Obscure '70s punks the Endtables get retrospective treatment via Drag City

Punk rock by the late ’70s had radiated outward from New York and London, marauding through the countryside like a uncontainable sonic scourge to hinterland towns. For example: Louisville, home of the Endtables, whose concise catalog gets anthologized April 20 by Drag City.

Now one of the more obscure punk acts of the era, the core duo of guitarist Alex Durig and hulking transgendered singer Steve Rigot (supported by drummer Steven Jan Humphrey and bassist Albert Durig, who was only 15) lasted just two years, from 1978-80, and released a grand total of six songs, all of which the Endtables recorded in 1979. Four of them came out on a self-released EP that year, and Louisville label Self Destruct released the other two as a 7-inch single long after the fact, in 1991. Both are damn near impossible to find.

The band played a single reunion show in 1984, and then receded back into the murky memory of American underground rock as Rigot and Durig moved on to other projects. Receded, that is, until now: Drag City compiles all six of the Endtables’ original studio recordings with previously unreleased live songs and videos for the self-titled compilation.

“The music of The Endtables is another chapter in pure American weirdness, as jaw-locking today as the day it was recorded,” the label proclaims in a press release. Sounds like bragging, right? Just listen to “Process of Elimination” below and it’ll seem dead accurate.

Process of Elimination mp3

(Photo by Bill Carner)

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