were formed in LAs early music scene, blending horror and ghoul
rock with punk and a wild rythm. The man known only as Chris D.,
or "Jack Nicholson From Hell" began this project in the early eighties
amidst the LA punk scene. With no band to call his own, he took
to "borrowing" other bands members, most notably John Doe and DJ
Bonebrake of X. An album was cut, and the Flesheaters erupted
onto the scene. Not only did the Flesheaters join the few bands
who were throwing a little gloom and doom in LA punk, by combining
punk rock with rockabilly and deathrock, the Flesheaters were something
new, something original.
The Man, the Myth, the Legend
Not only was Chris Desjardins the brains behind the Flesheaters,
he was also well know for his photography that can be seen in many
punk zines and album covers/inserts, his bands Stone by Stone and
The Divine Horsemen, and his partnership in Slash Magazine, one
of the most influential punk rock magazines of the time. Slash also
became a record label that carried many popular punk acts. Maybe
you remember Walk Among Us by the Misfits?
Eventually the Flesheaters stabalized and maintaned some kind of
regular lineup. Several albums were released, including live performances
and best hits collections. After the Flesheaters, Chris D. formed
the Divine Horsemen. The Flesheaters released a few albums after
1990 like "Dragstrip Riot" and "Crucified Lovers In Woman Hell".
Their latest album, "Ashes of Time" was released in 1999.
ashes of time
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Interview, c. 1981, Flipside Magazine