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Insolence is the name of the game for the Newton, Massachusetts bred Anal Cunt. AxCx (as often spelled) are perhaps the ultimate “asshole band,” a title admonished by progenitor Seth Putnam. Since the group’s inception in 1988, Anal Cunt have been censored internationally. Most stores won’t carry their material, and the few who do usually have fake album covers with the band initials as “A.C.”
Putnam chose the moniker “to get the most offensive name possible” and proceeded to create what he dubbed “blur-core” – basically an impromptu form of grind karaoke lacking any pre-written lyrics or songs, tracks lasting barely one minute at best. AxCx was meant only for one show and one demo, yet 19 years later they are still going. The point from the outset was to insult everyone within arms length, and create a raging stink wherever Putnam traveled.
Lyrical topics (if there actually are lyrics) usually include tongue-in-cheek rants of misogyny, homophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, racism or the ridicule of cripples. Such hits include “You Were Pregnant So I Kicked You In The Stomach,” “Homophobia Is Gay,” “I Went Back In Time And Voted For Hitler,” “I Got Athlete's Foot Showering At Mike's,” “I Sent Concentration Camp Footage to America's Funniest Home Videos,” “You Keep A Diary,” and the horribly offensive “Women: Nature's Punching Bag.” But again, I must stress they also cover stuff like “Hammer Time,” “Stayin’ Alive,” and the theme from “Three’s Company.”
In 1988 Putnam recorded the aptly titled 47 Song Demo, toured D.I.Y. on nothing, then came back to record the 88 Song EP which caught the attention of a number of labels, including Earache Records. Putnam, holding nothing sacred, blew them all off repeatedly. By the time the 5643 Song EP was completed, Earache was again denied and Anal Cunt somehow managed to tour Europe DIY.
By March ‘91 they’d dropped a half-dozen more splits & EP’s, including the world’s first acoustic noise-core record – the Unplugged EP. 1992 brought another Euro tour. With the drummer bailing at the last minute, they decided to proceed and find one while on tour. They auditioned two guys overseas who weren’t fast enough -- so Putnum had them both play the same drum kit at the same time.
Returning to the USA the band finally signed to Earache. Everyone Should Be Killed was released in ‘94 after various criminal arrests of Putnam physically attacking the audience. By ’95 the first “real” album was pressed, featuring half noise/half real songs – the aptly titled Top 40 Hits. After varied European and USA tours – including a stint with guitarist Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer – Putnum was the last surviving member.
By ‘99 Anal Cunt recorded what would be their last album on Earache Records, It Just Gets Worse. This is the most offensive of the catalog and was surrounded by controversy, as the notorious label took it upon themselves to change song titles and lyrics. Thus led to the termination of mutual cooperation.
Anal Cunt continued with a new line-up and the Defenders of the Hate EP. In December 2001, Putnam sent a press release declaring the end of the band and by October 2004, Putnam went into a coma for nearly a month due to a combo overdose of alcohol, crack, heroin & sleeping pills. Doctors were sure he was an unsalvageable vegetable and were going to pull the plug until his mother intervened. Somehow coming out of it, Putnam was paralyzed with severe nerve damage, needing months of physical therapy.
The first show post-coma had Putnam remaining seated throughout. Still, after all that, he refuses to stop playing the ditty "You're in a Coma." So again, March 24, 2007 – one of the first A.C. gigs since, and Putnam was still able to push it through – albeit leaning on the mic stand like a cane, struggling physically. And still, nothing but behemoth rage in his voice…
Seth Putnam: “It was just another show with too many bands on it for me. I wasn't really interested in seeing anyone. The only band I was interested in seeing were The Accused. A band I used to be in played with them twice on their first tour in 1987, and I saw them a couple other times on that tour as well. They were one of my favorite bands at the time.”
“You had quite a comeback recently after an ugly stretch. If I am correct, you were resuscitated back to life after flat-lining. Did you have any mystic visions connected to death? How did this experience affect your outlook on life?”
“No, I didn't see any ‘light’ or any other stupid shit people claim to have seen. I do remember three dreams that I had during the month that I was out though. In 1998 I was dead for 10 minutes from a heroin overdose. The EMT's used that stuff to revive people and it didn't work. They tried it a second time for the hell of it and it worked. All I remember was waking up in my kitchen having no idea where I was. On the way to the hospital, the EMT told me I was probably going to have brain damage the rest of my life. By the time I got to the hospital I was completely back to normal though. I didn't see any "mystic visions" or anything that time either. When I went into a coma in 2004, the doctors tried to pull the plug on me and tried to convince my mother that if I survived it I would be a useless vegetable my whole life. When I actually woke up from that I couldn't move any part of my body. It took eight months for me to be able to walk again. I had been depressed my whole life, and while I was out for the month, the doctors put me on Prozac. So when I woke up, unable to move, I just figured that I'd get better eventually, and didn't worry about it. I still haven't been depressed since then. So, to wrap up the whole experience, I feel it was worth it because I feel a lot better about things in general than I ever have in my life.”
“How old were you when you first heard Napalm Death, or was that not a direct influence in the early years of the band? Is ANAL CUNT the primary influence of ANAL CUNT?”
“I heard Napalm Death when their first record came out in 1987. The sticker on the label said, ‘The Worlds Fastest Band’ or something like that. When I heard it, I didn't think it was that fast at all because I had been in bands faster than that. They had absolutely no influence on Anal Cunt. Anal Cunt's only influences were bands I had previously made up myself.”
“You have hundreds of brilliant song titles. What are your personal favorites?”
“Off the top of my head -- ‘Ha Ha Halocaust,’ ‘I Sent a Thank You Card to the Guy Who Raped You,’ ‘Beating up Niggers That Sell Fake Crack,’ and the original song title for this song that was changed by Earache to ‘You Committed Suicide because Your Father Sucks’ which was, ‘Connor Clapton Committed Suicide because his Father Sucks.’”
“Give me a nightmare tour story or just something crazy that happened on the road…”
“Earache set us on tour with this shitty band, Murder One. It was their first tour and they were a bunch of complete hanks. They rented 2 vehicles, one for us, and one for them. We were fucking up every place we played, and I think they were afraid of us. While in Indiana Josh was drunk driving through a bunch of mailboxes on the side of the road, and one of them smashed the windshield. A cop pulled us over, gave Josh a breathalyzer test, which he failed, and just let us go anyway, as long as we were on foot. During the time we were gone, some do-gooder retard called the police and reported the car stolen. We went back the next day to get the car, and did a couple more shows, basically touring in a stolen car. We showed up at a friend's house in Cleveland who had this look on his face that he wasn't surprised at all that we showed up with the smashed windshield. So we ended up staying at his house that night doing a whole bunch of crack, coke, and heroin, like we had done the week earlier at his house. The next day we ditched the car behind a strip joint.”
“How many times have you been arrested? What’s the longest stretch you’ve ever served?”
“Between 8 and 10 times. The longest I was ever in jail was overnight.”
“When is going too far going too far?”
“Do you think punk is dead in terms of a “utopian” push for unity? Do you think all great movements from inside the movement will now only be based on the fanatic cult of personality? I know back in the 80’s, early 90’s there was more of an antagonism that existed between the punk and metal subcultures. Do you think the barriers have broken down over the years?”
“I never cared about unity -- I was always into the more asshole or violent bands. The whole super left-wing thing a lot of bands, mostly punk/hardcore bands, are into -- they are just as close-minded as the people they are against… The worst thing that ever happened to hardcore was when the S.O.D. album came out. It was basically a metal record with a skinhead singing. A lot of regular hardcore bands were getting more metal sounding, but the S.O.D. record made hardcore ‘acceptable’ to moron metal people, and introduced the gayest word ever – ‘mosh,’ to the undergrounds, and eventually mainstreams, vocabulary. I am so disgusted every time I hear the word ‘mosh,’ it seriously bothers me. In the mid-80s, dumb metal bands stopped writing stupid lyrics about Satan in exchange for stupid lyrics about society and shit like that. Getting back to your question, the barriers have broken down between the punk and metal sub-cultures. My worst memories of this was the ‘overnight skinhead’ thing that lots of metal kids did. Wow, asking this question has brought up so many bad memories that I had totally forgotten about from the mid-80s… Another totally gay thing is how bands like Hatebreed who play totally generic metal are considered hardcore. I'm glad I don't really pay attention to what's going on or I'd be even angrier…”