he Pagans was started in Cleveland, Ohio by Mike Hudson (vocals) and Tommy Gunn Metoff (ex-Chronic; guitar), along with recruits Tim Allee (bass) and Brian Morgan (drums). Alienation and offense were the currency in The Pagans' recordings, and despite being overlooked during punk's high time, they would be discovered long after their original four independent singles appeared; the first three on the 'Drome' label in the form of The Street Where Nobody Lives, Not Now No Way, and Dead End America, with a final 7", Six And Change, arriving on 'Neck Records', all being released between 1978 & 1979 before they disbanded.
Since the early 1980s they've been seen from time to time playing odd gigs and releasing a handful of retrospective albums on the 'Treehouse' imprint label in the form of Buried Alive (1986), The Street Where Nobody Lives (1989), Everybody Hates You (1995) and Live Road Kill 1978 - 1979 (1998). Over the years, they would release various singles and albums while engaging in other side projects and work careers.
Mike Hudson, later a journalist and editor-in-chief of the Niagara Falls Reporter newspaper, chronicled the band's history in his 2008 autobiographical book Diary of a Punk: Life and Death in the Pagans.
The band has reformed many times with various members, most recently witrh Hudson, along with Loren Molinare (guitar), Mike D'Amico (bass), Tony Matteucci (drums) and Ben Reagan (guitar). In 2015, Hudson brought in another new lineup of John Dzubak (guitar), Eric Schrader (bass) and Justin Lack (drums). This line-up would persist until Hudson's death on October 27, 2017, from sepsis at the age of 61, putting an end to the act for good this time.
|Active Years||1977-1979, 1982-1983, 1986-1989, 2014-2017|
|RRCA File Code||UC000488|