Toxic Reasons

**Joel from Toxic Reasons recently got ahold of us here at 7inchpunk and told us of a unreleased track (God Bless America) from the recoding sessions of War Hero. He sent in the track and we now posted it for you to enjoy! Thanks to Joel for sending this out to us!

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Originally posted December 15 2008

Toxic Reasons – War Hero (Banit Records) 1980

Toxic Reasons were from Dayton, Ohio. This is their first record, recorded in January 1980. They released one other single (Ghost Town), and an LP (Independence) before dumping their lead singer (Ed Pittman) and moving to San Francisco, where they made a bunch of other records.

I’ve never understood why they dropped Ed Pittman. I never saw him perform with the band, but I met him a few times at the Jockey Club in Newport KY in the early 1980’s and he must have been one hell of a frontman. He was a huge, imposing guy, and from the sound of these early records, a great singer also.

This record is great, but it has always cracked me up somewhat that a bunch of guys from Dayton, OH decided to sing with British accents on their record. How quickly we US punks forgot that punk started in New York City and Cleveland, etc., not the UK.

War Hero
Somebody Help Me

Never before released track from the War Hero’s recoding sessions, Thanks to Joel of Toxic Reasons for sending this one to 7inchpunk!

*Bonus Track*
God Bless America

Posted by: 1983


20 thoughts on “Toxic Reasons

  1. Oi……one of the finest bands out of the USA….
    The accents…well one was from Liverpool…One from Canada…..and others from Dayton Ohio…
    Hence the Flag of 3 countries on the albums….
    Anyone got any live stuff worth swapping?

  2. I was fortunate enough to get to see Ed, Bruce and the band perform a couple of times Dayton and once in Indianapolis. That was back when my cousin used to manage them. I believe I still have a signed copy of this single.

  3. i am from england…and true enough punk was born in america,not sure if it was cleveland or deyton?more like new york or LA, and the real reason some tracks sound like a british singer,one of the band was english

  4. unfortunately the english fellas weren’t in the band when war hero was recorded, It was just Ed’s way of paying homage to the eglish punk bands that he really admired…the band was named from the Pistols refrain in “holidays” “now I got a reason,reason,reason” I really think he did it subconsciously. as for us “dropping” Ed… Ed quit! we had to go on without him the best we could…but we’re all friends now

  5. Great band…was lucky enough to see them years later in England (Birmingham 1988)if you’ve never heard it – try to find their John Peel Session from ’86 (I don’t think anyone ever released it – but you can find mp3s) it’s my favorite all-time Peel Session…

  6. I love toxic reasons… I especially love “kill by remote control” and “bullets for you” – I wonder why those have never been given a proper release in the digital age…

    This version of god bless america is awesome – so sloppy and slow – and even some different lyrics – it’s my favorite toxic reasons song.


    ps: the new wave “within these walls” rules too.

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