Lance Loud: Proto-Punk God

Posted by Jason Diamond

The late Lance Loud has a lot of labels attached to his name: Original reality television star for his role on the PBS show An American Family, gay icon, rock writer and musician in the band the Mumps.

A friend sent me this pre-Mumps video (and possibly a pre-An American Family one as well?) of Loud, his sisters, Jay Dee Daugherty (of the Patti Smith group), and future members of The Church and Iggy Pop’s band on Santa Barbra public television sometime circa 1974-75.  The song fits somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and The Dead Boys, and is possibly one of the best examples of early/proto punk that isn’t on record.

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