THE HUGH BEAUMONT EXPERIENCE
The Ritz - Austin, summer of 1982. Photo taken by Photo Bill

The Hugh Beaumont Experience was my first band. When I joined in 1981 they were already notorious as the only teen punk band in town. They had released a 7" EP, which was the first real punk rock record from Fort Worth, our hometown. When their original drummer quit, I quickly responded to an ad to replace him, even though I really didn't know how to play drums.

The band initially was very much influenced by the Sex Pistols (Brad even sang with a British accent), but by '82 with the departure of Tommie and the arrival of David on guitar, we sped up and became more of a hardcore band. I lost my kick drum in the process and played in the same standing style when I later joined the Butthole Surfers.

By late '82, we began to depart some from hardcore, playing funkier, more experimental and psychedelic tunes. By this time we had played most of the punk clubs throughout the state and played quite a lot at Studio D in Dallas (once opening up for the Dead Kennedys, MDC, Butthole Surfers and Stick Men with Ray Guns - we made 100 dollars that night, far and away the most we ever got paid for playing).

The band broke up in 1983 after moving to Austin. The band didn't make many recordings, and what was released is pretty hard to find. I'm grateful then to people like Ryan from Existential Vacuum for rereleasing some of this material (the only copies I have of some of these songs is on EV).

- King Coffey

MP3:

"Moo" from Cottage Cheese From the Lips of Death - A Texas Hardcore Compilation

DISCOGRAPHY (from breakmyface.com)

Cone Johnson EP (Cygnus '81). Songs are "Zyklon B", "Where'd Ya Go, Sid?", "Money Means So Much To Me", and "Charity".

Virgin Killers cassette. (Live '82)

"Let's Go Join The Army" and "Money Means So Much To Me" on Live At The Hot Klub LP (VVV '83)

"Moo" on Cottage Cheese From The Lips of Death LP (Ward 9 '83).

"Fred" and "Purple Things" on Steel Rok Presents cassette-only release ('83)

Posthumous releases:

s/t EP (Existential Vacuum - EV 01) — "Zyklon B" + "Money Means So Much To Me" from the Cone Johnson EP + "Let's Go Join The Army" from Live At The Hot Klub + "Moo" from Cottage Cheese From The Lips of Death.

Virgin Killers LP (Existential Vacuum -EV 06) — Previously unreleased studio side and tracks from the cassette of the same name.

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