Gang Green


Gang Green (1980-1983, 1984-1992, 1996-1998, 2005-present): a Punk band from Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


merican punk rock band Gang Green originated from Braintree, Massachusetts. Teenagers Chris Doherty (guitar), Bill Manley (bass) and Mike Dean (drums) started the band in 1980 when they contributed seven tracks to the This Is Boston, Not L.A. compilation in 1982, and one track to the follow-up Unsafe at Any Speed EP, also in 1982 but subsequently broke up in 1983 when Doherty joined the band Jerry's Kids, for their album Is This My World?. In 1985, Gang Green released the 7" Sold Out on 'Taang! Records', the influential Boston label's first release. All of the tracks recorded by the original line up of Gang Green were later released on the Preschool CD, released by 'Taang!' Records.

Doherty reformed Gang Green the following year, and the band experienced numerous lineup changes until its dissolution for the second time in 1992. Doherty has been the band's only constant member and kept the band active from 2005 onwards. The band was influential in the formation of the East Coast hardcore punk scene, and went on to become one of the forerunners of crossover thrash metal and speed metal in the late 1980s, along with being popular in the skate-punk community.

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It was their second formation in late 1984 that was their most famous period when Chris Doherty reemerged with an all new Gang Green lineup consisting of former members of D.A.M.M. (Drunks Against Mad Mothers) and The Freeze and Smegma And The Nunz. It would be the line-up of Chuck Stilphen (lead guitar), Glen Stilphen (bass, vocals) and Walter Gustafson (drums). This second lineup is the most famous nationally as it was both the first to tour and the one that recorded the songs Alcohol and Skate to Hell. This edition of Gang Green released the Another Wasted Night LP on 'Taang! Records' in 1986. This record is considered to be the band's best recording and is regarded as one of the definitive hardcore punk records of its time. This line-up only existed for one year from November 1984 until November 1985 before Gustafson quit to pursue another band, The Outlets. The sound of the band changed again after this point. The brothers went on to form Mallet Head and Scratch.

The song Alcohol from Another Wasted Night is probably the act's most covered track. German thrash metal band Tankard featured the song on their album Chemical Invasion. It was also covered by Impaled Nazarene, a black metal band from Finland on their EP Motörpenis (1996). Boston punk rock band Dropkick Murphys covered the song on their Back to the Hub 7 inch. It also appeared on their live compilation, Live on St. Patrick's Day from Boston, MA. Before The Meatmen covered Alcohol, Tesco Vee's Hate Police released it on a 7" on 'Sympathy For The Record Industry'. Then it was also covered by The Meatmen on their album Pope on a Rope, and also by No Fun at All on their releases No Straight Angles (US edition), EP's Going Steady, and Master Celebrations, and by Australian band, Where's The Pope? who released it on their PSI album released on 'Resist Records'. Metallica also played the song live. The song was originally an instrumental entitled The Drinking Song before Doherty attached his lyrics. Alcohol also appears on the soundtrack to the 2010 film Jackass 3D.

By 1987, when Gang Green were signed by 'Roadrunner Records' the band's musical style had come to lean more toward heavy metal and the personnel of the band had changed completely after the Stilphen brothers departed at the end of 1986. This incarnation of Gang Green consisted of Doherty, Fritz Erickson (guitar), Joe Gittleman (bass) and former Jerry's Kids drummer Brian Betzger. In 1989, Gittleman was fired by Doherty and was replaced by Josh Pappe, formerly of Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (D.R.I.). Gittleman returned to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The band's Older... Budweiser album was named so the band could attract sponsorship from the brewery of the same name. After touring the United States with Social Distortion in 1990, Gang Green experienced a few more lineup shuffles before being dropped by Roadrunner and going on hiatus for several years in which Doherty founded the bands Klover and Hamerd.

In 1996, Chris Doherty, Chuck Stilphen, Glen Stilphen and Walter Gustafson re-formed to play five East Coast dates including shows at The Rat and CBGB's. Later in 1996, Gang Green surfaced yet again with Walter Gustafson returning on drums, along with newcomers Mike Earls (guitar/vocals) and Matt Sandonato (bass/ vocals). They re-signed with 'Taang! Records' and in 1997 released Back & Gacked (EP) and Another Case of Brewtality. These records saw the band returning to their punk roots and even moving in a pop direction. Gang Green toured Europe and the U.S. extensively in 1997 and 1998. Doherty moved from Boston to Cincinnati shortly afterwards and, in the early 2000s, Gang Green played only once or twice a year in Boston and New York.

In 2005, Doherty and a new Gang Green lineup supported the Dropkick Murphys' west coast leg of their US tour.

In 2013, Doherty teamed up with local Cincinnati music veterans Chris Donelly, Dale Kishbaugh and Sean Boyle.

By 2023 the membership had settled on Chris Doherty (vocals/guitar (1980-present)), Mikke Brennan (rhythm guitar), Nick Hebditch (bass), Johnnie Luevano (lead guitar), Josh Goodreau (drums) and Dean T Jackson (vocals).

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Nation USA
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Genre Punk
Other Genres Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal
Formations 4
Active Years 1980-1983, 1984-1992, 1996-1998, 2005-
Last Modified 2023-08-02
Diskery ID 2717

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Metallica Tankard

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