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Creepoid made us a playlist paying tribute to the noisiest DJ night in Philadelphia

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Jammi York

One of my favorite surprises at this year’s South By Southwest festival was Creepoid, a noisy, slinky, trippy, powerful rock combo from Philadelphia. They performed on a bill headlined by legendary space-thumpers Failure, and they absolutely held their own with their rare combination of fuzzy alt-rock, heady shoegaze, and Sonic Youth-inspired feedback parties.

The band’s latest album, Cemetery Highrise Slum (released in June), contains the same sonic thrills the band laid out in their SXSW set. Their combination of sounds clearly comes from a variety of inspirations, so EW asked the band to craft a playlist that best represents the Creepoid mindset. 

And did they ever deliver! Two members of Creepoid—Pat Troxell and Nick Kulp—used to DJ at a space in Philadelphia called Kung Fu Necktie.  They titled their monthly night “Stoner Boner,” so they sent us the “Best of Stoner Boner” playlist (with comments from Troxell and Kulp).  

The Scientists, “We Had Love”

An obvious pick by the later era Cramps/Birthday Party-infused Scientists. Australian swamp rock at its finest. One of the first 45s I ever purchased, and at the time not knowing what it even was.”

OBN III, “Nicky The Knife”

Great band, great dudes, great tune. ATX rippers.”

Teenage Filmstars, “Moon”

“‘Moon’ is taken from the album Lift Off Mit Der, known to the outside world as Star. Ed Ball of the Television Personalities/The Times had many stamps on his Creation Records days. Filmstars was an offshoot of his later Times recordings, but with his own spin on My Bloody Valentine.”

The Seeds, “Try To Understand”

“Sky Saxon is just a beast in general. What’s not to like about The Seeds? They always did weird s— at live performances and the self-titled album is a must-have.”

Dead Meadow, “Hard People/Hard Times”

“Five songs into our Stoner Boner DJ sets we always need to insure there are good vibes. Dead Meadow are king in that regard.”

The Litter, “Soul Searchin'”

You could just put on a Nuggets/Pebbles comp and walk away and go to the bathroom, or you could just buy Distortions and realize that bands of that era have more than just one ‘hit’ song.” 

Peter Gutteridge, “Hang On”

“An ode to the late Peter Gutteridge. The Snapper frontman’s solo recordings that were only ever released on cassette were just issued on vinyl for the first time in 2014, just months before his death.”

Protomartyr, “Come & See”

“This song is the best song of 2014. We had a chance to play with these Detroit guys. Mind blowing.”

Faine Jade, “It Ain’t True”

“A classic weirdo in the garage psych world, ‘It Ain’t True’ is the hit from Jade’s solo album of the same name. I have a weird bootleg copy of this record, and it gives an even more stretched out effect to the already warbled production.” 

The Gories, “I Think I’ve Had It”

“No one can take it. The Gories were late ’80s garage revivalists, pre-Dirtbombs detroit booze rock. Simplicity at its finest.” 

Alan Vega, “Kung Fu Cowboy”

Alan Vega (best known as one half of Suicide) made a solo album in 1980 of weird freaky dance-punk hits. If you hold up the record cover next to Bad you can see where MJ got his inspiration from.”

The Stone Roses, “Going Down”

“A major influence on our band. At one point the biggest band in the world.”

Them, “Gloria”

An early Van Morrison hit. It always gets the room moving.”

Pavement, “Range Life”

“This is for all the ’90s heads in the club. Sometimes when you DJ, you just play whatever the f— you want.”

Sonic Youth, “Screaming Skull”

“It’s called ‘Screaming Skull.’ That’s it.”

Institute, “Giddy Boys”

Raw power out of Austin, Texas. The best live band of 2014.”

Silver Jews, “Black & Brown Blues”

“The most underrated band of the ’90s. David Berman is a genius. The band once featured members of Pavement.” 

A Place To Bury Strangers, “Ocean”

“A ripper from our former tourmates.  At one point in California we performed this song as ‘A Place To Bury Creepoid.’ Both full bands jamming this cut to sold out Los Angeles and San Francisco crowds was sick.

The Standells, “Dirty Water”

We are not from Boston. But this one always gets our toes tapping. Just a feel-good hit.”

Eddie Current Suppression Ring, “Rush To Relax”

Great lyrics. Great Australian Band. Great closer to any DJ set.”

Check out Creepoid on tour and enjoy the excellent video for “Dried Out” below. 

https://vimeo.com/132543826

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