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The Martyrs Forever

by The Martyrs

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The Martyrs Forever (1999) is a compilation of mid-career Martyrs songs (their peak, one could argue). Culled from recording sessions (around 1991) at their main studio in the basement in Old Bethpage on a crappy 4-track. Please enjoy their off-key caterwauling and occasionally sloppy performances -- they sounded fine at the time.

And now, the world-renowned Martyrs. The band that started it all. Formed in 1987 by four young lads (not to be confused with the Beatles, despite both groups’ propensity for bad haircuts) from Long Island, NY, The Martyrs quickly became legends (just ask them!). Tolerated with saintly perseverance by Mrs. O'Shaughnessy (immortalized in their classic "Rock and Roll Mom"), the boys (Jim O'Shaughnessy, Chris Dal Ceredo, Paul Saur & Mike O'Shaughnessy) rocked out as they learned the chords and harmonized until they understood harmony. What a racket. They recorded steadily until 1991, until college and a collective diaspora resulted in solo acts, duos and supergroups. They performed live twice (and a graduation party and a comically disastrous open mic night). Two albums in the late 90s were followed by with a few singles in later years. They never broke up. The Martyrs had no idea they could transmit their music out of the basement and thus never tried. They were a few years too soon for the 90s DIY scene, though I doubt that would have changed anything.

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released July 1, 1999

Guitar,drums, vocals: Jim O'Shaughnessy
Guitar, bass, vocals: Chris Dal Ceredo
Vocals: Paul Saur
Guitar, vocals: Mike O'Shaughnessy
Written, performed and recorded by The Martyrs
cp1999 The Martyrs
cp2012 Sleeping Brothers Records

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