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Mal Practice Band – Love Tunnel / Devil’s Triangle (7-inch)
Label: FU Angel 0001
Year: 1977

The unlikely starting point for the GG Allin saga —an unremarkable barband-style outing whose desirability would be comical if it weren’t for (competent) drummer Kevin Allin and his brother Merle on bass. Malpractice, based in Vermont while Kevin and Merle still lived at home, gigged steadily throughout the Northeast, even playing the Rat in Boston on at least one occasion. Though GG in an interview in the late-1980s described the band as “ahead of its time,” this sole recorded documentation proves ultimately nondescript. As is a familiar story to the Killed By Death collector, this 45 was incredibly rare until Merle obtained quantity from the band’s manager while back home in New Hampshire around the time of GG’s funeral. The record basically never was issued with a picture sleeve, although two known copies exist of an original crude sleeve with a band photo pasted to thick cardboard and the center cut out so the record label showed through. Merle made up his own sleeves circa 1993 using this band photo on one side and a different photo on the flipside, and these are largely the copies that have been circulated on ebay and sold back in the day in Maximum Rock And Roll classifieds. And for those perplexed by the odd label name, it’s directed at Johnny Angel, leader of the Thrills, who Kevin did not get along with. (Merle joined the Thrills and moved to Boston the following year. Kevin was invited as the drummer, but declined.)


Original sleeve for Malpractice seven inch

"...two known copies exist of an original crude sleeve with a band photo pasted to thick cardboard and the center cut out so the record label showed through..."

Merle's sleeve for Malpractice seven inch

"...Merle made up his own sleeves circa 1993 using this band photo on one side..."

Rear of Merle's sleeve for Malpractice seven inch

"...and a different photo on the flipside..."



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