Montreal (Qc) CANADA - 1987 File Photo circa 1986 - The Asexuals's T.J. Collins' first gig as vocalist, bassist at a 2000 seater opening for P.I.L.
Originally formed as a trio in 1983 with Sean Friesen (guitar), Paul Remington (drums), and T.J. Collins (bass), The Asexuals ('because of a severe lack of girlfriends in high school') are a frantic hardcore punk outfit with shades of Husker Du and The Replacements who can swing a pop melody or two while still spouting their socio-political/street wise commentary.
1985's 'Contemporary World' featured a retooling of Bob Dylan's classic "The Times They Are A Changin'" and the album itself did modest business on college and underground radio.
A bitter feud in 1987 over the band's evolving sound saw the departure of founding member John Kastner (who would go on to form THE DOUGHBOYS) and be replaced by T.J. Collins. Collins' first gig as vocalist, bassist was a 2000 seater opening for P.I.L.
By 1988 they had a reputation for being an incredible live band who had opened in major stadium venues across North America for the likes of DOA and Tupelo Chain Sex. They added a fourth member, Blake Cheetah, and Collins switched to guitar to create a bigger, fuller Asexuals sound.
However, the grind of touring had taken its toll and it seemed that 'Dish' would be their swan song. They had become complacent and caring more about how much beer was on the rider rather than the music. As they were about to pack it in, a German promoter got his hands on the album and had the band stick it out through 400-500 seaters in Europe...thus rejuvenating the act...
However, before they could hop back in the studio bassist Blake Cheetah took a powder. With the 1991 'Exile From Floontown' LP, permanent bassist Domenic Pompeio was added.
After the album's release, the band went back to Europe and then swung back to finish 1992 in Canada. Bassist Yuri Mohacsi was added in 1993 and a fifth album was finally released in 1997 called 'Fitsjoy'.