Diddly Squat ‎(USA) Peroxide In The Scablands; demo (1986)


(A) Coming Of Christ / Either Way / Pedistal Of Lame / What You Don’t Give Me I’ll Have To Steal / Gray Train

(B) Blind / Squat Theme / Innercity Violence / Register / I’m a Rodeo Cowboy With Jesus As My Judge / instrumental

Another tape from the collection of Steven ‘Stel’ R.

The first demo of this hardcore band from Richland, Washington. They consisted of Nate Mendel (bass) – who later played for bands such as ‘Brotherhood’, ‘Christ On A Crutch’, ‘Sunny Day Real Estate’, etc. and nowadays in ‘Foo Fighters’ – plus Mike Fischer (vocals; R.I.P.), Jason Cobb (guitar; R.I.P.) & Eric Akre (drums; ‘Christ On A Crutch’). After the death of Cobb in 1988, everyone moved to Seattle, Mike played in a number of bands, including ‘Aspirin Feast’. Some of the songs were also on the band’s second demo (No Question, ’87). MRR labeled them as “metallic punk/thrash”; others compared with ‘The Crucifucks’, the Canadian ‘Subhumans’ or ‘The Freeze’.

There’s a live-show (88-07-25) of ‘Diddly Squat’ on the www…


Back in the days, my knowledge on American English slang wasn’t what it is today. I did an interview (via mail) with ‘Diddly Squat’ and asked them what their name meant. The answer was that it meant ‘nothing’.  So, for a very long I though that ‘Diddly Squat’ was a name they just made up.  Whereas now, I know that it actually, literally, means ‘nothing’.

Steven ‘Stel’ R.

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