Murphy`s Law the Band
Murphy`s Law ushered in the 1990s with a renewed explosion of their extravagant brand of comic punk.  Stylistically, Murphy`s Law has taken quite a leap forward compared to The Best of Times. The band tried skacore long before their explosion, but was still a hardcore band in the 1980s. The Best of Times reunited with Jimmy Gestapo and his friends who combined funk, reggae, ska and hardcore in their own mix, getting rid of all the dogmatic constraints on the standards of their genre in the 1980s. Murphy`s Law is an American hardcore punk band from New York City, formed in 1982. While singer Jimmy Gestapo remains the only founding member of the band, the line-up consisted of many musicians who played with a varied selection of musical acts of different genres, such as Skinnerbox, Danzig, The Bouncing Souls, Mucky Pup, Dog Eat Dog, Hanoi Rocks, Agnostic Front, Warzone, Cro-Mags, D Generation, New York Dolls, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The Slackers, Thursday, Skavoovie and the Epitones und Glen Campbell. The album was produced by Daniel Rey, who had previously worked with The Ramones, The Misfits and even Boston hardcore punk band Gang Green – with whom Murphy`s Law shares a lyrical pen. He also wrote one of the songs on this album, “Green Bud”. It was followed by the EP Good for Now in 1993 and the studio album The Best of Times in 1991. The album Dedicated, released in 1996, is dedicated to former bassist Chuck Valle, killed in a knife incident in 1994.  Her image appears on the back of the CD inlay and an image of a tattoo with the words “In Memory of Chuck” appears on the inlay of the jewelry case. The band did not record another album until The Party`s Over in 2001, but had numerous singles, compilations and split EPs with other bands in between. In 2002, Reflex/Wolfpack Records released a European vinyl pressing of The Party`s Over.
The production of John “Norwood” Fisher and Philip “Fish” Fisher of Fishbone adds authenticity and diversity to The Best of Times, as does the additional instrumentation of several Fishbone members. James Brown and Stevie Wonder covers provide insight into Murphy`s Law`s sometimes controversial and misunderstood affiliation with the skinhead faction and ultimately dispel any accusation that racism or fascism has anything to do with the band`s attitude. Although the band managed to abandon this cliché and develop musically The Best of Times, the theme does not deviate too much from previous works. The songs about pot, beer, girls and cars show the glorious immaturity and pursuit of pleasure that Murphy`s Law pretty much defines. When the group becomes serious, which is not very often the case, it is in the interest of unity and friendship. The self-titled debut album includes fast, short songs with more mosh sections, but they also managed to mix laid-back California punk sounds and even blues in New York hardcore anthems. Some of the songs on this album can also be seen as an influence on the burgeoning thrash metal scene, which had incorporated elements of New York hardcore into their overall sound and structure – for example, Anthrax and S.O.D., whose album Speak English or Die (released even a year before the recording of Murphy`s Law) was released prior to this release. They shared a common interest in the lyrical themes of drinking, smoking, and partying with Boston hardcore band Gang Green – another trait that sets them apart from the socio-political tendencies of other NYHC bands. On the following albums, they diversified into ska with experiments. In 2002, the band appeared in Matthew Barney`s film Cremaster 3 with Agnostic Front.
In 2004, the song “Vicky Crown” appeared in a video montage with Nick Mondo in the game Backyard Wrestling 2. In 2008, the song “A Day in the Life” was introduced, along with Jimmy G. himself as the DJ of the radio station Liberty City Hardcore (L.C.H.C) in the action video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Back with a Bong was released on Profile Records in 1989 and reissued in 1994 on Another Planet Records, with the previous self-titled album being released on the same CD. It arrived three years after the previous album and the band had undergone a kind of transformation with Jimmy Gestapo as the only remaining member. Alex Morris was replaced on guitar by Todd Youth – previously with New York hardcore bands Agnostic Front and Warzone, and later with Danzig. Chuck Valle replaced Pete Martinez on bass and Doug E. Beans took over from Petey Hines on drums. In 1989, Murphy`s Law opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their Mother`s Milk tour.  On 12. In April 2010, Murphy`s Law announced in a MySpace blog post that they were working on a sixth studio album and a DVD and vinyl reissue of their catalog. On May 4, 2011, it was announced that Murphy`s Law had signed to I Scream Records, which would release the band`s first studio album with original material since 2001`s The Party`s Over. The reissued albums were released in 2014 on CD, digital download and vinyl with previously unreleased bonus tracks. Until today, however, the new album with original material has not yet been released.
Murphy`s Law has collected a bunch of hardcore punk songs that are trampling, fast-paced, and hymn-like. It is the first studio album in five years since The Best of Times. The staff differs from previous efforts, but Jimmy G`s voice still forms the basis of the sound. As with previous albums, the lyrics are mostly about smoking, drinking and partying. A melodic hardcore blur finally gives way to a ska led by saxophone towards the end. Dedication was published by Another Planet on March 19, 1996.  The label had already acquired the rights to their previous material from Profile Records and released a split CD of their self-titled albums and Back with a Bong on the same CD in 1994. Listeners will find former D Generation guitarist Rick Bacchus, bassist Sal Villaneuva (Demonspeed) and drummer Eric Arce (Skarhead) teaming up with original Murphy`s Law frontman Jimmy G and producer Daniel Rey (Ramones, The Misfits and White Zombie). The result of this 2001 collaboration is 15 tracks with a fiery, rowdy and fast punk club. The song “The Party`s Over” refers to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani`s intensive “cleanup” of the Big Apple.
There are few musical deviations on this predominantly fast punk album. “Walking Alone” includes a bit of a reggae vibe, while a saxophone line accentuates “Skinhead Girl,” a cover of the original Symarip song that reduces the tempo to a strutted groove (but stays true to the punk form). During their career, Murphy`s Law has released five albums, the last of which was released in 2001. The album spawned a few live favorites designed to “party” — “Fun,” “Beer” and “Care Bear” are only a small selection — but it also had a track that caused some controversy with “Skinhead Rebel.” It was considered by some parts of the community to be a fascist song. The album also contains a cover of Iggy Pop`s “I Got a Right.”  Murphy`s Law has undergone many line-up changes over its four-decade history, with Jimmy Gestapo being its only consistent member. The title track is essentially a tribute to the fans and thanks a small but loyal group of followers for the support that kept Murphy`s Law going. The ska-tinged but heavy “1%” revels in the outcast punk rock ethic and winks at those who embrace the good and bad of surfing on the margins of culture and society. The classic rage of Murphy`s Law appears on “Than Who,” an assault on the senseless aggression and competition that sometimes dominates the hardcore scene. .