The Vindictives

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The Vindictives are one of the classic Chicago pop punk bands which formed before pop punk became really popular in 1994. Joey Vindictive sang sneering screeds against conformity and society, but always wrapped in really catchy melodies that instantly became stuck in your head. For some years, Joey Vindictive also owned and operated a record store called the Dummy Room, which was on Grand Ave. The group came together in 1991 and was extremely prolific until 1994 when personal problems caused the band to fracture. In 1996, Joey announced that the band was done but they regrouped in 1998 to release their first (and to date, only) full-length LP (other long-form releases by the band are either collections of covers, re-workings of old songs, or compilations of out-of-print material).


  • Rocks In My Head 7" (Lookout Records, 1994)
  • Party Time For Assholes 2x10" LP (Selfless Records, 1994) - All cover songs
  • "Seventeen" b/w "No Feelings" 5" (Skullduggery Records, 1994) - Sex Pistols covers
  • Leave Home LP (Selfless Records, 1994) - Cover of the Ramones album of the same name
  • "Johnny, Where Are You?" b/w "Eating Me Alive" Picture Disc 7" (Lookout Records, 1995)
  • The Many Moods Of The Vindictives CD/2xLP (Lookout Records, 1995) - Compilation of songs from the first 6 EPs and 4 comp tracks with Ben Weasel's guitar tracks from the first 4 EPs removed and re-recorded by Billy Blastoff.
  • "Alarm Clocks" b/w "Left For Dead" 7" (Lookout Records, 1995)
  • Pervert At Large split w/Sloppy Seconds 7" (VML Records, 1997)
  • Hypno-Punko LP (Coldfront Records 1999)
  • "Nuttin' For Xmas" b/w "Jingebells" (Stardumb Records, 2000)
  • Original Masters (1990-1992) CD (Teat Productions, 2003) - Compilation of the band's first 4 VML EPs and two comp tracks with Ben Weasel's guitar tracks inlcuded.
  • Curious Oddities And The Bare Essentials CD (Teat Productions, 2003) - Compilation of the Lookout Records-released EPs and other out of print tracks.
  • Muzak For Robots CD (Teat Productions, 2003) - Kraut-rock versions of old songs.
  • Unplugged CD (Teat Productions, 2003) - Acoustic versions of old songs.
  • Mono-Flexi EP 7" Flexi (Sexy Baby Records, 2012)
  • Jerk-O-Latern single (digital self-release, 2013)
  • Songbook: Volium I, Songbook: Volium II, & Songbook: Volium III compilations (digital self-release, 2013) - Three-part reissue of all The Vindictives' original material originally released 1991-1997, remastered in 2013.


  • Ben Foster aka Ben Weasel - Guitar, Backing Vocals (1991-1992)
  • Tres Quatro - Drums (1995-1996)

Other Bands

In the mid 1990s, Joey, Johnny, Billy, Joey's wife Jenny Gee, and their friend Alison Wonderland formed a new wave band called The Flim-Flams who released 2 records. In the early 2000s, Joey, Johnny, Billy, and Jenny planned a new project called The Money Shot but this projected never emerged. In the mid 2000s, Joey, Johnny, and Jenny formed a psychedelic rock band called Faerie Wunderpuss.

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