I discovered the Testors very late. I think it was in 2002 I first heard them. And was I blown away? Yes I was. Sonny Vincent who sang and played guitar in Testors is still an active rocker. Testors formed in 1976 but it wasn’t until 1980 they got them self togheter(ouiiiii) to release Together.
“1980 TESTORS releases a single titled “Time is Mine/Together” on Bleeker Bob’s “Drive-In” label. TESTORS does shows with the Cramps, Iggy Pop, Steel Tips, Suicide etc.
Following a series of intense episodes that include a fight with Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group) live on New York radio (broadcast live from the new C.B.G.B. theater) and setting a fire onstage that got out of control (sprinklers turn on and the entire club with audience, band and equipment are soaked) Sonny is taken to Wingdale mental hospital upstate in New York for observation and treatment. After three months he is released and begins filmmaking. Along with filmmaking he is active as a multi media installation artist in New York City.“.
There’s also a dubbel disc discography that has some early killer stuff on it. I’ll post that later on.
Time Is Mine.mp3
I’ve never even heard of nine tenths of the stuff you put on here. That’s why this site rules. Unrelated but I finally got around to listening to that Ice 9 and “Revolting Mess” has to be one of the best tracks I’ve ever heard. Thanks for the work you put into all of this.
Thanks for the kind words Malfeitor. Ice 9 is outstanding! I hope there’s some old unreleased demo of them lying around somewhere just waiting to be released.
Yes, Sonny Vincent! We (3000 Yen) played with Shotgun Ratinal in Hamburg in 1995!! Great gig, great man, but watch your girlfriend when he is around!!
Love your side! What about a trade corner?!!
I have some of the stuff posted and am always into a nice tradeâ€¦
Thank you for posting this. I have been toying with the idea of buying the resissue material, but I don’t like this. Saved me a few bucks, cheers.
It depends Pogel. This 7inch is more punk/powerpop for sure but their material from the 70’s is raw punk rock, very diffrent.
For me, this 7″ sounds limp compared to all that raw unreleased Testors stuff circa 76-77 that Incognito released in the late 90’s on two 10″s (and which Swami has now reissued). Other Testors tunes like “You Don’t Break My Heart”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “Hey You”, etc. are so raw and amazing- to me it’s some of the best New York punk ever released. Sonny’s voice has such a great sound to it. Maybe this “Together” 7″ was their attempt at commerical success or something so they felt a need to tone it down with the rawness and wild guitars. Too bad.
Or maybe they just happened to like to play more punky powerpop. I like this just as much as their rawer stuff. I’m amazed that they happened to pull out both sounds in such a great way.
fucking amazing…all I have to say…