Rights of the Accused
Rights of the Accused (called ROTA for short) was a Chicago band from approximately 1982 to 1992. The band was well known for their wacky live shows and funny lyrics. At some point around 1985 or so, the band's sound went from more of a punk sound to a metal sound.
- Michael O’Connell, Vocals (1982-1992)
- Jay Yuenger, Guitar (1982-1987)
- Anthony Illarde, Drums (1982-1988)
- Steve Steppe, Bass (1982-1984)
- Tom Faulkner, Bass (1984-1988)
- Brian St. Clair, Drums (1988-1992)
- Herb Rosen, Bass (1988-1992)
- Wes Kidd, Guitar (1985-1992)
- Fifth Amendment tape (demo)
- Mean People Suck tape (intended to be a 7" on Version Sound/Feedback)
- Innocence 7" (Little Farmer Music, 1984)
- Dillinger's Alley LP (National Trust, 1987)
- People You Fear 7" (Big Money, 1989)
- New Rose 12" (Noise International, 1990)
- Kick-Happy, Thrill-Hungry, Reckless and Willing LP (Noise International, 1991)
- Christmas With the Devil split flexi w/ Soundgarden(Reflex, 1991)
- Meathouse tape (Version Sound, 1982) - "No Fun Til I'm 21"
- Starving Dogs tape (Little Farmer Music, 1983)
- Code Blue Compilation(Last Rites, 1984) - "No Fun Till I'm 21", "Fuck Up"
- The Middle of America Compilation (H.I.D., 1984) - three tracks
- Empty Skulls tape (1984) - "Fuckup", "In School", "Guns of Youth", "Mean People Suck"
- Best of Flipside Vinyl Fanzines CD (Flipside, 1993) - "Try"
Life After ROTA
Many of the members of ROTA went on to notable careers in other arenas.
- Jay Yunger went on to become "J" in White Zombie
- Brian St. Clair became half of Local H
- Wes Kidd formed Silent Partner Management, who manages acts such as Cheap Trick & Local H
- Kidd & St. Clair formed the band Triple Fast Action
- Herb Rosen is the owner of popular Chicago nightclub The Liars Club
- Steppe was part of many popular Chicago punk bands, such as Negative Element
- Anthony Illarde formed Regress with Steppe and Joe Losurdo of Life Sentence
- Illarde is also a member of San Tropez
- Tom Faulkner works at the Lincoln Tap Room in Chicago
- Album and comp information from KFTH's ROTA page