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Formed in 1980, Portland, OR's Poison Idea became a household name in the hardcore/punk scenes early in their career, and are known as one of the most notoriously in-your-face acts in the American musical underworld, with an enraged, high-energy live set even more rambunctious than their massive roster of singles, EPs, full-length studio and live releases, across a realm of labels including Pusmort, Alchemy, American Leather, Bitzcore, Tim/Kerr, Taang!, Farewell, TKO, Southern Lord, Candlelight, and their own Fatal Erection. They've been an incredibly influential act to major performers including Nirvana, Pantera, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Eyehategod, Emperor, Turbonegro and an endless list of others.
The band's official debut was 1983's short, lo-fi blast of punk/hardcore fury, the Pick Your King EP. The infamous jacket featured a "choice" of two kings, Jesus (front cover) and Elvis Presley (back cover). It was released on the band's own Fatal Erection label. In 1984, the band released the Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes 12" (the cover, featuring guitarist Pig Champion's substantial vinyl collection). The release found the band incorporating subtle heavy rock elements into their music which was further honed on their contribution to the 1985 Drinking Is Great compilation 7" with the track "Laughing Boy." Both Record Collectors... and Drinking... were also self-released on Fatal Erection Records. By this time (84-85), Poison Idea was in full swing and were perfecting their signature wall of sound: a raging punk attack.