Lost & Found: Punk Band 45 Grave Perform on ‘New Wave Theater’
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Once punk rock started taking off, it wasn’t long before the genre started to split off into weird sub-genres. 45 Grave were pioneers in one of these new musical paths. They helped start what came to be known as horror punk — basically spooky Halloween novelty songs played really loud and fast.
As a matter of fact, one of 45 Grave’s signature songs was ‘Riboflavin Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Poly-Unsaturated Blood’ — which was originally recorded by Don Hinson and the Rigamorticians on their album ‘Monster Dance Party.’ Of course, 45 Grave made it much cooler, assuming you’re into loud, jagged guitars and banshee-howling vocals. We just happen to dig that sort of thing.
Perhaps one of the coolest things the band ever did was to play extras in the cult sci-fi movie ‘Blade Runner.’ Many of us have been in bands, but few, if any, of our efforts ever helped start a new genre of music. And we’re pretty sure none of our efforts landed us a tiny role in a sweet-ass movie directed by Ridley Scott.
After breaking up, the band reformed in 1988 for a short tour. Any hopes of resurrecting the band fell apart, though, when band member Rob Ritter — also known as Rob Graves — died in 1990 of a drug overdose. Singer Dinah Cancer put together a new lineup in 2004 to celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary. In 2012, the band put out a new album, its first in 27 years.