The Flesheaters 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. (Desjardins), 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 of X and DJ Bonebrake of the Germs. 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.
Interview, c. 1981, Flipside Magazine