Another forgotten platter that should have been posted here a long time ago. Perhaps you recall Nuclear Armed Hogs’ appearance on Slap a Ham’s Fiesta Comes Alive! compilation. In short, this band was Prank Records mogul (heh) Ken Sanderson backed by members of East Bay punk legends Schlong. Not sure what you would expect from that combination, but it is…uh…interesting. I guess the best way to describe Nuclear Armed Hogs is that they are very much of their time, which is the early to mid ‘90s. They take a few cues from the powerviolence aspect of hardcore and filter them through the oddball Schlong perspective. Ken’s vocals sound kinda like a drunken Muppet, so I can see why he might see this band as a skeleton in his closet of sorts. If nothing else, there is no way you can say they sound like a typical hardcore band.
Grossest National Product is something of an old favorite in the Prank Records household. In the past, I have brought up bands that would have been your hometown heroes had you resided in the same area. From what I gather, GNP was exactly that to Ken while he was in college. Feel free to talk about how oh-so punk you are in whatever town you are from if you want to. Perhaps you should try being a badass punk rocker in Birmingham, Alabama sometime. One has to figure that this requires a fair amount of bravery—more so in the mid ‘80s when GNP first formed there. I cannot imagine that being much fun unless you enjoy fighting and being harassed by the police on a regular basis. It is only natural to want to start a band and escape from this sort of environment. GNP sounds like what you would expect out of a punk band from Alabama—fast, chaotic, and not without a sense of humor. The typical Hank Williams enthusiast would be more than mildly annoyed to hear them practicing in the garage next door. GNP’s drummer is the highlight of this recording. He sounds like he has no idea how to actually play drums, even for a punk band. Instead of taking lessons, he is just going to freak out on the kit and hope for the best. To be honest, the rest of the band sounds like that too. Remember when a lot of punk bands were terrible in the best way possible? Grossest National Product is one of those bands. Revel in this garbage.