punk from one of the best bands LA ever produced. Contains "We
got the neutron bomb", "Fort USA", and the band's
early singles, "Life of Crime", and "Solitary Confinement".
TO PUNK ALBUM COVERS
Weirdos were one of LA's greatest original
punk bands. They truly lived up to their names with
their bizarre, dadaist style of dress and their psychopathic
The band personified the LA punk scene with their
lunatic asylum looks and their howling, angry diatribes
against the status quo. I was a great fan of the band
and attended most of their LA concerts.
fact, I acquired the 45 single shown at left during
a Weirdos performance at the Whiskey a Go-Go
in 1978. The band was premiering their single, We
got the Neutron Bomb and at the end of the song
tossed copies of the 45 into the audience!
Weirdos were not generally thought of as a political band...
but they nevertheless penned some genuinely fierce political
messages, and "Neutron Bomb" was one such classic.
Written during the waning days of the Jimmy Carter
Presidency, the song railed against the US for having built
a new type of nuclear weapon... the neutron bomb. "We
got the Neutron Bomb, We're gonna drop it all over the place,
you're gonna get it on your face. Foreign Aid from the land
of the free... but don't blame me. We don't understand you,
don't know what you mean, we don't want you we want your machines.
United Nations and NATO won't do. It's just the Red, White,
and Blue!" This amazing single was released
on the punk label, Dangerhouse Records, and the artwork
was done by the band's singer and main song writer, John