In what year did AntiChris and The Raped begin?
AntiChris: The Raped was formed in 2002. We played our last
show in 2005. Not long, but it was fun!
Punk Globe: How did you come up with the band name?
AntiChris: Funny story. AntiChris & The Raped, for the first
year, was called just THE RAPED. For anyone who doesn't
know, there was a UK '77 punk band called RAPED. I got
non-stop shit about there ALREADY
being a band called THE RAPED. But there wasn't. They were
just RAPED. No THE. But the press called them
THE Raped for grammar reasons, so, everybody thinks there
name was THE RAPED. I got sick of hearing about it. And
since AntiChris (I'll explain the third person shit in a
minute) has an ego on him, I thought it would be hilarious
to call it AntiChris & The Raped. The name THE RAPED is one
I came up with years before the band finally formed. I had
Raped buttons 6 months before we found our
Globe: Did you have a hard time booking the band in alot of
AntiChris: YES! Most venues sent hate mail in reply to our
asking to play. Just based on our name alone! Most would
say they had a friend who got raped and it was nothing to
make fun of. I don't think rape is
funny. I think people who DEFINE themselves by having been
raped funny. I myself have been raped by both male and
female. I don't go around crying about. There's a stigma put
on rape. I wanted to blow it up in everyone's face.
Punk Globe: You get comparisons to GG Allin. Was he a
major influence on you?
AntiChris: I had literally heard GG Allin only once before I
started The Raped. I wasn't a fan. I saw a few
documentaries after I was told I was a GG Allin rip-off. I
agree that there are major similarities
between AntiChris and GG Allin, especially being
uber-offensice and the whole bleeding thing, but it was
unintentional. I'm still not really a fan. I do like the GG
Allin / Anti Seen album.
Punk Globe: Were or are you a fan of The Plasmatics, The
Genitortures, Marion Anderson/ The Insaints and Anti Seen?
AntiChris: I like The Plasmatics and I like the GG Allin /
Anti Seen album but I'm mainly a fan of the"Killed By Death"
rock. I love the comps. Sweden's Henry Fiat's Open Sore was
a major Raped influence.
Punk Globe: One of my favorites episodes of San
Francisco's KPIX's "People Are Talking" was when the late
Wendy O' Williams talking about being a Vegan, Animal
Rights. Mrs Field ( Mrs. Fields Cookies) was also a guest
and Wendy began chastising Mrs. Fields for poisoning America
with all the additives that are in her cookies. Anne and
Ross promptly had Ms.O' Williams (R.I.P.) removed from the
set. That was TV at it's best. Did you see or hear about
that? She was the real deal!
AntiChris: No, I haven't heard about that. It's great that
she got a bit of media attention. Most people don't know who
she is. Most people think punk was invented by Mtv in the
mid 90's. I even find it surprising that the media let
anything "punk" on the air at it's rawest in the 80's.
Punk Globe: You cite Comic Artist Mike Diana as an
influence of AntiChris and the Raped. It appears that you
admire people who push the edge and make you think. A
pioneer was Lenny
Bruce. It is so easy to get in deep shit in Florida
ask Luther Campbell ( 2 Live Crew), Courtney Love and
AntiChris: I have friends in Florida. I tell them to move.
I've been following the Mike Diana case since I was 15. I've
always been a "fan" of free speech. I found him through the
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund who paid for his defense. I
have to admit that some of his work turns my stomach. But to
arrest him for a drawing is sick. I hate Florida. Even Jim
Morrison was put on trail for obscenity. Florida has a REAL
problem with freedom of speech.
Punk Globe: What bands or musicians inspire you?
AntiChris: Henry Fiat's Open Sore (especially their first
full length) was a MAJOR influence on Me and The Raped. Most
offensive Rock n' Roll is. The raw sounding LA shit from the
early 80's like The Mad and Aryan Discrace. People who don't
care what others think about them but aren't assholes. I
Punk Globe: Did you ever get a chance to meet GG Allin
or Marion Anderson before they passed away?
AntiChris: No I didn't.
Punk Globe: I met GG when my band played with GG Allin
at The Covered Wagon in San Francisco and was surprised
how polite and nice he was off stage. When he was performing
out all the punches but off stage very nice and almost shy.
Marion Anderson was a very complex performer as well. A
lovely sweet friend who was always there for you. Do you
feel that there is the On Stage AntiChris and an off stage
AntiChris: Definately! AntiChris is everything Chris wasn't.
Off stage I am VERY quiet... unless something
really pisses me off. AntiChris was formed by bad
relationships, bad ideas and hate. All the early songs were
about girls I hated. You would NEVER guess that quiet guy in
the back of the bar staring into his drink was the bloody
guy onstage screaming "YOU GOT RAPED" only 10 minutes
earlier. But it's not fake. It's really just another side of
me. A side I ran with for over 2 years.
Punk Globe: Are your release's on a label or are they
AntiChris: Unfortunately, nobody would touch us with a
cattle prod. I formed a label just to release The Raped
albums. Originally called Better Fucked Than Raped, it's now
known as We Are Going To Eat You Records. It has almost 10
releases by various bands. I searched for a year to find a
label to release our album on. No luck. We have one last
album to release called CUTTER. We're also planning on
releasing an anthology called YOU GOT RAPED... so there's
still a chance to pick us up. (HA!)
Punk Globe: Did the band tour? If you have tours how many
tours did you do? And tell us about some of your favorite
AntiChris:We did one small tour of Southern California and
Las Vegas. We played mainly at Kimos in San Francisco until
they kicked out the booker Boom. He loved us. Kimos was a
home away from home. It
was the only place I felt comfortable. I was AntiChris on
stage, but when I came off stage I was just Chris. I don't
like confrontation. There was always some fucking asshole
that wanted to put in his two cents about how what I was
saying was "wrong". Not at Kimos! We rarely played for more
than 5 people, but those 5 people loved us. Boom is now
booking The Cherry Lounge in SF. Probably our best shows
were at The Phoenix Theatre in our hometown of Petaluma. I
grew up at The Phoenix as a kid but am now hated there. I
have a knack for pissing people off. We played our
first show there on June 30th 2003. At that point we had
over 40 people come to see us. We never drew like that
again. I posted our lyrics on our site the next week and I
basically lost most of my "friends". We played there in
January of 2004. There was a crowd but
they hated us. I've never bled like I did that night. I
still have a huge scar running across my head. We got it on
video. Nobody knew what to do. They were silent after the
blood started. The crowd just stared at me.
They was a lot of drama that night. The head booker at The
Phoenix at the time was on a personal crusade to bring
Christianity to the heathens. I hate religion so there was
a feud between us. He sent his lackies out to STEAL the free
stickers we gave out to the kids. I found out much later
that that show cause a parent boycott of The Phoenix because
of all the kids who came home with Raped stickers and
Punk Globe: Tell us about AntiChris and The Raped final
show was it a planned final show?
AntiChris: It almost didn't happen. We had basically broken
up 2 months earlier and reformed for 2 weeks just to play
the show. It was with our good friends Ashtray (who just
released a great album). We put
on a lot of shows in the basement of our work. Josh (Raped's
and I work together. Ashtray had a new song they wanted
recorded so we decided to have a final show. We recorded
the whole show for release on W.A.G.T.E.Y. Records. We're
still waiting to get the final mix of our set before we
release it. I'm glad we did it. I wouldn't have been right
to just fade away. My only regret is that no matter how many
times I cut myself that night there just wasn't any blood
Punk Globe: Any plans for a reunion or reforming the
AntiChris: I doubt it. By the end of the band we were done.
We really weren't getting along. We'd had enough of each
other. I'm not against it, but there would have to be one
hell of a reason for me to get the guys back together.
Honestly, the rest of the band just wanted to play music.
They never seemed to like my lyrics and definitely didn't
like the negative attention it brought them. They still get
shit for having been in The Raped!
Punk Globe: Any final comments?
AntiChris: How about some advice? Don't be an asshole. You
can be anti-establishment without being an asshole. Nobody
likes an asshole except other assholes. Hicks are assholes.
Republicans are assholes. Americans are assholes. Do you
really want to be grouped with them?
Well said and THANK YOU for a great interview.