The band first came together in 1990 out of the broken shards of former groups on the scene. Most of these bands had lost members who had been murdered by marauding mobs of mangy Michiganites mobilizing from the frozen North. Bo Biafra (vocals), Bo Thunders (guitar), Bo Vicious (bass) and Bo Scabies (drums) make up this brazenly brutal bunch of boldly brave bastards. The band's hard charging musical style, teamed with lyrics totally dedicated to showing the world the true evil of the Michigan Wolverine's football program, have made them beloved heroes in Columbus and reviled heathen scum in Ann Arbor.
Actually, if the truth be known, the real beginning of the band goes back to the 1970s when the original group line up was Bo Harvey Oswald (vocals), Bo Wayne Gacey (guitar), Bo Starkweather (bass) and Bo Earl Ray (drums). Tragically, a mistake by their booking agent led to the bands debut gig as the opening act for The MC5 in Detroit. As soon as the Michigan audience caught wind of what the band was about they rushed the stage and beat the hapless musicians to death. They were shot and then their bodies were dragged into the street where they were burned to a crisp and their ashes scattered.
Since the band was reconstituted in the 90s they have become known for their matching Woody Hayes coaching outfits as well as their Wolverine hate inspired lyrics. When asked about all being named Bo but all dressing as Woody the band explains, It represents the inner conflict in every human that there is a bit of Bo and a bit of Woody in all of us. Our job as musicians is to show the goodness in us, represented by our Woody dress code and the evil inside of us represented by all of us being named after the accursed one."
Dead Schembechlers have seen their fortunes rise and fall with that of the Buckeyes. During the painful part of the 1990's where the Bucks were having trouble with the Wolverines the group hit the skids. They disbanded, divorced their wives and left their pets in the car on hot days with the windows rolled up. They then re-formed...but only for a few minutes so they could break the band up again. During these bleak times Bo Biafra was to be found selling pencils on High Street, using the money to freebase old photos of Art Schlichter. Things got so bad that when the band did join forces again they did it not as punk band Dead Schembechlers but as country/western group Dade Schembechlers. The band moved to Dade County, Florida changing their names to reflect the new musical surroundings with Bo Ceephus (vocals), Bo Vine (guitar), Billy Bo (bass) and Bobby Bo (drums). The groups set list consisted of nothing but depressing Buckeye loss inspired country tunes like "I'm So Down I Can't Get Up to Hang Myself," "Why Does John Cooper Want Me to Blow My Own Brains Out" and "Too Depressed to Even Do My Sister." Thankfully, this dark period ended as the Bucks returned to dominance in the Big 10.
Thru the years the group has had to battle against a number of negative stories in the press. Bo Biafra explains, "We have certainly taken our share of lumps from the 'liberal Wolverine Media.' We consider it a badge of honor that they feel threatened by us and try to attack our wholesome message. Is it wrong to urge our goverment to launch a nuclear strike against Ann Arbor? Am I out of line for suggesting that the Wolverines and their supporters are dangerous to the stability of our nation? Before you answer those questions just consider that throughout World War 2 the coach of the Wolverine's was named 'Fritz.' Just think about THAT!" The group has also recently started floating the hypothesis that the Wolverines have never actually beaten the Bucks. "Nope. They never have," explains Bo Thunders. "The reports of Buck losses to Michigan have all been faked by the press. It's just like the moon landings only a lot worse. We never would have done that damned Dade Schembechlers thing if we had known the truth." Whether the band is correct or are just more unhinged in the passing of years, they remain steadfast in their beliefs.
One of the other awkward chapters in the band's history is the so called "High Street Riots of '96." Moments after the devestating loss to the Wolverines that year, the band began an impromptu performance that turned into a full scale war. Bo Biafra, enraged at the 2nd ranked Bucks going down to defeat, leapt off the flatbed truck that was being used as a mobile stage and led an attack against security forces. The National Guard was eventually called in to quell the unrest but not before the Dead Schembechlers had solidified their postition as the most militant Wolverine Hatecore band in history.
The band is also famous for their incredibly short sets, some lasting as little as three minutes. However, the scant moments in which they do perform have been enough to whip the Buck faithful into a psychotic frenzy and Michigan fans into a frothing lather of blind hatred. The group plays very infrequently due to the constant death threats from angry Wolverine boosters. Most of their gigs have been held on the eve of the OSU versus Michigan games. Many of these shows have been so secret that even the band members were unaware of the location.
In the present day Dead Schembechlers are attacking the music scene with renewed vigor and a fresh group of fans. They are called upon by Ohio State alumni to perform throughout the United States but still prefer to play on the eve of the Bucks versus Wolverines in Columbus. As all of the band's releases thru the years were on 7" vinyl singles their recorded output had been almost impossible to locate until they made the move to CD. "Rocket to Ann Arbor" was the title of their 2004 compilation disc that culled the A-sides of their previous singles coupled with special bonus tracks. The disc name refers to the groups strong desire for the U.S. goverment to launch a themonuclear first strike against the Michiganites. Among the many highlights were the band's tune about Bo Schembechler's frustration at never winning a national title in twenty four years ("Bo for 24"), a bonus track from the bleak days as country band Dade Schembechlers, a reworked version of "Buckeye Bop" and Bo Biafra's safe sex PSA.
In November of 2005 the band released its latest opus. Originally to have been entitled "Fear of A Buck Planet" the album was finally called "Wolverine Destroyer." Song titles on it include "Bomb Ann Arbor Now," "I Peed in Ann Arbor's Water Supply" and "Tenn Ginn Did Everythin.'" The band also returned to the stage for another Hate Michigan Rally. A sellout crowd of over five hundred packed Little Brothers on High Street in Columbus, Ohio on Friday November 18th, 2005. Guests for the show included Watershed, Dash Rip Rock and the contrversial pro-Michigan band Dropkick Woodys. The Michigan band was killed and eaten by hungry rats following the show.
In 2006 the band is continuing at an amazing clip. July 4th of '06 saw the release of a new summer song celebrating Ohio's surf scene "Buckeye Surfer Girl." It is rumored the same recording sessions yielded a holiday tune "The Ann Arbor Chainsaw Massacre Christmas Song," an ode to a hated U of M player "Chad Henne is A Motherfucking Joke" and a balls out punk version of "We Don't Give A Damn for the Whole State of Michigan."
The group plans to headline what promises to be the largest Hate Michigan Rally in history. While the venue has not yet been determined the date will, of course, be Friday, November 17th 2006.
Continuing to add to their rich history, Dead Schembechlers prove that they are still the best damn punk band in the land!
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1. Dead Schembechlers
2. Buckeye Bop
3. Bomb Ann Arbor Now
4. I Hate Michigan
5. Michigan Stadium is A Pile of Shit
6. I Wipe My Ass with Wolverine Fur
7. Bo for 24
8. I Peed in Ann Arbor's Water Supply
9. Muck Fichigan
10. Tedd Ginn Did Everythin'
11. M Means Moron
12. I Don't Wanna Go Up to Ann Arbor
13. Stukas Over 23
14. I'm Not Gay But I Wanna Fuck Brutus Buckeye
15. God Gave Nugent's Toe to You
16. Ann Arbor Girls Are Dirty Whores
17. Schembechler Kicked My Crippled Dog
18. Wide Left: The Ballad of Mike Lantry
19. Hey Fuck Lloyd Carr
20. Dead Schembechlers (reprise)
21. Fuck the Wolverines (Part 2)