Origin: Washington D.C.
Genre: Punk rock, Garage rock
Years active: 1975–1991
John Chumbris – Bass guitar
Giles Cook – Drums
John Hansen – Rhythm guitar
Martha Hull – Lead vocals
Kim Kane – Rhythm guitar
Thomas Kane – Bass guitar
Marshall Keith – Lead guitar, keyboards
Mike Maxwell – Bass guitar
Mark Noone – Lead vocals
Emery Olexa – Bass guitar
Dan Palenski – Drums
Chris Rounds – Drums
Andy von Brand – Bass guitar
Howard Wuelfling – Bass guitar
Hot and Cool – EP, Dacoit, 1976
Mersey, Mersey Me – EP, Limp, 1978
3rd EP – EP, Limp, 1979
“The Brain That Refused to Die” – single, Dacoit, 1980
“Here to Stay” – single, Dacoit, 1981
“When I Go to the Beach” – single, Dacoit, 1983
“When I Go to the Beach” – single, Twin/Tone, 1983
“When I Go to the Beach” – single, New Rose, 1984
“Your Autumn Eyes” – single, New Rose, 1987
10th Anniversary EP – EP, Dacoit/D.S.I., 1987
“This Party Sucks” – single, New Rose, 1988
“Long Way to Go” – single, Dacoit, 1995
Separated Vegetables, 1977
Here to Stay, 1982
Cybernetic Dreams of Pi, 1983
Uh Oh… No Breaks!, 1985
Fashionably Late, 1988
Live at Last, 1989
Somewhat of an Anthology, 2002
A Postcard from the Day CD, 2006
The Slickee Boys were a Washington, D.C. area punk-psychedelic-garage rock band whose most-remembered lineup consisted of guitarist Marshall Keith, guitarist Kim Kane, singer Mark Noone, and drummer Dan Palenski. The band has become a legend in the D.C. punk community. They were known for their wild costumes and graphics.
The band was founded in the mid-1970s by guitarists Kim Kane and Marshall Keith, with Kane as principal songwriter, and featured Martha Hull on vocals. The band released its first EP, “Hot and Cool”, in 1976 — an event documented by members of the new wave community as the third DIY new wave record ever recorded.
In 1978 Mark Noone replaced Hull as the singer, with the band benefitting from Noone’s showmanship as well as his songwriting. In 1983, a music video for their song “When I Go to the Beach” placed second in MTV’s Basement Tapes competition. This resulted in the video being shown regularly as well as garnering the band the distinction of being first from the D.C. area to get airplay on the then-new video channel.
In 1988 after a short European Tour, founding member Kim Kane departed to focus on his band Date Bait. The band soldiered on with long-time roadie, John Hansen, taking over on rhythm guitar until they called it quits in 1991.
They hold the record for the most performances at DC’s 930 Club – 81 shows.
Roadie, soundman, and guitarist John Hansen died on Friday, September 17, 2010, at the age of 47. His sister reported that he had committed suicide.
In the mid 80’s The Slickee Boys formed their alter ego rockabilly band, The Wanktones. At some venues, including the now-defunct DC club The Wax Museum, The Wanktones “opened” for The Slickee Boys. On their first album released as The Wanktones, “Have a Ball Y’all”, The members are listed under the following pseudonyms: Del Marva, Bo Link, Mo Sloe, Ersel Wank, Floyd Glen Bernie, and Elmer Preslee. “Live At The Fontana Bowlarama” was the secong album by Wanktones; released in 1999.
Over the years, they’ve won a number of awards (“Wammies”) from the Washington Area Music Association.
1985 – Record (Single/EP) of the Year, “When I Go to the Beach”
1985 – Video of the Year, “When I Go to the Beach”
1986 – Rock/Pop Artist/Group of the Year
2002 – Rock Recording of the Year, Somewhat of an Anthology
In addition, in 1989 the band was inducted into the WAMA Hall of Fame
Starting shortly after the break-up, reunion shows have taken place most years (as recently as July 3, 2011 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC) usually the week between Christmas and New Years, with one show each in Baltimore and D.C. Frequently the line-up changes during the course of the show, with band members taking turns playing on different songs.