Ed Davis Band

Ed Davis Band – Keith Richard’s Dead/Asshole (Mike Enright 1978)

The Ed Davis Band was the first punk band in Cincinnati, Ohio.  This record, their only release, was recorded in 1978.  I saw them at an art opening in 1979 — my only memory is that they they had a female guest vocalist that night, and that I (thankfully) bought this record from the band.  The Ed Davis Band was part of an artist community called We’re Just Like You.  The drummer, Cury Gary, was a disc jockey on WEBN at the time this record was released.  It certainly doesn’t seem like a big deal now, but in 1979 it was pretty outrageous to put a song called “Asshole” on a record, especially in Cincinnati.  Also — is “Asshole” the beginning of the Oi movement? — the band chants “Oi Oi Oi”, and this record predates the Cockey Rejects and all those UK Oi bands.  


Keith Richards Dead


Posted by: 1983

11 Responses to “Ed Davis Band”

  1. eddie Says:

    I’m pretty sure The Clash chanted oi on their debut anyway good record.

  2. scud Says:

    wicked good ep

  3. Dan Evensen Says:

    “I’m pretty sure The Clash chanted oi on their debut”

    This is incorrect. I’ve got the Clash debut album on my computer, and I can assure you that there are no “oi” chants. In fact, I don’t think there is a single Clash song with an “oi” chant.

  4. theonlytruepunk Says:

    Which Clash debut album do you have on your computer? The English version or the American version? OI! By the way, this is a great record, thanks.

  5. Tommy Says:

    Surely AC/DC started Oi! with TNT!

  6. aids1977 Says:

    A person who claims that some snotty art punk poofs from Ohio started OI is possibly the biggest wanker in the world.

  7. 1983 Says:

    Dude. Have a sense of humor. Or, at least, don’t be a jerk — life is too short for that.

  8. stunt Says:

    Hey 1983,

    Great post, really enjoyed the first track. Thanks for sharing…looking forward to more.


  9. Machinegun Thompson Says:

    Liked them, like your blog a lot nice job



  10. mike enright Says:

    If you liked the 45, check out another song I posted from a 4-track recording session in the WJLY loft: Fuck Each Other. You’ll find it here.

    There’s also some video from the last gig posted on YouTube; there’s a link from the same page.

    Thanks for the nice comments, people!

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