Mentors (band)

Mentors (band)
Mentors
Origin Seattle, WA, U.S.
Genres heavy metal, shock rock, hard rock
Years active 1977–present
Labels Mentor Records, Mystic, Metal Blade, Ever Rat
Website Official Website
Church of El Duce
Members
Sickie Wifebeater
Dr. Heathen Scum
Mad Dog Duce
Past members
El Duce
Jeff Dahl
Jack Shit
Heathen Scum Wezda
Ripper
Wino
Poppa Sneaky Spermshooter
Zippy
Insect On Acid
Moosedick
Sickie J
El Rapo

The Mentors are an American heavy metal band noted for its deliberately sexist shock rock lyrics.

They formed in 1977 in Seattle, Washington[1] and relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1979, where their irreverent attitude aligned them with the city's punk rock scene. Their music has developed stylistically over the years from garage metal to hardcore punk to experimental thrash metal. They bill themselves as the inventors of "rape rock," essentially an early 1970s-style heavy metal and punk rock fusion with extremely chauvinistic and perverse lyrics about degrading women.

Although they garnered attention both from noted hard rock acts and pro-censorship movements such as the PMRC,[2] the high profile death of drummer and lead singer Eldon Hoke ("El Duce") in 1997 brought them unprecedented attention. They remain active with a retooled lineup.

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History

Founding members Hoke, Eric Carlson ("Sickie Wifebeater"; guitar) and Steve Broy ("Dr. Heathen Scum"; bass) attended Roosevelt High School together in Seattle,[2] and began experimenting together with crude protopunk and primitive heavy metal. Upon formation, The Mentors began to tour the Northwest, playing shows with their trademark executioner hoods and bawdy lyrics. Broy was in and out of the band during its early career due to his preoccupation while pursuing a degree in engineering.[3] Other bassists from this era include Jeff Dahl, Chris Jacobsen (Jack Shit), and Mike Dewey (Heathen Scum Wezda).[4]

Through Mystic Records, The Mentors released their first EP, The Trash Bag, in 1983.[1] Their first live album, Live at the Whiskey/Cathey de Grande, came out the following year; both records were produced by Phillip (Philco) Raves. In 1985, they signed to Death Records, a subsidiary of Metal Blade, and released their debut studio LP, You Axed for It!, with Broy returning on the bass.[3] During this time, Hoke maintained a strong public presence, making a controversial appearance[5] alongside fellow metal band GWAR on The Jerry Springer Show, who criticized Hoke's band, beliefs, and public image.[2] In another controversial interview, on Hot Seat with Wally George,[6] Hoke claimed that The Mentors and their fans "want rape rock!" This term would eventually come into use by similar shock rock bands such as The Murder Junkies and The MILF Hunters.[7]

Broy was briefly replaced by bassists Wayne Daddio ("Ripper"), Scott Weinrich[8] (who played anonymously), Ed Danky ("Poppa Sneaky Spermshooter") and Zippy, but later returned to the group. In 1989, The Mentors released their third album, Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll, a faux-live[citation needed] record. This album caught the attention of the hard rock band Revolting Cocks, who invited The Mentors on tour with them.[2]

They released Rock Bible in 1990, with Rick Lomas ("Insect On Acid")[9] sitting in on drums. To the Max followed the next year. Clark "Moosedick" Savage[1] often filled in for Hoke on drums at live shows, as Hoke's alcoholism had made it difficult for him to play drums and sing simultaneously.

The Mentors remained sporadically active thereafter. Hoke began a solo career, while Carlson formed the band Jesters of Destiny.[3] In the mid 1990s, Hoke claimed that Courtney Love had offered him $50,000 to kill her husband Kurt Cobain,[10] whose death was ruled a suicide. In 1997, days after being interviewed for the documentary film Kurt and Courtney, Hoke died after being struck by a freight train while intoxicated. His death was alternately described as an accident and a suicide,[11] while some have pointed to evidence suggesting foul play.[12]

Carlson, Broy and Savage continued the band and were joined by guitarist Sickie J and vocalist El Rapo in 2001, releasing Over the Top in 2005. 2006 Singer and drummer Marc DeLeon ("Mad Dog"), of the Mentors tribute band The Mantors, replaced El Rapo and, later, Savage. 2009 saw the release of Ducefixion, their eighth full-length record.

Members

Current members
  • Eric Carlson (Sickie Wifebeater) – guitar (1977–present)
  • Steve Broy (Dr. Heathen Scum) – bass (1977–1979, 1984–1986, 1989–present)
  • Marc Deleon (Mad Dog Duce) – drums, lead vocals (2005–present)
Former members
  • Eldon Hoke (El Duce; deceased) – drums, lead vocals (1977–1997)
  • Jeff Dahl – bass (1979–1980)
  • Chris Jacobson (Jack Shit; deceased) – bass (1980)
  • Mike Dewey (Heathen Scum Wezda) – bass (1980–1984)
  • Wayne Daddio (Ripper) – bass (1984–1985)
  • Scott "Wino" Weinrich - bass (1986)
  • Ed Danky (Poppa Sneaky Spermshooter; deceased) – bass (1986–1987)
  • Zippy – bass (1987–1989)
  • Rick Lomas (Insect On Acid) – drums (1989)
  • Clark Savage (Moosedick) – drums (1991–2008)
  • Sickie J – rhythm guitar (2001–2010)
  • El Rapo – vocals (2002–2004)

Discography

  • Get Up and Die (1981 Mystic Records)
  • Live at the Whiskey/Cathey de Grande (1981 Mystic Records)
  • You Axed for It! (1985 Metal Blade/Death Records)
  • Up the Dose (1986 Metal Blade/Death Records)
  • Sex Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll (1989 Ever Rat Records)
  • Rock Bible (1990 Mentor Records)
  • To The Max (1991 Mentor Records)
  • Over The Top (2005 Mentor Records)
  • Ducefixion (2009 Mentor Records)

Videography

  • Get Up and Die (1983)
  • Mentors Fuck Movie (1987)
  • A Piece Of Sinema (1990)
  • The Wretched World of The Mentors (1990)
  • Mentors Tour De Max '91 (1991)
  • El Duce, The Man. The Myth. The Video. (1993)
  • Mentors - El Duce Vita DVD (2007)

See also

  • List of The Mentors songs

References

External links


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