Uglier than Alice Cooper: Five forgotten shock rock bands from the 1970s
1. The Sic Fucks
Tish and Snooky Bellomo were twisted sisters who performed in various burlesque and drag revues during the glam era in NYC. They graduated to punk rock in 1975 when they joined Blondie as back-up singers. In 1977, with a $500 loan from their mom, they opened the Manic Panic boutique at St Mark’s Place in New York City, where they sold their own brand of brightly-colored hair dye. Manic Panic has since become a mini empire and the scourge of uptight parents. Also in ’77, they were asked by their pal Russ Wolinsky to join his one-night only band, The Sic Fucks.
Tish and Snooky dressed as slutty nuns, they sang songs about chopping up your mother, teenage abortions, and doing drugs, and there was blood and giant meat cleavers everywhere. It was pure punk rock spectacle, designed to freak out the squares and send the rubes screaming for the exits. The one-off band quickly became a local institution, and for years, the Sic Fucks were must-see staples at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City.
Sadly, their early years went mostly undocumented and unrecorded, and they didn’t release a record until 1982. Their-self titled debut EP – their only studio release to date – captures the band’s signature glam-punk party sound, and includes two of their most way-out numbers, Chop Up Your Mother and Insects Rule My World. Also in 1982, the band appeared in the dark comedy/slasher flick Alone In The Dark, about a trio of escaped mental patients who terrorize a local town. Unfortunately, the band broke up soon after, presumably because hair dye is more profitable than theatrical glam-punk.
The band still reunite pretty regularly though, so if you ever wander into a dive-bar in NYC and find a bunch of aging nuns with purple hair chasing audience members around with cardboard axes, you’ll know the Sic Fucks are at it again.