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Punk Supergroup the Exterminators Reunite, Record Debut Album for Their 40th Anniversary

Product of America out November 8 (Slope Records) Produced by Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets

The Exterminators, a storied band of scofflaws and ne’er-do-wells who were part of the first wave of Phoenix punk rock, have reunited to release their debut album (!) Product of America, out Election Day (November 8) and available digitally and on limited edition blue vinyl through the Phoenix-based label, Slope Records.

Produced by Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Product of America is a recording of songs culled from a rare cassette tape of the band performing live in 1978 with the original lineup featuring Dan “Johnny Macho” Clark on vocals, his younger brother Doug “Buzzy Murder” Clark on guitar, Don Bolles on drums, and the late Rob Graves on bass (Kirkwood took over for the departed Graves on the new album).

“I couldn’t be more honored to be asked to be involved with this record and fill in for Rob Graves, who, sadly, is no longer with us,” adds Kirkwood, who considers members of the Exterminators some of his best friends. “Who could turn down a project featuring, you know, such inspirational songs such as “I Hate You” and “I Don’t Give a Fuck?”

Formed in 1977, the Exterminators went on a brief (nearly 40 year!) hiatus in 1978, with the various members going on to form a variety of seminal punk rock bands, including The Feederz and Victory Acres (Dan Clark), The Brainz and Mighty Sphincter (Doug Clark), The Germs, Celebrity Skin and Ariel Pink (Don Bolles) and 45 Grave (Rob Graves and Don Bolles).

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Exterminators - Product of America - Slope Records

Exterminators – Product of America

  • Members
    Johnny Macho, vocals
    Don Bolles, drums
    Buzzy Murder, guitar
    Cris Kirkwood, bass

  • Release

  • Catalog

  • Credits
    Produced by Cris Kirkwood
    Additional Production by Larry Elyea
    Executive Producer – Thomas Lopez
    Recorded at Minds Eye Digital
    Mixed by Larry Elyea and Doug Clark
    Mastered by Paul Roessler at Kitten Robot
    Asst. Engineer – Brian Bullard
    Cover Photo – Michelle “Mitch” Phillips
    Inner sleeve photos – Cole Cameron
    Cover Concept and Layout – TPStank

  • Stats
    Vinyl, 12″, LP, 33 1/3 RPM, Limited Edition, Stereo, 16 tracks, Royal Blue Vinyl, Gatefold, Liner Notes Insert by Don Bolles, packaged with a digital download card

Cred From the Credible

“Well, here’s the thing. I was, at first, very leery. I’ve listened to the Exterminators cd about six or seven times. That’s a lot for me when it comes to new music. I love Don (Bolles). I love his drumming. The playing on the record is great. Johnny Macho, to me, he’s the most important part. We’re speaking about Arizona, and what’s next to Arizona? Colorado. And another guy from Colorado is another one of these nasally, high pitched kind of vocalists and that would be Jello Biafra, and we’ve got that thing kind of going on here and that’s interesting. The Exterminator family tree thing is pretty fucking amazing.”

Keith Morris

“From the times where Watt got both fueled and catapulted by the movement is time-warp re-ignition from arizonaland of material that moves Watt much due to original drummerman Don teaming up w/old-time thudstaff wrasler Watt inspirer Cris delivering the vital feels way up into this now here moment. it put’s me way out as I do my tether-ball dance due to finding myself most resonating w/it cuz of it. Watt bows low w/much respect towards these exterminators’ direction. my recommend: get.”

Mike Watt

“Lost & Short-lived AZ based Germs-related proto-punk/hardcore unit, whose all-star line up happened to include a PreGerms era Don Bolles, paired up alongside future-heavyweights who would go on to form 45 grave & The Meat Puppets?? Um…Yes Please.”

Ariel Pink

“Listening to these new Exterminators tracks brought a great big grin to my face…classic Phoenix punk rides again!”

East Bay Ray - Dead Kennedys

“A must have for Germs and early Meat Puppets fans. 5 out of 5 stars.”

Jeff McDonald - Redd Kross