Photos on this page courtesy of photographer Ron Lutz II unless otherwise noted.  Check out his link and more photos below.
Half Life at the Electric Banana, 1986.

My goal in creating this site was to put together something that was safe for browsing at work or in the presence of children or clergy.  However, just in case there might be a couple folks out there who might be unaware of this, here’s a bulletin:  Punk rock has been known to sometimes deal in profanity or violence.  I can’t vouch for the content in any web sites but my own.  Click on any of these links and you’re on your own. 

I'm trying to avoid links to Facebook or Twitter pages because I hate how they've contributed to the homogenization of our culture. The internet was more fun when web sites looked different from one another.  However, I've reluctantly included a few Facebook links for bands that can't be ignored where there was no available alternative on the web or where the band said pretty please.

While the focus of this site is, of course, remembering the good times we had at the Electric Banana, I've also come to recognize that there's a staggering amount of "younger" talent in Pittsburgh presently.  We don't have the room or inclination to put all of their links here but I've included just a few young folks' sites that I think you'll like.

Agnostic Front



Barbed Wire Dolls

Barefoot Serpents

The Bats

The Battle for Net Neutrality
Do you like your internet slow?  Wanna pay extra to make it faster?  Want your ISP to decide what web sites you can access?  Me neither.

The Beat
Also known as The Reggae Beat or The Reggae and African Beat at various times, like Trouser Press this was essential reading back in the 1980s but is now defunct.  They still update their blog once in a while.

Joe Bendik, formerly of the Windows, Gag, the Zippatones, Nominal Bond, and Savage Amused, now plying his trade in New York as part of the Anti-Folk scene.

Bogus Records
"If it's not Bogus, it's not real!"

Break My Face
"An Archive of Underachieving and Underrated Punk Rock Pioneers."  Includes articles on the Fingers, who were the first Pittsburgh punk band to make a record, and Black Flag.

James Buckley
You'll remember James from the Features and the Jim Buckley Band. 

Cardboards - Geniuses ahead of their time.

Carl's Guitar Corner
The former owner of Pittsburgh Guitars supplied many of the bands listed on these pages.  If not for him, we may have spent our nights at the Electric Banana listening to guys bang on logs. 

Carol Blaze
A.T. Vish has kept busy since the days when he was Thickhead Grin's drummer.


Cash Registers
One-time Savaged Amused guitarist/drummer John Bendik's New York punk band.

Castle Blood 

New local band with roots in the Electric Banana scene.

The Cheats

Dennis Childers
The drummer's artistic side.

Chocolate USA at the Electric Banana

Clean Rivers Campaign
Fresh ideas for ALCOSAN - and they're starting to listen.

Code Orange
Pittsburgh's 2017 Grammy Award nominees for Best Metal Performance for their song "Forever."

Get Hip recording artist Paul Collins Beat.  The self-proclaimed King of Power Pop, which would sound arrogant if it weren’t so darned true.

Copacetic Comics, the webmaster’s favorite place to shop, a pop culture emporium with comics, CDs, books, DVDs, art, and even The Five LP.  Online shopping will never replace an indie store where the owner knows your tastes.
Scroll down for a direct link to order The Five.

Creature People

Cruel Noise Records 

Crumbs of Happiness/Chance Wayne

Vince Curtis
Half Life, Real Enemy, White Wreckage.

The Cynics
Nobody played at the Electric Banana more times.

The Dancing Cigarettes, a Bloomington, Indiana band that played at the Electric Banana just once, but that’s all it took to leave their mark on Pittsburgh.

Debt Begins at 20, a documentary about the early Pittsburgh punk rock scene, with live performances by the Cardboards, the Shakes, and the Dykes as well as a trip to Jim’s Records.
Peggy Ahwesh wrote this excellent essay for Storyboard, the Carnegie Museum of Art blog:

Deliberate Strangers 

Dick Tracy Meets the Punks
A plot line from 1979.  It's the first appearance by a punk rocker in the daily comics. 

Direct Action

Don Caballero

Don't Call Me Crazy On The 4th Of July
Why couldn't Lansberry get his mail?  Check out this documentary.

Dreamland Music Video
Ever wonder what ever happened to the Imprints?  Sure you have.  Wonder no more.

Dress Up As Natives


The Five 

Keith &
Chuck &
Bill &
Dez &

FOE, a hardcore fanzine and record label from the Lehigh Valley.  This amazing site has every issue and album available for free download or enjoying on your computer.  There are interviews with Half Life and many other bands who played at the Electric Banana. 

The Forty Nineteens 

Frenchy Burrito & the Folk Pistols
Click on “itunes” to access their Electric Banana page.

The Full Counts

The Fuzztones at the Electric Banana

George Gee Music International

Get Hip Records

Go Go Gidget
Srrrf riot!

The Gothees
"Imagine the bubblegum pop tunes of the Monkees and the Archies interpreted by The Velvet Underground with Ian Curtis of Joy Division as lead vocalist," says the web site.  OK, I'm sold.

The Gotobeds
A band named for Wire's drummer.  I love it.

The Great Kat
Shred guitar/violin virtuoso.

Steve Heineman, formerly of A.T.S. and Real Enemy.

Richard Hell
"I called him," says [Mike] Watt.  "I said, 'Is this Hell?'  And he said, 'Yeah.'  And I got scared and I hung up.  That, to me, was punk." - from Our Band Could Be Your Life:  Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad

Hidden Truth

The Hipsters
They appeared on Made in Pittsburgh Volume 3, the only compilation album dedicated to the very early Pittsburgh "new music" scene.  Who knew that they continued on and still play reunion shows today?  Not us!

HR (Human Rights)
Bad Brains vocalist once recorded an unreleased album with Stick Against Stone.

Hugh's Ominous Valve Works
Art, valves, radio, computers, movies, & pizza.   

Hungry Bill

Husker Du Database

Hyped To Death Records
The label carries a large catalog of 1977-84 punk/new wave/DIY/power pop compilations.  Among the bands included are Carsickness, Cardboards, Blue Collar, and Story of Failure.  If you missed out when these bands initially released their recorded output, check this out. 

Ig Nition F-Models Memorial Gig

"Bill Imprint" and the Cadillac with the Tiger in it

Insect Surfers

Fun with the Internet Archive:
The Cynics live at WFMU studios on 7/29/06 and 10/6/07 (unplugged) and 11/26/11.
Liverball live at the Electric Banana in 1997 and the Fallout Shelter on 2/5/11 and on WRCT (date unknown).
Stone at the Electric Banana on 8/28/99---possibly the last show recorded there?
Somewhere in this lengthy Spanish-language program you can hear Zoetrope at the Electric Banana on 6/27/88.
The Love Letters live on WRCT on 2/4/10. This fits nicely on a CD with a download of their double 45.
Eavesdrop on a couple Stick Against Stone practice sessions from 1984.
These “unofficial” recordings have been on the Internet Archive for quite some time, so we assume they’re there with the consent of the bands.  If we’re wrong about that and you represent these bands, contact us and the links will be removed---although this matter would probably be better taken up with the folks at the Internet Archive.

Internet Radio
A comprehensive directory of internet radio stations that you can listen to without leaving the page, organized by genre, including punk, reggae, and metal.

The Iron Cheese Balls

I Side With...
Nonpartisan web site that matches your views with those of the possible 2020 Presidential election candidates.  Take the quiz and rank the issues in terms of how important they are to you.  It's thorough but takes just a few minutes.

JFA (Jodie Foster's Army)

Jimmer, formerly of the Rave-Ups. 

Juke Records
The favorite shopping destination of the early Pittsburgh punk crowd back when it was Jim's Records.

Kaibur Coffee
Located in the building which houses Copacetic and Cruel Noise in Polish Hill.

Killer of Sheep

A "travel bug documenting trips across the US by creating work about people and place."

Evan Knauer Art
The Electric Banana spawned an astounding number of musicians who were also visual artists.

DK on Pittsburgh Sports
Dejan Kovacevic used to play guitar at the Electric Banana.  Now he's doing something else and we hear that it's working out OK for him.

Tony Landolina, encaustic artist

Jim Laugelli - Art
Erstwhile sax man for Stick Against Stone and Hector in Paris, now into visual art.

The Leonards, the only band ever to play at the Electric Banana and be stopped by the Pittsburgh Police for being too loud!
Check out the Forty Nineteens while you're there.


Life In Balance

Lili Cafe
"Home of Punk Toast & Mind Cures."

The Little Wretches  

Ron Lutz II ~ Photographer
It's rare that a professional photographer would give a generous supply of photos to a site like this one, but that's what Ron did.  We hope you'll keep that in mind and patronize him if you're looking for a photographer in Wisconsin and you're a former or current punker, a transplanted Pittsburgher, or even just a regular person.

Mark's Record Reviews
This guy is one serious music lover.  Thousands of record reviews and over 100 in-depth interviews.  Many of the subjects graced the stage at the Electric Banana.  The site was "retired" in 2011, but no matter; there's enough interesting reading there to keep you busy for years.  

Mattress Factory
Installation art. 

Meat Puppets 

Mental Block Party
Sari Morninghawk and Dave Soule, post-Stick Against Stone 

The Me Toos

Lisa Miles Violin, formerly of the Feral Family and Black Light Discipline.  Her resume puts James Brown, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, to shame.

Mind Cure Records, a record store no more, but the record label will continue on and Mike is still buying and selling record collections.

Misfit Toys/Ed's Imagery
Misfit Toys, from the DC area, played at the Banana twice.  Today the bass player is a professional photographer.  Check out his work including photos of Misfit Toys. 

Mission of Burma

Tom Moran

Bill Munz, erstwhile guitarist for Scapegrace, now with a couple new projects.

Bill Munz & Various Lubricants

Brendan Munz
Metal/alternative guitarist has joined his dad Bill (see above) in Munzi and Modern Fossils.

Navigating the Election Process for Students & First Time Voters
Nice comprehensive resource with a lot of important information.  Wondering how to register to vote? Or whether you can vote while away at college?  Or how to prepare?  It's all here.  Pass it on to any students you know.

Non-Punk Pittsburgh
Curated by Dennis Childers and Larry Rippel.
The exhibit has concluded but we'll keep the link here for as long as the page is up because of all the cool photos and videos there.

Shannon Norman
Human Raccoon.

Nox Boys
Garage punk, all the way from Blawnox.


The opd

Ben Opie, erstwhile saxophonist with, inter alios, Water Shed and Carsickness. 

Page Dairy Mart
Located at East Carson Street and Becks Run Road, home of the Electric Banana sundae.

Reid Paley, former lead singer of the Five, now with an active, prolific solo career.

The New Pitt Stadium
Could it happen in Oakland?

Pittsburgh Current
New independently owned and operated print and online newspaper, free of charge, with extensive coverage of music and the arts and - get this - four pages of indie comics.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers  

Pittsburgh Guitars 

Pittsburgh Music History, a masterpiece of thoroughness that includes pages about the Electric Banana, Affordable Floors, the Cynics, Chris Frantz, and Nick Zeigler, among many others.  Ordinarily we at Electric Banana Pittsburgh wouldn't stand for this kind of competition but this site is too good to keep from you!

Pluto's Archives
The Feral Family, Salt Chunk Mary, and the Shunts.

Punk Rock and Trailer Parks by Derf  
This graphic novel is a work of fiction, but you'll swear that you knew Otto.  We'd call it a "good read," except we hate it when verbs are used as nouns.


Rave-Up Records
Italian punk label that's released vinyl albums by Carsickness and the Features.

The Rea Coffeehouse at Chatham University, the site, however unlikely, of Pittsburgh's first punk rock show.  Read all about it.

Record Store Day.  Really, what could be cooler? 

Reesa and the Rooters
Who?  They never played at the Banana or even in Pittsburgh.  They evolved from Suburban Wives Club, whose 45 we mail-ordered back in 1982 on a whim from an ad in Trouser Press.  It was the drawing of the cartoon iron that convinced us.  There's some mp-3s here.

Resistance Wire

Henry Rollins

Sad Healthy Meals
Three comments from the webmaster: 1.) I hate blogs, for the same reason I hate all social media, because I'm not interested in every minute detail of everybody's boring life.  2.) I don't get the current fad where everybody is taking pictures of their meals and posting them to social media.  3.) This link has nothing to do with anything else on this site.
That said, this is just downright hilarious:

"Scapegrace is an up and coming band born at the Banana.  Keep an eye on them." - Johnny Banana, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1/28/94.

Stephen Sciulli
Veteran multi-instrumentalist with Carsickness, Life in Balance, Monkey on a Stick, Ploughman's Lunch, Raised By Machines, and Standing Wave.


Side Eye

Silver Eye Center For Photography
Successor organization for Blatent Image Gallery

Sir Dave
Bassist provides a generous supply of mp-3's of Stick Against Stone and his other projects. 

Sonic Youth 

Sour Wine Cult 

The Spectres
Greenfield garage band.

Spitznagel/Level Green Recordings - Jim of Jim's Records.


Standing Wave, a project of Carsickness and Ploughman's Lunch founding members Stephen Sciulli and Dennis Childers.  "Country music from an imaginary country."

Stick Against Stone

Sweet Olive

Not usually associated with the punk scene, they did play at the Electric Banana a few times and write about it fondly on page 14 of Deborah Delicious' Diary.
Unfortunately, at the site itself you can't get past page one of the diary because the link to page two is broken.  Rather than give you a direct link to page 14, we'll give you one to page two and let you work your way there, because, be honest, who wouldn't want to read the entire diary of somebody named Deborah Delicious?

Thin White Line

Trouser Press
This was the Bible of the New Wave back in its hey-day.  Maybe we shouldn't say "was."  The magazine may be no more but their web site is loaded with great info.

Truth and Rites
Pittsburgh's reggae band plays originals and covers of the likes of Bob Marley, Burning Spear, and Steel Pulse.

Pittsburgh artist John V. Uddstrom

Universal Beat Union

Volcano Dogs
Bruce Lentz of the Dogs with former members of Eviction.

Bill von Hagen, former drummer of the Puke, Cardboards, 24 Minutes, and the Cynics.  Now he wants your old hardware and software.

The Waitresses
They played two memorable shows at the Electric Banana.  Their guitarist/songwriter Chris Butler produced an unreleased EP for Carsickness. 

The Andy Warhol Museum 

Mike Watt’s Hoot Page

Now thanks to the internet, you can actually listen to it outside of a four-block radius of the CMU campus.

The Wurms

Pittsburgh's alternative radio station is back as an internet-only station.

X-ray Spex
The apparent favorite band of the early Pittsburgh punkers, as evidenced by their underlying presence on Debt Begins at 20, where they appear on T-shirts and turntables and Poly Styrene is given a shout-out.  "ART-I-FICIAL!"
Loads of mp-3's from the early Pittsburgh punk days, including shows that took place at the Electric Banana.  Not that we've done the math or anything, but there's gotta be over 40 hours of music here for download.

Zarra’s Restaurant

List last updated 12/13/18
Links last checked 12/11/18

Outside the Electric Banana, 1986
Punk rock was alive and well in Pittsburgh, and that ain't just blowing smoke!

Circus of Death.

Not related to the Electric Banana but interesting Pittsburgh connections nonetheless

Dave Wakeling, center, brought his new edition of the English Beat to Station Square on 7/11/13.  It was a homecoming of sorts for toaster Antonee First Class, second from left in the red shirt, who once owned a record store in Wilkinsburg.  Photo by Dom.
TV PARTY TONIGHT!  TV PARTY TONIGHT!  Joe found this Public Domain photo and had a little fun with it.