Capitol Punishment (USA) live (Scherpenheuvel, Bel, 87-10-25)



Jack The Ripper/I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (covers) – Jody Is My Bloody Love – Fuhrer Des Punk – El Salvador – Slum With A View – Surfin’ Bird (‘Ramones’ cover) – Feast Or Famine – Living Crying Dying – Two-Party System – Hanky Panky (cover) – Big Deal – Folsom Prison Blues (cover)

This is a registration (made by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt) of a gig organised by Werner Excelmans in Scherpenheuvel (“Sharphill”) on 87-10-25. ‘Capitol Punishment’ were billed with (fellow Americans) ‘Verbal Abuse’ (Bel), the Germans of ‘LWS’ and my own band ‘Repulsives’. We were about to split up and cancelled; for some reason the other 2 bands didn’t show up either. Replacements were the Belgian bands ‘Heibel’, ‘Creep Insanity’ & ‘No Debt’…

Capitol Punishment‘, a hardcore/punk band from Fresno, California, consisted (at that time) of vocalist Ralph Lotspeich, guitarist Dale Stewart, bassist Joceylin Fedrau and drummer Mike Branum (later in ‘Hell’s Kitchen’). Their album When “Putsch” Comes To Shove (recorded in 1985) was about to be re-released on David Pollack’s label Destiny recs (Berlin). The LP Slum With A View (recorded in ’86) was licensed to We Bite recs (from Germany). This was their first European tour (organised by We Bite) and their roadie was Jimi ‘Haze’ Hayes (later vocalist of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’).


crowd (‘Capitol Punishment’; 87-10-25) – where’s Brob? (photo by Pieter Vrints)

Jocey and I listened to the files and IT FUCKING ROCKS!!! Thank you for sending it. The last song, Folsom Prison Blues, is pretty awesome! I’m putting this all on a CD!!! Cover-artwork and info below…

Dale Stewart


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