RARE...This is 1 of only 200 original copies from 1978
These were given to friends & family
Or sold at Discount Records 39 years ago
Plus I will include a bonus record by Ray Sunshine as listed !
One record not as nice as this sold for $2,000.00.
Tapeworm (stylized as TAPEWO?M) is an American hardcore punk band formed in 1978 in Stamford, Connecticut. The band was established by guitarist Tom Flynn, bassist Brian Beattie, Jason Weinberg (drums) and Wayne Zito (guitar). Despite only being active for one year, their sole 7" release, "Break My Face" has gone on to be influential and a prized collector's itemTapeworm was formed in 1978 by Tom Flynn, Brian Beattie, Jason Weinberg, and Wayne Zito; all classmates at Rippowam High School. After practicing as a band, the name was chosen after they saw a bassist in a cover band with a Tapeworm sticker on his bass. Flynn, Beattie, and Weinberg were all previously in a jazz standard band in 1977. Tapeworm combined the diverse genres of each member; Flynn favored hard rock bands, such as Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, Beattie and Weinberg preferred jazz, while Zito was a fan of metal. Zito wrote one of their first songs, "The Spider of the City", while they also added various Ramones songs to their set list. The band's most notable performance came on March 31, 1978 at the Rippowam Talent Show. The band performed Flynn's explosive original song, "Break My Face", along with the Ramones' "Cretin Hop" and "Rockaway Beach" before a raving audience. Zito bought a cheap guitar for the event, and smashed it during the first song. The band eventually lost to performers singing "Don't Know Much About History". A video of break my face live at the talent show can be seen on YouTube. The band started to dissolve after the members graduated from high school. First, drummer Jason Weinberg left for college in the fall. He was replaced by Doug Karger, while Scott Fletcher took over vocal duties. This new lineup was now billed as Safety Patrol (another drummer, Scott Marcus, joined later on). They achieved local success, and played shows at CBGB's before folding. Legacy In the years following, the band members remained in touch. In college, Weinberg played in a few various, short-lived bands including "Alpo" and "MX and the Cruise Missiles". The other members moved to the Bay Area to continue their musical endeavors. Fletcher started a band called "Sinequan", while Flynn and Beattie both started the band called "Fang" in 1980. Breaking up after touring the country, Beattie moved to Texas and founded Glass Eye, while Flynn stayed with Fang until the band turned into hardcore legends. Afterwards, Flynn started the band "Star Pimp". Break My Face "Break My Face" Single by Tapeworm Released May 20, 1978 Format 7" Recorded May 6–8, 1978 Genre Hardcore Punk Length 1:23 Label Hermaphrodite Records Writer(s) Tom Flynn, Brian Beattie Producer(s) Ray Sunshine
Following the band's talent show performance, they went on to put out a single. They chose Ray Cipri (whom goes by the stage name Ray Sunshine) for the task, as he had previously put out his own single, "Country Fine Sally" on Touch Records the previous year and the only person in town with recording equipment. The band went in to record four tracks in Sunshine's residence from May 7 to May 8. Three tracks were put on the single including an intro to "Blues For An Insurance Salesman", which involves the band playing instruments they don't know how to play in an ode to Charles Ives. The recording session also has something on it called "Fuzz Bassolo" which has never been released. In all, 200 copies were put out, mainly given to friends and family, or sold at Discount Records.
After years of obscurity, the single finally became known to a wider audience after the tracks "Break My Face" and "Blues For An Insurance Salesman" were featured on Killed By Death Volume #9 in 1995. In 2001, the single was bootlegged and reissued on Kablooey Records, including the original intro to "Blues For An Insurance Salesman". Today, very few of the original records have turned up, and they remain highly valued. The single is going to be re-issued on Death Vault Records. The original master tapes from 1978 were baked and dubbed allowing it to be re-engineered to prepare it for this vinyl re-issue.Track listing
All lyrics written by Tom Flynn and Brian Beattie; all music composed by Tapeworm.Side 1 No. Title Length 1. "Break My Face" 1:23 2. "I Wanna Die" 1:32 Side A No. Title Length 3. "Blues For An Insurance Salesman" 2:14 Personnel
March 34... further proof they were ahead of their time. Rough footage of the talent show exists.
"You drove all the way from Texas to see Ray?!"So, off we go next door... there are some boarded-up windows leading to the basement. We knock for a couple minutes and walk around the house. No answer. Some neighbors across the road, who had been watching us the whole time, eventually holler:
"No", I explained, "we were in the area and thought we'd stop by."
"Oh... well, he doesn't live here. He lives next door — in the basement."
"Who're you looking for?"We tell them, and they laugh...
"Do you know what kind of a guy you're dealing with?"
"I, uh, guess not?" I answer, wondering what I'd gotten into.
"He'll probably think you're space aliens comin' to get him. You ain't ever gonna get him up at this hour. He usually comes out around five."
Doh! Apparently one collector found this copy a bit too "tasty"
"I'm looking for Ray Sunshine. He recorded a record with a band called Tapeworm in the late Seventies."We follow him next door where we'd begun our day talking to Ray's half-sister, but this time we take a seat on the patio set.
"Come this way," he said without looking at us.
"First I need to tell you that I'm not Ray Sunshine. I'm his lawyer. Ray's very sick. He lives on the third floor here. I'm representing him, so whatever you got to say to him, you can say to me."Boris and I glance at each other, and I try to hold back a giggle. I ask about Tapeworm again which, at least for Ray, provides the perfect segue into Freemasonry. Ray requests a one-dollar bill and asks if we are familiar with the Masonic imagery on it. Boris seems to know every detail (working at the state hospital DOES have its benefits), and this endears us to Ray, er, Ray's lawyer.
1) The movie was loosely based on Ray's life ("Remo" is Ray's given first name). His identity, like Remo's, was being changed, nay stolen, by forces beyond his control. It was during this portion of Ray's soliloquy that we discovered that Ray was not, in fact, slightly overweight; rather, his jacket was stuffed full of papers of all sorts including a photocopied Remo Williams , various land deeds, handwritten affidavits, memos, an American flag, and a Freemason medallion.After a good half hour of listening to Ray and suppressing the urge to leave, I again attempt to steer the conversation toward Tapeworm and the possibility that some records might be lurking in the basement.
2) The music industry has been taken over by rap music which is all written with a beat that is reminiscent of slaves being beaten. Quality music is no longer being distributed because all of the good Italians and Jews have been kicked out of the industry. Two guesses on Ray's ethnicity...
3) Ray has a radio transmitter on the third floor. He can send transmissions for a fifty-mile radius, playing and saying whatever he wants. He has "the key", and, to make the point perfectly clear, Ray produces the front of a safety deposit box from his back pocket and unlocks it with a key — THE key.
"Yeah, I remember them. They had a suicidal song, right?" Ray asks.The Tapeworm cause is essentially lost as Ray continues with a series of rhetorical questions:
"Yes, I guess 'I Wanna Die' counts as suicidal."
"You see," he insists "that's not what Ray Sunshine is about. He's about being positive. Like he's got a song called "Wake Up America" [reaches into jacket and produces an actual record label from his Blue Skies Forever LP]."
"Has anyone ever tried to steal your identity?"At one point a woman (apparently Ray's mom) walks through the yard. Ray immediately speaks up.
"Yes, yes, I was just telling these gentlemen that MY CLIENT Ray was not feeling well and was unable to come down from the third floor."Ignoring Ray, she addresses us: "Are you the boys from Texas?"
Sorry, the Discount days for this record are long gone