Bhopal Stiffs

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Bhopal Stiffs

Bhopal Stiffs were a popular Chicago punk/hardcore band from 1985-1989. They released a ten-track demo, a 12" EP and a 7" record in their career. Bhopal Stiffs were most well-known for their live shows, and played Exit more than just about any other band in the mid-to-late 80s.



All four original of the Bhopal Stiffs lived in the general Brookfield/Riverside/LaGrange area growing up. Vince and Larry, despite being on the wrestling team together in high school, weren't close friends until they both met by chance at Illinois State University. There Vince & Larry would jam and after Larry dropped out of ISU they met up with Dave (who went to grade school with Vince) to get a band started. In the process of trying to find a bassist, one of the women who tried out suggested Steve to the group. The four of them began as a cover band called Blue Youth - doing covers of bands like The Cure. After decided they wanted to play their own music they briefly entertained the name The Shuttle Stiffs before deciding to go with Bhopal.

For awhile the band was practicing 5 days a week yet never playing out. They finally played their first show was at Exit, where the band members were regulars and friends of the staff. After awhile the Bhopal Stiff became an Exit house band, playing shows frequently and filling in time slots when needed. Joe Patelco (spelling), a manager at Exit, offered and financed the making of the 7-inch.



  • Bhopal Stiffs Demo - (6/1987, 10 tracks, self released)
  1. Born Again
  2. I Came For You
  3. Drunken Stupor
  4. Not Just My Head
  5. I Don't Care
  6. One Track Head
  7. Fun At The Beach
  8. No Future
  9. Cape Town Youth
  10. Pay to Play
  1. Not Just My Head
  2. One Track Head
  1. Bottle It Up
  2. Road To Bhopal
  3. I Came For You
  4. Product
  5. I Can Do It
  6. Too Many Things


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