Birth of the Jabbers
After graduating high school, Kevin Allin and his older, prematurely balding brother Merle started Malpractice, one of the first punk rock bands to come out of Vermont. In 1976 & 1977 they played a good number of shows around VT, NH and Boston. Merle realized he could earn money in Boston, so he left his little brother behind, moved and started his own band called Thrills. Kevin wanted nothing more than to play music so he started writing original songs and by late 1977 he had written 3. Allin and his lifelong pal A.C Derelict, a guitar player who was in a high school band with Allin called Little Sisters Date "LSD", started playing the songs along with a bunch of covers they knew. Soon after, they started hanging flyers around the area looking for a bass player and second guitar player. One of the first to see this flyer was Zark Spleen, who called the number on the flyer and drove out the following week to meet Kevin & A.C. This was the official birth of “the Jabbers” (an abbreviation of their first idea, the Butt Jabbers) and they practiced religiously but with limited clubs in Vermont and looking to be more active in a band, A.C. moved to Manchester in late 77 and took a job in a restaurant with an apartment upstairs but he still made the trip back to VT each weekend to practice with Zark & Kevin. Manchester had an abundance of clubs and an active scene where smaller, local bands could play and A.C. made the rounds to many of them. He called Kevin to tell him he should move down so they could start playing out but Allin was due to marry his high school girlfriend Sandy in October. He said he would move after the wedding, which he did. Zark’s family was originally from Manchester so he moved back home and took a job at his cousin’s pool hall to make some money. Having a drummer/singer and two guitarists, Allin placed an ad in Sweet Potato magazine looking for a bass player. When nothing came from that A.C. decided to play bass so they could at least start playing out. Eventually Kevin decided he wanted to focus on singing so now they needed a second guitarist again as well as a drummer. After the endless delays Zark moved back to Vermont and Kevin & A.C. were back at square one. Around this time Kevin even answered an ad placed by local artist Jonee Earthquake who was in need of a drummer but at the last minute Allin blew off the audition and told Jonee he wanted to be a front man. Once again Allin & A.C. hung flyers around town and placed ads in Sweet Potato and now the Boston Phoenix. A couple of local musicians saw one of the flyers and went to meet Kevin & A.C. (Here's what Chris Kazakis, one of the guys who answered the ad remembers: "Kevin was living with his wife Sandy and Al Chapple was there. He was the bass player at the time. They were older than us and were into Iggy Pop and the New York Dolls. They had much more experience on their instruments than we did. Al was a good bass player and Kevin was a great drummer. My first impression was Kevin was an egomaniac. He played us a few of his songs on guitar, which was not his strong suit. I wasn't really impressed, and he wasn't impressed with us. We chatted about music, played some Dead Boys, and had a few brews. He was pretty tame in those early days, nobody died, no shit flying. We both went home and mentioned the meeting to our guitar player, John Fortin, and he went and eventually joined the Jabbers". Two drummers who had seen the ads also called. One was a burnt-out Jesus freak and the other was an aspiring young drummer named Kevin Durand. Allin & A.C. played some songs with Durand while the other drummer hung around watching. He was so impressed with the band that he bought a van so he could hang out with them, drive them around and become the first official Jabbers groupie, which was okay with the guys because they now had a van. Shortly after, the guys got a call from a local guitarist named Rob Basso who also joined the band as lead guitarist. By this point it was late 1978 and the Jabbers were officially a 5-piece band. Fortin’s mother owned a dress shop on Hanover Street and the band was able to rent the space above it. Here they could practice after hours when the stores closed. It wasn't long before local kids started taking notice and hanging around below on the street to listen. During the time it took to establish the band Kevin had recorded and pressed the 3 songs he had previously written on vinyl and created his own record label: "Blood Records". With an EP in-hand they were ready to start playing out and by the end of 1979 they did. GG Allin and the Jabbers hit the New Hampshire & Boston club scene in the face with their unmatched & unbridled brand of raunchy, energetic & raw punk rock.
Stay tuned for the official GG Allin & the Jabbers biography, currently under way…