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|Massachusetts' appropriately-titled Vile is probably known only to the most diehard record collectors and other degenerate scumbags. A mysterious and controversial band, they befouled the punk scene with their 1982 Solution LP, then disappeared off the face of the earth.|
Vile started in Mansfield, a town near the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border. The aim of the band was presumably to piss off as many people as possible, and their dubious tactic was bigotry. In possibly their only Boston appearance, opening up for the Angelic Upstarts in 1982, the singer told racist jokes from the stage and threw the mike stand at a member of the audience. Shortly after, there was an exchange of letters in the local magazine Boston Rock, where Vile defended their right to "free speech" and took out ads proclaiming "Vile says Fuck Off." Their infamous LP was recorded in the legendary Radiobeat Studio, and featured lyrics attacking women, minorities, gays, and pretty much everybody in general. The band distributed some copies of the record by leaving them on the windshields of cars parked at the Boston club the Channel. It has since become a coveted collector's item.
SOLUTION LP (self-released, 1983)
A COMPILATION DEDICATED TO TIM YO LP (bootleg, 2000)
KILLED BY HARDCORE 3 LP (bootleg, 2002)