March 19, 2011

Kirk and the Jerks ... Volume I ...... (Lancaster 1986)

Kirk lived a few blocks away and I used to listen and trade records with him and the Jerks in his basement bedroom. His mom would stomp on the floor when we got too loud.

(thud, thud, thud)

The band included Dave and Kirk from Nobody's Fools. Kirk moved from drums to vocals and Dave's little brother Eric took over on bass. They sped things up but stopped well short of hardcore keeping to the melodic songs with super hooks and backup harmonies - sort of move from '77 British to '78 Dead Boys with the Peter Brady Time to Change sound.

I'm gonna walk around tonight
When it hits the streets I'm gonna...
Walk around until daylight
When it hits the streets I'm gonna...
Fight to be the man I am
When it hits the streets I'm gonna...
Find out if I'm a man
When it hits the streets tonight!

(thud thud thud)

Who Cares If Tomorrow Comes
Too Many Times
Guts for Glory

Hang On To the Dream
Let's Make a Revolution
When It Hits the Streets
Flame Thrower Love

The Jerks were also the backing band for Ray Rhythm.  After the Jerks, Dave and Eric formed Mystery City.  Eric formed the Stiletto Boys featuring Rummager of the Velvet Monkeys on drums.  Mark joined Substitute. 

More Jerks here:
Kirk & the Jerks - Live at the Chameleon 1987


  1. Thanks so much for sharing. I have the old cassette (with real life, cant wait for the breakdown...) Been a fan for song long but only had about a dozen tracks - till now!

  2. Thanks for this post... Love this band.
    I was talking to a member of the band on Myspace years ago, he said he had some old master tapes in a garage...

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  4. Collection of hard to find tracks of Kerk and the Jerks. Skate Rock Punk Legends. Kirk and the Jerks hail from Lancaster Penn. and were featured in "Shackle me not" skate film from Tony Magnussons H-Street. Bit rate 128 & 320 due to various sources.

    13 Songs - Self Titled Album name.