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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mad Parade A Thousand Words

Ok, if there is one band that I would beg you to check out, these guys are it! I grew up on a healthy dose of Southern California hardcore ala Social Distortion, CH3, TSOL, Agent Orange, X, etc. But these guys spoke to me more than any of those bands. Why? Because they were into the same stuff I was...The Clash, Damned, Pistols, Buzzcocks, SLF, Ruts, etc. Fast forward to 1997 and I am on a long tour. We play the Whiskey A Go Go and I find out that Mad Parade is on the same bill. NO WAY. NO FUCKING WAY. Well they were awesome that night and a tad pissed that my band had the support slot. What The Forgotten playing over the mighty Mad Parade. True! Anyways we exchanged phone numbers, actually toured the west coast with them and became friends with them. When I left The Forgotten it was pretty interesting the amount of offers I had to join or start bands. I was burnt and did not want to play music. Well one offer did come in that will make me smile for the rest of my life. I was asked to join Mad Parade as their new bassist. If only they lived up here. I am not a Southern California guy and just could not do it. Though, I wll list this as one of my greatest honors EVER. Mike (the drummer) or as I call him Action Jackson has stayed at my house, and we have become friends, even though his idea of Baseball teams sucks. He likes The Dodgers and I like The Giants. For my English pals that would be like a Chelsea or Millwall supporter hanging out with a West Ham supporter. Hmmm. Anyways enough of wasting your time, here is their second album! Oh and don't let the Glammish cover fool you. This is great melodic punk that everyone should here. And please go see them...They are amazing!!!!


  1. I loved Mad Parade. Used to go to lots of their shows when I lived in So Cal in the 80s. Great band. Not as great anymore in my opinion since Billy left.

  2. I agree, Billy is a fantastic frontman and they are lacking since he left. Too bad that brothers cannot get along. Thanks for the comment!