1999 BIO -------- BOBBY STEELE MAKES NO APOLOGIES. HE DOES WHAT HE WANTS TO DO AND MAKES THE KIND OF MUSIC HE WANTS TO MAKE, REGARDLESS OF THE EVER-CHANGING TRENDS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. NO ONE CAN CALL HIM A QUITTER, AND THAT'S AN ADMIRABLE TRAIT IN TODAY'S FICKLE SOCIETY. STEELE'S GUITAR-DRIVEN ROCK COUPLED WITH WITTY LYRICS AND HOOKS HAVE KEPT THE FANS AND FIENDS COMING BACK FOR ALMOST TWO DECADES, AND THERE'S NO END IN SIGHT. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, EVEN THOUGH THE UNDEAD MAY HAVE INFLUENCES RANGING FROM THE NEW YORK DOLLS TO THE BEATLES TO 50'S DOO-WOP, THERE'S A DEFINITE AIR OF PUNK ROCK TO IT THAT YOU JUST CAN'T HELP BUT INHALE. CHRIST, STEELE EVEN PUKED ON JOHN LENNON. The Undead formed in October 1980 under the moniker The Skabs. Bobby Steele had recently split from the Misfits, the legendary New Jersey punk outfit fronted by Glenn Danzig. Wanting to continue writing and producing music, he allied himself with bassist Chris Natz (later of Cop Shoot Cop) and drummer Rich Matalian, and a band was born. After co-founding member Rich decided he wanted out a month later, the band landed a new drummer and name: The Undead. Fronted by Bobby Steele, the original line-up featured Patrick Blanck on drums and Natz on bass. The first Undead gig took place in January 1981, and by '82 the band had a deal to cut a single for Stiff Records. The first Undead 7", Nine Toes Later, was released to the boiling music subculture that was New York City in 1983. The single sold well, and when Stiff folded in early '83, Bobby decided that he would re-release the single on his own label, Post Mortem Records. The Undead went through various line-up changes throughout the 80's, but one element remained the same: Bobby Steele was not willing to compromise his vision, no matter the cost. In 1984 Bobby began pre-production work on the now-classic LP Act Your Rage!, which featured a variety of musicians, including drummer Steve Zing (who later left the Undead to join Samhain). An unprecedented independent success, Act Your Rage! would sell more than 14,000 copies by the time the smoke cleared. The Undead received more fresh blood in 1990 when Rich Presley (the Numbskulls) and Steve Sloppy (Sloppy Seconds) joined the band just three days before a West coast tour was scheduled to begin. Unfortunately the line-up didn't last, and Steele began touring with the Fiendz (Black Pumpkin Records) as his back-up band. When a dispute over money left Bobby unable to work with the Fiendz, he returned to New York to concentrate on writing new material. The early 90's saw the release of three new Undead singles and a new live LP, Live Slayer. By 1996 Bobby had recruited the Migraines (Onefoot Records) as his new backing band, and they briefly toured until trouble forced the Migraines to temporarily disband. In 1997, Bobby affiliated with the Independents, and the two bands successfully toured the East coast together. Finally, in early '98, an album deal was struck with Canadian label Underworld Records, and production work began on what would be the first Undead studio LP in 10 years. 'Til Death! was released in Canada through Underworld/Post Mortem Records on April 24, 1998. Due to poor promotion by Underworld and the subsequent disagreement that followed, Steele was left with only a few copies to distribute through his own label in America, and his relationship with Underworld Records ended. Another blow was delivered when the Independents informed Bobby that they would not be able to back him on his upcoming tour, leaving two options: cancel the shows, or find another group. Steele found that group in Knoxville, TN. The Malignmen - a rough 80's style punk quartet - were anxious to tour and offered to back Steele on his upcoming gigs in exchange for the opening slot on the bills. The Undead and the Malignmen toured together for much of '98 and released a split 7", Live On Arrival, on Post Mortem/Plague Records. In late 1999 Malignmen founder/guitarist Jaw left his band to pursue other musical interests . . . and ended up on the drummer's throne with the Undead. A new bassist was also recruited, Bryce Bernius, a Florida native formerly of Enemy of God and Madcap. Y2K marks the 20th anniversary of the Undead, and with this new line-up Bobby has many plans in store to satisfy the loyal Undead fan base and solidify the future of the Undead well into the next millennium! Bobby Steele has never compromised his integrity for anyone, and at times it may have cost him a lot, but every success and failure he's had with the Undead have been on his terms. No one else's.