ago, Philly abounded in great punk bands, The Stickmen, Sadistic
Exploits, More Fiends, but one really stuck out, Mikey Wild and
the Mess. Rumors flourished that Mikey was a retard and the band
couldn't finish a set, that they had all O.D.'d, that Mikey was
selling his ass for pocket change. They were the coolest."
- Ed Wilcox (Temple of Bon Matin)
and the Magic Lanterns' "I was punk before you were" is
a full length CD documenting the career of Philadelphia punk veteran
Mikey Wild. Spanning a history of nearly 25 years (Mikey is said
to have been performing since 1974), Mikey has beaten everyone in
the New York/Philly punk contest for longest running maniac in history.
Mikey Wild and the Mess were among the first punk bands in Philadelphia,
sharing the same slice of history that spawned the Ramones, the
Cramps, and the Sniveling Shits. With barely a second grade education
under his belt, his power to woo the women and spin the rawest,
to the point punk rock songs in history puts him in space next to
Lou Reed, Stiff Little Fingers, the Armitage Shanks, Bob Dylan,
and Joe Strummer but its a camp where all the aforementioned have
run away in fear of being caught in the forest fire that Mikey set.
Well known in the Philadelphia area, Mikey is a too oft overlooked
legend who shared billing with heavyweights such as the Ramones
and Lou Reed but somehow got lost in a fray of anti-depressants
and Ritalin. This CD, which features Frank Bradly and Ed Wilcox
of Temple of Bon Matin, will hopefully enlighten those to the punk
rock world according to Mikey. Includes hits like "I Hate New
York", "Die Die Die", "Chicks With Dicks",
"Vincent Price Wasn't Very Nice" and the famous "I
Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk, Punk". Essential.
WILD AND THE MAGIC LANTERNS
"I was punk before you were punk" CD