems now/Drone-like workers happy now") and "Johnny Jihad" ("A Toyota truck just got stuck/Someone call the CIA/Try to change the human race/Someone blew up the USA"). Not to worry, though -- the pre-op's CNN broadcasts around-the-clock Circle Jerks and Sloppy Seconds. Group sex. Wild in the streets. "Traci" will be the one wearing a Paula Zahn wig. See you on Chesapeake Blvd.

Maximum Rocknroll #216 May 2001 Strap-Ons/Ballbusters – split 45 review

A split release by two bands playing solid late ‘70s Los Angeles style punk rock. The Strap-Ons have a definite US Bombs feel, especially with the Dueane Peteresque vocals styling. The Ballbusters play a little faster and with a bit more recklessness and manic energy. Definitely a solid release. (JF)

MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL: June 1999, Issue # 193

Well shit howdy! This is great! Absurd lyrics, that are much shouted as they are sung, over four cuts of very catchy, mid-tempo punk rock, which sounds like a mix of THE SEX PISTOLS, DEAD BOYS, HEARTBREAKERS and 50's rock n roll. Now, I know bands are mining this territory as of late, but trust me, this band stands HEADS and SHOULDERS over much of the pack. Very snotty, very catchy, very cool and the song "Strap on Sally" is a must hear.

WWW.WORLDWIDEPUNK.COM: July 2000 Reviewed by Ken: July 8, 2000

It's really too bad that these guys have the worst name, record cover, and record title ever, cause this totally rocks it out '77 style, and has some of the coolest '77 punk songs I've heard in a long time. 1977 to be exact. If the track "Dying Nation" was put out 23 years ago it would still be today, the undisputed `official punk rock anthem'. It's like "Here lies this dying nation, kiss the last generation, gumball junkie, love life flunkies, we're the lost generation." Fucking genius! Rhyming nation with generation, and then generation with generation: pure gold! The rest 3 songs follow in Dying Nation's path well, but don't quite match up to the amazingness. I don't really like the track "Wicca Chicka" that much because it's a really stupid word. But it's cool cause they make fun of goth chicks. 

NOIZE JUNKIE, FROM NFTG MAGAZINE:

YESSSS! These VA cats've got that rockin' punk 'n' roll style down pat! Four real short blasts of high-screechin', rock 'n' roll venom that proves that real punk is still out there and ready to strike at any moment. This is one explosive record!(Rapid Pulse, PO Box 5075, Milford, CT 06460)

interviews

Maximum Rocknroll Issue #216 May 2001 Interview with The Strap-Ons

MRR: Now when did you guys start?

Billy: Well we first formed in late 1996.

MRR: OK what is the current lineup?

Billy: Idle – vocals, Kate – guitar, Billy – guitar, Missy – bass, Jimmy – drums

MRR: So as Vic Demise says, some shows you guys are just incredible and then some shows suck. I mean can’t you find some happy co-existence?

Billy: Yeah for awhile we had different bass players sometimes we go on right at that point were we’re not quite tanked. I think those are the best drinking shows.

MRR: How many records now?

Kate: Well “Pimps R.I.P.” on Rapid Pulse is the third 7” EP, and there is a split with The Ballbusters

MRR: So Rapid Pulse is made another 7”?

Kate: Yeah like a lot of people know the distro. Underground Medicine they put out a lot of really cool punk rock stuff so we are lucky.

MRR: So these labels treat you good?

Kate: Oh yeah Incubator and Rapid Pulse both gave us a bunch of records and then let us get more at distro rates.

MRR: Tell me about this CD label collective that put out your new CD “Geeking Dream”, and how did this get started?

Billy: Well we got the idea and then we got the balls to ask labels to pitch in.

MRR: That’s pretty cool so where are the labels in the world label collective from?

Idle: Volxdroge is from Germany, Long Beach Records is from CA, Rapid Pulse from CT, Center of the world from TX and a couple local.

MRR: That must have been hard going thru a name change tell me about that?

Idle: Well first of all we are gigging and selling records under both names because the corporate rockers never gave us money they just exploited our name.

MRR: And you will always be The Pimps around here, what happened?

Idle: Well basically some corporate rockers changed their name, signed to a record company which is owned by Disney, then they bought our name at the trademark office. They email us all arrogant like, we have the name and as unfair as it seems to find a new one and we made the mistake of emailing back that we had prior use to protect us from getting our name stolen out from under us. We filed an opposition to the trademark because we had prior use. So the fake Pimps then changed their application to have first use in 1995 instead of 1999. The name was sold out to corporate Rock and kind of stupid by the turn of the century anyway so we changed our name. I guess we were poor working guys slaving and spending to promote a band for Walt Disney Inc. So when you see those stickers all over CBGB’s and places like that Think of The Strap-Ons. Its still in opposition at the Trademark Trial and Appeal board despite their lawyers efforts to get the opposition dropped.

MRR: So what’s in the works?

Kate: We got a lot of new songs recorded.

Idle: A Swiss label said they will make a split LP with the new recordings and there’s gonna be a split EP with The Stations early next year.

MRR: Who is the split with?

Idle: A cool Swiss band called Los Buffos.

MRR: So people gotta get this 25 song CD of yours the artwork and everything rules what else?

Billy: I’m always updating the web page www.thestrap-ons.com soon there will be pages about the corporates trying to fight The Strap-Ons and the arrogant e-mails from these fake corporate sell outs trying to take what we have built for free.

Idle: There is also a link to the Johnny Thunders and The New York Dolls tribute albums I am doing.

MRR: You guys are also on a Fistful of Rocknroll comp series how did that come about?

Idle: Yeah we are glad to be on it Sal from Electric Frankenstein said he wanted to use “Punk on Punk Crime” so we decided not to put it on our CD. We’re on Volume 10.

MRR: What about you Missy and Jimmy?

Missy: I’m stoked for the tour and to record more.

Jimmy: Hell yeah.

And the musicianship? Come on...it's punk, and punk is supposed to suck. Punk that doesn't suck is called pop music. At a time when Mariah Carey is doing Def Leppard covers, the Strap-Ons are a fresh breath of sweaty, smelly, stinky (fishy) air. The Strap-Ons are not afraid to suck out loud! PW

articles

NINEVOLT:

Norfolk based PIMPS complete with new bass player, Gordie, have recieved national exposure with their latest musical effort Comparisions have been made to early punk and garage rock. See for yourself as the band will be playing with The Goons and The Stations at Sunset Grille in Va.Beach.

Allmusic Biography by Johnny Loftus

Norfolk, VA's The Strap-Ons formed in 1996 as The Pimps. Vocalist Brian "idle" Diederich and guitarists Kate Grottenthaler and Billy England remained constant but had trouble landing a consistent rhythm section. The unit debuted their sleazy punk revivalism on wax with the 1999 7" My Dad Smokes Crack (Incubator), following it with the Wicca Chicka EP for Rapid Pulse. Around this point The Pimps ran into a snag. A similarly named Illinois rap-metal crew was signed to Hollywood and demanded exclusive use of the moniker with the full force of the Disney corporation behind it. Well, principal is one thing, and reality is another, and no one knew just how much legal-action money Mickey Mouse was hiding in those rosy, red, and royally twisted underpants. So, the Norfolk punks dropped The Pimps and became The Strap-Ons, just in time to release their debut full-length. Geeking Dream arrived from Long Beach in 2000; among its 25 tracks were cuts like "Wetty Beddy," "Park That Ass," and "Fist F****er." Tours with like-minded types followed and spots on compilations helped hype the gritty group that could. By 2003's $4 Whore, Idle and Kate had been joined by a rhythm section of Joey Image and Holly. Whore was issued through the Cali indie Naked Jain, which also planned on a March 2003 reissue of The Strap-Ons' first LP.

COGANS:

How one band can possibly play that drunk is beyond me. They packed the house.

VIC DEMISE, ROCK CRITIC, WRITER:

On the numerous occasions that I've seen The Pimps, they either sucked or their set was awe inspiring as an exorcism turned snuff film. At some shows they appear to be in a sort of collective daze, barely remembering what songs they were playing, let alone the fact, that they were on stage. While other gigs were lethal detonations of punk rock extreme complete with broken glass, spilled blood, and phlemy discharges. Needless to say, The Pimps are a crap shoot when it come to live shows. Fortunately for the unenlightened, the band has captured the essence of its live energy on a recently released 7", Wicca Chicca, which is in heavy rotation on most of the underground stations.

The Pimps are a punk quintet from Virginia that take the punk music movement off of the MTV and give it back to the old school. No cheeky Blink 182 stuff here, folks, just some catchy 3 chord ditties chock full of stereotypes ("Nose Pain,") generalizations and derogatory, defammatory commentaries ("Drugs Sex Violence.") Ah, the way punk was made to be. Contact these guys!

REVIEW SUBMITTED BY RAPID PULSE:

Ya, they're a dirty punk band that you would imagine playing in the lowest depths of the worst club imaginable, and that's what makes them so damned desirable. Pretty much gutter-punks that lean towards the worst parts of Iggy and the Stooges et al. Fun and no-frills punk rock for those people who think that bathing is a policy of "the man." !!! --Keith Carman

REVIEW SUBMITTED BY RAPID PULSE:

The Pimps sound the bell for all you drunken punks to get to class. They're instructing their brand of revel rock 'n' roll. These songs about fuck-ups, losers, and thugs will get your stiff party started. If you have to have a label on them, it's early 80' LA punk rock in the vein of Fear. There're four songs including, "Dying Nation" and "Nose Pain". The vocals could be a little stronger; but it's still one of the better records I've listened to this month. --(JD)

Portfolio Weekly 12-14-04

The Strap-Ons

Katie Grottenthaler (guitar), Stacie Denny (bass) and Melissa Williams (drums) are the three female members of The Strap-Ons. The Norfolk punk rock band is known for its raunchy, alcohol-fueled shows. The quartet has twice toured the country, but primarily on the West Coast. Among their numerous releases are $4 Whore, Punk On Punk Crime and Dirty People, a 12-inch record released on a Swiss label.

Magnatune

The Strap-Ons are a snot-voiced wildly thrashing pure punk rock 'n' roll band. Formed in late 1996 as The Pimps in Norfolk VA, they took the name The Strap-Ons from one of their favorite movies of all time, “Strap On Sally.” They have a well-earned reputation for good lyrics, catchy riffs, and a great sound, never letting up on their brand of over-the-top punk.

The Band toured the US in the summer of 2003, doing many shows with original Misfits member Joey Image, and released a live album of their show in San Francisco, to boot. The Strap-Ons continue to do many East Coast appearances including CBGB's, The Continental, and Manitobas in New York City

"Punk On Punk Crime" The new CD on Valiant death was released in 2004. Naked Jain Records released the second CD, "$4 Whore", in 2003 as a Follow up to the band’s first full length album, "Geeking Dream.”

Coming up in 2004, "Covered ass" will be the bands 4th full length. It will be all covers from the 1940s - 70s and has a scheduled street date of September 1, 2004 on Digitone Records. Also, this year a "Johnny Thunders Tribute" that idle produced and the band performs on is gonna be released on RocknRoll Radio Records in Belgium. And is if that wasn't enough rock action for you, there will be three 4-way split 7" records released this year all featuring The Strap-Ons and their mentor band, the mighty Electric Frankenstein.

The Strap-Ons can also be found on over 11 vinyl records and many CD compilations, including the legendary Fistful of Rock n Roll "The International Punk Rock Box Set", as well as DRI and Joey Ramone Tribute compilations. Other 2003 releases include a 7" split on Bootleg Booze Records and 10" split on Heavy Drinking Productions Records in Sweden.

The Strap-Ons live in Virginia, USA.