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Howie Pyro

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this is long...it's my old wikipedia entry that is no longer there for some reason!

Howie Pyro is from Queens NYC. His given name
is Howard Kusten, but he adopted Howie Pyro by the age
of 16. He formed the notorious NYC punk band The
Blessed in the late 70s with Nick Berlin, Billy Stark,
X Sessive & Eileen Polk & later, neighborhood friend
Brad "BJ" Barnett. X Sessive left before their first
gig on Christmas Eve 1977 & played with Richard Hell
and many other NY bands.Nick Berlin soon exited and
Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers
filled the slot. Wild manic shows soon followed
including the infamous Puberty Ball at The Mudd Club.
The band played the local circuit, including CBGBs and
Maxs Kansas City, with notable bands like The
Heartbreakers,The Ramones and The Dead Boys. However,
the bands first incarnation did not last into the
80's, though there was a reunion in the early 80's at
the request of bands Reagan Youth & The Beastie Boys
who they did one gig with at Lower East Side club The
Great Gildersleeves with drummer Pablo Jakobsen, later
of hardcore band Nausea. The band had a brief
reformation in the mid 90's (a one off benefit with
one rehearsal, this time with drummer Roy Mayorga also
from Nausea (he replaced Pablo in the late 80's), Roy
was also in Soulfly, Sepultura & others). Much to
everyone's surprise, Early drummer Brad Barnett showed
up at the shows and took live photographs.
Howie Pyro is also infamous for being an eyewitness to
the death of his friend Sid Vicious of the Sex
Pistols.

Howie had a brief stint working at the original Manic
Panic on Saint Marks place and was their first
employee. After The Blessed's demise, he kept a low
profile, musically speaking. In the early 1980s, he
met his future wife, Andrea Matthews. They formed
pre-grunge/garage prototypes FREAKS with Howie, John
Fay & Andrea's cousin Eric Eckley. Andrea's Lower East
Side name was then coined by the locals, and she was
forever after known as "Big Mama Freak." Their brand
of MC5 inspired howl was later adopted by many bands
that made it long after Freaks broke up. Andrea was an
accomplished drummer, but in FREAKS, she was the
singer/guitar player. FREAKS put out one full album,
"In Sensurround" in 1989 and a few collectible 7 inch
releases. The band broke up that same year. Andrea
went on to guest with bands like L7, The Lunachicks,
and The Fuzztones. Andrea eventually relocated to LA
and Howie soon followed. Andrea did some independent
work with Piki Soul in the mid 90s and recorded a few
demos with Piki and Graham May, which were released
under the name of REAL-Eyes. Andrea later played with
Venus 6, but eventually, she became a permanent member
of The Fuzztones.

Howie formed D Generation with Jesse Malin in 1991.
The band was completed by Richard Bacchus on guitar,
Danny Sage on guitar, and Michael Wildwood on drums.
The band released 3 full CDs and 2 singles. They were
produced by notables such as Rik Ocasek, Tony
Visconti, and Daniel Rey. They also played with bands
like KISS, SOCIAL DISTORTION, THE RAMONES, GREEN DAY &
THE MISFITS on tour. With the bands success, Howie and
Jesse opened up a rock and roll club on Saint Marks
Place called Coney Island High which grew out of their
star studded sex crazed monthly party GREENDOORNYC, at
which Howie was the DJ along with Holly Ramos &
special guests like Joey Ramone. Coney Island High was
the last gasp of real nightlife in NY and was styled
after the sleazy rock & roll clubs Jesse & Howie grew
up in in the late 70's & early 80's. On any given
night you could see skinheads, drag queens & homeless
junkies standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes
of Joe Strummer, The Ramones, Ray Davies, Anita
Pallenberg, Anna Sui, & every member of every band
that was still alive in the mid late 90's. Iggy Pop,
The Ramones & The Beastie Boys were some of the bands
that did special unannounced shows there. D Generation
had numerous member changes towards the end of their
career and finally disbanded in 1999, playing their
last show at Coney Island High. During this time Howie
did many projects, recording, writing & /or performing
with GENESIS P. ORRIDGE, JOEY RAMONE, RANCID, KID
CONGO POWERS and RONNIE SPECTOR.

He also did a short tour of England & Scotland with
THE ACTION SWINGERS (featuring Bob Bert of SONIC YOUTH
& PUSSY GALORE on drums, & Bruce Bennett of the A
BONES on guitar) during the early stages of D
GENERATION.
Jesse and Howie subsequently formed PCP Highway with
Joe Rizzo and Esko Poldvere in 1999, but soon, Howie
got an offer to join Danzig. Subsequently, PCP Highway
was very short lived.

Howie went on to join Danzig in the spring of 2000. An
old friend of Glenn Danzig's from the early New York
City punk scene, Howie played with The Blessed (who
performed with The Misfits several times in the
1970s), D-Generation, and many other bands before
joining Danzig. After leaving Danzig in 2003, Howie
formed The Disciples with Danzig guitarist Todd Youth
(who was also in D-Generation at the end) and then
soon left the band after recording a record for
Capitol Records, which was never released. Howie is
currently hosting a radio show titled Intoxica on
luxuriamusic.com and is also working on releasing some
books & CD compilations. Howie is also creating
mashups & remixes under the group name The
Illuminoids well as DJing regularly in the LA area. He also has a part time band called Congo Pyro A Go Go with guitarist Kid Congo Powers from The Cramps, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & The Gun Club.
Recent books he has written/ worked on include Punk Is Dead Punk Is Everything (Ginko Press), and the upcoming L$D: Feeding The Cubes
To The Squares (Feral House), and 2 books of weird album covers also for Feral House. He is also currently working on a book with Max G. Morton for Heartworm Press. He also wrote the book Confessions of a Rat Fink with Ed "Big Daddy" Roth in the early 90's.

1 Discography
1.1 With D Generation
1.2 with Joey Ramone
1.3 with Genesis P. Orridge/ Spliter Test
1.4 With Danzig
[edit]Discography

with The Blessed Deep Frenzy/American Bandstand (1979)
with The Freaks
"In Sesurround" (1989)
[edit]With D Generation
No Way Out - Single - (1993)
Re-released in 1994 and 1996.
Wasted Years - Single - (1993)
No God / Degenerated - Single - (1994)
D Generation - (1994)
No Lunch - (1996)
She Stands There - Single - (1996)
Capital Offender - Single - {1997)
Prohibition - EP - (1998)
Helpless - Single - (1998)
Re-released in 1999.
Through The Darkness - (1999)
[edit]with Joey Ramone
"Christmas Spirit... In My House" (2002)
[edit]with Genesis P. Orridge/ Spliter Test
Electric Newspaper: Issue Four (1997)
[edit]With Danzig
Live on the Black Hand Side - (2001)
I Luciferi - (2002)

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DOUBLE TAKES-MOD VARI VUE WINKING EYE NECKLACES

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MOD PSYCHEDELIC ICE BUCKET!

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GO! GO! GO! BEATNIK GARBAGE CAN!

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SCHAEFER BEER SIGN/LIGHT

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24 FUN TOYS! BUG OUT!


 
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Phyllis Diller’s Philli Dilli Chicken Chili!

  1. Howie Pyro says:

    R.I.P. PHYLLIS, YOU HAD A WONDERFUL LONG LIFE. HER SON SAID SHE DIED IN HER SLEEP WITH A SMILE ON HER FACE...SO SWEET. I WENT TO SEE HER AT HER HOUSE WITH A BUNCH OF FRIENDS & HAD THIS CHILI CAN SIGNED ALONG WITH SOME OTHER THINGS...SHE WILL BE MISSED. I WILL DO A TRIBUTE TO HER TONITE ON MY RADIO SHOW, INTOXICA. (9PM CALIFORNIA TIME LUXURIAMUSIC.COM)

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how to draw a cat

  1. Howie Pyro says:

    wow!

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ROCK & ROLL BEER!

  1. Howie Pyro says:

    thanks kopper! can always count on you for the beer & rock n roll info!

  2. Howie Pyro says:

    i guess it would worth something to a select few, but i think we are all here now...haha

  3. Howie Pyro says:

    well...that's no captain! that is a classic leather boy/rocker/biker a la marlon brando in the wild one...

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The Adventures Of Raindrop (LP)

  1. Howie Pyro says:

    this is a wonderful record...everything on the Diadem label is totally insane & not on purpose & among collectors this is a holy grail of weird childrens records that fetches a pretty penny...

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Earring Magic Ken

  1. Howie Pyro says:

    and all those other ken dolls!

  2. Howie Pyro says:

    i thought that's what was on his necklace!

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